Congratulations to Ann Erickson, winner of the MAND Medallion Award. The award was presented at the annual meeting on April 27th.
Ann has been a tireless advocate for dietitians and nutrition in the state of Minnesota. She has single-handedly led MAND’s efforts in advocating at the state level and has inspired countless of her fellow dietitians to get involved. As Louanne Kaupa points out, “Under Ann’s gentle persistence and diligence, the scope of practice of Licensed Dietitians and Nutritionists was legally updated in the state of MN to accurately reflect roles and responsibilities of nutrition professionals on the healthcare team.” Stephanie Heim tells us, “Without question, Ann’s sustained leadership on MAND’s Public Policy Committee inspired me to lead and engage. MAND members, like me, are more willing to invest their limited time to volunteer because of people like Ann. Ann’s enthusiasm for all she does and follow-through in getting work done is an inspiration.” Aida Miles adds, “Ann is truly remarkable in her mentorship of future RDs. She instills in them a “go-getter” attitude. She provides them a dose of self-confidence that many of them lack when thinking about speaking to policy makers. This has inspired my graduate students to become passionate in policy issues, to share their passion with others (including preceptors at other sites), and to be the future leaders that we need in order to take the profession to the next level.