50 Year Member Award

NOBIDAN will be honoring six of its members for 50 years of service at the 2018 Food and Nutrition Conference Expo in Washington, DC.

Donnie Cook
Sharlene Glipsy
Bernestine McGee
Vernell Stewart

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Renee Harker
Yvonne Knight

The First Golden YAM Award

The purpose of the Golden Yam Award is to formally recognize a NOBIDAN member who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and service to the Academy, NOBIDAN and/or African-Americans in the US or abroad and has contributed to the advancement of African-Americans in Dietetics. The word YAM means You Are Magnificient. The first recipient of the Golden Yam Award  was announced at the 2012 Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo (FNCE) in Philadelphia, PA.

Eligibility - Active Member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and NOBIDAN.


Jessica Jones, MS RD CDE  and Wendy Lopez, MS RD CDE
Food Heaven
2018 YAM Winners


The Griot Award

The Griot Award is a very prestigious award based on the meaning of an “African Storyteller”.  
This unique award is for the NOBIDAN Member who's exceptional career has a story to tell.

Eligibilty -  Active Member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and NOBIDAN.


Paul Cotton, PhD RD
2018 Griot Award Winner


As Director of the Division of Nutrition, Dr. Paul Cotton, Ph.D., RDN provides national leadership for nutrition programs and activities at the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). Additionally, he supervises a staff of National Program Leaders, Program Specialists, Program Assistants and others, while providing support and leadership for nutrition research, education, and extension at NIFA. Dr. Cotton leads others in applying science-based knowledge to solving complex problems in the food and agricultural sciences. He joined NIFA in May 2016 as the National Program Leader for Public Health Nutrition. Dr. Cotton previously served as Assistant Division Director in the Division of Receipt and Referral, Center for Scientific Review, National Institutes of Health (NIH) from 2014 to 2016. From 2005 to 2014, Dr. Cotton served as a Program Director and Team Lead at the National Institute of Nursing Research, NIH. In 2000, he started his federal service as a Category 4 Scientist at the Beltsville, Human Nutrition Center, ARS, USDA after serving as faculty and staff at Howard University (1983-2000), where he received his Ph.D. in Human Nutrition.

NOBIDAN Scholarship Endowment Fund

Yearly donations are needed to support students. Donations are payable to the NOBIDAN Scholarship Endowment Fund, administered by ADAF, and should be mailed directly to:

Academy of Nutriton and Dietetics Foundation
120 S. Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000
Chicago, IL 60606-6995