Introducing Our DSA Winners

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Introducing Our DSA Winners


Ann C. Chadwick, CFCS, retired executive director, American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, has a distinguished record of achievement in the profession through positions in business, industry, government, and AAFCS. Ann joined the staff of AAFCS in 1993, as public policy advisor. She subsequently became director of professional development/public policy, acting executive director, and executive director. Prior to her work with AAFCS, Ann was the acting assistant secretary for Food and Consumer Services, U.S. Department of Agriculture.

During her career, Ann enjoyed several career "firsts." She was the first home economist for Bryan Foods, a division of Sara Lee Corporation, and was also the first director of consumer affairs for Geo. A Hormel and Company. Among her many other awards, she was the first woman to be named Alumna of the Year by the Mississippi State University College of Agriculture and Home Economics.

Throughout her career, Ann has focused on families and consumers. For the Food Processors Institute, she authored the publication, "A Manual for Successful Resolution of Consumer Complaints in the Food Industry," which has become an industry standard. Additionally, she represented the USDA at the United Nations seminar "Woman in Extreme Poverty" in Vienna, Austria, and at the "First International Conference on Nutrition" in Rome. She supervised the research that led to the release of the Food Guide Pyramid and was national spokesperson upon its release. During her tenure at AAFCS, Ann initiated the Association's website and email communications, facilitated launching the "new" Journal of Family & Consumer Sciences, and initiated a series of the Association's public policy seminars for leaders.

Penny A. Ralston, CFCS, dean, College of Human Sciences, Florida State University, has been a leader in family and consumer sciences for 30 years. AAFCS members cherish her commitment to the profession, philosophical leadership, depth and breadth of knowledge, wisdom, and advocacy. Penny served as AAFCS president from 1996-97, after she served as chair of both the Council for Certification and Agency Member Unit and as vice president for Professional Standards.

At Florida State University, Penny is a successful administrator who led the College of Human Sciences to enrollment increases, more than 35 faculty awards, an endowment that has tripled, and grants that have increased six fold. …

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