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North American Society Announces 2017 Honorees

RESTON, VA, March 27, 2017 — Gene White, chair of the North American Society of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Sport and Dance Professionals (NAS), recently announced its class of 2017 outstanding professionals. This year's honorees were recognized at the 132nd SHAPE America National Convention& Expo in Boston, March 16, at the Professional Excellence Awards Ceremony. They are: 

North American Society of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Sport and Dance Professionals (NAS):

  • Carol Ciotto, Central Connecticut State University
  • Steven Furney, Texas State University
  • Jacqueline Goodway, The Ohio State University
  • Dorothy (Dolly) Lambdin, University of Texas at Austin (retired)
  • Joella Mehrhof, Emporia State University, KS
  • Stephen Mitchell, Kent State University, OH
  • Marjorie Wuestner, School District of Philadelphia (retired), PA

Established in 1999, the NAS recognizes outstanding professionals from within the allied professions of health education, physical education, recreation, sport and dance in North America. Presenting this year’s honorees were Dr. Jackie Lund, president of SHAPE America-Society of Health and Physical Educators, and Dr. Louise Humbert of Physical and Health Education Canada (PHE Canada),

Individuals are members of SHAPE America or PHE Canada who have demonstrated outstanding competence through professional involvement over a period of at least 20 years.

“The North American Society is reserved for members of SHAPE America and PHE Canada who have made significant and sustained contributions,” says White. “Its purpose is to bring together recognized leaders from the various fields for the purpose of collaboration and gaining fresh perspectives on the latest issues and trends affecting the professions.”

Since its first class in 2000, approximately 160 individuals have been inducted into the society.


About PHE Canada
PHE Canada is a recognized leader and vital contributor in fostering achievement and health among children and youth living in Canada. We advocate for and advance quality health and physical education opportunities in school communities and increase awareness of the relationship between health and education and the importance of learning environments that focus on an inclusive, whole child approach. Learn more at

About SHAPE America
SHAPE America - Society of Health and Physical Educators is committed to ensuring all children have the opportunity to lead healthy, physically active lives. As the nation's largest membership organization of health and physical education professionals, SHAPE America works with its 50 state affiliates and national partners to support initiatives such as the Presidential Youth Fitness Program, Let's Move! Active Schools and the Jump Rope For Heart/Hoops For Heart programs.

Since its founding in 1885, the organization has defined excellence in physical education, and our resources provide the leadership, professional development and advocacy that support health and physical educators at every level - from preschool to university graduate programs. For more information, visit

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