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Fall 2022 Newsletter

Released Date: November 29, 2022

President’s Welcome

I wish everyone happy holidays ahead of time! I am honored and privileged to continue to serve as the President of GASPEN for another year. I am excited to have Laura Costlow, MA, RD, LD, CNSC, as the new president-elect and Nathan Schober, MS, RD, LD, CNSC, CET, as the new secretary-treasurer alongside me. Thank you to the entire GASPEN board for their continuous support. As a chapter, we are ready to close out 2022 and look forward to making plans to make 2023 an even better year.

To recap, we had a great year at GASPEN in 2022. We hosted a joint meeting with the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Critical Care Medicine, continued collaborating with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA) to provide monthly nutrition support WebEx events, and hosted our first-ever hybrid annual conference in August. Did you miss any of these educational opportunities? Don’t worry; you can access all GASPEN-related information, such as Newsletters and recorded past event presentations, from our website, Don’t forget to bookmark us and subscribe to stay abreast!

This next year, we will continue striving to improve our annual conference experience for members. We want to grow our membership, and we would love for you to join one of the GASPEN committees to help us grow as a chapter. Furthermore, please be on the lookout for survey questions from the GASPEN board, so we can better serve you. As always, we welcome any suggestions and comments from GASPEN members. You can email us at

I look forward to another fantastic year with GASPEN! Happy Holidays!

Vivian Zhao, PharmD, BCNSP, FASPEN

GASPEN President



Vivian Zhao, PharmD, BCNSP, FASPEN

Vivian Zhao has served as GASPEN president since 2020 and has served on the GASPEN board since 2016. Vivian has grown our chapter by leaps and bounds. She designed GASPEN’s first-ever website (, has increased board member involvement in the chapter as well as coordinated three very successful GASPEN annual meetings, live, virtual, and hybrid. In March 2022, Vivian was inducted into the 2022 class of fellows of ASPEN (FASPEN). This designation is the highest honor available to ASPEN members for their contributions to society and the field of nutrition support. In addition, Vivian was elected as a member of the Nutrition Support Pharmacy Specialty Council (2023-2025 term) by the Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS). Congratulations on all of your accomplishments and on your excellent leadership of GASPEN!

Ashley DePriest, MS, RDN, LD, CNSC

Ashley has served on the GASPEN board since 2017 and is the immediate past-president of the Southeast chapter of the Society for Critical Care Medicine (SESCCM) and is still involved with the chapter. In January 2023, Ashley will be inducted as a fellow of SCCM (FCCM) at the SCCM Annual Meeting in San Diego. This award recognizes a SCCM member who has significantly contributed to the field of critical care. Ashley was also featured on a Dietetics in Nutrition Support (DNS) Podcast in August 2022 as a Nutrition Celebrity Interview. Congratulations Ashley for your years of contribution to the fields of nutrition and critical care!

Alison Evans, RD, LD, CNSC

Alison has been a GASPEN board member since 2019. Alison recently presented a poster at ASPEN’s 2022 Nutrition and Science Conference on inpatient prescribing practices of newly formulated multi-trace element products. Alison plans to present another poster at the 2023 ASPEN Conference in Las Vegas in April 2023. Congratulations Alison on your continued contributions to the existing literature on nutrition support!

Adina Hirsch, PharmD, BCNSP, FASPEN

Adina has been a GASPEN board member since 2011 and served as GASPEN president from 2013 - 2018. She recently relocated to Baltimore, Maryland to be closer to family; however, she continues to be an active board member of GASPEN and now serves as the pharmacy liaison of the Maryland ASPEN chapter (MSPEN). Along with Vivian Zhao, Adina was inducted into the 2022 class of fellows of ASPEN (FASPEN). This designation is the highest honor available to ASPEN members for their contributions to the society and to the field of nutrition support. Congratulations on your accomplishments and come back to visit us in Atlanta!

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