The 2019 recipient of the NYS AHPERD Western Zone Amazing Person Award is Kate Huber.
Kate received her Bachelor of Science degree from the State University College at Buffalo, and her Master of Science degree in counselor education from Canisius College. She is the school and community wellness coordinator at Erie 1 BOCES. Kate oversees the Creating Healthy Schools and Communities Grant through the NYS Department of Health. She works with high-needs school districts to promote nutrition and physical activity by developing and implementing comprehensive school wellness policies. Kate also provides professional development for school staff to improve the schools' nutrition environment and to create a culture of wellness. Under her leadership, Erie 1 BOCES expanded the Physical Education Directors' Consortium to include health education. Kate was crucial in the collaboration between the Western Zone and Erie 1 BOCES which allowed schools to receive state aid for Zone conference registration and membership fees. This partnership was a significant factor in the number of attendees at the 2018 Western Zone conference, along with an increase in NYS AHPERD memberships. President Ray, it is with great pleasure the Western Zone recognizes Kate Huber as their 2019 Amazing Person.