CAFCS Awards

CAFCS Award Submission Downloads
Please email Angela Smith about your intent to submit an Award Application ASAP. Application due by April 20th.

2012 Awards for Teacher of the Year, Professional of the Year, and the Marcile Wood Community Service Award will be presented at the CAFCS Annual Conference April 30, 2012.


At the bottom of this webpage...A Listing of Award Winners from 1973 through 2010


2011 National Extension Educator Award

Luann Boyer was recognized as the Extension Educator of the Year at the 2011 annual session of National Extension Association for Family and Consumer Sciences. This award recognizes one professional Extension Family and Consumer Sciences educator in the United States who has conducted outstanding educational programs which demonstrate impact on families.

Boyer was recognized for her continued work in establishing community partnerships with agencies, organizations and businesses. She has leveraged limited resources in rural Colorado to develop innovative programs addressing the needs of families. Programs include Strong People Stay Healthy, A Matter of Balance Fall Prevention, Regional Diabetes Health Fair, Diabetes Success Meetings, Partners in Parenting workshops, and ServSafe food safety training for restaurants.

Luann has been an Extension Family and Consumer professional for Colorado State University in Morgan County for 28 years. She has been active in several professional associations including serving in national positions in both NEAFCS and American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. She currently represents NEAFCS on the Journal of Extension Board of Directors. She has previously received the Distinguished Service Award and the Continued Excellence Award from NEAFCS.


CAFCS 2010 Award Nominations

  A special thanks to all members who submitted Award Nominations in the past. Recipients were recognized at the CO/WY Annual Conference March 5-6, 2010. The recipients were: 2010 CAFCS Professional of the Year, Carole Makela; 2010 CAFCS Teacher of the Year, Janice Lockman; and 2010 CAFCS Marcile Wood Community Service Award.; Luann Boyer. Information about each recipient is included below.

2010 CAFCS Professional of the Year


Carole Makela has centered her career and service on CSU where she is currently a professor in the School of Education in the College of Applied Human Sciences. She has mentored hundreds of univerity students in the field of Family and Consumer Sciences and has been a resource to many Extension Agents. Carole supports the attendance and participation of her students in professional association meetings. She provides encouragement to her colleaues in personal and professional endeavors. She answers everyones' questions and contributes regularly to the newsletter.

She has encouraged students to study policy implications as related to family and consumer science. She has mentored faculty at Colorado State University, as well as nationally and internationally. She has attended and made presentations at eight International Federation of Home Economics conferences, sharing her knowledge in the world arena. She is the epitome of a consummate professional in the family and consumer science profession.

Carole has chaired numerous committees at the national level during her FCS career and has served as Editor of the AAFCS Journal since 2006. For CAFCS she has served on the Board since 1990 and been treasurer since 2004. She serves on the planning committee for the annual conference, and organizes student posters for display at the conference. In 2006 she received the AAFCS Distinguished Service Award.

Besides leadership roles in AAFCS and CAFCS, Carole has been very involved in other organizations. In 2007, she participated in the Iowa State University Family and Consumer Science Education Leadership Academy. She has served as leader on numerous committees for Gamma Sigma Delta, the American Council on Consumer Interests, and Kappa Omicron Nu. She was the Executive Director of the Western Regional Home Management-Family Economics Educators and was President of ACCI. She chairs the university’s curriculum committee.


2010 CAFCS Teacher of the Year


Janice Lockman began her teaching career in 1979 in Poudre R-1, teaching home economics and English. She went on to teach for Greeley District 6, the UNC Laboratory School, UNC, Briggsdale and Kersey. She "retired" from teaching in Colorado in 2008, and moved to Dighton, KS, where her family owns a farm. She was recruited by Dighton School district, and began teaching there August 2008.

Janice has taught a variety of content during her career, including FACS, English, Teen Parenting, and Health to middle school and high school students. While at Platte Valley, she managed all aspects of the Coordinated School Health Program including working with grants. In addition to her teaching and administrative responsibilities, Janice has been an FCCLA advisor, class sponsor, and advisory committee member. She is well-respected by her students, administrators, and peers.

Her administrator at Platte Valley wrote, “Janice has always demonstrated a sincere appreciation of her discipline and acted as an outstanding professional educator. She is the perfect example of a teacher that should be recognized for her continued dedication to her discipline and her profession.” Her current administrator wrote, “Mrs. Lockman quickly established herself as an outstanding teacher who was dedicated to providing a superior education for students in her family and consumer sciences courses. . .Mrs. Lockman is not only a very qualified teacher and leader in our school, but she is also a wonderful, caring individual. (Her) students will be better prepared for the challenges lying ahead of them because of the efforts that she puts forth each and every day.”

Janice has been married to Steve for 32 years. They farmed their entire married life in Larimer and Weld counties, until moving to Kansas where they expanded their production of breeding hogs and show pigs. They have two adult children, Jennifer who teaches fourth grade in Kersey and Brian who works for Fort Hays State University in Kansas.


2010 CAFCS Marcile Wood Community Service Award


Luann Boyer is being recognized for providing many hours of service to community groups and organizations. Luann was a founding member of the Morgan County Family Center when it was incorporated in 1993. Since its beginning, the Family Center has grown from having 1 funded program with 1 part-time employee and a budget of $$30,000 to a resource center for Morgan County and Northeast Colorado with 12 funded programs, 6 full-time employees and several seasonal and part-time employees.

As a member of the Board of Directors, Luann has been primarily involved in the overseeing the fiscal responsibilities of the organization. She developed the accounting policies and procedures that are currently followed by the board, executive director and employees. She initially did all the accounting and financial management including the federal tax reports which would average as much as 50 to 60 hours each month. When the Family Center began using QuickBooks for accounting, Luann set up the accounting system for various grants in accordance with the state and federal requirements. Luann continues to do payroll, withholding and unemployment reports, year-end tax reports, and has the authority of the board to manage Family Center funds - all of which averages about 20 hours a month. As a result of Luann's eye for detail and balancing to the penny, the Family Center gets a glowing audit for fiscal management each year.

She is also involved in Fort Morgan DOES (Elks Auxiliary) as Senior Counselor and is Benevolent Committee Chair where she is responsible for gathering all benevolent activities for members and preparing national report in support of charitable organization tax exemption. She also participates in the Elks Blood Drive annually.


2009 CAFCS Marcile Wood Community Service Award


Judy Clock is a true example of service to others. She is active in her community, church, and professional organization.

Judy was a Family and Consumer Sciences teacher for 25 years. While teaching, she was active in CAFCS and other professional organizations, including NEA/CEA and the Career and Technical Education committee. She served in a variety of leadership roles in CAFCS, including Public Policy Vice President and President. She was a key person in the establishment of the annual Legislative Breakfasts which held at the State Capitol Building for a number of years. Through her efforts, many legislators became aware of FACS programs and the issues addressed by our profession. She served two terms as CAFCS President , and developed the Area Liaison Program to improve member involvement in our organization. She has given many hours of service to our organization. She is currently serving our organization as our Executive Director.

Judy has always been involved in her community serving as president of the local Lions Club and event chair for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life in Eagle County. She is active in her church and helps with the music. She is well-known and respected in her community, as well as by CAFCS members.


2008 AAFCS Leader Award, Debbie Nelson

  A special thanks from Debbie Nelson. From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU for nominating me to receive the AAFCS Leader Award. It was a humbling experience to be one of five members to receive this honor at the Pacesetter Dinner during the recent 99th AAFCS Annual Conference. How proud I was to represent Colorado in receiving the Leader Award! For truly, the award is for all of you as well, since I am very much a “home grown girl.” You have nurtured me ever since college (and some of you even before that!), given me opportunities to participate and to grow and to lead in numerous situations. You supported me through the deaths of my parents and reminded me of how proud my mother would be of my accomplishments. You gave me the hugs she would have given. You encouraged me as I stretched my wings to serve on the National Board. You have always been my cheerleaders and I am forever grateful.

With sincere gratitude,
Debbie Nelson, CFCS
AAFCS Leader


2008 National Family & Consumer Sciences Award

  Dawn Mallette, coordinator of the Family and Consumer Sciences program in the College of Applied Human Sciences at Colorado State University, was recently recognized with the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) Teacher Education Community - Outstanding University Teacher Educator Award.

The award is co-sponsored by Goodheart-Willcox Publisher and the teacher education community. It is given in recognition of a family and consumer sciences teacher educator who has provided outstanding teacher preparation instruction and outstanding contributions toward innovative and unique teacher education. Mallette accepted the award at the national AAFCS conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in June.

Mallette is a teacher educator for Family and Consumer Sciences and General Education in the Colorado State University School of Education. She is also the director for the School of Education Continuing Education office. Besides being a full time professional educator, she is also involved on local, state, and national advisory boards and civic committees. Prior to being at Colorado State University, Mallette taught at Fort Hays State University as a graduate assistant, and was a junior and senior high school teacher before earning her Masters from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln and her Ph.D. at Colorado State.


2008 CAFCS Marcile Wood Community Service Award

  Lorna Nelson has not only been involved professionally with CAFCS, but participates in a variety of community service activities, including providing leadership for many of them. She helps with her church, does home delivered meals, works with the Needlework Guild, is an Extension volunteer, and even has time to provide leadership for the Denver Home and Community Section of AAFCS.
Lorna has served in several offices for Denver Home and Community Section chairing committees, publishing the yearbook, and has been president and is currently secretary. She represents them on the CAFCS Board AND serves as co-chair for the newsletter committee. She's the one you send information to and then magically it becomes the wonderful newsletter that keeps the members informed.
Her nomination included these comments: Whenever Lorna is in an organization or group, she becomes the leader due to her enthusiasm and professionalism. Lorna is a supportive friend to all members of Denver Home and Community. She is the glue that keeps the members informed and active. Most importantly, she exemplifies the values significant to home life - a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother.

2008 CAFCS Professional of the Year

  Dawn Mallette is a teacher educator for consumer and family studies at Colorado State University School of Education and Director of Continuing Education for the School. In this position, she works daily with potential students advising them as they prepare for their role as professionals in Family and Consumer Sciences. Dawn certainly knows what they need to be prepared for since she was a Junior and Senior High School teacher herself.
Dawn has published several articles in professional journals and received over $400,000 in grants for improvement of education systems and curriculum. She has been appointed to many local, state and national committees and boards to address teacher licensure, standards and assessment.
Besides CAFCS and CATFACS, Dawn is a member of American Association of Career and Technical Educators and America Association of Career and Technical Administrators. As a member of CATFACS, Dawn has served in many offices and on many committees including President.
She has served on various CAFCS committees including co-chair for the membership committee. Dawn has served in leadership roles nationally for AAFCS In 1996, she was recognized for her contributions with the national award of AAFCS New Achiever in 1996.
One of the nomination supporters stated it best:
"I think the most outstanding thing about Dawn is her commitment to teaching new professionals about the professional organizations - both of them. She is really good at conveying the message that involvement in CAFCS and CATFACS is a way to stay connected to other FCS professionals and to learn new things. She not only says it is important to serve in leadership positions, she models it by getting involved herself in both organizations."

2008 Extension Awards: Epsilon Signa Phi (ESP) Continued Excellence Award

  CAFCS members Laurel Kubin and Luann Boyer were recently recognized for their outstanding work as Colorado State University Extension professionals.
Laurel Kubin, Larimer County Extension Director, received the Epsilon Sigma Phi (ESP) Continued Excellence Award from the Colorado Zeta Chapter. This award is given to an experienced Extension professional who has previously received the ESP Distinguished Service Award and has continued to provide excellence in leadership, initiative, and program delivery at the local, state and national level.
Luann Boyer, Morgan County Family and Consumer Extension Agent, received the Alton Scofield Award. This award, sponsored by the Colorado Cooperative Council, is given annually to a field agent in recognition of their outstanding Extension program impacts, community and team collaboration, and leadership at the local, state and national level.
Luann was also recognized by the Colorado Zeta Chapter of ESP with their 2008 Distinguished Service Award. This award is given to one Extension professional who has consistently exhibited leadership, initiative and excellence in program planning, delivery, and evaluation over a career of 20 or more years.
Luann was also a member of the Northeast Colorado Diabetes Team which received the ESP 2008 Team Award in recognition of efforts for specific educational programs that address national initiatives of the Extension System. The team has conducted extensive diabetes education in Northeast Colorado, including the annual Regional Diabetes Health Fair.
At the recent meeting of National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Science (NEAFCS), the Florence Hall Award was presented to the Northeast Colorado team of Family and Consumer Science agents for "A Healthier Weigh", a health and fitness challenge which focuses on increased activity and improved food choices as a way to achieve weight loss. Luann Boyer is a member of the team.

2007 AAFCS Distinquished Service Award


Dr. Helen McHugh, a 45-year member of AAFCS, received the 2007 AAFCS Distinquished Service Award, which was presented in Reno, Nevada, at the AAFCS 98th Annual Conference and Expo, June 21-21, 2007.

Colorado is honored to have Dr. Helen McHugh selected to receive the prestigious Distinguished Service Award from the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) for 2008.

Helen has provided leadership for Family and Consumer Sciences programs and professionals at the state, national, and international level for over 20 years. It has included teaching and advising students at The University of Texas at Austin, Indiana State University and Oregon State University. She served as Family Resource Management Department Head at Oregon State University. She concluded her professional career providing administrative leadership at Colorado State University as Dean of the College of Human Resource Sciences (now College of Applied Human Science) and as Deputy Director for the Colorado Agricultural Experiment Station.

As an advisor to Family and Consumer Sciences students, Helen mentored many future professionals. Her personal interest in students provided the extra push and support for many of them to become leaders in the FCS profession at the state, local and national level. Even in retirement, Helen has continued to be involved in activities at Colorado State University, in the Fort Collins community and in professional organizations, including the Colorado affiliate for AAFCS.

Former students and other friends recognized Helen’s dedication to Family and Consumer Sciences by sharing a letter expressing their remembrances of Helen which were presented to her with the award in Reno.


2007 AAFCS Ranked in Top Eight Teachers of the Year


Cindy Miller is a 20-year member of AAFCS. As a FACS Department Head at Windsor High School, Cindy has helped to grow both staff and enrollment at her school. The innovative Body Works curriculum she developed with a PE teacher inspired the State Nutrition and Wellness Curriculum.


2007 CAFCS Teacher of the Year

  Jeanine Pope has served as a FACS teacher in Fort Morgan for 16 years. She helped author computer-based units for eighth graders that helped them focus on learning. While at the middle school, she introduced CA$H (Career Awareness Starts Here) and integrated life skills into the curriculum.
Students in CA$H were able to shadow a professional in their choice of career and to manage an in-class restaurant to learn about entrepreneurship. Some graduates of this class are working in the field they explored.
Enthusiasm and flexibility are among the attributes describing Jeanine by those providing letters of support. Students caught the enthusiasm and enrollment grew.
More recently Jeanine ”graduated” to the high school and taught a year-long, college-level early childhood education class. Jeanine also introduced the Teacher Cadet program in her district.
Jeanine has participated in curriculum committees, served on the CAFCS Board, and is active in her community. We’re proud to recognize these accomplishments. Jeanine will be nominated for the 2008 AAFCS Teacher of the Year.

2007 CAFCS Marcile Wood Community Service Award

  Lois Bjork is a lifetime member of AAFCS and an active participant in the Denver HEHC group. She has been an officer of the Alianza de la Artes group of the pre-Columbian division at the Denver Art Museum and has traveled with the group. She has been a volunteer for seven years and has worked exhibits and promoted Museum activities. She also volunteers with the Museum of Natural History and Science, Needlework Guild and the Jeffco Action Center.Frances Burbank is a 40-year member of AAFCS. She has served as an important link between members in CAFCS and the Home and Community group. She has found ways to engage others in com

2006 AAFCS Distinquished Service Award


Dr. Carole J. Makela, CFCS, Professor, School of Education, College of Appliced Human Sciences, Colorado State University, was honored with the AAFCS highest national award, the AAFCS Distinquished Service Award, at the 97th Annual Conference & Expo in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Makela was recognized for her many years of outstanding contributions to the family and consumer sciences profession and AAFCS. At Colorado State University, she advises family and consumer sciences undergraduates and teaches the capstone course, where students gain a perspective reflective of Makela’s commitment and dedication to service and integrity. As she teaches and advises graduate students at the masters and doctoral levels, she promotes quality research as the foundation of one’s field.

This philosophy has been furthered through her efforts as an associate editor of the Journal of Family & Consumer Sciences, compiler of the theses and dissertations for the Family & Consumer Sciences Research Journal, and former editor of The Journal of Consumer Affairs. In October 2006, Makela will become the editor of the Journal of Family & Consumer Sciences.

Makela serves the Colorado Affiliate of AAFCS in many capacities and is currently treasurer and champion for students. She has worked on numerous AAFCS committees, as an officer in the International and Family Economics and Resource Management Divisions and the former Research Section. She has served as president of Gamma Sigma Delta, the honorary society of agriculture and related sciences—the only woman to hold that honor.

Makela’s commitment to department, college, and university governance at Colorado State University has garnered many commendations.


2006 CAFCS Professional of the Year

  Karen Erickson is a 20-year member. Among her strengths are enthusiasm for learning, willingness to ask important questions, and dedication to CAFCS. She is a dedicated professional who has been an asset to CAFCS. As CAFCS Executive Director, she reached out in many ways which stengthened our connection with the community and other professional organizations.

2006 CAFCS Teacher of the Year

  Cindy Miller, is the FACS Department Head at Windsor High School. Cindy has helped to grow both staff and enrollment at her school. The innovative Body Works curriculum she developed with a PE teacher inspired the State Nutrition and Wellness curriculum. We’re proud of the way Cindy has encouraged her staff and students to take leadership roles.

2006 CAFCS Marcile Wood Community Service Award

  Frances Burbank is a 40-year member of AAFCS who has earned the 2006 Marcile Wood Community Service Award. She has served as an important link between members in CAFCS and the Home and Community group. She has found ways to engage others in community activities, using their skills to help others.

Milestone Members 2010 Membership Awards

  60+ Years of Membership: Kate Archer (62 Years); Pauline Gunn (67 years); Velma Mcgaugh (63 years); Margaret Morton (64 years); Elizabeth (Betty) Stephenson (60); Grace Torgan (64 years)
  51+ Years of Membership: Lois Bjork ( 53 years); Charlotte Cox (51 years); Verna Hildebrand (53 years); Eleanor Mullikin (56 years); Mary Helen Soloman (56 years); Lois Rasmussen (58 years); Mildred Weidemann (52 years)
  50 Years of Membership : Carole Makela (50 years)
  40+ Year Membership: Ruth Choquette, Patricia Clemens, Joan Eustice, Beryl Jacobson, Lorna Nelson, Suzanne Tucker, Karen Turner, Jan Wright
  30+ Year Membership: Daisy Boulter, Marianna Goslau, Janice Lockman, Dorothy Martin
  30 Year Membership: Bobbi Ernst, Mattie Sebree

20+ Year Membership: Judy Clock, Karen Ellis, Bonnie Gibbons, Janice McKenzie, Cynthia Miller, Jane C. Wroblewski

  10+ Year Membership: Teri Gilbertson, Elizabeth Marr
  10 Year Membership: Patricia Sanchez

Past and Current CAFCS Award Winners 1973 through 2010



Teacher of the Year

Professional of the Year

Marcile Wood Community Service

2011 None None None
2010 Janice Lockman Carole Makela Luann Boyer
2009 None None Judy Clock
2008 None Dawn Mallette Lorna Nelson
2007 Jeanine Pope None

Lois Bjork

2006 Cindy Miller Karen Erickson Frances Burbank
2005 Angela Smith Judy Clock Iris Franklin
2004 Candace Shey Kay Zimka Janice McKenzie
2003 Linda Valentine Helen McHugh Velma McGaugh
2002 Iris Franklin Susan Turman Karen Mickie
2001 None Laurel Kubin Betty Thompson
2000 None None Judy McKenna
1999 None Luann Boyer Wendy Douglass
1998 Bobbi Ernst Marti Hamilton SuzanneTucker
1997 Phil Goerner Jan Nixon Mary Gieseker
1996 Kim Craigie Peggy Berger Marianne Goslau
1995 Judy Clock Deborah Nelson Gale Loeffler
1994 Barbara Walker Jacque Conner Frances Burbank
1993 Sheryl Mitchell Dorothy Martin Adelia Murphy
1992 Marsha Harmon Frances Burbank Pat Welch
1991 Deborah Nelson Carole Makela Lorna Nelson
1990 Gayle Erskine Beth Zitko-Peters Kate Archer
1989 Carole Grohe Karen Ellis Annette Sala
1988 Carla Erickson Joann Hallaway  
1987 Carol Blatnick Wendy Douglass  
1986 Carol Crockett Alford Nelva Caton  
1985 Kathy Spahn Wood Juanita Roberts  
1984 Yvonne Williams Celia Snyder  
1983 Sue Ann Ahistrand Helen Keaveny  
1982 Colleen Utter Dorthy Ortner Horrell  
1981 Nelva Caton LaVerne Stokes  
1980 Mary Lou Waitz Dathy Metcalf  
1979 Susan Koinzan LeAnn Nelson  
1978 Carolyn Brink Mary Ann Parthum  
1977 Bebe Williams Joyce Grable  
1976 Bette Cox Kristin Eriksson  
1975 Betty Stephenson Norma Faulkner  
1974 Beth Hayes Marie Rennels  
1973 LaVerne Stokes Polly Garrett  

2010 Award were presented at the 2010 CO/WY AFCS Annual Conference March 5-6, 2010. Since there was not an Annual Conference in 2011, the next awards will be presented at the 2012 CAFCS Annual Conference.