Scholarships & Awards


MDEF sponsors several scholarships. See the MDEF page for more details.

ANCE 2021 Award Winners


Outstanding Dietitian: LT Dennis Anderson-Villaluz MBA RD LDN FAND

Lieutenant Dennis Anderson-Villaluz is a dietitian in the United States Public Health Service.  In 2020, he served as Special Assistant to the 20th U.S. Surgeon General, Vice Admiral Jerome M. Adams.  During his time with the U.S. Surgeon General, he supported a variety of missions including the White House Coronavirus Task Force, White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council, Resident’s Roadmap on Empowering Veterans and End a National Tragedy of Suicide (PREVENTS), COVID-19 Response Assistance Field Team, and COVID-19 testing coordination and site visits. As Special Assistant, he was the shadow of the Surgeon General, always right outside of camera shot, supporting the nation's doctor during a historical time in America’s history.

In October, he transitioned to the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion to become a nutrition advisor for the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.  He was able to leverage his 10 years in the Women Infants and Children (WIC) program to support the writing teams in developing the infant and toddlers’ chapter as well as expanding the guidance for women who are pregnant and lactating.

These accomplishments would not have been possible without the love and support of his husband of 9 years as well as the support of friends, family and colleagues.


Outstanding Preceptor: Maryellen Lopez RD CNSC LDN

I have been a Clinical RD at Boston Medical Center (BMC) for 14 1/2 years covering acute care. For the last 6 1/2 years I have been one of the lead, senior Nutrition Support dietitians involved with mentoring new dietitians and dietetic interns. I truly love BMC and feel we as an institution have a strong team approach to patient care. I have had opportunities to cover all types of acute care and especially love Nutrition Support and covering the Trauma/ Surgical Intensive Care Unit. I enjoy the fast pace of the ICU and that every day presents a new challenge. I greatly appreciate collaborating with the multidisciplinary SICU teams for excellent daily patient care. The fast paced, team approach has helped me create a strong precepting foundation. I have had the opportunity to precept Dietetic Interns from BU throughout the years for NS and acute care and also precept medical students and pharmacy residents for nutrition support rotations. I truly love mentoring dietetic interns and new dietitians and hope that I can help them discover their own individual talents. There is no better feeling than to see an intern actually "get it".

Outstanding Dietetics Students:


CP: Sarah Krumholz 

Sarah Krumholz is a student in Boston University’s combined DPD/MS/DI program and is currently completing her dietetic internship at Boston Medical Center. Sarah decided to pursue a career in dietetics after discovering her passion for disease prevention through the lens of food and nutrition. Once she has completed her internship Sarah hopes to work in a clinical role in the Boston area. 


DI: Kelly Siverhus

Kelly Siverhus is a second-year student in Tufts University’s MS/DI. Her primary interest is the nutritional prevention and management of chronic conditions. In addition, she is the Vice President of the Massachusetts Student Dietetic Association where she strives to provide fellow nutrition and dietetics students with valuable resources to enable them to reach their full potential as future professionals in the field. In her free-time, she enjoys hiking, skiing, and experimenting in the kitchen. She looks forward to graduating this May and making the transition from student to professional.


DPD: Eliza Price

Eliza Price (she/her) is a senior at Boston University from Darien, Connecticut. She initially became interested in nutrition during her time at the Taft School and is particularly passionate about eating disorder prevention/treatment. She is currently working on a Senior Thesis exploring the efficacy of Registered Dietitians being included in Intensive Outpatient Treatment for Eating Disorders. The thesis is part of her work in the Nutritional Epidemiology Lab under the guidance of Dr. Paula Quatromoni. Her additional experience includes an internship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and volunteering with the National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA). Her favorite part of the DPD program are the relationships she formed with the BU faculty and her cohort. Eliza’s future goals include continuing her education in an MS/DI program and eventually becoming a RD specializing in clinical eating disorder treatment. Her hobbies include weightlifting, snowboarding, rock climbing and spending time with loved ones (especially her dogs). 


Congratulations to our 50 year members!

Jean Mangas Carr, MS, RD, LDN

Jean Carr completed her BA in Home Economics from Mount Saint Mary College, Dietetic Internship at Beth Israel Hospital, and MS in Nutrition from Framingham State College. Jean worked as an outpatient dietitian and certified diabetes educator at Boston Medical center for 33 years prior to retiring. Throughout her career she also worked at the John Myer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center in Boston, Union Hospital in Lynn, and the Glover Memorial Hospital in Needham. She taught in the Dietetic Technician Program at Laboure Junior College in Dorchester as an assistant professor. Jean worked with many wonderfully talented RD's and would like to thank them all for their friendship and support, especially thank the BMC group. 


Ellen Glovsky, Ph.D, RD, LDN 

Dr. Glovsky has had an exciting and interesting career in Nutrition and Dietetics and worked in a wide variety of settings. She has a Master’s Degree in Nutrition Education and a Doctorate in Health Behavior, both from Boston University. Highlights of her career include working as a researcher in a Head Start Health Evaluation, working on a team of clinical researchers at Boston University, being a Motivational Interviewing trainer, maintaining a private practice treating eating disorders, and teaching at Northeastern University in the Health Sciences department. She is the author of Wellness, Not Weight: Health At Every Size and Motivational Interviewing, which is an anthology on the topics of wellness, Health At Every Size, and Motivational Interviewing.

Jean Inman, MBA, RD, LD

Jean Inman received her MBA from Anna Maria College, BS in Education from Framingham State University, and completed her Dietetic Internship at Miami Valley Hospital. She is the owner of the New England Center for Nutrition Education. Her past professional experience includes working at the Director of Nutritional Services at New England Sinai Hospital, an Instructor of Dietetics at Laboure College, and a Clinical Dietitian, Goddard Memorial Hospital. Jean also is Chairman of the Board of Directors at Old Colony YMCA in Stoughton, MA, and on the Board of Registrar for the town of Avon, MA. 



Katharine Zwemke, LDN, CDE


I began my nutrition career as a Registered Dietitian and Massachusetts Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist with work at a local hospital.  In 1978 my youngest stepdaughter (age 7) was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes and in 1985, the older of our two daughters (age 4) was also diagnosed. This familial connection led me to obtain the additional designation of Certified Diabetes Educator.  I spent considerable time learning all I could about diabetes for my own girls and to share with others also dealing with this complex disease. I particularly enjoyed my time with a Juvenile Diabetes Clinic and the Diabetes Research Office with medication trials.

 I also worked as a dietitian for over 45 years in local nursing homes, rest homes, senior centers and maintained a private practice and counseled outpatients at the local hospital dealing with nutrition related problems, specializing in weight loss and diabetes.  I conducted food demonstrations for local organizations and businesses, participated in job fairs for students and employees and wrote nutrition related newspaper articles.  



Mary Goldberg, MPH

50 years doing what she loved – That’s how Mary Golderg feels about her career as a Registered Dietitian. The experiences of her life were enriched tremendously by the fellow dietitians with whom I had the pleasure to work with as well as the patients who I was able to serve. Through 50 years of continued learning and growing, Mary’s positions encompassed clinical, research, management and community work. Mentoring interns and helping support the future growth of our profession was among her favorite opportunities.  Her studies at Penn State, internship at U of Michigan Medical Center and MPH at Boston Medical Center helped form an ongoing appetite for knowledge in the area of nutrition and public service, reinforced by the many ongoing learning opportunities offered through ANCE and MAND. As the dietetics field developed, Mary felt AND became an even more critical support and resource of factual nutrition information, and feels privileged to be a part of it all. 


Marilyn Abernathy, DRPH, RD

Professor Emerita, Framingham State University






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