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2020 Distinguished Practice Award
Jeannine B. Mills
JMillspic.jpgJeannine Mills received her undergraduate degree in Human Nutrition and Foods at Virginia Tech University and Masters of Science degree in Nutrition at University of New Haven, CT. For over 20 years, she has worked as one of the outpatient oncology dietitians at the Norris Cotton Cancer Center at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire. She works more directly with patients with gastrointestinal cancers both on treatment and post operatively but previously enjoyed working with patients with Head/Neck Cancers for several years at Dartmouth. She is a volunteer member of the Oncology Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group (ON DPG) for greater than 20 years serving in various roles to include past Chair. During her chairmanship, one of her initiatives was to create an oncology nutrition symposium which has continued to be supported by the ON DPG for the past 10 years. She serves on a national working committee (NACHOS) in promoting access to nutritional care for patients with cancer at centers within the US. Jeannine also helped to coordinate the first oncology section group within the American Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition and serves on the leadership team for this special interest group. She is a member of the Scientific and Medical Advisory Review Board for Pancreatic Cancer Action Network or PanCAN.

2020 Distinguished Service Award

 Colleen Spees
Dr. Colleen Spees is an Associate Professor in the Division of Medical Dietetics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. In addition, she is an active member of OSU’s prestigious Comprehensive Cancer Center and holds academic appointments in both the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) and the College of Education and Human Ecology (EHE). Colleen’s primary focus of research involves developing, implementing, and testing biobehavioral interventions aimed at providing optimal nutrition for vulnerable populations. In this capacity, she collaborates with experts in food and crop science, nursing, social work, public health, nutrition, medicine, genetics, policy and business that seek to improve access to culturally appropriate, health-promoting and functional foods by impacting food availability, food access, food quality, and food use. Dr. Spees’ current studies target modifiable lifestyle behaviors associated with cancer survivorship and low-resource families at the Hope Gardens (http://go.osu/edu/hope). 

Dr. Spees has been an active member in the Oncology Dietetic Practice Group and currently serves as Research Coordinator. In addition, she  is a Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and a previous recipient of the Distinguished Practice Award and Award for Excellence in Oncology Nutrition Research. Dr. Spees is a co-author of the Wardlaw Contemporary Nutrition textbooks and teaches OSU's graduate-level Nutritional Genomics Course. She served on the American Cancer Society Scientific Review Panel and co-author for the ACS Guideline for Diet and Physical Activity for Cancer Prevention (   

2020 Professional Partnership Award 

2020 Friend of the DPG Award

Dr. Faith Ottery, MD, PhD, FACN for her contributions to the development of the Scored Patient-Generated Subjective Global Assessment

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