General Sessions

Confirmed General Session Speakers

Confirmed AAFCS SuperSession Speakers

Saturday, June 25, 9 AM – 10:30 AM

OPENING General Session:  Education in Crisis
This General Session begins with Special Welcomes from Robert Van Dyke, AAFCS President! Jessica Raia-Long (State Executive Director, Florida Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) will bring greetings, a local school will lead the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by AAFCS Business, a Wellness Activity led by Jana Anderson (Family and Consumer Sciences Agent, UF/IFAS Extension Orange County), a serious discussion presentation on Education in Crisis, and more!

Confirmed Panelists:

  • Dr. Alisha Hyslop (Association for Career and Technical Education)
  • Dr. Andra Johnson (Dean, University of Florida Extension Service)
  • Dr. Michael Newman (Director, School of Human Sciences, Mississippi State University)
  • Christina De-Simone (FCS Educator, Maryland)
  • Jessica Raia-Long (Florida FCCLA)

Panel Facilitator:  Dr. Susan Turgeson, CFCS (University of Wisconsin-Stout)

Attendees: please review the Wellness Activity waiver and sign it. The Wellness Activity will take place in the last 10 minutes of each General Session throughout the conference.

Sunday, June 26, 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM

African Americans in the Human Sciences Challenges, Trends, and Opportunities
This session will provide an overview of the book African Americans in the Human Sciences: Challenges and Opportunities (Jackson, Holland, & Miller-Arline).  Research findings and trends will be discussed.  Strategies will be explored for human science professionals to address current and future trends and opportunities.



Monday, June 27, 9:30 AM – 11 AM

Real World Change: The Power of a Unified Voice
Combine advocacy for the Association with unified voices and what do you get?
Speaker and Bio: Jeanne Blankenship (Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics)

Saturday, June 25, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Growing Better Together 
AAFCS Members’ reflections and perspectives on the value of AAFCS Membership. 

Confirmed Panelists:

  • Kayla Godbey
  • Cara Simmons
  • Doze Butler
  • Paula Tripp
  • Sadie Hooker
  • Kyle Roberson
  • Betty McQueen

Sunday, June 26, 3:30 PM – 4:00 PM

Good People Doing Good Things in the World
Learn about Clean the World’s mission in blending sustainability, hygiene and saving millions of lives globally has become more than just a good thing in the world!
Speaker: Tom Abdo (Clean the World)

Monday, June 27, 3:15 PM – 3:45 PM

How to Use Strategic Thinking to Navigate Health & Consumer Drivers for Food & Beverage Trends
Hear from the president of Culinary Tides, Inc., whose training in military intelligence, Criminalistics, and Culinary Arts and Human Nutrition becomes the scientific technique in predicting and profiling government and consumer culinary trends.
Speaker and Bio: Suzy Badaracco (Culinary Tides, Inc.)