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N4A Announces 2018 Award Recipients

June 26, 2018

CLEVELAND -- The National Association of Academic and Student-Athlete Development Professionals (N4A) announced the 2018 recipients of its Professional Promise, Professional Excellence, Model Practices and Research Awards. The winners were recognized during the 2018 N4A Convention, held June 24-26 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

“N4A has a rich tradition of high achievers and trailblazers. This year’s honorees are a continuation of that legacy of success,” said Felicia Martin, N4A President and vice president of the eligibility center at the NCAA. “On behalf of the N4A Board of Directors, we’d like to congratulate this year’s recipients. It is because of these recipients and members like them that N4A is a thriving and growing organization.”

Professional Promise Award

Given annually to one member from each region, the N4A Professional Promise Award honors "new" professionals who serve student-athletes and who have dedicated their energy to the Association and its mission. Winners must have been N4A members for more than one year but fewer than five years.


Region I

Shelby McKay
Senior Academic Advisor
George Washington University
Region II Lamarr Pottinger
Director of Student-Athlete Development/Athletics Academic Advisor
Old Dominion University
Region III Aaron Stang
Academic Advisor
University of Wisconsin
Region IV Malone Silver
Athletic Academic Advisor
Prairie View A&M University
Region V Jessica Richardson
Assistant Director/Academic Coach
Arizona State University


Professional Excellence Award

Given to one member from each region, the N4A Professional Excellence Award honors professionals with 6 - 15 years in the field who meet the following criteria:
  • N4A involvement at the regional and/or national level
  • Commitment to improving his/her department, often going above and beyond the tasks/responsibilities outlined in their job description
  • Ability to meet their students' needs and address critical issues within athletics and/or the campus community
  • Viewed as a leader/mentor among his/her colleagues and is well respected within the industry

Region I
Denise Poole
Program Director, Academic Services & Compliance Officer
New York University
Region II Brad Horton
Associate AD for Student-Athlete Development
Georgia State University
Region III Angela Wyss
Director of Student-Athlete Academic Support Services
Xavier University
Region IV Casey Finnell
Assistant AD for Academic Services
Lindenwood University
Region V Jennifer Burleson
Interim Dean of Counseling
Mt. San Jacinto College


Model Practices Award

The N4A Model Practices Award are awards given annually to a N4A-affiliated university or college that displays best practices in their programming for student-athletes (this includes, but is not limited to academic advising, academic integrity, disability services, target populations, learning specialists, tutoring, study hall/table, student-athlete affairs / life skills). Two awards presented each year -- one in the area of academics, and one in the area of student-athlete development.

Academic Support Services
Vanderbilt University
Student-Athlete Development Programming
Florida State University


Research Award

This award is given to a graduate student working on a dissertation/thesis or a practitioner completing a research project to put towards future research with the hopes of sharing with the organization.


Online Athlete Bridge to
Career Development (A.B.C.D.) Program
Evie Oregon
Western Kentucky University

Lacee Carmon-Johnson
Western Kentucky University

Lauren MCoy
Western Kentucky University

Learning Specialists in College Athletics:
Who Are They and What Do They Do?
Mary Anne Steinberg
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Cheryl Walther
Colorado State University

Maria Herbst
Clemson University

Jennifer West
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Dixie Wingler
Towson University

John Smith
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University


About N4A: N4A, which has been in existence since 1975, is a diverse educational service and professional non-profit organization. Membership of N4A includes academic support and student services personnel who are committed to enhancing opportunities for academic, athletics and personal success for student-athletes. For more information on N4A, visit www.nfoura.org. N4A is administered by NACDA, now in its 53rd year, administers 17 professional associations, including seven for the separate business units that report directly to the athletics directors. For more information on NACDA, visit www.nacda.com.