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The North American Society (NAS) recognizes outstanding professionals from within the allied professions of health education, physical education, recreation, sport and dance in North America.
Danny Ramsey Ballard
Danny Ramsey Ballard is a professor of Health Education in the Department of Health and Kinesiology at Texas A&M University, where she is Associate Department Head and Chair of the Health Education Division. Dr. Ballard teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on women's health. In additional to co-authorship of Contemporary Women's Health: Issues for Today and the Future, she also was co-author of an elementary textbook series entitled Health. She has published multiple research papers, technical papers, book chapters, and other professional materials; has made more than 235 national, regional, and state presentations. She has been the co-principal investigator and consultant of over $1.7 million in funded projects. Dr. Ballard is past president of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) and Southern District AHPERD. She is a Fellow in the American Association for Health Education (AAHE) and American School Health Association. She was named Outstanding Health Educator of the Year at both the national, district and state levels for AAHE. She most recently received the Honor Award for the AAHPERD national professional association. Dr. Ballard is the current holder of the Leonard D. Ponder Endowed Chair, which includes a one million dollar endowment.
John Price Bennett
John Bennett is currently a Full Professor in the Health and Applied Human Sciences Department at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. John earned his bachelor's degree from William and Mary in 1969, master's degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1972, and his doctorate degree from Northern Illinois University in 1980. In addition, John earned his Certified Public Manager designation from the North Carolina Office of State Personnel in 1988. John began his HPERD career in 1969 teaching elementary health and physical education and since then has served in a variety of different educational roles throughout his career. Prior to coming to UNCW, he has taught kindergarten through the twelfth grade, served as a K-12 central office public school supervisor, taught at two other universities, and just before coming to UNCW, was the Director of Healthful Living Education for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. John has conducted over 500 presentations and workshops in many national and international settings on topics such as health promotion, dance, and team building for all ages. In addition to his efforts in educational settings, he has often consulted with a variety of businesses and athletic teams on management and teambuilding issues. John has over 100 total publications to his credit on topics such as healthful living for all ages, DanceSport, Effective Techniques of Teaching HPERD, and leadership.
Laura Louise Borsdorf
Dr. Laura Borsdorf, Professor, Ursinus College, has been active in the disciplines of Sport and Physical Education for 39 years. An ardent advocate for girls and women being physically active, Laura has helped develop and implement numerous physical activity and sports programs for girls and women, as well as the differently challenged. Programs include, Pennsylvania YOUTHFIT, Medieval Sports Fests for the Differently Challenged, PSAHPERD "Tools for Teachers" workshops, PSAHPERD "Minutes in Motion" and the LPGA-USGA Girls Golf of Valley Forge Foundation. Most of these programs have been funded through grants written/co-written by her. Dr. Borsdorf's scholarly work has focused primarily on gender issues in sport and fitness. Published findings related to her work with the obese have helped change the way many professionals view the impact of physical activity on long term weight management in women. A prolific presenter, Dr. Borsdorf's presentations number in the hundreds and include numerous national and international workshops/lectures. Having been involved with AAHPERD's Physical Best Program since its conception, Dr. Borsdorf is a Certified Physical Best Instructor and Certified Fitness for Life Instructor. She is co-editor of the third edition Physical Best Activity Guide: Elementary. Dr. Borsdorf is active on the EDA-AAHPERD and PSAHPERD Executive Boards and is a Past President of PSAHPERD. She has been honored with numerous awards, including the Girl Scouts Take the Lead Award, the March of Dimes Woman of Achievement, the EDA-AAHPERD Honor Award and the PSAHPERD Cottrell Award. Laura is a true professional, deserving of the NAS Fellow Award.
Jody Brylinsky is a Professor of Sport Studies at Western Michigan University, an NCACE Level 5 graduate program preparing master level coaches. Dr. Brylinsky has held a number of professional leadership positions such as current Field Editor for the Journal of Coaching Education, Past President of NASPE, Chair of the writing team for the 2nd revision of the National Standards for Sport Coaches, and primary author of the National Coaching Report: The State of Coaching in the U.S. She is a former High school coach, college coach and athletic director, USOC Project Gold participant and current Special Olympic Coach volunteer. Dr. Brylinsky's research and instructional interests involve all aspects of coach education and social cultural issues of sport. Since 2000 Dr. Brylinsky has contributed to 8 books, 6 chapters in books, 15 National Refereed articles, and has been the primary investigator for $150,000 internal and external funded grants. She is a sought after speaker having presented over 50 papers at international, national and regional conferences in the last 10 years. Dr. Brylinsky received her Ph.D in Physical Education Sport Studies from the University of Minnesota, a Master of Education in Sport Studies and a Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Education from Slippery Rock University.
Stephen A. Butterfield
Dr. Stephen A. Butterfield is professor of education and special education at the University of Maine, a position he has held for the past 25 years. He served as Coordinator of HPER Programs at UMaine for 9 years. Butterfield received a B.S. from Springfield College, a M.Ed. from Keene State College and his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University. A 25-year member of the Maine AHPERD, he served as President and later as Journal Editor. Butterfield is also active in the Maine Task Force on Adapted Physical Education and twice served as that group's chair. As a Task Force member, he authored Maine's Teaching Certification in APE. Dr. Butterfield is a member of the Governor's Council on Physical Fitness, Sports, and Wellness, and chairs the Council's Legislative Wellness Committee. As a Council member, he has served the past three Maine Governors. A productive scholar, Dr. Butterfield has authored or coauthored 55 articles and made 24 National/International presentations. Last year, he delivered the Research Keynote at EDA-AHPERD. He has been awarded 15 grants and contracts (=$1.7 million) mostly to support programs for children with disabilities and children who were economically disadvantaged. He is active in AAHPERD's Research Consortium and recently served on the Consortium's Nominating Committee. Dr. Butterfield has received several awards including MAHPERD'S Honor Award for Distinguished Leadership, MAHPERD's Highest Praise Award, and an EDA Merit Award for Physical Education. In 2006, he was elected a Fellow of the Research Consortium.
Ronald Victor Croce
Ron Croce is the University of New Hampshire (UNH), College of Health and Human Services Distinguished Career Researcher. He received his B.S. in Physical Education from Brooklyn College (1973), his M.S. in Motor Learning/Control from Temple University (1975), and his Ph.D. in Neuroscience of Motor Control and Special Physical Education from the University of New Mexico (1983). He belongs to a variety of professional organizations and has served on the editorial boards of several tier-one professional journals (e.g., Adapted Physical Education Quarterly, Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Perceptual & Motor Skills, European Journal of Applied Physiology). Dr. Croce has reviewed extensively for professional conferences and symposia, both nationally and internationally. Dr. Croce has been the recipient of several state and university teaching awards, including the "Teaching Excellence Award" in the College of Health and Human Services, the State of New Hampshire's "Excellence in Higher Education Teaching Award", and the "Jean Brierley Teaching Excellence Award," which is the highest recognition of teaching excellence at UNH. He is strongly committed to the research mission in higher education and believes that research enriches the educational environment of its academic programs, while at the same time elevating the body of knowledge in a discipline. With regard to his own research, Dr. Croce has a national and international reputation in two areas: (1) motor-control/learning theories applied to individuals with developmental disabilities, and (2) neuromuscular functioning of the knee, concentrating on quadriceps-hamstrings co-activation in stabilizing the knee joint. His later research has profound implications for rehabilitating injured knees. To date he has coauthored several manuals and texts, including the soon to be release 5th edition of "Developmental/Adapted Physical Education." Dr. Croce has 80-juried publications, and 80 plus national and international professional presentations. He, additionally, has received grant dollars totaling over 1-million dollars. Dr. Croce is currently Chair of the Kinesiology Department at UNH.
Steve Michael Dorman
Steve Dorman, Ph.D., was appointed Dean of the College of Health and Human Performance Aug. 1, 2006. Dorman was chairman of Texas A&M University's Department of Health and Kinesiology before accepting the CHHP dean's position. Dorman is an internationally recognized scholar who has devoted much of his life to health education at the local, state, national and international levels. His awards include National Health Educator of the Year from the American Association of Health Education and the 2007 William A. Howe Award from the American School Health Association. Since joining AAHPERD in 1982 Dorman has held continuous membership and demonstrated continuous service. His leadership service began in 1987 when he served as a member of the Southern District Nominating Committee. His professional service extends from committee membership (roughly 9 in the AAHE/AAHPERD structure) to committee chair and currently President of AAHE. It is evident that Steve has made continuous contributions to AAHPERD for over 20 years. A prolific author, Dorman has published numerous peer-reviewed articles. In addition, he has published many technology briefs in peer-reviewed professional journals about the role technology can play in research. He earned his bachelor's degree in biology from Lee University in Cleveland, Tenn., his Master of Public Health and his doctorate in health education both from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Upon completion of his doctorate, he served as a health education coordinator for the Onslow County Schools in Jacksonville, N.C.
Luke E. Kelly
Luke E. Kelly is a full professor and holder of the Virgil S. Ward Chair in Education at the University of Virginia. Administratively, he has served as the Chair of the Department of Human Services for five years, Program Director of Kinesiology for five years, Chair of the Social and Behavioral Sciences Institutional Review Board for eight years, and Chief Technology Officer for the Curry School of Education for three years. Professionally he has given more than 100 national and international presentations and written extensively in the areas of curriculum and assessment related to adapted physical education. He has authored or co-authored 10 books, 17 book chapters, 48 refereed articles and 5 software applications. He has served as the President of the National Consortium for Physical Education and Recreation for Individuals with Disabilities. While President of the NCPERID, he led a five year federally funded project to create national standards and a national certification exam for adapted physical education. He has also served as Chair of the AAHPERD Adapted Physical Activity Council and been the principal investigator on 12 federal training and research grants. A few notable honors are he is a fellow in the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education, has received the William A. Hillman Jr. Distinguished Service Award and the G. Lawrence Rarick Research award from the NCPERID and has received a special recognition award for Outstanding Service from the Adapted Physical Activity Council of the American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance.
Jacalyn Lund received her BS degree from Michigan State in 1971, her MS in 1974 from the University of Northern Colorado, and her PhD from Ohio State in 1990. She was a high school physical education teacher for 16 years prior to entering her doctoral program. After Jackie's doctorate she worked at the University of Louisville from 1990-2000, at Ball State University from 2000-2004, and currently at Georgia State University serving as department chair with the rank of Associate Professor. During Jackie's entire career she has been not only an outstanding teacher but a leader in her profession. While a high school teacher in Colorado she held several leadership positions in the Colorado AHPERD including President in 1986. She has held leadership positions in both Central and Southern Districts of AAHPERD. On the national level she has served on the Middle and Secondary School Physical Education Council for NASPE and on various NASPE committees. She served as NASPE President and is currently on the AAHPERD BOG representing NASPE. Jackie is recognized nationally as an assessment expert. She has written extensively in the area including co-authoring an assessment textbook and a document in the NASPE Assessment Series on writing rubrics. She developed the NASPE PIPEline assessment workshop manuals. Jackie has three different textbooks with two soon to be in their second editions and another which is under development for NASPE. She has published 25 refereed articles, over 65 refereed presentations, and over 100 invited presentations and workshops.
Regina Jo McGill
Regina (Reggie) Jo McGill has had a long and very distinguished career in the HPERD field. She spent 24 years teaching middle school physical education, five years as a middle school associate principal and five years as a middle school principal with the Bettendorf Community School District (BCSD). Reggie McGill has served the profession with sustained leadership in her own community, IAHPERD, Central District and the Alliance. Reggie has always shown leadership qualities and the desire to serve the profession and other professionals. Reggie was a leader during her college years at the University of IA, a leader as a teacher in the BCSD, and a leader as an administrator. Whenever she commits, she is 100% invested! Reggie started her professional career in college by getting the very first physical education leadership award (M. Gladys Scott) from the University of IA. In 1983, she had the honor of becoming the very first NASPE National Secondary Physical Education Teacher of the Year. Reggie has also shown her passion for outdoor education. The Bettendorf Middle School sixth graders have traveled to a week-long outdoor adventure camp for many, many years. Thanks to her leadership, this still continues. A highlight of her career was when the BCSD received a three year Physical Education for Progress Grant. When asked to lead the grant, she jumped right in with 100% effort to deliver the goals of the grant. She is a true passionate professional.
Beatrice N. Orr
Bea Orr has dedicated a life to the professions of health, physical education, recreation, dance, and sport. Her professional contributions span the fields of teaching (at all levels), coaching, mentoring, speaking, volunteering, initiating, and giving. Her career began as a teacher and coach, with some time out to raise a family, and parlayed into a career of phenomenal contributions that led the Alliance Assembly to elect her President for the 100th Anniversary Celebration of AAHPERD and the West Virginia AAHPERD to name a student leadership award in her honor. Bea has served at all levels of leadership within the AAHPERD structure including West Virginia, Midwest, and AAHPERD Presidencies. She continues to be very instrumental in the Jump Rope and Hoops for Heart initiatives. That leadership is evidenced by the fact that the Logan County Schools are consistently the #1 and #2 fund raisers in West Virginia for the collaborative AHA/AAHPERD initiative. She continues to be an active member of the SAM group as she serves as Executive Director of the West Virginia AAHPERD. Literally hundreds of speaking engagements, including commencement addresses, and countless opportunities to testify to legislative groups are just a few of the ways Bea has used her knowledge and connectedness to impact student health and opportunities. From Marshall University to numerous Governor's Councils or Task Forces, Bea Orr holds college credentials and appointments which solidify her role in the professions of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Dance, and Sport.
Greg Reid was an elementary physical education teacher for two years following a master's degree from UCLA (1971) where he was introduced to adapted physical education. At the elementary school he developed a special physical activity program for children with coordination difficulties, today known as developmental coordination disorder (DCD). He began another master's in special education at McGill University and joined its Physical Education Department as lecturer in 1973. He completed a Ph.D. at Penn State in adapted physical education, motor learning, and special education. He returned to McGill in 1977 and obtained professor status in 1989. He served the Department as undergraduate and graduate program director as well as Chair. In the early 1980's he volunteered with provincial and national Special Olympics and was President of a local CEC chapter. Later, major leadership roles included chair of the first conference of the North American Federation of Adapted Physical Activity (1991), Editor of the Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly (1992-1996), and President of the International Federation of Adapted Physical Activity (2001-2005). Broadly, his research has dealt with motor performance and learning of those with developmental disabilities (ADHD, intellectual disability, DCD, and autism) and more specifically self-regulation and self-determination. He has 64 publications in peer-reviewed scholarly and professional journals, 22 chapters, and 4 books/manuals. He has supervised to completion 47 thesis-based graduate students at the master's (43) and doctoral levels (4); four of them having received awards for the quality of their research. He joined AAHPERD in 1975.
Bradford N. Strand
Dr. Bradford N. Strand received his undergraduate degree in physical education and social studies from Mayville State University, Mayville, ND in 1978. He received a Masters degree from North Dakota State University in1984 in Education with an emphasis in physical education. In 1988 Dr. Strand received a PhD in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of New Mexico. Early in his career, Dr. Strand was a graduate teaching assistant at North Dakota State University, admissions counselor and assistant men's basketball coach at Valley City State University, graduate teaching assistant at University of New Mexico and an instructor at William Paterson College of New Jersey. He then taught in the HPER Dept at Utah State University in Logan, UT, from 1989-1996. From 1996 until present Dr. Strand has been a professor and/or Department Chair of Health, Nutrition and Exercise Sciences at North Dakota State University. Fargo, ND. Dr. Strand loves to learn and loves history. He has a taste for adventure and most definitely has a "bucket list". Dr. Strand has a great passion for all areas of fitness. He loves to teach, research, write and present in this area. Dr. Strand spends his leisure time reading, writing, playing sports, coaching his sons, watching most sports, and researching new ideas within his discipline. He is one of those very dependable individuals to work with and have as a friend.
Donna Jean Terbizan
Donna Terbizan truly believes that she is in the career that she was born to fulfill. Her career began and continues at North Dakota State University. Her professional accomplishments and achievements continue to expand. Donna's position at NDSU entails teaching, research, and service. In teaching, her focus has always been explaining difficult science principles to the level of students' understanding. She developed numerous courses during her tenure at NDSU. Terbizan and her students have published 23-refereed articles, more than 50 abstracts, and have presented more than 100 times as state, regional, and national conventions and meetings. As the curriculum director of the Exercise Science major, she considers her major to be among the best in the country for preparing the entry-level exercise scientists. She is a Fellow in both the American College of Sports Medicine and the Research Consortium of the AAHPERD. In the Central District Association of AAHPERD she served on the executive board, as convention manager for two conventions, and presently as secretary.
Deitra E. Wengert
Dr. Deitra E. Wengert, first joined AAHPERD in undergraduate school. She is a Professor and the School Health Coordinator in the Department of Health Science at Towson University. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland in Stress Management and Parenting. She has contributed to AAHPERD through shared governance and in the health education discipline at the national, district and state levels. Her service includes the following: Scholar Committee Chairperson and Committee member (2007-09), Strategic Planning Committee (2004-05), District Services to the Alliance Committee Chair (2004-05), President Elect Eastern District Association 2009, Observer to the Board of Governors 2009-10; AAHPERD /AAHE Representative to the National Council on Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) Board of Program Reviewers 2009-11, Board of Examiners (BOE) 2005-11, AAHPERD/AAHE Representative to NCATE Special Program (SPA) Folio reviewer 2005-present, National Model School and Community for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Committee 1999-2008, AAHE/SOPHE SABPAC Baccalaureate Approval Committee, AAHE Executive Board (1999-2000), AAHE Board of Directors (1997-2000), EDA Vice President for Health Education (1990), Maryland AHPERD Executive Director (1997-2003), President (1997-1998), and Vice President Health Education (1990-1991). Dr. Wengert has been awarded the American School Health Association Fellow in 2006, American Association for Health Education Fellow in 2001, EDA Honor Award in 2006, AAHE Professional Service Award in 2004, AAHE Tambrands, Inc. University and College Health Educator Award 1997, AAHE Tambrands Inc. EDA Outstanding University and College Health Educator Award, EDA Merit Award in Health Education 1988, and Maryland AHPERD R. Tait McKenzie Award, William Burdick Award and the Teacher of the Year in Health Education. She has received grant funding from state and federal funding and has numerous presentations at the state, district and national levels.