Friend of NEAFCS Award

Initiated in 2005, the annual Friend of NEAFCS Award is the highest honor bestowed by the Association in recognition of an individual or organization who has made significant contributions to Extension Family and Consumer Science education programs.

Friend of NEAFCS Recipients

2016 - Sharon Hoelscher Day

Sharon Hoelscher Day was honored on Thursday, September 15 at the NEAFCS Annual Session Awards Ceremony in Big Sky, Montana for her leadership to create the NEAFCS Endowment. In recognition of this accomplishment she received the Friend of NEAFCS award, the most prestigious award given by NEAFCS. Sharon was NEAFCS President 2003-2004 and prior to that she served as Vice President for Public Policy. She also served as national president of the Joint Council of Extension Professionals.

Day received her BS from the Ohio State University and MA from Michigan State University. She is Emerita Extension Faculty, University of Arizona Cooperative Extension where she developed Bone Builders, an osteoporosis prevention program, and other healthy lifestyle outreach programs. Sharon was primary investigator or co-PI in more than $3.4 million of program grants.

Sharon Hoelscher Day just completed work on a national Nutrition and Wellness Educator Certification project for the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. The new Certification is now available through AAFCS.

Other honors Day has received are the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences’ Leader Award, the 2008 NEAFCS Extension Educator of the Year Award, and 2004 Extension Faculty of the Year by the University of Arizona. Sharon was the 2010-11 AAFCS Chalkley-Fenn Public Policy Scholar.

Sharon and her husband, Dan, live in northern Nevada near Lake Tahoe where they are active in their church and community. She serves on the Board of the Carson Valley Arts Council and in charge of their concert series and events. Sharon was named 2015 CVAC Volunteer of the Year.

Congratulations to Sharon Hoelscher Day, our 2016 Friend of NEAFCS award winner!

2015 - Bill Viar

Bill Viar is Director of the American Income Life Insurance Company Special Risk Division where he has just concluded his 21st year with the company.  In his capacity with AIL, Viar has worked with thousands of extension professionals and volunteer leaders providing coverage for clubs, camps, fairs, and other special events sponsored at the national, regional, state, and county level.  His industry experience includes 24 years in various insurance underwriting and marketing positions as well as attaining the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter Designation (CPCU).  He serves on the board of the Central Indiana CPCU Society and has also been a member of various local 4-H and camp association boards.   Personal recognition includes receiving State Friend of Extension Awards from the Indiana Extension Educators Association and the Purdue Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Phi.  American Income Life Insurance Company has also been recognized as a National Partner in 4-H.

During Viar’s tenure at AIL, over $300,000.00 has been donated to extension professional associations and national and regional events sponsored by extension.

Bill is a 1984 graduate of Liberty University and resides in Indianapolis with Terri, his wife, and two daughters.

2014 - Nancy Becker

Nancy has been a Home Economist with National Presto Industries for 20 years, and for the past 12 years has managed the Test Kitchen.  In her position she performs several different functions but the one that delights her the most is that of food preservation specialist. Annual Session attendees throughout the years have interacted with Nancy during the Exhibit segment of our conference and experienced and appreciated her expertise in the food preservation area. She has a unique partnership with Extension Educators to make sure that her customers and our clients receive correct information so they can be safe and feel confident when canning at home. Nancy received her Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics at South Dakota State University and Masters Degree at University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.   She is a Registered Dietitian.   National Presto Industries has their headquarters in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. 

 

2013 - Home Baking Association

The Home Baking Association (HBA) is a valuable resource for educators, parents, community service volunteers, scratch-bakers and anyone else interested in baking. It provides recipes, activities, lesson plans and other valuable resources that help you at home in the kitchen, or in the classroom. The Home Baking Association (HBA) mission of “growing the practice of home baking” could not be more timely due to economic conditions and other societal changes. The fact is more meals are being prepared at home, and this organization is at the forefront in sharing our tools and knowledge to not only current bakers, but future generations as well. In recent years more people learned about HBA than ever before, keeping the momentum of this non-profit organization going strong.

 

2012 — Caroline Crocoll

Caroline E. Crocoll is the Division Director, Division of Family and Consumer Sciences, USDA/NIFA.  She is responsible for providing national leadership for and supervision of critical tasks involving Family and Consumer Sciences staff, program development and collaboration; identifying mission-relevant issues requiring Federal attention and support; conceiving and executing Family and Consumer Sciences programs to respond to existing or emerging opportunities, priorities, and issues; and evaluating the impacts of these programs.



2011 — Nancy Bock

Nancy Bock is the Senior Vice President of Meetings and Education at the American Cleaning Institute® (ACI). She is a recognized leader in consumer education and family and consumer sciences. Her 30 years of experience has been dedicated to designing educational programs, materials and campaigns to help improve the lives of individuals and families.

 

2010 — Linda Kay Benning

Linda Kay Benning is well known for her work as the Associate Director for Extension and Outreach at the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. Linda also serves half time as the Executive Director of the Northeast Cooperative Extension Directors. Before these positions she served as a legislative assistant in the U.S. Senate. The focus for her work includes education from to post-secondary, agriculture, environment, energy and welfare. Linda was an Extension Agent for over seven years with the South Dakota State University Cooperative Extension Service, including three on the Cheyenne River Indiana Reservation. Additionally, she spent over ten years as a high school teacher in San Jose, California. Linda has a Master's of Arts in Education from Sonoma State University and an undergraduate degree in Home Economics from San Jose State University. Linda is a South Dakota 4-H alumnus and attributes much of her abilities to life skills gained through 4-H club membership. NEAFCS thanks Linda Kay Benning for her years of service to the Extension profession and JCEP organizations.

2009 — Dr. Anna-Mae Kobbe

Dr. Ann-Mae Kobbe is well known for her work in the Land-Grant University System. She began her career with University of Missouri Extension and served as NEAFCS President during 1984-85. Dr. Kobbe joined the federal staff at the USDA Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Services where she oversaw staff and numerous programs as the official liaison from the CSREES Families, 4-H, and Nutrition Unit to NEAFCS. She retired from USDA/CSREES in 2006.

2008 — Jeanne M. Priester

Jeanne M. Priester is a former national program leader, Home Economics and Nutrition and Alabama Extension State Specialist whose impact continues today. The annual Priester National Extension Health Conference and the Priester Health award remain ongoing tributes to her work.

2007 — Tawnia True, Procter & Gamble's External Relations Manager, Kentucky

Provided leadership and support of P&G's many years of exhibiting and sponsorship for Annual Sessions, in addition to educational materials and community and international initiatives.

2006 — Dr. Elizabeth Gregory, Texas A&M University Cooperative Extension

Led the creation of the Living Well logo and slogan, along with extensive marketing, communications and training materials

2005 — Senator Charles Grassley, Iowa

Sponsored U.S. Senate resolution proclaiming the second full week of March each year as Extension Living Well Week
 

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