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.

2020 Awards Committee Members

Committee Chair: Natasha Oakes, Senior Associate Athletic Director, University of North Texas, DI FBS
Board Liaison: Lori Hendricks, Director of Athletics, Mount Holyoke College, DIII
Staff Liaison: Kaila'Shea Menendez, Director of Leadership Programming & Events

Committee Members:

  • Marquita Armstead, Senior Associate Director of Athletics/Senior Woman Administrator, University of South Florida, DI FBS 
  • Renee Bostic, Director of Athletics and Wellness, Notre Dame of Maryland University, DIII 
  • Ashley Champigny, Director of Championships, Atlantic Coast Conference, Association/Organization 
  • Jennifer Flowers, Vice President and Women's League Commissioner, Western Collegiate Hockey Association, Association/Organization 
  • Genese Lavalais, Director for Athletics Academic Support/Life Skills, Hampton University, DI FCS
  • Courtney Leddy, Operations Assistant, Boston College, DI
  • Tiffany McCampbell, Associate Director of Athletics for External Relations, Colorado School of Mines, DII 
  • Miriam Merrill, Associate Director of Athletics/Senior Woman Administrator, Hamilton College, DIII
  • Jessica Ramberg, Director, Digital Media, America East Conference, Association/Organization 
  • Youdlyne Renard, Athletic Advisement and Skills Enhancement Specialist, Morehouse College, DII
  • Melody Webb, Senior Associate Athletics Director/Senior Woman Administrator, Norfolk State University, DI FCS 
  • Brooke Williams, Director of Athletic Compliance, University of Southern California, DI FBS