REGIONAL ATHLETIC DIRECTORS of the YEAR
REGION 1 – ALEX TISEO (Marquette) is a graduate of Marquette High School.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Michigan Tech and a master’s
of business administration from Baldwin-Wallace University. While at Michigan
Tech, he was also a four-year member of the football program. Alex began his
career in athletics as a National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics
intern in 2010 before taking the position of athletics development coordinator at
the University of California-Riverside in 2011. In 2012, he was named an
assistant athletic director for NCAA Compliance and Academic Services at
Saginaw Valley State University before taking on an assistant athletic director
for NCAA Compliance position at Wayne State University in 2014. In 2016,
Alex returned to the Upper Peninsula as an associate athletic director for
Northern Michigan University before taking the Marquette athletic director
job in 2017. Jonathan Young, principal at Marquette High School, notes,
“Alex is an outstanding individual who is very dedicated to his student-athletes,
coaches and school district. Managing an athletics program the size of the one at Marquette takes a great deal of time, energy and effort. Alex not only manages the program, but also demonstrates a passion for improving the athletics experience for all students in the Upper Peninsula and across the State of Michigan.” Alex is a current member of the MHSAA representative council, representing the Upper Peninsula Class A and B schools. He has been a member of the U.P Athletic Committee and the MHSAA ski, baseball, and equity committees. Alex was on the NCAA Division II Nominating Committee for three years, served as an NCAA Career in Sports Forum facilitator, an NCAA Student-Athlete Leadership Forum Facilitator, and as the NCAA Division II Student-Athlete Advisory Committee chair. He received the Michigan Tech Vice President for Student Affairs Award for Service in 2008, the Michigan Tech School of Business and Economics “Outstanding Man in Business” in 2007. Alex has hosted MHSAA Championships for U.P. cross country, swimming and diving and golf and is a member of the Marquette Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. Alex is married to his wife Lydia and has two sons, Oscar (4) and Otto (1).
REGION 2 – PHYLLIS OLSZEWSKI (East Jordan) is a graduate of East Jordan
High School and attended North Central Michigan College. Phyllis served as the
athletic director for East Jordan Middle School for 20 years, the assistant athletic
director for East Jordan High School for 10 years and in 2011 was named athletic
director for East Jordan High School. Currently, she has taken on both middle
and high school athletic director positions at East Jordan. In addition, she
coached middle school track for three years and sideline and competitive
cheer at East Jordan for 25 years. Jim Standerfer, athletic director at Elk
Rapids High School, said, “Phyllis has fostered so many positive relationships
with the students, staff and parent community. She is truly interested in her
student-athletes and their journey toward success. She spends countless hours
mentoring her students and coaching staff to develop strategies to increase all
their achievements. Phyllis works extremely hard to make sure that the coaching
staff knows the high level of expectations that she has in place. While continually
challenging all staff to be their best, and do their best, all feel appreciated and would walk through a wall for her.” Phyllis is a board member for the Michigan Competitive Cheer Judges Association and has been a registered MHSAA competitive cheer official for more than 25 years. She has been the league secretary for the Lake Michigan Conference since 1998 and is a current board member of Beyond the Scoreboard, an organization that promotes good sportsmanship in northern Michigan. Phyllis was a 1998 Michigan Cheerleading Coaches Association Service Award recipient, the 2010 Michigan Cheerleading Judges Association Official of the Year, a 2018 East Jordan Public Schools Red Devil Award winner for commitment to the community recipient, a 2020 Northern Michigan Marine Corp Appreciation Award recipient for her work with the Northern Michigan Marine Corp League Toys for Tots and College Scholarship Programs and a 2021 ATOM Track Officials of Michigan Art Jevert-Bruce Jacob Distinguished Service Award recipient. She was a past board member for the Jordan Valley Freedom Festival and is involved annually with the Toys for Tots program. Phyllis has been married to her husband Brian for 35 years and has one daughter, Stephanie.
REGION 3 – DAVID WALLS (Fremont) is a graduate of Hartford High School. He
holds a bachelor’s degree from Saginaw Valley State University. David began his
career in education in 1997 at Holton High School where he served as a teacher
and later the athletic director. In addition, he coached middle school basketball,
girls varsity basketball, and varsity softball at Holton. In 2008, David took the dean
of students position at Mona Shores High School where he would also coach JV
girls basketball and varsity girls track. Since 2013, he has served at Fremont High
School as a teacher, coach, and assistant principal before taking over the athletic
director position in 2016. Ken Haggart, superintendent of Fremont Public Schools,
writes, “David lives at the school. First in the building each day, he is also often the
last to leave each evening after sporting events. He works well with other athletic
directors, and has built a strong network of ties across the state. He maintains
excellent rapport with his coaches and supports them in programming from
elementary through high school. David has great support from the community and can be seen at athletic events both home and on the road, supporting kids and their opportunities for success. He can often be found at the end of the bench, ready to assist the coaches, kids or parents.” David has been a member of the MHSAA scholar-athlete committee and has been a presenter for the MHSAA Sportsmanship Summit. He has shown a commitment to health and safety at Fremont as the school was designated as a Level 1 Heart Safe Sports award. David has been involved locally in the Fremont area with the Lions Club and Knights of Columbus. He also hosts a student leadership conference for all students at Fremont, continues to serve as a youth coach, and offers an out-of-season speed and agility program for Fremont athletes.
REGION 4 – DEE CROWLEY, CAA (Lowell) is a graduate of Lakewood High
School. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University in
secondary education in business along with a master’s degree from Michigan
State University in educational leadership. Dee began coaching girls basketball
at the sub varsity levels in 1987 and was named the varsity girls basketball coach
at Lowell in 1999, where she also taught business. She served as the basketball
coach until 2006 and as a business teacher until 2010 when she took on the role
of assistant principal at Lowell. In 2013, Dee was named athletic director at Lowell,
where she has served since. Brian Zdanowski, CMAA, athletic director at
Greenville High School, shares, “Dee is a strong advocate for women’s athletics,
women in sports leadership and gender equity, but is also supportive of all teams
and causes. There could not be a better role model walking through the building
at Lowell, or at any of our hallways for that matter. Dee is fair, consistent and
respected by not only her students, athletes and parents, but also by her
colleagues as well. She truly exemplifies what it means to be a servant leader to
so many.” A lifetime member of BCAM, Dee was named the 2004 AP Girls
Basketball Coach of the Year, was a five-time MHSAA district and OK White Conference champion and led Lowell to the 2002 MHSAA quarterfinals and 2006 semifinals. She was named the 2018-19 Athletic Director of the Year by the Michigan Wrestling Association and the 2021 WMOA Athletic Director of the Year. Dee was the organizing and founding leader of the educational portion of the Lowell Pink Arrow Pride Committee that helps raise funds and awareness for cancer research. This organization, which has been nationally recognized, also features speakers and pep rallies at each school in the Lowell district, coordination of athletic events with the Pink Arrow Pride Committee and the coordination of all 4,000 students at the district to Lowell High School stadium to form a Pink Arrow with a helicopter fly-over. Dee has been married to her husband Dale for 39 years. They have three daughters, all employed in the medical field, four grandchildren and two step-grandchildren.
REGION 5 – JOE WALLACE, CAA (Portage Central) is a graduate of Regina
Catholic (Iowa) High School. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business and
secondary education from Cornell College, along with a master’s degree in
education building leadership from Washburn University. Joe began his career
in education in 2002 as a high school business teacher at Regina Catholic High
School, where he was also the head speech coach, an assistant track and field
coach, a JV football coach and varsity assistant football coach. In 2010, Joe took a
business and information technology teacher position at Mount Vernon (Iowa) High
School where he was also named varsity football offensive coordinator before taking
on the athletic director and assistant principal position in 2012. In 2014, Joe
accepted the athletic director position at Portage Central, where he has served since.
In addition, Joe was an assistant football coach at Washburn University in 2007 and
an assistant football coach at Grand Valley State University from 2008-09. Eric Alburtus, principal at Portage Central High School, notes, “Joe sees how his work affects others: teachers and students, parents and fellow administrators. He takes steps to be supportive, intentional and integral to the overall success in our own community and throughout the state. Joe connects with students, sending the clear message that he cares about them, cares about their programs, cares about their success and the success of their teammates. Indeed, his exuberance is contagious. One only needs to watch Joe interact with our kids to see he is a powerful source of optimism and energy for our athletics department and for us as a whole school.” Joe is the current MIAAA Region 5 alternate representative and has been a frequent speaker at the MIAAA annual conference. He has been a member of the MIAAA publications committee, the MHSAA ice hockey committee, and the MHSAA officials selection committees for soccer, ice hockey, and basketball. Joe has been the SMAC chair for football, boys and girls tennis and volleyball and was the Southwest Michigan High School Hockey League athletic director liaison. While at Cornell College, he was a letter winner in football, team captain and the college commencement speaker in 2021. A recipient of the Iowa City Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Teacher Award in 2006, Joe was also a long-time public address announcer for Regina Catholic High School, Mount Vernon High School, Washburn College and Grand Valley State University. He has organized multiple food drives at Portage Central, served as the Portage Athletic Foundation athletic director liaison, and is a board member for the Mustang Athletic Club. Joe has been married to his wife Destiny for 10 years and has three children: Anne (10), William (7), and Matthew (5).
REGION 6 – ROBERT WRIGHT, CAA (Sand Creek) is a graduate of Addison
High School. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Adrian College in
mathematics, a master’s degree from Eastern Michigan University in
educational leadership and a specialists degree from Siena Heights University
in educational leadership. Robert began his career in education as a math
teacher at North Central Local Schools in Ohio before taking a position at
Morenci as a math teacher, football coach and basketball coach. He later
became athletic director and assistant principal at Morenci before taking the
position of assistant principal, athletic director, football coach, and softball
coach at Sand Creek in 1999. In 2007, Robert was named an assistant
principal and softball coach at Onsted High School and became principal
in 2012. In 2015, Robert took the superintendent position at Homer
Community Schools for a year, before becoming transportation director and
testing coordinator for Lenawee Christian Schools. In 2017, Robert returned to Sand Creek as its athletic director where he has served since. Kris Isom, CAA, athletic director at Adrian Madison, writes, “Robert is very respected by the athletic directors in the Tri-County Conference. He is the epitome of organization. Robert is always the one on top of the ‘little’ things that really matter. He has made a difference in all the groups he has been involved with. Thank you, Robert, for being a great role model for all age levels and for making us all better human beings, whether it be at work or at home.” For the past four years, Robert has been the MIAAA Region 6 Representative. He is the current treasurer for the Tri-County Conference and was the past president and secretary for the conference. Robert has hosted numerous MHSAA postseason tournaments, served on several MHSAA committees and has been a presenter at the MIAA conference. He was a past recipient of the Mathematics Department Award from Adrian College, was the 2010 Lenawee County Softball Coach of the Year and was named a 2014 Notable Alumni in Education by Adrian College. Robert has been an MHSAA official for more than 30 years in football, basketball and volleyball and was selected as a MHSAA volleyball finals official in 2019. He is a member and past president of the Onsted Kiwanis Club, the current vice chair of the Lenco Credit Union Board of Directors and Onsted Village clerk. Robert has been married to his wife Beth for 36 years. He has two daughters, Brianne and Kelsey, who both live in Arizona, a son, Elliot, who passed away in 2013, and one granddaughter, Maren Ann.
REGION 7 – ED GREENMAN, CAA (Battle Creek Harper Creek) is a graduate
of St. Philip Catholic Central High School. He holds a bachelor’s degree from
Albion College along with a master’s degree from Central Michigan University.
Ed began his career in education in 1985 when he was hired to serve as the
assistant athletic director and assistant community school director at Battle Creek
Harper Creek. He later spent three years as the junior high assistant principal
and three years as the alternative education director before being named
athletic director for Harper Creek, a position he has held for the past 25 years.
In total, Ed has spent 37 years in education, all at Harper Creek. Tom Hunt,
former East Lansing athletic director and current commissioner for Capital
Area Activities Conference, said, “Ed’s infectious energy has led the Harper
Creek Athletic Department for many years. He has overseen countless facility
upgrades and athletic programs have steadily become more competitive while
providing a positive experience for his student-athletes. He has translated his
leadership skills to motivate coaches and continues to inspire student-athletes. Ed’s honesty and integrity is second to none. In these times of contracts and written agreements, his handshake and words are more binding.” A past president of the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association, Ed is also a member of the MHSFCA Hall of Fame and has been named a Football Coach of the Year at the city, league and regional levels. He has hosted more than 100 MHSAA postseason tournaments, is a member of the Harper Creek Optimist Club and is President of the Battle Creek Area Community Prayer Breakfast. Ed has been married to his wife Beth for 37 years and has one son, Kevin.
REGION 8 – JENNIFER THUNBERG, CMAA (Bay City Central) is a graduate of
Bay City Central High School. She holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees
from Saginaw Valley State University, where she was also a four-year letter winner
for the volleyball team. Jennifer began her career in educational athletics as the
varsity volleyball coach at Bay City Central and later took on a role as a science
teacher at the school. In 2008, Jennifer took the position of assistant principal and
athletic director at Pinconning High School, where she remained until 2014 when
she returned home to Bay City Central as an assistant principal before also taking
the title of athletic director in 2018. Andrew Kowalczyk, assistant principal at Bay City
Central High School, writes, “Jennifer possesses all attributes of a successful
athletic director. She cares about the program, the coaches, and the athletes.
Our coaches are lucky to have Jennifer in their corner. She goes above and
beyond to provide everything they need as a coach and is known for sticking
up for what is right within our league. Jennifer will work as as any AD to help a
student-athlete be successful in their sport and their education. Jennifer does it all and does it professionally.” Jennifer has been very involved in MIVCA, serving as a board member for eight years, the MIVCA hard president from 2005-08, and as the originator/chairperson of the Miss Volleyball award from 2003-17. In addition, She was the Saginaw Valley League Coach of the Year in volleyball in 2001. Jennifer was an MASSP Board Member from 2015-21 and served as the MIAAA region 8 Representative from 2011-2014 and again in 2021. She is currently the president of the Bay County Sports Hall of Fame, where she has been a board member for more than a decade, and an active member of Bethel Lutheran Church in Bay City. Jennifer is married to her husband Todd, who is also an educator and the varsity girls basketball coach at Bay City Central, and has two daughters, Taylor (10) and Rylee (8).
REGION 9 – DON GAUTHIER (Imlay City) is a graduate of Ortonville Brandon
High School. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Ashford University in K-12
education with a physical education certification along with a master’s degree
in educational leadership from the University of West Florida. Don began his
career in educational athletics in 2000 as a boys JV basketball coach at
Goodrich, where he was also a substitute teacher. In 2006, he took a position
as a special education teacher for the Genesee Intermediate School District
and, in 2007, was named as the varsity boys basketball coach at Burton Atherton.
In 2009, Don took the varsity boys basketball coaching position at Imlay City
and, in 2010, was named athletic director. He has since added the title of
middle school dean of students in 2020. Adam Smith, athletic director at
Flushing High School, writes, “Don has a natural ability to establish rapport
with both his athletic director colleagues and his student-athletes on a variety of
different platforms. His teams display a tough, blue-collar work ethic that is obviously a direct reflection of their leader and the trust he has instilled in them. Don is often the first phone call of numerous athletic directors in the state to offer his insight and advice. Only fellow ADs can understand and appreciate the required grind that accompanies this role and Don has a wealth of knowledge to collaborate with.” Don has been very involved in BCAM and the Blue Water Area Conference. He is the current BCAM president-elect and has been the director of the Reaching Higher program since 2017. Don was BWAC treasurer from 2014-21, vice president from 2016-21, and currently serves as the conference president. He was named a BCAM Regional Coach of the Year in 2011, BWAC Coach of the Year five times and has led Imlay City to five conference and three district titles. Don has been a member of the MHSAA soccer tournament officials selection committee and the basketball rules committee. A recipient of the 2017 Flint Area Community Philanthropy Award, he is an active member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and a board member for The Miracle Shot, which serves underprivileged kids participating in sports. Don has been married to his wife Leigh for 14 years and has four children: Jalen (12), Isaiah (9), Silas (4) and Rheannon (2).
REGION 10 – ORLANDO MEDINA, CAA (New Haven) is a graduate of
Holy Redeemer High School. He holds a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology
and athletic training from Michigan State University and a master’s degree
from Wayne State University in sports administration. Orlando began his
career in educational athletics at Detroit Cesar Chavez Academy, where
he served as the athletic director for six years. He then moved on to
L’Anse Creuse High School, where he was the athletic director and
facility coordinator for seven years before taking his current position
as athletic director, student outreach coordinator, and Title IX coordinator
at New Haven where he has been for the past four years. Cody Smith, RAA,
athletic director at Romeo High School, shares, “Orlando is a truly valuable
asset to absolutely any team, especially the Macomb Area Conference.
He is self-aware, good at solving league problems, and incredibly
hard-working. Along with that, he is an impressive listener with a splash of influence in our conference by being able to connect with other athletic directors through logical, emotional, or cooperative appeals. In a profession that can be very stressful and taxing, Orlando knows how to have fun with the job.” Orlando served on the MHSAA representative council from 2012-17, is a past president and vice president of the Macomb Area Conference and was the initial president and a founding member of the Charter School League. He has served on numerous MHSAA committees, including the executive committee, athletic equity committee, boys and girls basketball officials selection, middle school and officials initiative committee, classification committee, volleyball committee, soccer committee, umpire selection committee, and scholar-athlete committee. Orlando was the first athletic director at L’Anse Creuse High School to be named grand marshal for homecoming, was a recipient of the National Recognition from MSBL as a region director honoree and received a Certificate of Appreciation from Ser Metro Detroit Youth of Promise Leadership Program for dedication and commitment to developing prominent youth. Orlando started the first MSBL/MABL league in southwest Detroit and served as the president of the Detroit Mexican Beisbol League for six years, helping to establish more than a dozen teams. He created a non-profit organization, the Detroit Sports Health Academy, that serves to enrich the lives of all ages, genders and nationalities in underserved communities through sports, recreation and health and has helped with the Calvin Johnson Jr. Foundation and Catching Dreams Football Camp.
REGION 11 – JOHN YOUNG (Howell) is a graduate of Utica Ford High
School. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of
Michigan, both in education. John coached Division I NCAA baseball for
22 years between the University of Michigan, Bradley University and Michigan
State. In 2005, he helped to found the Greater Lansing Sports Authority and
served as the manager of events and sponsorships for four years. In this
venture, John partnered with numerous local and state sports groups, as well
as national governing bodies, to bring sporting events to the Lansing area.
In 2009, he was named the first athletic director at Ann Arbor Skyline as the
school opened its doors. John took the athletic director position at Westland
John Glenn in 2013 before moving over to Howell in 2016, where he has
served since. Brian Gordon, CAA, Athletic Director at Royal Oak High School,
writes, “Not only as a colleague, but also as a friend, I believe that John
Young is what is ‘right’ in educational athletics. John has always been, and
always will be, viewed as a visionary leader across the state of Michigan. Few display the character and integrity that Mr. Young has every day. His loyalty along with his commitment to student-athletes, their families and his school community are those of one that are exemplary.” While at Bradley University, he was named a recipient of the Bradley University Outstanding Leadership Award. John was also awarded the Lansing City Council Appreciation Award for his work with the Greater Lansing Sports Authority. A member of the MASSP and NASC in addition to the MIAAA, John has become very involved in the Howell community in working with local youth sports groups to provide athletic opportunities for kids in his community.
REGION 12 – JAMES TRUSH, CAA (Trenton) is a graduate of Gibraltar Carlson
High School. He holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Concordia
University. James began his career in education at Gibraltar Carlson where he
was an art and psychology teacher for three years. He later moved on to Trenton,
teaching art and psychology for seven years. During this time, he was also a boys
swim coach and girls golf coach for seven years, For the past eight years, James
has served as the athletic director and assistant principal at Trenton High School.
Robert Picano, CAA, Athletic Director at Woodhaven High School, notes, “James
is an outstanding leader, colleague and great asset for the Trenton community. He
is willing to take on any role necessary for his school and community to ensure its
success. His dedication and professionalism never falter and he is a rock for the
athletic program at Trenton.” James has been a member of the MHSAA hockey
committee and has served as the Downriver League president. He was influential
in passing a recent bond that went toward athletic facility improvements in Trenton
and developed a reverse raffle that helped to purchase all new fitness equipment for the Trenton weight room. James was recently honored by Beaumont Hospital for donating a football helmet that helped to support a trachea tube operation and saved a life. He is a representative for the Goodfellows of Trenton, the Trenton Education Foundation, the Trenton Rotary Club and local Boy Scout Troop 1234. James has been a Trenton resident for 17 years and is an avid golfer, reader, chess player and sports fanatic. He is married to his wife Jen and has two sons that attend Trenton schools.
REGION 13 – AARON CROUSE, CMAA (Notre Dame Prep) is a graduate
of Livonia Churchill High School. He holds a bachelor’s degree in sport
management from Bowling Green State University and master’s degrees
from Eastern Michigan University in sport management and K-12
administration. While completing his undergraduate degree, Aaron spent
more than two years as an athletic department intern at Livonia Stevenson
High School and a year as an athletic department intern at Livonia Holmes
Middle School. During this time, he also served as an assistant varsity
hockey coach at Livonia Stevenson, where he was a member of the 2013
program that captured an MHSAA state championship. In 2014, Aaron
took a position as the associate athletic director at Notre Dame Prep
where he has served the past eight years. In addition, he was also the
varsity hockey head coach at Notre Dame Prep for six years.
Lori Hyman, CMAA, athletic director at Livonia Stevenson High School,
writes “Aaron is dedicated to student success both athletically and academically. He is always willing to go the extra mile to strive for excellence. He solves problems before they become problems and motivates coaches and student-athletes to surpass their potential. More importantly, Aaron is a person of tremendous integrity. The saying: ‘Character is who you are when no one is watching’ applies to Aaron. His character is second to none.” Aaron has served on the MHSAA scholar-athlete, classification, awards, and ice hockey committees along with the MIAAA scholarship and website committees. He is the current chair of the MIAAA awards committee and sits on the certification committee for the NIAAA. Aaron has served as president of the Oakland County Athletic Directors Association, is an NIAAA LTI instructor and is a Coaches Advancement Program instructor for the MHSAA. He holds Certified Interscholastic Coach certification from the NFHS, Master’s Elite ++ coaching certification through the MHSAA and was a recipient of both the Sidwell Award for Outstanding Sport Management Internship Experience and Mayeux Award for Outstanding Honors Project at Bowling Green State University. Aaron has been a co-moderator for the Notre Dame Prep Varsity Club and has helped to coordinate recent service projects for Toys for Tots, Habitat for Humanity and the Michigan Warriors Veterans Hockey program.
REGION 14 – JOLINDA LUCAS, CAA (Grand Rapids University Prep Academy)
is a graduate of Hobart (Indiana) High School. She holds a bachelor’s degree in
physical education and health from Indiana State University and a master’s degree
in educational leadership from Indiana University. Jolinda taught for 24 years in
Indiana with the final 15 years coming at Hamilton Community Schools. She was
an assistant athletic director for nine years and the district athletic director for six
years at Hamilton before coming to Michigan. In 2011, Jolinda began teaching at
University Prep Academy in Grand Rapids and became the middle school athletic
director in 2012. She continues to work as a full-time educator while managing
the cooperative athletics program between Grand Rapids University Prep
Academy, Public Museum School and Grand Rapids Montessori. Jolinda also
works with her district office to facilitate a four-sport elementary program, the
annual Turkey Trot fundraiser, and district track and cross country invitationals.
Cody Inglis, CAA, assistant director for the MHSAA says, “Jolinda’s passion, commitment, excellence and integrity have impacted generations past, as well as to come in educational athletics as servant leader in athletic administration. I have had the opportunity to watch Jolinda in action numerous times in many different MHSAA committees, meetings and interactions. I was always struck by the care and professionalism at which Jolinda goes about accomplishing the tasks of her job and those interactions. She takes her job seriously and does it with passion, dedication and a calm, level-headed demeanor. Jolinda’s investment in JH/MS athletics has impacted the state at both the MIAAA and MHSAA level.” Jolinda has served as the MIAAA Region 14 representative, presented numerous times at the MIAAA annual conference and been a member of the MHSAA JH/MS committee. She sits on the Academy of Sports Leadership board of directors, was a coaches of girls sports committee chair in Indiana and has been a middle school regional cross country and track and field manager for the MHSAA. Jolinda received a 30-year coaching award in Indiana, 20-year service awards from the MIAAA, Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association and Indiana Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches and was the Indiana track and field cross country award chairperson. She has been a volunteer coordinator for the Grand Rapids Turkey Trot and also works to support the Grand Rapids Public Schools foundation.