Women's Health DPG Awards - Nominations-Applications

Nominations for the WH DPG annual awards are now being solicited. The following awards will be posted in WH DPG electronic communications and presented at the upcoming FNCE®.

Excellence in Practice Award– this award is to recognize a DPG member who has exhibited outstanding service, dedication and/or innovation to the field of women’s health and nutrition.

Emerging Professional Award – this award is to recognize a member of the DPG who has exhibited interest and initiative in the area of women’s health.

Outstanding Student Award – this award will recognize two (2) student members of the DPG who have exhibited outstanding service, leadership and accomplishment.

Each nomination requires two (2) letters of recommendation. Please consider nominating a qualified candidate or yourself!

Deadline for submitting applications is June 1st.

View Past Awards Winners


2020 Winners

Excellence in Practice in Women’s Health - Megan McMillin, MS, RDN, CSP, LDN, IBCLC

Meghan McMillin holds a Master’s Degree in Human Nutrition from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) and Board Certified Specialist in Pediatric Nutrition (CSP). To further her education and passion for lactation, Meghan obtained the credential of International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) in 2019. A passion for maternal and child health, Meghan previously worked in a local, level three NICU, where she served as the first and only dietitian on their breastfeeding resource team. In 2018, Meghan pursued her passion further and created Mama & Sweet Pea Nutrition, a private practice and consulting company that focuses on prenatal and postpartum nutrition, and lactation. Her goal is to empower women with the knowledge and confidence they need to nourish themselves and their babies. Meghan is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the International Lactation Consultant Association. She volunteers as a moderator for an online breastfeeding support group and serves as executive board secretary for Breastfeed Chicago, a local non-profit. Meghan is a freelance writer and public speaker and enjoys sharing her knowledge through blogging and social media. She speaks regularly on the local and national level, at presented at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Nutrition Conference in 2018. She has been featured in numerous publications including Healthline, PopSugar, and the RD Lounge. Meghan is the coauthor of the eBook Avoiding Allergens While Breastfeeding; Nutrition guidance for women trying to avoid milk, soy, and/or eggs while breastfeeding.

Emerging Professional in Women’s Health - Trisha Cousins EdD, RDN, LDN

Trisha Cousins is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, a Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist in the state of Pennsylvania. Trisha recently graduated from the University of Pittsburgh receiving her Doctor of Education (EdD). During her doctorate, she was selected as the 2020 Outstanding EdD student for her program. She is an instructor and clinical coordinator in the Dietitian Nutritionist Program within the Department of Sports Medicine and Nutrition specializing in Maternal, Pediatric, Lactation and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Cousins plans the curriculum, coordinates, and team-teach supervised experiential practice preparation courses. 

Trisha is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Pennsylvania Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Pittsburgh Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She volunteers as the Membership Chair for the Women's Health Dietetic Practice Group along with membership to several other DPG's in the organization. She was selected for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Outstanding Educator Award in 2019 for her Coordinated Program at the University of Pittsburgh from the state of Pennsylvania. 

Outstanding Student in Women’s Health - Hannah Burgoon

Hi! My name is Hannah Burgoon and I am very fortunate to accept the Women's Health DPG Outstanding Student Award. I did my under grad at The Ohio State University earning a B.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics. I am originally from Northwest Pennsylvania and decided to move back to complete my master's and Dietetic Internship at the University of Pittsburgh in their coordinated program. At Pitt I have a maternal and pediatric specialty. Some of my favorite experiences so far have been volunteering at the Mid-Atlantic Human Milk Bank and conducting cooking demonstrations to children at a local boys and girls club. I hope at the end of the program to stay in Pittsburgh and work in a clinical setting at a women's or children's hospital. Outside of the realm of nutrition I enjoy playing tennis, knitting, baking and especially, eating dessert!

Spring 2019 Announcement:


Women’s Health DPG member and HOD representative, Kathleen Pellechia received the 2019 Outstanding Preceptor Award from Nutrition and Dietetic Educators and Preceptors (NDEP)!

Kathleen was nominated by Phyllis McShane, MS, RD, LDN, Director, Dietetic Internship, University of Maryland.



2019 Winners

  • Excellence in Practice in Women’s Health - Mara Vitolins, DrPH, MPH, RDN
  • Emerging Professional in Women’s Health - Melissa Groves, RDN
  • Outstanding Students in Women’s Health - Jeani Hunt-Gibbon and Manisha Pise 

2018 Winners

  • Excellence in Practice in Women’s Health - Jean Tiffany Cox, MS, RD, LN
  • Emerging Professional in Women’s Health - Lauren Manaker MS, RDN, LD, CLEC

2017 Winners

  • Excellence in Practice in Women’s Health -Helen Lane, PhD, RD
  • Emerging Professional in Women’s Health -Kendra Tolbert, MS, RDN, CLC, CDN

2016 Winners

  • Excellence in Practice in Women’s Health - Lisa Akers, MS, RDN, IBCLC, RLC, FAND (Video)
  • Emerging Professional in Women’s Health - Traci Briant Causey, MS, MBA, SNS
  • Outstanding Students in Women’s Health - Lee Crosby (Video) & Leila Shinn (Video)