Past winners of the W. W. Patty Distinguished Alumni Award, A–M
Short biographies of past winners of the W. W. Patty Distinguished Alumni Award, listed alphabetically, A–M:
Short biographies of past winners of the W. W. Patty Distinguished Alumni Award, listed alphabetically, A–M:
Dr. Bertha Cato is an Associate Professor in the Tourism, Recreation, and Sport Management Department and former Associate Dean of the College of Health and Human Performance at the University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida. Prior to coming to the University of Florida in 1990, Cato was Associate Professor at George Mason University (1983-1990) and Special Assistant Dean in the School of HPER at Indiana University (1980-1982). She earned her ReD in Recreation Administration with a minor in Public Administration from Indiana University in 1981.
Cato has published in the areas of prevention and at-risk youth, financing and marketing parks, recreation and tourism, and leadership. She has done model and theory testing of variables contributing to resiliency. She served as lead editor of Youth at Risk: Targeting in on Prevention, an AALR project. Cato was the Principal Investigator for a $400,000, three-year prevention project, Project WISE-UP, which served at-risk, middle school youth. Her research has provided the foundation for many international and national presentations including the keynote address at the 42nd World Congress of the International Council of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Sport & Dance (ICHPER-SD), Cairo, Egypt. Additional international involvements include the 2nd ICHPER-SD Asia Congress in Cebu, Philippines; 36th World Congress of the ICHPER-SD, Yokohama, Japan; and the ICHPER-SD in Limerick, Ireland. She was the Associate Secretary General for the 38th ICHPER-SD World Congressheld at the University of Florida. Currently, she serves as a member of the AALR Board and chairs the NRPA, Gold Medal Judges Committee.
During the 2004 National Recreation and Parks Association Congress, Cato was inducted as a member of the American Academy of Park and Recreation Administration. Cato has received several additional honors including the 2002 E. B. Henderson Award of the Ethnic Minority Council of the American Association for Active Lifestyles and Fitness; 1999 Recipient of the Biennial Distinguished Scholar Research Award for ICHPER-SD; 1997 Southern District American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Professional of the Year Award for her outstanding work with prevention and at risk youth. Additionally, she was recipient of the 1994 Teaching Improvement Award (TIP), College of Health and Human Performance, University of Florida.
During her leisure-time, Cato enjoys aerobics, walking and communing with nature, reading, gardening, cooking and entertaining friends from far and near, traveling, and teaching Bible classes.
Dr. Jeffrey Clark began his career as a public school health education teacher. He served as a classroom teacher and health education program coordinator for thirteen years. After completing his Ph.D. in Health and Safety at Indiana University, Dr. Clark was hired as an Assistant Professor at the University of Louisville. Currently, he is a Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Physiology and Health Science at Ball State University. His academic career has been spent teaching undergraduate and graduate classes in community and school health education methods, program planning and evaluation. He has published numerous manuscripts on evaluating school and community health education programs using qualitative and quantitative research methods.
Dr. Clark has given several national presentations on the evaluation of health education programs delivered in various professional settings. He served as a consultant to the Indiana American Stop Smoking Intervention Study and was project director for SmokeFree Indiana for ten years as well as the project director for the Indiana State Department of Health's Hepatitis C Surveillance Project and project director for Marion County's Alliance for Health Promotion.
Dr. Clark is the current President-elect for the American School Health Association (ASHA), served as the National Secretary/Treasurer for Eta Sigma Gamma for the past eleven years, and is a board member for the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance's Research (AAHPERD) Consortium. He is also a member of the Indiana Public Health Policy Center Advisory Board.
Dr. Jan Combs is currently the Chief Physician in the Hand Surgery Section of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at the William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, Texas. She has held this position since 2005. During her accomplished career, she has held medical appointments in several locations including Ft. Bliss, Texas, the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, and the McAfee U.S. Army Health Clinic at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. She has also held academic appointments at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, and at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland.
Dr. Combs is the author or co-author of many research publications, and has presented at many national and international locations. As a member of the U.S. Army Medical Corps, Dr. Combs has served at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel since October 2003.
Dr. Combs holds memberships in many professional associations including the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (fellow), the American College of Sportsmedicine (fellow), Association of Military Surgeons of the United States (life member), the Society of Military Orthopaedic Surgeons, the National Athletic Trainers' Association, the Armed Forces Athletic Trainers' Association, the Wilderness Medical Society, and the American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. She is the holder of many awards and honors, including the Bronze Star Medal.
In addition to her medical degree, Dr. Combs holds three degrees from Indiana University, including a bachelor's degree (physical education with an emphasis in sports medicine) and master's degree (sports medicine) from the School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation.
For the past 28 years, Dr. William Considine has been a faculty member and administrator at Springfield College in Massachusetts. He currently holds appointments as Dean of the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, Professor of Physical Education and the Buxton Professor of Physical Education, an endowed chair. His administrative responsibilities include: (1) all facets of undergraduate and graduate programs in the Departments of Physical Education and Health Education, Exercise Science and Sport Studies, and Sport Management and Recreation; (2) the campus wellness/fitness centers; (3) the Intramural Program; and (4) the United States Sports and Wellness Center for the Disabled.
Current teaching activities (by choice) include: Doctoral Seminar in Physical Education, Seminar in Teaching Higher Education and Archery.
Throughout his career, Bill has been active in professional organizations at the state, district and national levels. He served as Editor of the Illinois Journal of Physical Education and Recreation, was a member of the Administration, Professional Councils and Societies Committee of AAHPERD, Chairperson of the College and University Council of NASPE, Chairperson of the Measurement and Evaluation Council of ARAPCS, Cabinet member at large for NASPE, Chair of the NASPE Task Force on Exercise Science and Wellness, and served as President of the Massachusetts Association for Health, Physical Education and Recreation. In addition, he has served as a consultant for the American Council on Education, the Massachusetts Department of Education, several cities for fire and police personnel screening processes, and a number of institutions of higher education as a curriculum evaluator.
His scholarly activities include: author/co-author of 15 articles in professional journals, author of six chapters in professional texts, and 25 presentations at the state, regional, national or international levels. In addition, Dr. Considine has served as a contributing editor in professional preparation for JOPERD, is currently co-editor of the Measurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science journal and is a reviewer for JOPERD.
Prior to completing his PED in 1970, Dr. Considine obtained his MS in Education from Illinois State University in 1966 and his BS in Education from Western Illinois University (with honors) in 1964.
Dr. Tom Crawford is the co-founder and President of Altheus, an award winning health and performance company with program and retail centers in Rye, New York, and Manhattan. Altheus is the culmination of Dr. Crawford's twenty years in the health, sports and human performance industries, including almost 10 years as the Director of Coaching for the United States Olympic Committee (USOC). During his tenure at the USOC, Dr. Crawford led the development and management of education and performance programs for over 45 Olympic and Pan American sports, including virtually all Olympic teams and coaches. His work supporting America's top coaches was featured on NBC during the Atlanta Olympic Games.
Prior to the USOC, Dr. Crawford was Senior Director of the National Institute for Fitness and Sport, where he worked collaboratively with prestigious universities, medical centers and fortune 500 corporations. In his capacity as Senior Director, he led the research, development and management of preventive health, performance and leadership programs for the complete continuum of human development, including nationally acclaimed youth development programs and executive development programs. He also worked with athletes and coaches from the National Basketball Association, Major League Baseball, National Football League, "Top-10" professional tennis players, as well as other professional and amateur athletes from across the United States. His programs at the National Institute were featured live on "CBS This Morning."
Dr. Crawford is a speaker and consultant in high demand, and has been a featured speaker in over a dozen countries worldwide. He presents on a variety of topics including leadership for high performance-maximizing human potential; the integrated team approach to maximizing athletic and executive potential; preventing and managing sports-related injuries; ethics in sports; and, helping children to have successful and positive experiences in movement and sports. He has also served as an advisor to the U.S. Department of Education, as well as a Senator's, Governor's and Mayor's educational task forces, and multiple fortune 500 companies.
In 1989, Dr. Crawford was the first person to receive a doctoral degree in motor development and sport psychology from Indiana University. Previously, he received his master's degree in Leadership and Organizational Psychology from the Purdue University School of Science.
Richard A. Crosby is an Endowed Professor and Chair in the Department of Health Behavior at the University of Kentucky's College of Public Health in Lexington, Kentucky. His scholarship has included the publication of numerous journal articles, book chapters, and two textbooks designed for MPH students—one book devoted to behavioral theory and the other devoted to research methods for health promotion.
Dr. Crosby has a passion for research, especially behavioral research pertaining to the prevention of sexually transmitted infections. He currently conducts several studies that focus on various behavioral issues related to condom use. Recently he has been awarded a major grant from the National Institute of Mental Health for his work with HIV and AIDs prevention among teens. His passion for research is only surpassed by his love for teaching. Dr. Crosby has taught courses in health behavior, behavioral theory, research methods, adolescent health, and biostatistics. He has also served as a Post-Doctoral Fellow of the American Association of Teachers of Preventive Medicine, working in the Division of STD Prevention at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and at the Rollins School of Public Health (Emory University).
Dr. Crosby later became an Assistant Professor at the Rollins School of Public Health. He joined the faculty at the University of Kentucky College of Public Health in 2004. Dr. Crosby completed his Ph.D. in health behavior at Indiana University in 1998. He also holds a master's degree in health education from Central Michigan University, and a bachelor's degree from the University of Kentucky.
Thomas M. Davis serves as a Professor and Chair of the Division of Health Promotion and Education at the University of Northern Iowa. He joined the UNI faculty in 1979, and his primary teaching responsibilities include planning health promotion programs, worksite health promotion, stress management, and health promotion theory and application. His scholarly interests include health interests and behaviors of college students, and worksite health promotion in small municipalities. Prior to arriving to UNI, he taught at Central Washington University and the University of Wisconsin – LaCrosse. Other professional experiences have included serving as the Director of Education for Cedar Valley Hospice, a Medicare-approve hospice in northeast Iowa and as a consultation and education specialist for a federally-funded community mental health center in Yakima, Washington.
Davis has published more than 35 manuscripts in professional journals, proceedings and books. He has supervised 17 externally-funded grants, including 16 as primary investigator. He has made approximately 200 professional presentations, including 31 international presentations in seven foreign countries in Europe, Asia and Africa. He has delivered 34 national and 40 regional presentations in 27 U.S. states. Davis travels frequently to international destinations on behalf of the University of Northern Iowa, including leading occasional student tours to the People's Republic of China. He also actively serves his community through his participation in the YMCA (past member and past president, Board of Directors) and is a regular exerciser. He is active swimmer, biker, runner, and participates in marathons, ultramarathons, and triathlons.
Davis earned his master's degree and doctorate in health and safety from Indiana University in 1970 and 1976 respectively. Previously, he earned his bachelor's degree at Central Washington University in 1969.
Dr. Fran Cleland Donnelly received a bachelor's in Physical Education from Purdue University and spent several years teaching physical education at the K-12 level in the states of Indiana, Virginia, and Oregon. She went on to earn both a master's and doctorate in Physical Education from Indiana University. Dr. Cleland taught at the University of New Hampshire and in Pennsylvania at East Stroudsburg University and is currently at West Chester University where she is a professor in the Department of Kinesiology. She also serves at Assistant Chair of the Health and Physical Education Teacher Certification Program.
Dr. Cleland has distinguished herself as an excellent academic and tireless champion of developmental physical education. Currently she is serving as lead author on the 5th edition of Developmental Physical Education for All Children. This well recognized textbook has been published in Japanese, Portuguese, Greek and Chinese. In terms of professional service, Dr. Cleland just completed a term as President of the National Association for Sport and Physical Education, one of the largest and most influential organizations within the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD). She lectures nationally and internationally and has become one of the nations' most recognized and respected pedagogical experts.
Dr. Amy Eisenstein recently finished her Ph.D. at the University of Illinois at Chicago, in the School of Public Health, Community Health Sciences, with a focus in Aging. Dr. Eisenstein splits her time as a research associate between the College of Nursing at Rush University Medical Center and the Center for Research on Health and Aging at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is also an Adjunct Lecturer in the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Eisenstein received her master's degree in Gerontology from the University of Southern California, and her Bachelor's degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Indiana University. Her research interests include prevention strategies of dementia, and translation, evaluation, and dissemination of community-based programs for older adults. Dr. Eisenstein has presented her research nationally and internationally.
Dr. Dale W. Evans just celebrated 50 years of teaching with students ranging from elementary school through doctoral candidates. Over 10,000 university students have been enrolled in courses at California State University Long Beach and the University of Houston. His early passion for public health and education was influenced by several teachers in Chicago and his extensive involvement with the YMCA. He received both his Baccalaureate and Master's degrees at George William College. He continued his education at Indiana University and received a Doctorate of Health and Safety.
One of the treasured experiences of his career occurred while he was a Professor at the University of Houston. While there he became involved in international health education programs as a consultant for the United Sates Department of Defense Dependents' Schools. He conducted over 25 staff development programs in health and drug use prevention for teachers and administrators in various countries including Japan and Panama, as well as several countries in Europe. Additionally, he has held leadership roles with the American Cancer Society for over 40 years and he has been a major force in promoting school health in California and Texas. For over 15 years, Dr. Evans was the faculty advisor of Eta Sigma Gamma. He is most proud of the outstanding accomplishments of his former students as teachers, administrators, health care professionals, and advocates for the health of children and youth.
Margot Faught has enjoyed a distinguished career in dance. She currently resides in New York City, and is a freelance arts in education consultant, a workshop facilitator, and a teaching artist for ArtsConnection. She also serves as Artistic Director for the New York City Department of Education's Summer Arts Institute, and is a Senior Associate with "Together in Dance: Zalesky and Associates."
Her career as a dance educator, arts project consultant/coordinator, and choreographer has spanned nearly 30 years. Faught's consulting work and teaching affiliations are many. They include: The Kennedy Center, The Center for Arts Education (NYC), New York City Arts in Education Roundtable, City Center (NYC), Casita Maria (NYC) New York Opera, New York City Department of Education, VSA Arts (nationwide including Indiana and Wisconsin), Young Audiences (San Jose, Indiana), Destine Dance Foundation (New York), and several universities and educational institutions around the nation and world. She is also affiliated with the San Jose Museum of Art, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the National Dance Association, the National Dance Education Organization, and daCi (dance and the Child international). Her choreography credits include Kaleidoscope Dance Company of Seattle, the Phoenix Theatre of Indianapolis, and the Weathervane Theatre in Whitefield, New Hampshire.
In 2004, Faught received the Association of Teaching Artists' "Distinguished Service to the Arts in Education Field Award," a lifetime achievement award honoring individual artist educators who have not only pioneered the arts in education field, but also continue to actively work in the field.
Faught earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in physical education in 1979 and 1984 respectively from Indiana University.
Antoinette Gentile has made important scholarly contributions to the fields of motor learning and development, neuromotor control processes, and rehabilitative strategies. Following the completion of her bachelor's degree from Brooklyn College, CUNY, Gentile received her master's and doctorate degrees from Indiana University in physical education. She later received her PhD from SUNY, Stony Brook with a specialization in neuropsychology. She currently serves as a professor of psychology and education at Columbia University, Teachers College, in New York. She has acted as research and dissertation advisor and is responsible for numerous nationally acclaimed publications, including research studies on Down's syndrome and Parkinson's disease, among many others.
Richard Killingsworth is the leading public health practitioner in the active living movement; one he launched while a health scientist at the Centers for Disease Control in 1996. He has impacted hundreds of communities across the nation and has had the privilege of being interviewed by the Associated Press, USA Today, NY Times, LA Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Time Magazine, ABC News, NPR, PBS, and many other news outlets.
Mr. Killingsworth was recently appointed as the inaugural Executive Director for the Congressional chartered National Foundation on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army Military Police Corps. In 1984 his Unit was the recipient of the J.P. Holland Award (an annual award given to the U.S. Army's best military police unit). In 1996, he received the Department of Army Superior Service Award (the Army's third highest civilian award) or accomplished duties and leading team members to higher productivity.
He also serves on many national boards including the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute, Building Healthier America, Partners for Livable Communities, City Parks Alliance, and the Prevention Committee for the American Diabetes Association.
Mr. Killingsworth's professional focus is dedicated to shifting the paradigm of how we envision and achieve change to improve the health of people and places. It is because of his commitment to servant leadership, civic participation, lifelong education, and a healthy lifestyle that he has influenced the lives of many people and countless communities across this nation.
Bobby (Slick) Leonard, B.S.'57 proclaimed, "We call ourselves Hoosiers" during his enshrinement speech on August 8, 2014, for his induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Indeed, no one better personifies the passion and heart of a Hoosier than Bobby "Slick" Leonard. He embodies the spirt of hard work and dedication.
Leonard graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Physical Education at the former School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation, now the School of Public Health-Bloomington. He became a legendary basketball player in the school's history, a two-time All-American, and the captain of the Hoosiers' 1953 NCAA championship team, where he made the game-winning free throws to secure the title.
He went on to play for seven years in the NBA with the Minneapolis/Los Angeles Lakers before starting his career as the head coach of the Indiana Pacers. During his 12 years as head coach, Leonard won 529 games and three ABA championships, the most in league history.
Leonard is a member of the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame, the first person inducted into the Indiana University Sports Hall of Fame, a member of the Indiana University's All-Century Basketball Team, and was voted by a national sportswriters and broadcasters association as the ABA's All-Time Coach.
In his recent enshrinement speech, he states "I've had a love affair with the fans and the people of the state of Indiana." His involvement in the Indiana community is a perfect example of loyalty and commitment.
Dr. Marilyn Looney is a professor in the department of kinesiology and physical education at Northern Illinois University. She began her teaching career in physical education, mathematics, and health in the Purdy School District in Purdy, Missouri where she also coached volleyball, basketball, softball, and track. After receiving her master's in physical education from Kansas State University, followed by her PED from Indiana University, she accepted a position as assistant professor at South Dakota State University. She later moved to the University of Iowa as an assistant professor in the department of physical education and dance and in 1986 joined the faculty at Northern Illinois University.
Marilyn is a fellow of the American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) Research Consortium and an honor award recipient of the AAHPERD Measurement and Evaluation Council. In 1990 she received the Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award from the department of physical education at Northern Illinois University.
Marilyn served as section-editor of the measurement and evaluation section for Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport from 1994 to 2000 and is currently an associate editor for Measurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science. Her professional contributions have also included serving as a guest reviewer for a variety of scholarly journals, most recently the Journal of Sport Sciences in 2002, as well as reviewing abstracts submitted for AAHPERD National Conventions for a number of years. She has numerous peer-reviewed publications and presentations related to measurement and evaluation of human performance and statistical issues. Marilyn has also been a co-recipient of a NIH Biomedical Research Support Grant and is currently serving on the Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects at Northern Illinois University.
Michael Lysko graduated from Indiana in 1988 and has since established himself as one of the most successful and versatile sports executives in North America. With more than 25 years of senior management experience in professional and collegiate athletics and in sponsorship and broadcasting roles, he also serves as a sports business expert for a variety of media including the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, FOX, Forbes, CNN, ESPN and others.
Mr. Lysko arrived at Southern Methodist University in 2009 to oversee a new major in Sport Management where he is the Director for both the undergraduate and graduate programs. From 2007-2009, he served as VP of Marketing at Intersport in Chicago, where he developed digital and broadcast strategies for the ESPN College Football All-Star Challenge, College Slam Dunk & 3-Point Shooting Championships, and the Under Armour H.S. All-American Game.
From 2004-2007, Mr. Lysko served as Athletic Director at the University of Western Ontario and was responsible for the largest intercollegiate program in Canada. During his three years, Mustang teams captured two CIS gold and two bronze medals, 26 OUA gold, 17 silver, and 11 bronze medals – the most of any school in Ontario.
In October 2000, Mr. Lysko was named the Canadian Football League's 10th Commissioner, making him the youngest commissioner in the history of North American professional sports. In this role, he directed a $75 million organization including football operations, marketing, broadcast and digital rights, corporate partnerships, and collective bargaining with CFL Player Association. His acheivements in the sports industry are truly astounding.
Janet MacLean, M.S.'53, Re.D.'59 earned an M.S. in 1953, a Director of Recreation in 1955, and a Doctor of Recreation in 1959 while working full time for the School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation.
Dr. MacLean was at the forefront of leading the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) in the development of the National Council on Accreditation, for which she served as Chair. She served as Vice President of Recreation for both the state and district units of the American Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AAHPERD). Most notably, Dr. MacLean served for five years on the President's Council on Fitness and Sports, and served as delegate/consultant/featured speaker at three White House Conferences on Aging.
She is a well-known national leader in the field of gerontology, as well as in the recreation and parks profession, and co-authored a leading textbook in the recreation and parks field, in addition to authoring numerous monographs, chapters, and professional articles.
Among her many awards and honors were the prestigious Vitae Bonae Award from Senator Richard Lugar in recognition of her leadership in promoting fitness and health awareness for older Americans, the Sagamore of the Wabash, and the coveted Rocking Chair Award from Sigma Delta Chi Society of Professional Journalists at Indiana University.
Dr. MacLean was a demanding and consummate teacher. Few professors can claim to produce so much during their academic career and be so fondly remembered by countless students and alumni.
Dr. David McSwane is a Professor in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at IUPUI. His teaching and research interests focus on environmental factors that cause human illness and injury. He teaches courses in environmental health, food science and sanitation, epidemiology, environmental health policy, and environmental science. His research is of an applied nature and involves such diverse issues as food safety, drinking water safety, cancer prevention and control, asbestos abatement, and the health effects of homelessness.
Dr. McSwane has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals in the fields of environmental health, food protection, and public health. He is co-author of Essentials of Food Safety and Sanitation and the SuperSafeMark Retail Best Practices and Guide to Food Safety and Sanitation training series. These textbooks and their supplemental training materials are rapidly becoming the preferred tools for training retail food establishment managers about food safety and sanitation. Dr. McSwane also created a drinking water handbook for public officials that explains the fundamentals of water treatment and distribution and emphasizes the importance of proper operation, maintenance and administration of public drinking water systems. This publication has been widely disseminated by the Environmental Protection Agency.
Prior to joining the faculty at Indiana University, Dr. McSwane was a Sanitarian and Administrator at the Monroe County Health Department in Bloomington, Indiana. As Administrator, Dr. McSwane was responsible for managing the environmental health, community health education, and vital records programs provided by the agency. His primary area of responsibility as a Sanitarian was retail food safety where he conducted inspections, taught training sessions, and reviewed plans and specifications for new and extensively remodeled facilities.
Since joining the Public Health profession in 1970, Dr. McSwane has served as President of the Indiana Environmental Health Association and the Indiana Public Health Association. He is Past-Chairman of the Board of the Indiana Division of the American Cancer Society. Dr. McSwane is a Registered Environmental Health Specialist, a Certified Food Safety Professional, and a Diplomate of the American Academy of Sanitarians. He conducts food safety training programs throughout the United States and serves as a public health consultant to numerous organizations within the retail food industry in the U.S. and throughout the world.
Dr. McSwane's professional achievements have been recognized through such distinguished honors as the Walter S. Mangold award presented by the National Environmental Health Association, the W. George Pinnell Award for Outstanding Service presented by Indiana University, the Tony and Mary Hulman George Achievement Award in the field of environmental health presented by the Indiana Public Health Foundation, and the American Cancer Society's St. George Medal for distinguished service in cancer control.
Dr. McSwane holds a master's in public health and doctorate in health and safety education from Indiana University. He also holds an A.B. from Wabash College.
Dr. Norman C. Merrifield is nationally recognized for his innovative, creative and highly successful work in the field of public recreation. Since July 2, 2007, he has served as Director/Chief Administration Officer for the Cincinnati, Ohio Recreation Commission. In this capacity, he is responsible for the overall direction and leadership of the Commission.
From 2004 until July 2007, Merrifield served as Director of the Parks and Recreation Department in El Paso, Texas, an international city of nearly 700,000 in population. During his tenure there, the department's general operation budget increased over 35% in three years, over 75 million dollars (bond issue) was spent on new recreation facilities and development, professional staff were added for greater service capacity, and in early May 2007, the department received the top Park & Recreation Master Plan awarded from the National Recreation Resources and Planning Association.
Prior to El Paso, Merrifield served as Assistant Superintendent for Administration, Recreation and Park Police for the international award winning Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His experience also includes directing the Bloomington/Monroe County Indiana Park & Recreation Departments, while also serving as an adjunct faculty member at Indiana University. He has also enjoyed affiliations with Vincennes University, Fort Wayne, Indiana Department of Parks and Recreation, and Evanston, Illinois Parks.
Merrifield received his bachelor's and master's degrees from Indiana University in Recreation and Park Administration. He also holds an Indiana University doctorate in Adult Education.
Dr. Tony Mobley received a bachelor's from Georgetown College in Kentucky and a master's from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary before attending Indiana University to receive a second master's degree, this one in Recreation in 1960, and an Re.D. degree in 1965. He continued on as faculty before becoming Dean of the School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation (now called the School of Public) in 1976, a position he then held for 26 years before retiring in 2002. During this period the school more than doubled its enrollment, increased its research productivity and visibility, and expanded its influence in virtually all areas of its instructional, scholarly and public service missions.
Fundraising initiatives resulted in the establishment of eight endowed chairs and professorships, and the disbursement of more than $100,000 in student scholarships each year. International exchange agreements were forged with 17 universities around the globe.
Dr. Mobley has held leadership positions, including presidencies, of numerous national associations such as the National Recreation and Park Association, the Society of Park and Recreation Educators, the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration, the American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD), and the North American Society of Health, Physical Education, Sport and Dance Professionals. He led the effort to establish a national accreditation program for academic park and recreation departments that was recognized by the Council on Post-Secondary Accreditation. He also was instrumental in the establishment of the National Institute for Fitness and Sport, located in Indianapolis.
Gene Monahan graduated cum laude from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education and an emphasis on professional athletic training in 1969. While at IU, Mr. Monahan served as an assistant athletic trainer for the varsity football, basketball, and baseball teams from 1965 to 1969. He served as a Minor League Athletic Trainer for 10 seasons from 1963 to 1972, before transitioning to his role as a Major League Head Athletic Trainer for the New York Yankees from 1973 to 2011 where he served for 39 seasons. Mr. Monahan has also served as an Athletic Trainer for several Major League Baseball All-Star Games, as well as during the Major League Baseball All-Star Japan Tour. He was named Head Athletic Trainer for Team USA in the 2013 World Baseball Classic. With the Yankees, Mr. Monahan made 11 World Series appearances and 7 World Championships.
Mr. Monahan has served as the Committee Chair for the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society Scholarship Committee and as a member of the National Public Relations Committee for the National Athletic Trainers Association. He has received numerous awards including the Lifetime achievement Award from the American College of Sports Medicine in 1995, the Distinguished Service Award from the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society in 1997, and in 2006 was elected to the New York State Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Fame.