Award Recipients

2020 Distinguished Service Award Honorees

Carolyn Barnhart, CFCS

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Leadership through service is in the DNA of Carolyn. From high school to the present, she has demonstrated what it means to be a leader. She started her FCS leadership journey in 4-H. In high school, she served as the Wisconsin FHA (now FCCLA) State President, in college she was the WIM (WI, IL, IA, IN, MN, MI) FCS President and the First VP of the AAFCS Student Unit. She served as the Wisconsin Affiliate of AAFCS (WAFCS) President, and in 2015-16 she was the AAFCS National President. 

Mentoring is also in her DNA. Whether serving as a Department Chair of Food and Nutrition at the University of Wisconsin-Stout or National President of Phi Upsilon Omicron, volunteering in her church, serving as Clerk on the School Board, or as President of the Board for the Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts, Carolyn connects with others, encouraging their talents and abilities. She was instrumental in the founding of the AAFCS Leadership Academy, which continues today. In the classroom she received college and university awards while teaching 36 years at UW-Stout. She continues to advise the members of the Tau Chapter of Phi Upsilon Omicron and encourages students to be involved professionally.  

Jacqueline Holland, CFCS-HDFS
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AAFCS Past President Dr. Holland is a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences at Morgan State University in Maryland. She has actively served on several committees in a leadership capacity for AAFCS and the profession including Diversity and Inclusion Chair, Nominating Committee Chair, Annual Conference Planning Committee, and the Membership Committee, and is involved internationally in the International Federation of Home Economics. She has exemplified throughout her FCS career noteworthy contributions and achievements to build social, economic and human capital for individuals, families, and communities. With more than 30 years in the profession, she has provided leadership in the development of a mentoring program for new teachers, created opportunities to market FCS programs and the accomplishments of teachers, and facilitated the professional development of students and teachers. As an educator, research and service/outreach scholar, her leadership, followership and mentorship skills form the foundation for a pathway that our next generation of professionals can follow, to make a difference in the profession and societies globally. 

Elizabeth Jane Steiner, CFCS-Retired
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As a secondary family and consumer sciences teacher for 43 years, Jane served as department chair, FCCLA adviser, and mentor.  She co-chaired the Elementary, Secondary, and Adult Education section of AAFCS, as well as the Awards and Recognitions Committee and the AAFCS Communities Coordinating Team and was recognized with the national Leader Award. Her ground-breaking career education curriculum elevated FCS in distance-learning and led to her recognition as the esteemed AAFCS National Teacher of the Year. Jane remains a committed member of AAFCS and the Indiana Affiliate, teaches for Purdue University, and volunteers for church and community endeavors. She continues to promote and advocate for FCS in education and community settings.

Jane has been an enthusiastic force for family and consumer sciences for more than 50 years, beginning with her membership in Indiana State University’s AAFCS Student Unit, which she served as president. She was appointed to the AAFCS-Indiana Executive Board in 1965 and has been a leader in the Indiana Affiliate ever since, serving as President and filling many Board and Council positions.

Virginia Vincenti, CFCS
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Dr. Vincenti has a record of sustained achievements in AAFCS and the broader profession. She has served in 18 AAFCS leadership positions, including AAFCS President in 2003-2004. Following this major service, she continued to contribute to AAFCS by serving as Executive Editor of the Family and Consumer Sciences Research Journal and as a member of the Nominating Committee and Public Policy Committee, among other activities. Dr. Vincenti is held in high esteem both nationally and internationally, especially in her contributions to the history of the field. Beginning with her dissertation and continuing with authorship of articles and book chapters throughout her career, she has raised critical questions and highlighted the contributions of leaders in the field.  Most significant is the book she co-edited, Rethinking Home Economics:  Women and the History of a Profession, that provides a perspective on the profession from both home economists and women historians. This and other scholarly works are cited often and used as readings in courses around the world.  

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Donors were recognized in the Annual Honor Roll of Donors, and in the Book of Letters presented to each awardee; the Distinguished Service Awardees were honored at the 2020 Virtual Conference on June 25th! 

2020 Recipients

Distinguished Service Award (DSA) Carolyn Barnhart, CFCS of Wisconsin
Jacqueline Holland, CFCS-HDFS of Maryland
Elizabeth Jane Steiner, CFCS-Retired of Indiana
Virginia Vincenti, CFCS of Wyoming
National Teacher of the Year (TOY) Kayla Correll, CFCS of Wisconsin

Merit Finalists:
Gracie Quarles, CFCS of Virginia
Louise Tallent, CFCS of Indiana
Lisa Tapper, CFCS of Iowa
New Achiever Award Ivy Odom of Georgia
Anne Pitts, CFCS of Kansas
Hannah Upole of Tennessee
Leader Award Gayla Randel, CFCS of Kansas
Ida Marie Snorteland, CFCS-Retired, of South Dakota
Carol Werhan of Indiana
Student Scholars Sadie Hooker, University of WI-Stevens Point - Jewell L. Taylor Scholarship
Taylor Newman, Univ. of Georgia - Jewell L. Taylor Fellowship
Jiaxiu Song, University of Texas Austin - Ethel Parker International Fellowship
Sukyung Seo, University of North Carolina - Elizabeth Williams International Award
Jingchen Zhang, University of Minnesota - Helen Strow International Fellowship

2019 Recipients

Distinguished Service Award (DSA) Valerie L. Giddings, CFCS of North Carolina
Janelle M. Walter, CFCS of Texas
Margaret Viebrock, CNWE, CFCS, of Washington
Sally J. Yahnke of Kansas
National Teacher of the Year (TOY) Heather Jones, CFCS of Virginia

Merit Finalists:
Renee Sigmon of Indiana
Jenna Black of Georgia
New Achiever Award Cassy Dalbom, Kansas ~ Kaylee Ann Wiens, Minnesota
Julie Martin, Wisconsin ~ Amanda Matdies, Montana
Leader Award Cindy Quilling, Wisconsin ~ Jeong-Ju “Jay” Yoo, Texas
Student Scholars Emily Leerhoff, Iowa State Univ. - Jewell L. Taylor Scholarship
Robert Van Dyke, Texas Tech Univ. - Jewell L. Taylor Fellowship
Annamarie Sisson, Kansas State Univ. - Margaret Terrell Fellowship
Farin Bakhtiari, The University of Texas at Austin - Myrna P. Crabtree Professional Development Scholarship
Jessica Parks, University of Georgia - Myrna P. Crabtree Professional Development Scholarship

2018 Recipients

Jewell Taylor Undergraduate Scholarship Kennedy Navis of University of Wisconsin Stout
Jewell Taylor Graduate Fellowship Dawn Michaelson of Auburn University
International Flemmie D. Kittrell Graduate Fellowship Shanting Chen of University of Texas-Austin
Excellence in Extension Grant Joan Koonce, CPFFE of University of Georgia
Centennial Scholars Research Grant Karen K. Melton and Nicole McAninch of Baylor University
Chalkley-Fenn Public Policy Award Gayla Randel, CFCS of Kansas

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2017 Recipients

Distinguished Service Award (DSA) Mary Turner Gilliland
Ethel Jones, CFCS
Carol Kellett
National Teacher of the Year (TOY) Brenda Osman, Indiana

Merit Finalists:
Kimberly Baldwin, CFCS, Colorado
Melody Weatherford, CNWE, South Carolina
New Achiever Award Meilana Charles, CFCS-HDFS, Texas/Washington
Esther Aloia, Pennsylvania
Leader Award Barbara George, CFCS, Wisconsin
Susan Turgeson, CFCS, Wisconsin
Melinda Swafford, Tennessee
Graduate Fellowships Rachel Schichtl, CFCS, Texas Tech University
Jewel Taylor Fellowship
Undergraduate Scholarships Faith Dalton, Purdue University
Jewell Taylor Scholarship