MTAND Recognizes Dietitians

Montana Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Recognizes Dietitians


The Montana Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (MTAND), a state affiliate of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, honored several of its members at the June 8, 2017 Food and Nutrition Summit in Billings.  The national organization celebrates its 100th anniversary this year.  To qualify for the recognition, members must have provided leadership in the association, community, or in their jobs, and promoted optimal health and nutritional status of Montanans.

  • Anna Diffenderfer, MS, RDN, of Bozeman, received the Outstanding Dietitian of the Year Ms. Diffenderfer is the Montana Dietetic Internship Assistant Director.  She has spearheaded a proposal for a Montana State University Bobcat Food Pantry and advocates for connecting healthy food to people through community gardens, responsible marketing, and respecting growers and those who process food.


  • Kilani Klette, RDN, CDE, of Conrad, was given the Emerging Dietetic Leader As the only dietitian at Pondera Medical Center, Ms. Klette has increased access to healthful foods and helped start a Diabetes Education Program.  She is also involved with the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at Pondera Medical Center and has been a preceptor for the Montana Dietetic Internship.


  • Lacy Stephens, MS, RDN of Bozeman, received the Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year Ms. Stephens has played active roles as an MTAND Member at Large and serving on the association’s Public Policy Committee, where she helped advocate for policies that improve the health of Montanans.  She also represents the National Farm to School project.


  • Brianna Golden of Helena, received the Outstanding Dietetics Student As a senior at Montana State University’s Food and Nutrition Program, she has excelled in and outside of the classroom.  Ms. Golden has served on the MTAND board as a student representative and also is the Student Liaison for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.


  • Patricia Bollinger, MS, RDN of Helena, was a recipient of the Patricia Hennessey Leadership Award offered by MTAND. Bollinger has been MTAND’s Chair of the Professional Development Committee, was the association’s representative on the Montana Board of Medical Examiners for 12 years, and was instrumental in developing the scholarship foundation for the Montana Dietetic Internship.  She has been practicing for 39 years, taught at the college level, and provides individual nutrition counseling services.