The Idaho Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is proud to recognize Barbara J. Gordon, MBA, RDN, LD, FAND, as the Outstanding Dietitian of the Year for 2020. This award recognizes members who have demonstrated leadership in the affiliate or employment through research, education, management or legislation. Recipients of this award have also served as an outstanding role model of professionalism and as a source of inspiration to others in nutrition and dietetics.
Gordon is a very active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics on both a state and national level. She is constantly sharing her experiences and encouraging the dietitians around her to participate and contribute to the Academy. Since coming to Idaho five years ago, Gordon has enthusiastically volunteered her time for a number of IAND activities. She currently serves on the IAND Public Policy Committee. In the past, she has served on the planning committee for the IAND Annual Meeting and has presented two sessions. In addition, as an IAND representative she served on the Idaho State Health Improvement Program Population Workgroup and wrote a column for the Idaho Press Tribune.
Gordon was recently asked to serve as a subject matter expert on evidence-based practice for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ House of Delegates. In addition, she is currently the Chair for the Research Dietetic Practice Group and previously served as the Research DPG liaison to the Academy Council on Research. Gordon co-presented the 2016 FNCE session, “Emerging Nutrition Interventions in Urology.”
Gordon currently serves as Chair and Dietetics Program Director for Idaho State University. She is a role model to students, taking a keen interest and taking time out of her busy schedule to get to know each of them and asking for feedback to enhance their experience.
Her willingness to openly share her rich career experiences is a tremendous gift to not just her students at ISU but other dietitians within the state of Idaho and throughout the country.