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2016 Individual Award Winners

Tuesday, September 20, 2016   (0 Comments)
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The Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors Awards & Recognition Committee is excited to announce the 2016 individual award recipients. Every year the AFA Awards & Recognition Committee recognizes outstanding contributions by our members and colleagues. These awards will be presented at the 40th AFA Annual Meeting in Boston, MA on Saturday, December 3. Please join us in congratulating our individual award winners!


Jack L. Anson Award 
Lori Hart, Ph.D. | Pi Kappa Phi | Alpha Omicron Pi
Lori’s contributions to the interfraternal community are numerous. She served as the Chairman of the North-American Interfraternity Conference Alcohol/Recruitment Committee (2005-2006) and Chairman for the National Panhellenic Conference Risk Management Task Force (2009-2011). Among others, her work has been recognized by the NIC, where the Ladder of Risk program she helped create was awarded the 2012 Laurel Wreath Award; the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors, where her leadership of Pi Kappa Phi’s comprehensive approach to alcohol education was recognized with the inaugural AFA/CoHEASAP Award for Outstanding Alcohol/Drug Prevention Program and her service to the Association was honored with a 2009 Sue Kraft Fussell Distinguished Service Award; and the Southeastern Interfraternity Conference, where Lori received the 2010 Dr. Karleem Reiss Award. Lori is also a frequent presenter at the AFA Annual Meeting and FEA Annual Meeting, as well as regional student leadership conferences. As a well-known speaker, Lori brings her messages of positive fraternity/sorority experiences and responsible choices around alcohol use to more than 100 campuses and inter/national fraternity and sorority events annually.

Dr. Kent L. Gardner Award
Walter M. Kimbrough, Ph.D. | Dillard University | Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
On July 1, 2012, Dr. Walter M. Kimbrough began his appointment as the seventh president of Dillard University. Previously, Dr. Kimbrough served as president of Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Arkansas. Known as the Hip Hop President, he is one of the youngest college presidents in the nation. He presently serves as chair of the archives, history, and public information committee of the United Negro College Fund, and is a past member of the board of directors. A 1986 initiate of the Zeta Pi chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. at the University of Georgia, Kimbrough was the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. College Brother of the Year for the Southern Region and served as the Southern Region assistant vice president. As one of the nation’s foremost experts on Black Greek Letter Organizations, Kimbrough has given over 500 speeches on issues affecting fraternities and sororities, and made the coveted Ebony Magazine Power list of the 100 doers and influencers in the African American community, joining the likes of President and Mrs. Obama, Jay-Z, Richard Parsons, Tyler Perry, Debra Lee, Michael Jordan, and Tom Joyner.

Robert H. Shaffer Award 
Mandy Womack | University of San Diego | Kappa Alpha Theta
Mandy Womack has over 20 years of experience working in higher education. In these 20 years in higher education, Mandy has risen within the University of San Diego. Beginning in 1994 as a graduate assistant, she went on to be hired in 1997 as the Student Activities Program Advisor (a position she held until 2000). She then went on to serve as the Assistant Director of Student Activities from 2000-2002, the Acting Assistant Dean of Students from 2002-2003, and the Director of Student Organizations and Greek Life from 2002-2014. Since 2014, Mandy has served as the Director of Student Leadership and Engagement where she promotes health and wellness initiatives, authentic engagement, self-care and health relationships. Hailing from Southern California, Mandy attended San Diego State University where she joined Kappa Alpha Theta women’s fraternity, led the Panhellenic community as Panhellenic President, graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies, and then earned a Master’s degree in Counseling and College Student Services. In 2010, Mandy was honored with the Sue Kraft Fussell Distinguished Service Award and has served the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors in numerous volunteer roles over the years. She has also given back to her own organization, Kappa Alpha Theta, and has held several volunteer roles with a variety of chapters across the nation.

Sue Kraft Fussell Distinguished Service Awards 
Ashley Dye | University of Illinois | Pi Beta Phi
In addition to her many volunteer roles with AFA since 2000, Ashley leads with passion in her own organization, Pi Beta Phi. Most notably, she served on the NPC delegation for the past 10 years, and her role as an Alternate Delegate allowed her to share her talents as an Area Advisor. As the Assistant Dean of Students at the University of Illinois, Ashley is a trusted advisor and ally to many students and professionals which has made her a sought after facilitator for many national programs. In the past year, she was included in the “Forty under 40” by the Central Illinois Business Magazine.

Cassie Gerhardt, Ph.D. | University of North Dakota | Alpha Chi Omega
Cassie began her career as a fraternity and sorority administrator. As she has advanced in her career, she continues to advocate for organizations and their members as the Assistant Dean of Students and Title IX Officer at the University of North Dakota. Cassie has served AFA in multiple roles over the last 16 years. She currently serves as an AFA Foundation board member, is the chair of the silent auction at the Annual Meeting, and is a member of the grants committee. Cassie is also a leader in Alpha Chi Omega serving as Secretary/Treasurer of the National Housing Corporation, and will assume the role of President in August.

Gentry McCreary, Ph.D. | Dyad Strategies, LLC | Alpha Gamma Rho
Having nearly 15 years of professional experience in higher education, Gentry’s passion for data driven decision making in advising and program development has led to his ability to assist many organizations and campuses in their efforts to eradicate hazing and sexual assault. He is a trainer and educator on both topics and is well received by students and professionals alike. He is a well sought after speaker and consultant whose work speaks for itself. Gentry has also designed and executed research and assessment that examines the value of membership to undergraduate students. In 2015, he was honored with the Dr. Charles Eberly Oracle Award.

Beth Stathos, J.D. | Chi Omega Fraternity
Beth Stathos has served AFA as a Foundation board member, committee member, long-term and coveted speaker on fraternal law topics, writer for publications, and Legal Issues Committee member (now defunct). Before schools were discussing Title IX and supporting sexual assault survivors, Beth worked with chapter presidents and officers to provide education on how to respond to member’s reports of assaults. Before national organizations began exploring transgender rights in their organizations, Beth worked with leaders in the transgender community on how to increase these rights and how to address any legal issues that would be raised. Currently, Beth is a highly regarded leader in the field on topics like the single sex status of fraternal organizations, Title IX and transgender inclusion and serves as legal counsel for Chi Omega.


The Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors Foundation invites friends and colleagues to honor award recipients with an In Honor Of gift to the Foundation which will be used advance the work of AFA through scholarships, grants and funding for educational initiatives. Please consider honoring these extraordinary professionals today.

Click to make an In Honor Of gift. Please select “In Honor Of,” and then list the award recipient(s) in the comment box below the tribute notification. The AFA Foundation will share the list of donors with the award recipients following the 2016 Annual Meeting.

If you have any questions about the awards and recognitions process, please contact Lindsay Sell.

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