WM 2020 Awards

Geeta Sikand, MA, RDN, FAND, CDE, CLS, FNLA (Excellence Research Award) 

Geeta Sikand is Director of Nutrition at the University of California Irvine Preventive Cardiology Program and an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine (Cardiology Division).
Geeta is a recipient of multiple honors, including the 2019 Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Medallion Award, 2019 Outstanding Dietitian Award from California Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 2019 SCAN  DPG Excellence in Cardiovascular Nutrition Practice Award and the 2019 Pacific Lipid Association President’s Service Award.
Her research is dedicated to examination of the clinical and cost outcomes of medical nutrition therapy by dietitians for the management of dyslipidemia, weight management, hyperglycemia and hypertension. She is the lead author of “Clinical and Cost Benefit of Medical Nutrition Therapy by Registered Dietitians for Management of Dyslipidemia: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis” published in the Journal of Clinical Lipidology.
Geeta serves on the Boards of Governors of the National  Lipid Association (NLA), is co-chair of the Nutrition Task Force and co-author of the “National Lipid Association Recommendations for Patient-Centered Management of Dyslipidemia.”       


Shelly Summar, MSEd, RD, LD (Excellence in Practice Award) 

Shelly Summar serves as the Program Manager of Weighing In, a program at Children’s Mercy Kansas City, working to lead community collaboration supporting healthy lifestyles.
Shelly is a registered dietitian with over 25 years of experience treating children and families for nutrition related issues. She received her undergraduate degree in Nutritional Sciences from Kansas State University and her Masters in Exercise Physiology from the University of Kansas. Shelly completed a Certificate of Training in Childhood and Adolescent Weight Management through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and participated in the Healthy Communities Leadership Academy through the Health Forward Foundation in Kansas City.
She is currently involved in leading the Healthy Lifestyles Initiative, which includes sharing a community message, 12345 Fit-Tastic! The initiative promotes physical activity through the development of a regional physical activity plan, establishes a hospital supported community garden, and works within the hospital setting to implement a healthy hospital initiative.


Michelle Cardel, PhD, MS, RD, FTOS (Excellence in Emerging Outcomes Research Award) 

Dr. Cardel is an assistant professor and obesity and nutrition scientist in the Department of Health Outcomes & Biomedical Informatics at the University of Florida (UF), where she is also an Associate Director for the Center for Integrative Cardiovascular and Metabolic Diseases. Her research focuses on implementing weight management interventions, characterizing psychosocial factors, including low social status and food insecurity, that influence eating behavior, implementation science, and health disparities.
Dr. Cardel is a member of the American Society for Nutrition (ASN), and Fellow of The Obesity Society. Her research is published in JAMA, JAMA Pediatrics, and Obesity. Dr. Cardel has received several awards including the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Outstanding Woman Award, UAB’s National Alumni Society Young Alumni Rising Star Award, and the ASN Grand Prize for Young Minority Investigators Award. She has been co-I or PI on several obesity grants, including her current NIH K01 career development award.
Dr. Cardel received her bachelor’s degree in biology at Florida State University. Her master’s degree in clinical nutrition and doctoral degree in Nutrition Sciences were awarded from UAB.

Ginger Cochran, MS, RDN, CEP-ACSM, CDCES (Excellence in Emerging Practice Award)

Ginger is a Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist and Clinical Educator for Tenet Health Central Coast’s First California Physician Partners in San Luis Obispo, California.  Ginger graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a BS in Nutrition, and a MS in Kinesiology. Ginger’s graduate research focused on reducing childhood obesity via a nutrition education program which has become a national program. She also interned at Hilton Head Health in SC, where she assisted with the A&E show, "Heavy."
She is on the editorial board of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Nutrition Care Manual® and on the San Luis Obispo County Health Commission Board.
Ginger has served as president of the local dietitian chapter, contributed to the Commission on Dietetic Registration’s Certified Specialist in Weight and Obesity Management exam, and has worked on projects for the Today Show Dietitian, Joy Bauer. 
The California Academy of Nutrition Dietetics recognized Ginger as the 2017 Young Dietitian of the Year.