Award Recipients

2018 Distinguished Service Award Honorees

Jan S. Bowers, CFCS
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Dr. Jan Bowers is the Dean of the School of Education and Human Ecology at SUNY Oneonta, where she administers 37 undergraduate and graduate teacher preparation and family consumer sciences programs. She has served the profession as a teacher, State FCCLA Director, State Department of Education Program Supervisor, teacher educator, and as a university department chair.

She has had more than 65 grants funded to facilitate innovative education initiatives, and received awards for University Distinguished Professor of Service, National FCCLA Distinguished Service, AAFCS Leader, FCSEA Educator of the Year and as an American Council on Education Fellow. AAFCS is honored to celebrate her significant contributions to the field, and thank her for her dedication and ongoing leadership.

Learn more about Jan in the Winter 2018 Journal of Family & Consumer Sciences. If you wish to contribute to the DSA Honorary Fund in her honor, please make your gift using the remittance envelope in the JFCS, or visit our donations page

Gay Nell McGinnis, CFCS-Retired
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Combine an exemplary role model for servant leadership with professional dedication and passion for family and consumer sciences education. Sprinkle in a good dose of critical-thinking skills, creativity, vision, and commitment to the challenges at hand and you have just described the career of Gay Nell McGinnis, CFCS-Retired.  Gay Nell achieved professional distinction and excellence in a variety of roles, ranging from effective classroom teaching to statewide oversight of all family and consumer sciences education in Texas through her role with the Texas Education Agency, to her involvement in professional organizations, her work with allied organizations, and finally as a valued staff member at AAFCS. 

Gay Nell McGinnis has deeply influenced our profession and all who have worked with her or learned from her. Her messages to staff often concluded with one word, “Onward!” – which was her way to communicate the need to “persistently and boldly move forward and make a positive difference.” She has made an enduring impact on our profession and within our association.

Learn more about Gay Nell in the Winter 2018 Journal of Family & Consumer Sciences. If you wish to contribute to the DSA Honorary Fund in her honor, please make your gift using the remittance envelope in the JFCS, or visit our donations page


Check this page for updates on more outstanding awards, grants, fellowship, and scholarship recipients this Spring!
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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