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NISOD’s Excellence Awards recognize men and women each year who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment and contribution to their students and colleagues. NISOD is the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development, a membership organization committed to promoting and celebrating excellence in teaching, learning and leadership at community and technical colleges.

In 1989, in connection with a University of Texas at Austin national study of teaching excellence, NISOD hosted its first ceremony honoring NISOD Excellence Award recipients. The annual event has since become the largest gathering that recognizes the contributions and achievements of community and technical college faculty, administrators and staff.

“Student success is a focus and priority for all of us at Yavapai College, and it’s wonderful to be able to recognize faculty and staff who exemplify this focus in their day-to-day activities,” Dr. Penny Wills, Yavapai College president said. “It sends a good message to students and potential students, as well.”

“Recognizing those individuals who have contributed to student success and their colleges’ mission is something we look forward to doing each year,” said Dr. Edward J. Leach, NISOD’s executive director. “The extraordinary work of these men and women includes not only what they do for their students and colleagues, but what they do for the communities in which they live and work. We’re honored to be able to play a part in celebrating their achievements.”

Excellence Award recipients will be celebrated during NISOD’s annual International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence in Austin, Texas later this year. During the Excellence Awards Dinner and Celebration, held in conjunction with NISOD’s annual conference, each Excellence Award recipient receives a specially cast, pewter medallion hung on a burnt-orange ribbon.

About NISOD

Created in 1978, NISOD is a membership organization committed to promoting and celebrating excellence in teaching, learning and leadership at community and technical colleges. NISOD supports its member colleges by providing professional development resources and learning experiences, including practitioner publications, webinars, the annual International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence, the NISOD Excellence Awards, and more. For more information about NISOD, visit www.nisod.org.


NISOD Award Winners

Year Name/Division Title
2020/2021 Evelyn Garey Evelyn Garey,
Financial Aid
Specialist
2020/2021 lauri.dreher_yc.edu.jpg Lauri Dreher,
Business Management
Director
2020/2021 Marie Hardman Prescott Yavapai College Marie Hardman,
Allied Health
Instructor
2019/2020 paul.jpg Paul Smolenyak,
Chemistry
Instructor
2019/2020 tom.jpg Tom Hughes,
IER
Director
2019/2020 Jeni Johnson Jeni Johnson,
Student Tech Team
Manager
2018/2019 Sheila Jarrell Selina Bliss,
Nursing
Instructor
2018/2019 Curtis kleinman Curtis Kleinman,
Spanish
Instructor
2018/2019 Carl Moody Carl Moody,
Program Analyst
Institutional Research
2017/2018 Sheila Jarrell Sheila Jarrell,
Student Services
Registrar and Director of Enrollment Services
2017/2018 Matt Mintzmyer Matt Mintzmyer,
School of Career & Technical Education
Professor, Aviation
2017/2018 Andrea Schaben Andrea Schaben,
School of Science and Engineering
Professor, Mathematics
2016/2017 Diane Dowling Diana Dowling,
Student Services
Director, Financial Aid and the Answer Center
2016/2017 Dave Gorman Dave Gorman,
Mathematics
Instructor
2016/2017 Jason Whitesitt Jason Whitesitt,
English and Humanities
Instructor
2015/2016 Joy D'Angelo Joy D'Angelo,
Business
Instructor
2015/2016 Michael Davis< Michael Davis,
Administration of Justice
Instructor
2015/2016 Heather Muclaire Heather Mulcaire,
Student Services
Advisor
2014/2015 Molly Beachman Molly Beachman,
Mathematics
Instructor
2014/2015 LeAnne Lawhead LeAnne Lawhead,
Early Childhood Education
Instructor
2014/2015 Billie Norris Billie Norris,
Instructional and Student Services
Executive Assistant
2013/2014 Justin Brereton Justin Brereton,
Agribusiness
Instructor
2013/2014 Dr. Suzanne Waldenberger Suzanne Waldenberger,
Humanities/General Education Coordinator
Instructor
2013/2014 Tania Sheldahl Tania Sheldahl,
Academic and Career Advising,
Testing Services and High School Relations
Director
2012/2013 Lauren McCrea Lauren McCrea,
Visual Performing and
Liberal Arts
Instructor
2012/2013 Gino Romeo Gino Romeo,
Chemistry
Instructor
2011/2012 Alan Lohr Alan Lohr,
Gunsmithing
Instructor
2010/2011 Denise Woolsey Denise Woolsey,
Communications
Instructor
2010/2011 Matt Pearcy Matt Pearcy,
Biology
Instructor
2010/2011 Rick Peters Rick Peters,
Mining
Instructor
2009/2010 Stacey Hilton Stacey Hilton,
TeLS/Summer and
Winter Institutes
Director
2009/2010 photo unavailable Ken Schoch,
EMS and Paramedic
Program Director
2009/2010 Brent Roberts Brent Roberts,
Math/Honors Program
Instructor
2008/2009 photo unavailable Gennie Fuemmeier
EDU/Reading
Instructor
2008/2009 Larry Frolich Larry Frolich,
Anatomy/Physiology
Instructor
2008/2009 Ernie Hernandez Ernie Hernandez,
Automotive
Instructor
2007/2008 Al Garbagnati Al Garbagnati,
Psychology/Sociology
Instructor
2007/2008 Paul Ewing Paul Ewing,
Liberal Studies
Instructor
2007/2008 Vickey LaMotte Vickey LaMotte,
Family Enrichment Ctr.
Director
2006/2007 photo unavailable Jim Bushman,
Public Services
Program Director
2006/2007 David Graser David Graser,
Math
Instructor