Our organization’s awards recognize and celebrate the outstanding achievements and contributions by our members. Awards are presented annually at the May member meeting.  We are proud to name our 2016-2017 awards winners.

FCS Professional of the Year Award

This award honors a member for leadership in their profession and outstanding service to this organization. This is the highest organizational award a member can receive. The recipient of this award was enthusiastically nominated by 3 different members!

The 2016-2017 FCS Professional of the Year is Sarah Wangler!

Sarah is a Creative Marketing Professional with a strong background in the food industry. She works with companies to make their retail products stop-able, shop-able and sell-able. She typically works on food packaging, creating new brands, advertising, promotions, brand strategies, graphic design, websites, and sales materials. She serves on the Institute of Packaging Professionals board of directors and serves as a mentor to several college/university business/marketing students.

Emerging Leader Award

This award was formerly known as the Making a Difference Award and it recognizes professionals who are new to their industry, have been members of FCS Professionals for 5 years or less, and have made a notable contribution to the organization.

The 2016-17 recipient of the Emerging Leader Award is one of our newest members, Colleen Glenn.

Colleen joined FCS Professionals in Spring of 2016 and immediately became active in the organization! She joined the Mixx and Mingle committee and was an enthusiastic ambassador at our meetings, greeting attendees and helping them network.

Colleen graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Akron with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics. She is a Registered Dietitian and has clinical experience at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, McKesson MediMart, and is currently working on projects for Land O’Lakes. 

Spirit Award

This new award recognizes a member that has shown championing behavior for our organization.

The first recipient of the FCS Professional’s Spirit Award is Karen Smith!

Is an enthusiastic and energetic member
– Owns a kindred spirit
– Possesses team spirit characteristics
– Always speaks positively about organization
– Suggests changes in positive & helpful ways
– Shares ideas & concerns
– Engages family members in meeting learnings & together with her family, takes action
– Has brought husband Rob and daughter to meetings
– Invites and brings other guests to meetings
– Writes and submits articles for Direction and Blog without being asked

Volunteer of the Year Award

This award recognizes a member who represents the community-involvement-spirit of FCS Professionals through community outreach/enrichment they perform.

The inaugural winner of the Volunteer of the Year Award is Laurel Severson!

Laurel consistently gives of her time and talents profiting her community and receives no reimbursement for her worthy deeds.

Laurel has been involved in 3 major transitions where volunteering involved emotions and long histories of the organizations resulting in significant changes! Three major transitions that she has led and guided are Phi Upsilon Omicron, the West 7th Community Center, and the Dayton Avenue Presbyterian Church.

Behind the Scenes Star Award

This award recognizes a member who works diligently to execute programming, results, and/or innovation within the organization but aren’t in any formal position on the board.

The first ever recipient of the Behind-the-Scenes-Star Award is Marie Winker!

Faithfully and with expertise, accuracy and in a timely manner, Marie prepares PDU’s and CEU’s for our meetings. The offering of PDU’s and CEU’s help to build meeting attendance. Marie has been doing this service for several years! Programming is most appreciative. Members and guests collecting PDU’s and CEU’s are also thankful for the benefit.