Awards Committee

The Awards Committee administers the association’s recognition and national awards program by researching and soliciting nominations from the membership and then recommending to the Board prospective award nominees and selections.

The Awards Committee assists in gathering nominations from the membership for the Lifetime Achievement Award, Dr. Claire Van Ummersen Presidential Leadership Award, Administrator of the Year Award, Nell Jackson Administrator of the Year Award, Rising Star Awards, and the Commitment Award.

Committee Responsibilities

  • Solicit nominations from membership and affiliate organizations in all award categories.
  • Be sensitive to the diversity of all award candidates.
  • Submit all nominations to National Office for accurate record keeping.
  • Rank nominees via voting ballot for selection.

Qualifications for Committee Members

Committee members should:

  • Be actively engaged in Women Leaders in College Sports programs;
  • Actively participate and be aware of association members and activities;
  • Understand the importance of this committee and its role in enhancing the spirit of the association.

Note: members of this committee are not eligible to win an award during years of committee service.

Time Commitment

Committee meetings are via conference call, as needed, and are typically one hour in length. Busy time is February through July.

2019 Awards Committee Members

Committee Chair: Kirsten Ford, Associate Commissioner, Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference- DII
Board Liaison: Lori Hendricks, Director of Athletics, Mount Holyoke College, DIII
Staff Liaison: Kaila'Shea Menendez, Director Leadership Programming & Events

Committee Members:

  • Cheryl Aaron, Director of Athletics, Wentworth Institute of Technology- DIII
  • JJ Antoine, Assistant Director of Athletics/Senior Woman Administrator, SUNY Oswego- DIII
  • Lyla Clerry, Associate Athletics Director for Compliance, University of Iowa- DI FBS
  • Gabriella Dominguez, Student-Athlete Advisor, St. Francis College- DI
  • Taryn Gall, Associate Athletic Director for Compliance and Administration/Senior Woman Administrator, Lehigh University- DI FCS
  • Jessica Gray, Assistant Director- Community & Character Development, Texas Tech- DI FBS
  • Rachel Hiller, Assistant AD, Compliance, University of Pennsylvania- DI FCS
  • Summer Hutcheson, Senior Associate AD/Senior Woman Administrator, Washington University in St. Louis- DIII
  • Tiffany McCampbell, Senior Associate Athletic Director/Senior Woman Administrator, South Dakota School of Mines- DII
  • Leah McCormack, Vice President of Eligibility Services, National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics- NAIA
  • Jennifer Mervar, Assistant AD for Business Operations, University of Indianapolis- DII
  • Natasha Oakes, Senior Associate AD for Compliance, University of North Texas- DI FBS
  • Ashley Stone, Director of Development Events & Hospitality, University of Nebraska-Lincoln- Division I FBS
  • Jaunelle White, Senior Associate Athletic Director/Senior Woman Administrator, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis- DI