American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS)

The AAFCS Community on Building Leadership Capacity is presenting the AAFCSl Leadership Academy for new professionals (BS degree or greater with up to 5 years membership in AAFCS) who wish to design their own leadership plan in order to secure their preferred future as leaders in AAFCS. The 2017 Leadership Academy will begin with face-to-face sessions prior to the AAFCS Annual Conference in Dallas, TX, June 24-25, 2017.  Activities of the Academy will continue throughout the following year using interactive learning modules and webinars with the latest technologies for group sessions. 

Academy Participants


The Leadership Academy is an organized effort to assure that a professional cohort of potential new leaders will be available to assume leadership positions in committees, communities, councils, and as elected officers nationally or at the affiliate level in AAFCS for this decade and beyond. Focusing on new leaders, the Academy will address competencies needed for assessing one’s attributes and skills in Leading Yourself, Leading Others, and Leading AAFCS. Seasoned leaders will serve as mentors.

As a participant you will:  

By active participation in the Leadership Academy, the participant will meet the following outcomes of the
Leadership Academy:


Gain knowledge and skills that facilitate the development of personal leadership skills (Leading Oneself).


Assume leadership roles in AAFCS (Leading AAFCS/Leading Others).


Develop a supporting network of colleagues who will link new leaders with resources throughout their professional and volunteer experiences. (Leading Oneself).


Partner with a mentor to enhance leadership abilities.


2017 Leadership Academy Participants

Shandi Andres - Kansas
Rufaro Chitiyo - Tennessee
Chantelle Eggleton - Ohio
Kate Gronquist - Kansas
Amber James - Alabama
Anne Pitts - Kansas
Heidi Radunovich - Florida
Mia Russell - Maryland
Rachel Schichtl - Arkansas
Julie Temple - Virginia
Deborah Williams - Missouri
Joe Zacher - Pennsylvania


Academy Mentors

Additional Information for Academy Mentors
Academy Mentor Application (Application due February 15, 2017)
Evaluation Rubric for Mentor Application


A vital part of the Leadership Academy will be the pairing of the Academy participant with a mentor who is an AAFCS member who has been active in various aspects of leadership with AAFCS.

As a mentor you will:

  • Spend time connecting with your mentee to gain insight as to his/her needs.
  • Work with the mentee to develop goals for the mentee/mentor relationship.
  • Identify and use multiple venues of communications with your mentee.
  • Commit to one year beginning June 2017 to a mentor/mentee relationship.
  • Partner with a mentee to enhance leadership abilities.


Mentor Requirements

  • Must have had National and/or Affiliate leadership experience in AAFCS.
  • Have a minimum of 5 years of membership.
  • Desire to develop AAFCS leaders.
  • Attend the 2017 AAFCS Annual Conference to meet your mentee.
  • Commit to a minimum of one year beginning June 2017.


2015 Academy Participants


Esther Aloia
Lisa Brooks
Meilana Charles
Jamie Diehl
Susan Hamlin
Amanpreet Kaur
Penny Manakalani Kelsay
Sung-Jin Lee
Ricki McWilliams
Kathleen Mellenberg
Martha Ravola
Cassandra Temaat
Misty Vinson Hughes
Heather Wallace


2013 Academy Participants

Kyley Brooks Anderson
Menia Chester
Larissa Cremeens
Elizabeth Creed
Ashley Davis
Elowin Harper
Janet Holden
Beth Newcomb Hopfer
Crystal Duncan Lane
Allison Lewis
Morgan Milstead
Amanda Repp
Lara Savage Angel
Julie Sims
Pegi Wright


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