2018 CEHD Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

Distinguished Alumni
Back Left to Right: Neal Nickerson, Sharon Augenstein, Elizabeth Bennett, Candice Nadler, David Wettergren, and Carol Johnson-Dean
Front Left to Right: Sandra Christenson, Sumitra Dorner in place of Stephanie Cooper-Lewter, Hattie Kauffman, Mona Dougherty, Catherine Rich, and Michael Leimbach

Distinguished Alumni Award recipients

Sharon K. Augenstein
MA, home economics, 1980
EdD, educational administration, 1999

Pioneering work as a woman in higher education who provided leadership for the technical college system in times of change

Elizabeth M. Bennett
AA, child welfare, 1950

The difference you have made on the quality of health care in our community, especially for children and seniors, through your volunteer service

Sandra L. Christenson
BS, child psychology, 1968
PhD, educational psychology, 1988

Outstanding contributions to the field of school psychology and research on student and family engagement including the development of Check and Connect

Stephanie Kripa Cooper-Lewter
MSW, social work, 1999

Longtime work to promote equal opportunity for all as a leader in the nonprofit world

Mona C. Dougherty
BS, elementary education, 1980

Exceptional work as a literacy specialist and meaningful community contributions through volunteer service and philanthropy

Margery Duffey
PhD, secondary education, 1967

Lifelong dedication to building and sustaining nursing education

Mary Hutson
BA, social work, 1967

Tireless support for and enrichment of New York City's diverse children and families

Carol Johnson-Dean
MA, elementary education, 1980
EdD, educational administration, 1997

Fearless, trailblazing leadership and reform of diverse urban school districts across the country

Michael Paul Leimbach
PhD, child psychology, 1990

Pioneering efforts to improve the training, enhance the performance, and promote the personal development of employees and workplace leaders in organizations worldwide

David L. Wettergren
EdD, education, 1970

Notable career in public education, meaningful contributions to healthcare systems, business, and volunteer service, and commitment to integrated holistic healing

Alumni Society Award of Excellence

Candice Nadler
MA, early childhood education, 1982

Service in the fields of arts and culture, education, and community partnerships

Catherine Rich
BS, elementary education, 1985

Service in the field of education, and your professional and community leadership

Dean’s Diversity Impact Award

Hattie Kauffman
BS, political science, 1977

Contributions to journalism as a national correspondent, and your impact on behalf of the American Indian community