American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS)


AAFCS 2013-14 President Peggy Wild, CFCS, (far left) and AAFCS 2013-14 President-Elect
Beverly Card, CFCS, (far right) present Sharon McManus, CFCS, (middle) with the
AAFCS Distinguished Service Award during the AAFCS 105th Annual Conference in St. Louis, Mo.

McManus Receives AAFCS Distinguished Service Award

Alexandria, Va. – July 14, 2014—The American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) honored its Distinguished Service Award recipients at a ceremony during the 105th Annual Conference & Expo in St. Louis, Mo., on June 28th. Among those selected for the prestigious award is Sharon McManus, CFCS, Holland, Mich.

Sharon McManus, CFCS, a 51-year member of AAFCS, is a dynamic, highly respected family and consumer sciences (FCS) leader. McManus has sustained commitment to the FCS profession through leadership roles at the local, district, state, national, and international levels.

“I am very humbled and overwhelmed to receive this Distinguished Service Award from AAFCS,” said McManus. “I can never repay all who have crossed my path during the past 52 years as a member of this association. Thank you for all the opportunities that you have provided me.”

Around the world, families, individuals, and communities have benefited from her work serving as director of the International Federation for Home Economics Development Fund and the IFHE-US Development Fund. She has nearly doubled the money donated that is used to fund grants that are given from Development Fund interest.

From training and mentoring teachers and students to serving as an affiliate president, AAFCS Senate delegate, IFHE Council delegate, and director of the IFHE-US Development Fund, Sharon has excelled. Sharon McManus's life exemplifies distinguished service to AAFCS and the FCS profession, making her most deserving of the honor of recognition by AAFCS.

In addition to the Distinguished Service Award, McManus has received many honors, including AAFCS Leader, the Ohio Teacher of the Year Award, and the Ohio Distinguished Service Award.

Other AAFCS 2014 Distinguished Service Award Recipients are:
Virginia Moxley
Linda Schaeffer
Cynthia Smith

About the American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS)
Based in the Washington, D.C., area, AAFCS is the only association for family and consumer sciences students and professionals across multiple practice settings and content areas. For more than 100 years, AAFCS has focused its mission on providing leadership and support for professionals whose work assists individuals, families, and communities in making more informed decisions about their well-being, relationships, and resources to achieve optimal quality of life. AAFCS members provide research-based knowledge about the topics of everyday life to help create healthy and sustainable families. These topics include human development, personal and family finance, housing and interior design, food science, nutrition and wellness, textiles and apparel, and consumer issues. AAFCS members are located nationwide, and include educators, administrators and managers, human service and business professionals, researchers, community volunteers, and consultants who develop research-based information and deliver programs on essential skills to help individuals and families be better prepared to live, work, and succeed in today’s complex and diverse world.

Field of Family & Consumer Sciences
Family and consumer sciences (FCS) draws from broad and diverse disciplines to develop and provide content and programs that help individuals become more effective critical thinkers and problem solvers.  Through discovery and delivery of research-based knowledge, FCS professionals help individuals and families develop essential skills to successfully live and work in a complex world. Professionals in the field are uniquely qualified to speak on many critical issues affecting individuals and families, such as maintaining a healthy lifestyle, wisely managing personal and family finances, and creating supportive relationships with family members, friends, and co-workers.  They are located nationwide in a variety of practice settings, including secondary schools, universities, government agencies, and businesses.

For more information, please contact:
Gwynn Mason
Director of Communications, AAFCS

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