Regional Recognized Renal Dietitian Award – Region 5

Rory C. Pace, MPH, RD, CSR, FAND

Senior Director of Nutrition Services at Satellite Healthcare

Rory Pace has dedicated her career to Nephrology Nutrition, a field in which she is a leader, educator, and patient advocate. Rory earned a Bachelor’s degree in Dietetics from the University of California, Davis and a Master’s in Public Health Health from UCLA. She has been a board-certified specialist in renal nutrition for 20 years.


Rory has published and presented on numerous nephrology nutrition topics and is co-author of the 2020 Standards of Practice and Standards of Professional Performance for Nephrology Nutrition. An active volunteer leader, Rory currently serves as Past Chair of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Renal Dietitians Practice Group and as a member of the NKF Spring Clinical Meetings planning committee. Rory has served in a number of other leadership roles in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and NKF/CRN.


Rory received the Carol Hayes Torio Award for Excellence in Management and the Dolores Nyhus Memorial Award from the California Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She was recognized as Outstanding Dietitian of the Year (California) by the Academy in 2020.


As Senior Director of Nutrition Services at Satellite Healthcare, Rory has used her clinical and leadership experience to guide clinical practice for over 120 nephrology dietitians across the U.S., implementing evidence-based nutrition practice in the care of more than 8000 dialysis patients. She is a strong advocate for the role of nutrition in care of people with kidney disease and has been a key player in the development and implementation of numerous successful clinical initiatives.

Past Regional Recognized Renal Dietitian Award – Region 5 Recipients:

  • 2023: Pamela Tseng, MS, RDN
  • 2022: Diana Fischer, RDN
  • 2021: Richard Duque, RDN
  • 2020: Nikki Nygren, RD, CD
  • 2019: Erin  Hintz Cabaluna, MS, RD, CSR
  • 2018: Belinda Sanchez, RD, ARA
  • 2017: Valerie Wong, RD
  • 2015: Leah Beaird, MS, RD
  • 2013: Jacque Beyrami, MS, RD, CSR
  • 2012: Madelyn Koontz, RD, LD
  • 2011: Nancee Vander Pluym, MS, RD
  • 2010: Brenda Murphy, M.Ed, RD
  • 2008: Mandy Trolinger, MS, RD, LD
  • 2008: Debbie Benner, MA, RD, CSR
  • 2008: Kara Abbas, MS, RD
  • 2007: Kara Abbas, MS, RD, CSR