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Announcing the 2020 Individual Award Winners

Thursday, October 8, 2020   (0 Comments)
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The Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors Awards & Recognition Committee is excited to announce the 2020 individual award recipients! Every year, the AFA Awards & Recognition Committee recognizes outstanding contributions by our members and colleagues, and these awards will be presented during the Virtual AFA Annual Meeting on Tuesday, December 7 and Wednesday, December 8.

On behalf of the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors Foundation, we invite friends and colleagues to honor award recipients with an "In Honor Of" gift to the AFA Foundation which will be used to advance the work of AFA through scholarships, grants, and funding for educational initiatives.

To make an In Honor Of gift, click here. Then, please select “In Honor Of” and 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 2020 Virtual AFA Annual Meeting.

Congratulations to all our winners, and please consider honoring these extraordinary professionals today!


2020 Individual Award Winners

Dr. Kent L. Gardner Award 
D’Andra Mull, Vice President of Student Affairs, University of Florida

Dr. D’Andra Mull currently serves as the vice president of student affairs at the University of Florida. Prior to this role, Dr. Mull worked at Ohio State University for 15 years, and throughout her career, Dr. Mull has made significant contributions to campuses and fraternal organizations where she constantly challenges her peers to think differently about sorority/fraternity life.

Dr. Mull is also passionate about mentoring and coaching young professionals. She is innovative when thinking about change and makes time for the first-year student just as much as the professional staff.

She is a lifelong member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., and has served as president of her graduate chapter in Columbus, Ohio. Additionally, she was actively engaged in several volunteer and service roles while serving as the dean of students at Ohio State University. Her own membership fuels her commitment and dedication to showcasing fraternity/sorority life for its positive contribution while investing in education, training, and development to address behaviors that are not congruent with the values of fraternity/sorority life.


Jack L. Anson Award 
Tracy Maxwell, Speaker, Hazing Prevention.Org

Tracy Maxwell has always treasured the student experience. This led her to join CAMPUSPEAK in 1999 as their first employee. Seeing the need for hazing prevention education, she started the National Hazing Prevention Week and The Hazing Prevention Institute. Her work in hazing prevention grew, and she founded HazingPrevention.Org (HPO) in 2007. Tracy has harnessed her relationships in the fraternal world to create a movement that has reached far outside our circle of influence. Throughout her career as a speaker, consultant, and executive, the impact of her work will never be calculable. Her commitment to the elimination of hazing and to the education of undergraduates, alumnae, alumni, and others is difficult to assess in measurable terms.

Tracy's past AFA awards include the Perspectives Award (1999), the Outstanding Volunteer Award (2004), and the Sue Kraft Fussell Distinguished Service Award (2007).

Tracy is a member of Alpha Omicron Pi.


Dr. Robert H. Shaffer Award 
Dan Bureau, Assistant to the Vice President for Student Academic Success, University of Memphis

For more than 20 years, Dr. Dan Bureau has been engaged in the fraternal industry. His resume details his extensive commitment to fraternities and sororities through his career path and volunteer work.

Dr. Bureau has served as the AFA representative for the Council for the Advancement of Standards (CAS) since 2008, and he currently serves as CAS president. Beyond defining and refining industry standards over the last 12 years for a number of areas of higher education, including Fraternity and Sorority Advising Programs (FSAP), Dr. Bureau has spent years conducting campus reviews to help professionals improve their operations through assessment and alignment with industry standards. 

Dr. Bureau is a past AFA president and has won many AFA awards. He also has an extensive list of presentations and publications where he has shared his knowledge to advance the profession. 

Dr. Bureau is a member of Phi Kappa Theta.


Sue Kraft Fussell Distinguished Service Awards
John DiSarro, Director of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs, University of Rochester

Dr. John DiSarro has been a consistent and committed member of AFA since 2009, and he has been engaged in programming efforts and service that reaches far beyond his campus and organization. He is an active volunteer for NGLA and has a passion for working with smaller fraternal organizations with fewer resources. He currently serves as the treasurer for NGLA’s board of directors. 

Dr. DiSarro was hired as the first ever assistant director of fraternity and sorority life at the University of Rochester and was crucial in advancing and growing the fraternal community. A few of his accomplishments include co-collaborating on and creating the Rochester-based Fraternal Excellence Institute, overseeing multiple expansions within three of the four councils, and shaping an award-winning fraternity/sorority life community 

Dr. DiSarro is a member of Alpha Chi Rho.

Emily Perlow, Associate Dean of Students, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Dr. Emily Perlow has worked to advance the research and standings of the fraternal movement. Dr. Perlow has contributed to CAS standard development and advancement, written insightfully for Perspectives and Essentials (where she served as editor), and chaired the AFA Research Committee. She currently serves as the co-chair of the Fraternity & Sorority Knowledge Community hosted through NASPA. 

In addition, her fraternal work has spanned contributions to the Association of College Unions International (ACUI), American College Personnel Association (ACPA), National Association for Campus Activities (NACA), National Panhellenic Conference (NPC), and North American Interfraternity Conference (NIC). Dr. Perlow has also been an active volunteer for NGLA since 2010, and she served as the chair of the board of directors for 3 years. 

Ranging from presentations to her professional and volunteer roles, she has been recognized for her leadership and knowledge in the fraternal movement throughout higher education.

Dr. Perlow is a member of Alpha Gamma Delta.
Jess Turuc, Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life, University of Utah
Jess Turuc has served as an AFA volunteer since 2009, and she has a passion for cultivating new volunteers for the association. Jess consistently creates environments for other professionals (full-time and graduate) that she supervises and mentors to become involved with the association and other aspects of fraternity/sorority life. Putting this trait into action, Jess currently serves as one of the program facilitators for First 90 Days

When she started her role at the University of Utah, she was integral in building a coalition with other fraternity/sorority professionals within the PAC-12. Additionally, Jess has been very successful in launching several fundraising campaigns for the Utah fraternity/sorority community. Examples of her success in this area include securing funding for a yearly sophomore leadership retreat, full sponsorship of the Centennial SongFest performance (which is the institution’s longest running campus tradition), and the creation of an endowed scholarship for council officers honoring the life and legacy of a long-time fraternity and sorority advisor of the community.

Jess is a member of Theta Chi Epsilon.

Joshua Welch, Director of Greek Life, University of Georgia
For over 10 years, Josh Welch has worked within fraternity/sorority life as a campus-based and headquarters professional. He has also worked hard to advance the fraternity/sorority life advising profession throughout his different volunteer roles. Josh joined AFA in 2007 and has served on many teams and committees. 

Additionally, Josh is a lead facilitator and consultant for NovakTalks! In this capacity, he designs curriculum  to meet the needs of his clients as well as provides coaching support after the conclusion of campus consulting visits. On more than one occasion, Josh has funded undergraduate opportunities to engage in leadership opportunities out of his earnings from campus consulting work. 

Josh is a past Interfraternity Institute Fellow for the Fraternity Executives Association, and he is a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon.
Christina Witkowicki, Chief Learning Officer, LaunchPoint

Dr. Christina Witkowicki served 14 years as a campus-based professional before moving to her current role within LaunchPoint Solutions. As a campus advisor, she built a culture of accountability within George Washington University, and she created an accreditation system that became a benchmark for other institutions. Because of her work, other institutions would often use her as a consultant toward the betterment of their organizations.

Now as a consultant working with multiple fraternal organizations and campuses, Dr. Witkowicki brings a unique perspective, a data-driven mindset, and an engaging personality that makes students and professionals alike feel comfortable yet open to changing ideas and challenging projects.

Whether that is through an institution she has been employed by, an organization she is volunteering for, or through the mentorship and relationships she has built with colleagues, Dr. Witkowicki is dedicated to the longevity of this field.

Dr. Witkowicki is a member of Alpha Xi Delta.


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