Dietitians to be Honored by National Kidney Foundation

New York, NY (April 2, 2014) - The National Kidney Foundation's Council on Renal Nutrition (NKF-CRN) will honor five dietitians from across the nation at the Foundation's Spring Clinical Meetings to be held in Las Vegas on April 23.

Karen Wiesen, MS, RD, LDN, of Danville, PA; will be honored with the Outstanding Service Award for dedicating more than 25 years to kidney patients as a renal dietitian. She has authored numerous articles, two book chapters, and was Co-Editor of the first and second editions of A Clinical Guide to Nutrition Care in Kidney Disease. She has served on the Executive Committee of NKF-CRN for 10 years in numerous positions, including RenaLink Editor, Region III Representative, Associate Chair, and Chair. Karen is currently Inpatient Dietitian Coordinator at Geisinger Health System in Danville, PA, where she also mentors dietetic interns.

Katy Wilkens, MS, RD, of Seattle, WA; will receive the Susan C. Knapp Excellence in Education Award. A renal dietitian for over 35 years, Wilkens is currently the Nutrition and Fitness Services Manager of Northwest Kidney Centers in Seattle. She founded the Washington State CRN Chapter and the Northwest Renal Dietitians Conference. Wilkens is the author of the renal chapter in the internationally-recognized Food, Nutrition and Diet Therapy textbook and of the original American Dietetic Association's "Suggested Guidelines for the Care of Renal Patients."

Catherine M. Goeddeke-Merickel, MS, RDN, LD, of Phoenix, AZ; will be presented with the Recognized Renal Dietitian Award. She is honored for her exceptional demonstration of leadership, creativity and public involvement. Goeddeke-Merickel has assumed many volunteer roles with NKF-CRN both locally and nationally, is currently a Feature Editor for the Journal of Renal Nutrition, and is contributing to the revision of "Standards of Practice and Standard of Professional Performance for Dietitians in Nephrology."

Also being recognized for their work locally in the field of renal nutrition this year are Christine Swafford, MS, RDN, CSR, LD, of Atlanta, GA; and Connie Yost, RD, CD, of Sobieski, WI.

The National Kidney Foundation is the leading organization in the U.S. dedicated to the awareness, prevention and treatment of kidney disease for hundreds of thousands of healthcare professionals, millions of patients and their families, and tens of millions of Americans at risk. For more information, visit