2016 Alumni Awardees

The School of Health and Human Sciences is proud to announce the recipients of Alumni awards for 2015-2016! These awards include the Distinguished Alumni, Lifetime Legacy, Public Service, Emerging Leader, and Pacesetter awards.

HHS Distinguished Alumni Award

The Distinguished Alumni Award is the highest honor given by the School of Health and Human Sciences to its outstanding alumni. It recognizes persons who have attained national and/or international stature through their achievements in teaching, scholarship, service administration, or leadership, creative endeavors, human relationships and inspiration.

The 2016 HHS Distinguished Alumni Award recipient is Dr. Jeffrey Martin.  Dr. Martin received a master of science in 1989 and a PhD in 1992 in Kinesiology here at UNCG. Following graduation, he joined the faculty at Wayne State University where he is now a full professor in the division of Kinesiology, Health and Sport Studies.

He is Director of the Disability Sport and Exercise Psychology Research Center where he has been investigating psychological aspects of disability sport, and collaborating on many federally funded research projects.

Lifetime Legacy Award

This award is for an alumnus/a who has served as a pioneer in his/her field of study and who has tirelessly given of his/her treasure through time or talents spanning a number of decades. This honoree may be selected from among the alumni of any of the eight departments and 2 programs of the School.

The 2016 HHS Lifetime Legacy Award recipient is Dr. Margaret Arbuckle. Dr. Arbuckle received a Master of Education and a PhD in Child Development and Family Relations in 1975 and 1983 respectively. She has been an extraordinary advocate for high quality education, including high quality early childhood education in our community and state for many decades.

Through her pioneering efforts, Guilford County became the first in the nation to create a local commission on the needs of children.  Among many other leadership roles, Dr. Arbuckle is also a former Guilford County Commissioner and is the current chairperson of the North Carolina Child Advocacy Institute.

Public Service Award

The HHS Public Service Award may be given to an individual or group who, in his or her role as a member of the faculty (including emeriti faculty), staff, administration, or as alumni or friends, has made an extraordinary contribution to the mission and advancement of the School of Health and Human Sciences.

The 2016 HHS Public Service Award recipient is Dr. Donna Biederman. Dr. Donna Biederman graduated from the Department of Public Health Education’s doctoral program in Community Health Education in 2012. Dr. Biederman is an Assistant Professor at Duke University’s School of Nursing.

She is the Research and Education Director of the Durham Medical Respite Steering Committee, a program for homeless persons transitioning from an acute care facility.

Emerging Leader Award

This award recognizes exceptional achievements and significant contributions to the recipient’s profession or community/society or university. The recipient exemplifies outstanding professional and personal development either through traditional channels or innovative approaches.

This alumni honoree may be selected from among any of the eight departments and 2 programs of the School, within 10 years after their graduation.

The HHS Emerging Leader for 2016 is Dr. Cindra Kamphoff. Dr. Kamphoff graduated from UNCG in 2000 with a Master of Science in Exercise and Sport Science, going on to earn a PhD in 2006 with a concentration in the psycho-social aspects of sport and exercise.

She is an associate professor at Minnesota State University and Director of the Center for Sport and Performance Psychology.

HHS Pacesetter Awards

This award honors outstanding alumni in the School who have attained local, state or regional recognition through their achievements in scholarship, leadership or service, during their career or through civic involvement. Each Department and Program selected a Pacesetter awardee to honor.

Dr. Michelle Novakovich for the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders – Dr. Novakovich received a Bachelor of Science in Speech Pathology and Audiology in 1997 and a Master of Arts in Audiology in 1999, both from UNCG.

She went on to receive a PhD in Audiology from Pennsylvania in 2005. Since then she has been providing hearing health care services for the Piedmont Triad from her private practice in High Point.

Laura Kelly Ms. Laura Kelly for the Department of Community and Therapeutic Recreation. Ms. Kelly received a Master of Science in Recreation and Park Management from UNCG in 2010 with a concentration in Therapeutic Recreation.

She is the Regional Recreational Therapy Consultant for Manorcare responsible for the southeast region. She recruits and trains therapeutic recreation professionals to transition from activity programs to physician ordered therapeutic recreation programs.

Ms. Rachel Mills for the Genetic Counseling Program. Ms. Mills received her Master of Science in Genetic Counseling from UNCG in 2008. Since graduation she has been working as a Clinical Research Coordinator in the Center for Applied Genomics and Precision Medicine at Duke University.

Her work at Duke focuses on issues related to pharmacogenetics testing from the perspectives of consumers, as well as pharmacists and other healthcare providers.

Dr. Joo Hyung Han for the Gerontology Program. Dr. Han graduated with a Master of Science in Gerontology in 2007.

He is chairperson of the Korean Society of Aging, a consortium of 20 corporations and government agencies, the chairperson of the non-profit organization 50+ Korean, and a member of advisory boards of numerous government agencies addressing the needs of the elderly in Korea.

Dr. Ishan Canty Williams for the Department of Human Development and Family Studies Dr. Williams earned a Master of Science in 2000 and a PhD in 2003, both from the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at UNCG.

Dr. Williams is currently a member of the faculty in the Department of Nursing at the University of Virginia where she teaches and conducts research related to aging and health among minority populations.

Mrs. Julie Duffy Dillon for the Department of Nutrition – Mrs. Dillon is a 1999 graduate of the Department of Nutrition Dietetic Internship program. She also received a Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling from UNCG. Her professional credentials include National Certified Counselor and Certified Eating Disorder specialist with the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals.

She received international recognition as the expert dietitian on The Learning Channel documentary “My Big Fat Fabulous Life.”

Ms. Erin Beacham for the Department of Peace and Conflict Studies. Ms. Beacham received a Master of Arts in Conflict Resolution from UNCG in 2012. Ms. Beacham is the Education Project Director of the Anti-Defamation League headquartered in Atlanta Georgia.

In this role she develops, manages and implements education programs throughout the southeast primarily in Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee and Alabama.

Dr. Julia Alber for the Department of Public Health Education. Dr. Alber earned a Master of Public Health from UNCG in 2012. She went on to receive a PhD at the University of Florida in 2015 and is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Alber is working to develop standardized measures to assess social media competency among health education specialists.

Mr. Chauncey Greene for the Department of Social Work
. Mr. Greene graduated from the Joint Master of Social Work program in 2004.

Since graduation he has made a strong name for himself in the field of Child Welfare, particularly in Family Services and with the Guilford Adolescent Preventive Services – the GAPS program. In all that he does, he is driven to intervene, educate, rehabilitate and promote children and families.