The Professional of the Year Award

is given to an outstanding administrator or teacher who is recognized as an extraordinary leader and who has contributed exceptional service to the Association and our profession.

Lynch, Kristie 2023

Awards Criteria

Nominee must have been a member of NYS AHPERD for a minimum of ten (10) years with at least five (5) years being within the last ten (10) years prior to nomination and their membership must be current and...

Award Recipient

The 2023 recipient of the Professional of the Year Award Recipient was Dr. Kristie Lynch.

Award Recipient History

The Professional of the Year Award was established in 1996. Previous award recipients are listed below.

Award Recipients
Lynch, Kristie 2023

2023 Recipient | Dr. Kristie Lynch

Bifarella, Lori 2022

2022 Recipient | Loretta “Lori” Bifarella

Clements R. 2019

2019 Recipient | Rhonda Clements, Ed.D.

Previous Award Recipients

2017 Dr. Clancy Seymour

2016 Dr. Tamela Ray

2014 Murphee Hayes

2013 Sandy Morley

2012 Dr. Shawn Ladda

2011 Dr. Alisa James

2010 Lisa Sherman

2009 Ron Burke

2008 Ron Whitcomb

2006 Enid Friedman

2005 Shannon Whalen

2004 Barbara Wurz

2003 Fred Apgar

2003 Ron Feingold

2001 Ellen Kowalski

2000 Sarah Doolittle

1999 Larry Debel

1998 Tony Viollis

1997 Linda Quitoni

1996 Judy Ingram