Epsilon Sigma Phi
The Extension Professionals' Organization

2020 National Conference
October 6-8, 2020

2020 Awards and Recognition Recipients

All winners will be recognized during the Wednesday Awards Session

National Distinguished Service Ruby Award

Wendy Wintersteen / Iowa Alpha Mu Chapter

Friends of Extension

    Elected Official

Ron Justice – Oklahoma

    Elected Official

Governor Bill Lee - Tennessee

    Business/Organization

Stripling Family Foundation - Georgia

Northeast Region

Distinguished Service Award

Dwayne Hay / Pennsylvania Alpha Omicron Chapter

Continued Excellence Award

Deborah Ross / Maryland Tau Chapter

Mid-Career Service Award

Lacie Ashby / Maryland Tau Chapter

Early Career Service Award

Elizabeth Metheny / West Virginia Phi Chapter

Administrative Leadership Award

No Nominees

Visionary Leadership Award

Andrew Lazur / Maryland Tau Chapter

International Service Award

Robin Brumfield / New Jersey Alpha Xi Chapter

Diversity Multicultural Individual

Jeff Howard / Maryland Tau Chapter

Diversity Multicultural Team

No Nominees

Distinguished Team – Rutgers On-Farm Food Safety Program

Meredith Melendez / New Jersey Alpha Xi Chapter, Wesley Kline and Jennifer Matthews

 North Central Region 

Distinguished Service Award

Mary Frances Richmond / Kansas Alpha Rho Chapter

Continued Excellence Award

No Nominee

Mid-Career Service Award

Shannon Carter / Ohio Alpha Eta Chapter

Early Career Service Award

Katherine Feldhues / Ohio Alpha Eta Chapter

Administrative Leadership Award

Pamela Montgomery / Ohio Alpha Eta Chapter

Visionary Leadership Award

Angela Gupta / Minnesota Pi Chapter

International Service Award

Steve Brady / Ohio Alpha Eta Chapter

Diversity Multicultural Individual

Brian Raison / Ohio Alpha Eta Chapter

Diversity Multicultural Team - Are you being served?

Christine Kendle / Ohio Alpha Eta Chapter, Emily Marrison, Samatha Schott, Kate Shumaker, Courtney Woelfl, Sarah Lehman, Hueywen “Holly” Branch

Distinguished Team – Cottage Food: Keep it safe! Keep it legal!

Suzanne Driessen / Minnesota Pi Chapter and Kathy Brandt


Southern Region

Distinguished Service Award

Jennifer Bridge / Kentucky Alpha Kappa Chapter

Continued Excellence Award

Larry Moorehead / Tennessee Omega Chapter

Mid-Career Service Award

Shelly Barnes / Tennessee Omega Chapter

Early Career Service Award

Caitlin Jackson / Georgia Alpha Beta Chapter

Administrative Leadership Award

Johnny Barnes / Tennessee Omega Chapter

Visionary Leadership Award

Ann Berry / Tennessee Omega Chapter

International Service Award

No Nominees

Diversity Multicultural Individual

Whitney Elmore / Florida Alpha Delta Chapter

Diversity Multicultural Team – Haywood County Homebuyer Education Program

Walter Battle / Tennessee Omega Chapter and Karen Jones

Distinguished Team – Preventing Opioid Misuse in the Southeast—the PROMISE Initiative

David Buys / Mississippi Rho Chapter, Ann Sansing, Alisha Hardman, Amanda Stone, Mary Nelson Robertson, Je’Kylynn Steen, Holli Seitz and Laura Downey

Western Region

Distinguished Service Award

Justen Smith / Utah Iota Chapter

Continued Excellence Award

Ken Hart / Idaho Theta Chapter

Mid-Career Service Award

Patricia Skinkis / Oregon Gamma Chapter

Early Career Service Award

Emily Henry / Oregon Gamma Chapter

Administrative Leadership Award

Lindsey Shirley / Oregon Gamma Chapter

Visionary Leadership Award

Mark Platten / Colorado Zeta Chapter

International Service Award

Sam Angima / Oregon Gamma Chapter

Diversity Multicultural Individual

Mario Magana / Oregon Gamma Chapter

Diversity Multicultural Team – Cultural Competency and Strategies to Increase Latino Participation in Extension Programs: A Workshop for USU Extension Faculty

Celina Wille / Utah Iota Chapter, Zuri Garcia, Margie Memmott, and Justen Smith

Distinguished Team – Utah State University Extension – Health Extension: Advocacy, Research, and Teaching (HEART) Initiative

Ashley Yaugher / Utah Iota Chapter, Kandice Atisme', Tim Keady, and Maren Wright Vos

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