Award Winners

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 2018-2019 awards winners.

FCS Professional of the Year 

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 2018-2019 FCS Professional of the Year is Susan Vance!


It is with great pleasure to announce the selection of Susan Vance for this award.  Susan epitomizes the criteria for this award because she is a FCS Professional member who has continually given of herself within our organization.

Brian, Susan’s husband, sums Susan up perfectly on Facebook.  He said “spent her birthday in the same way she lives her life, full of selfless love for others.”

Since becoming a member Susan has been our newsletter editor & blogger.  She coordinated & planned our tour at US Bank Stadium. Susan is the one suggesting we have a Laundry Camp meeting at Mona Williams featuring Patric Richardson.  Both of these events had high, high participant raves!

Words that perfectly describe Susan are:

  • Kindness for all
  • Friendly
  • Sympathetic
  • Punctual
  • Resourceful
  • Exceptional
  • Thoughtful
  • Dependable
  • Inspiring
  • Admired

In addition to volunteering and sharing her time with Food and Consumer Science Professionals you’ll see Susan volunteering at her children’s school, her church, and in her neighborhood.

Susan has truly made a huge impact with her time and commitment to FCS Professionals over the years and we are honored to present this award to her.  Thank you and congratulations, Susan!

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 2018-19 recipient of the Emerging Leader Award is one of our newest members, Lisa Krause.


The Emerging Leader Award goes to Lisa Krause.  Lisa has been coming to meetings and has enjoyed the networking and learning that are a part of FCS Professionals.  In fact, she has agreed to serve on the FCS Professionals Board in 2019-20 as Nominations and Awards Chair.

Lisa has been in FCS education in the Becker School District.  The majority of her career has been in ECFE as a parent educator and coordinator of the Early Childhood and School Readiness programs.  Recently she changed positions and is a middle school FCS teacher in Becker.  She is a life-long learner currently taking classes in Kitchen and Bath design!

Not only is Lisa an excellent educator but a wonderful mother and wife. She volunteers with her family at Operation Christmas Child, the St. Cloud Salvation Army serving meals together on Christmas Day, and Cyclehealth events.

In February Lisa received recognition at the MAFCS Symposium receiving a best practice grant to purchase funds for a classroom photography studio to be used in the eighth grade Life Skills class. She shared, “During the class experience students are taught basic food photography concepts that they then use in lab experiences as well as a final project. The studio provides all lab groups a professional experience to demonstrate the skills they have learned and are mastering. Students use the photographs to complete final evaluations of their culinary unit experiences.”

We are excited to welcome Lisa to the FCS Professionals Board and look forward to the leadership she will add to our organization.  Thank you and congratulations, Lisa!

Spirit Award

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


The 2018-19 recipient of the FCS Professional’s Spirit Award is Marge Ryerson.


Who knows the importance & benefits of belonging to a professional organization?

Who wants FCS Professionals to survive & thrive?

It’s our Membership Chair & longtime member Marge Ryerson!

Working to build a strong base for FCSP and keep FCSP strong, Marge:

  • Reviewed & redesigned our membership brochure
  • Assumed the lead & worked tirelessly on updating our bylaws
  • Picked up the membership recruitment pace and diligently hand wrote personal notes to 75 plus non-renewing & potential new members.
  • Presented to students at local universities/colleges promoting FCSP and encouraging membership
  • Planned a new way to recognize new members at meetings. ($10.00 bill refund)
  • Suggested changes for our website working with our administrative assistant
  • Attended the Michael Brand presentation and is looking at ways to incorporate his suggestions

The following qualities have been used to describe Marge:

  • dependable
  • always prepared
  • supportive
  • organized
  • courageous
  • motivated
  • dedicated
  • writes eloquently

Marge has truly made a huge impact with her time and commitment to FCS Professionals  and we are honored to present this award to her.  Thank you and congratulations, Marge!

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 2018-19 recipient of the Volunteer Award is Vicky Cherne.


It is with great pleasure to announce the selection of Vicky Cherne for this award.  Vicky is genuine, authentic, incredibly kind, and helpful.   She absolutely represents the community-involvement-spirit of FCS Professionals through the many community outreach opportunities she partakes in. Vicky is also a wife and mom of three and is very active in her church community, playing a large role in fundraising activities at the parish. She is known for spending her nights and weekends before a bake sale in the kitchen baking and setting up for the fundraisers, even if that means doing so only a few short hours before catching a flight for a work trip.

Vicky is the past national chair of the SOCAP Consumer Packaged Goods committee and the current SOCAP Minnesota Chapter President. As if she has time to spare, she served as President Elect this year for FCS Professionals and helped immensely on the Membership Sub-committee to brainstorm ideas for increasing our member numbers and traveling to local colleges to speak about FCS Professionals encouraging students to join. She is always willing to help us secure meetings at Land O’Lakes headquarters each year, works with the on-campus catering to plan delicious meals that feature Land O’Lakes products, and often volunteers to lead a tour through the Test Kitchens.  We are beyond fortunate to have her serve as our FCS Professionals President this upcoming 2019-2020 year and are excited for all of the wonderful accomplishments we will have under her leadership!

Vicky gives of her time and many talents and represents FCS Professionals in the community doing this without seeking recognition.  She is very deserving of this award as a small token of appreciation for all she does for FCS Professionals and the many other organizations she volunteers with on a regular basis!

We are honored to present this award to you, Vicky.  Thank you and congratulations!

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 2018-19 recipient of the Behind the Scenes award is Alyssa Ambrosius.


Who has a genuine big smile?  Who is always poised & professional?  Who loves the world of FACS?  Who is supportive of FCSP programming?  Who has been coming to our meetings for several years and joined this year?

It is Alyssa Ambrosius!  Alyssa is our supportive & shining star.  For our 2019-2020 year, Alyssa has volunteered to help programming with innovative & creative ideas and venues.  Programming is looking forward to her suggestions!

In addition to Alyssa supporting and actively participating in FCSP programming, Alyssa has:

  • Been a contributor to the MN FACS Frameworks collaborative project
  • Diligently worked on MAFCS Annual Conferences recruiting presenters & creating conference themes
  • Is an innovative and enthusiastic Family & Consumer Science Teacher at Monticello High School with a really cool indoor school garden in the FACS department
  • Co-authored a Farm to School curriculum available at LearningZoneXpress
  • Supports Twin Cities Girls On the Run
  • Is organizing the 2nd Annual FCS Summer Career Pathway: Culinary Arts Farm 2 FCS Symposium on June 20th at St. Paul College

Alyssa has truly made a huge impact with her time and commitment to FACS in Minnesota over the last few years and we are honored to present this award to her.  Thank you and congratulations, Alyssa!