Honoring Santa Henriquez's 30 Years of Service to the College

Dear Santa,

As we celebrate your 30th anniversary of service, your friends and family at the American College of Nutrition want to express how much your care, constancy and commitment have meant to the College over the years.

Here’s to you, Santa, from all of us!

On behalf of the entire ACN family,

-Harry Preuss, MD, MACN, CNS President of the American College of Nutrition


Santa is the greatest asset to the ACN since the inception of the College. Most importantly, Santa is always available with a smiling face. I extend my sincere regards and greetings to Santa for the marvelous 30 years of service to the ACN.

Best regards,

-Debasis Bagchi, PhD, MACN, CNS

It gives me great pleasure to congratulate Santa on the excellent job that she always does for the ACN. She has so much knowledge about the society, an answer to everything and is always available to answer questions with a smiling face.

She is indeed an asset to the ACN, and a big part of our forward momentum. Santa, I wish you all the best in the coming years, and congratulations on the completion of 30 years at the ACN.

Best regards, 

-Manashi  Bagchi, PHD, FACN

I am so happy to have the opportunity to comment on Santa's 30-year-role at the ACN. Like Mildred Seelig and Stanley Wallach during their time, she has been the glue that has helped hold the College together. She knows the institutional history of the College like no other, and this alone is invaluable. Beyond this, she plays, and has always played, a key role in getting things done, and in getting things done well. While doing all this, she is the nicest person imaginable, always pleasant and cheerful, and always helpful. During my presidency, I could always count on Santa and Stan to have the business of the College under control and running smoothly. During my two stints on the board, including the current one, I was, and am continually impressed by Santa's knowledge of our status and of our needs. Here is to another 30 years just like the first 30 years! How about it, Santa?

-George Brewer, MD, MACN

I have known you during my many years as an ACN member, and now have had the great pleasure to get to know you better as we’ve worked together during the past few years, Santa. Your dedication and unstinting support of the ACN for 30 years is a cause for celebration among us all!

-Corinne Bush, MS, CNS

It gives me great pleasure to acknowledge the outstanding services to the ACN Santa has performed for 30 years. I have had many interactions with Santa, and found her exceedingly capable in solving the ACN related problems. She knows the members personally, and they have extreme confidence in her. I truly wonder if this organization could have survived during difficult days if we did not have Santa in the office. I depended upon her very heavily when I was the President of the ACN. She is so very pleasant, and indeed relates to members in a very professional manner. I congratulate Santa for her great contributions to the ACN and wish her many more years of success. My very best to you Santa.

-Ananda Prasad, MD, PhD, MACN

In 1984, Santa joined the American College of Nutrition team, and has consistently shown immense dedication, diligence and devotion to the mission of providing outstanding contributions to clinical nutrition. I have had the opportunity to work with Santa in various capacities, including that of the President of the ACN. In the several decades of working with Santa on numerous issues, I have always found her to be very pleasant, hard-working and committed to the mission and success of the College. I am very thankful to Santa for her efforts in maintaining the continuity of the ACN collegiality during various transitions by coordinating, communicating and organizing the team efforts with diligence, loyalty and commitment. Santa is one of those special individuals who combine strength, commitment and hard work with diplomacy, charm and a winning smile.

-Dr. Rita Raman, MD, MS, JD, MACN, FACLM

I wish to thank you for your many years of dedicated service to the American College of Nutrition. You have done so very much for the organization. You are to be commended and sincerely thanked for your unselfish service, dedication, attention to detail, willingness to work long hours and assist others, and your gracious manner and cheerful attitude through good times and bad. One could not ask for greater devotion to an organization. Much of the success of the ACN and its survival has rested on your shoulders. Santa, I also wish to thank you for all your efforts on behalf of the Certification Board for Nutrition Specialists when the two organizations were joined. Your ability to multitask is so very deeply appreciated.

Thank you, thank you, thank you. 

Sincerely,

-Sid Stohs, Ph.D., FACN, CNS

Although I have only known Santa for the past three years in my tenure as executive director of the ACN, I resoundingly echo the sentiments expressed by all of the long-time leaders writing here. Santa has brought the same qualities of commitment, perseverance and joy to the reinvigoration of the organization that has served us so well over the past 30 years. Thank you, Santa, my colleague and friend. It is a privilege to serve beside you.

-Michael Stroka, JD, MBA, MS, CNS

Santa Henriquez has been the voice and face of the ACN ever since I joined. Whenever I had a question, Santa was the one to call. If I needed help with something ACN related, Santa was the one to call. If there was a member whose name I couldn't remember, Santa was the one to call. Even at the recent  meeting, Santa seemed to have the whole membership list in her head.

Where would we be without Santa? She is our historian, record keeper, corporate memory and everyone's friend. For 30 years she has been a constant, reliable, efficient and dependable source of information and inspiration. Santa, I want to congratulate you on 30 wonderful and faithful years of service. Bill and I look forward to many more years of success for the ACN under your careful watch.

-Bev Teter,  PhD, MACN, CNS