Honors and Awards

  • Outstanding Service Award:Presented outstanding service award from Tasks Unlimited Inc. for 25 years service on the Board of Directors in addition to service as Chair, Executive Committee Member, and Researcher (over 4 publications resulting in research conducted at Tasks Unlimited surrounding the efficacy of the Fairweather Model). (2014)
  • Roster of Fellows (FAOTA): Inducted to the Roster of Fellows for the American Occupational Therapy Association: (2012)
  • Faculty Mentor: Named by numerous students through the years (98-2012) identified as an outstanding faculty mentor and recognized at annual St. Catherine University student awards ceremony
  • Numerous Service Awards: Society for the Study of Occupation- USA Research Society (2003-Present); Multiple Service Awards (1988-Present), Tasks Unlimited Inc.
  • 2007-2008 Faculty of the Year-Teaching & Advising Award College of St. Catherine
  • Marquis Who’s Who in the World 2008
  • American Occupational Therapy Association- Visionary, featured in publication on innovative occupational therapy visionaries in the Vision in Action (2008)
  • Marquis Who’s Who in America 2007
  • One of 3 alumnae from Capella University to Receive the 2006 Honor and Distinction of Inspired People Achieving Greatness
  • Who’s Who in American Rehabilitation Professionals (2005)
  • 2005 Minnesota Occupational Therapy Association Research Award “For Excellence in Clinical Work, Teaching, and Research in Mental Health”
  • Alumni Travel Grant Award for International Travel and presentation of a Dissertation (an unsolicited grant awarded from Capella University 2005-2006)
  • Invited Key Note/ Featured Speaker in 7 Midwestern and National Conferences (2002-2007)
  • Nominated For CSC Faculty Teaching/Advising Award 3 times (received in 2007-2008)
  • Invited “Expert” on National Fidelity Standards and Tool Kit Development for Fairweather Mental Health Housing Models
  • 2003 Group Fitness Instructor of the Year (Won two awards that year on a club, regional and national level—7 selected nationwide)
  • Wellbridge Corporation (Parent Company of Northwest Athletic Clubs), Midwest Regional Outstanding Employee Service Excellence Awards (2002, 2003, 2004)
  • Ambassador, one of 6 learners selected as an ambassador for the Capella University School of Psychology
  • One of 12 faculty/staff identified by CSC 2000 softball players as “significantly contributing to the educational experience of students”
  • Selected as one of Minnesota’s 7 top group fitness/ aerobics instructors and featured in Minnesota Sports Magazine February 1999
  • Outstanding Service Award, University of Minnesota 1998
  • MVP Employee for Northwest Athletic Clubs 1997 & 1998
  • Nominated for Employment Achievement Award, Anoka Metro Regional Treatment Center (AMRTC)- 4 years
  • Outstanding Achievement Award ($1,000 each), AMRTC, 3 years
  • Numerous Service Awards (Society for the Study of Occupation)
  • Numerous Service Awards (15+ Awards), Tasks Unlimited Inc.
  • Service Award, University of MN (1998)
  • Multiple Service Awards from Courage Center and Association for Ministry to the Retarded
  • Honorarium for Leadership and Academics, NWNL
  • Scholarship/ Grant from Citizen’s Scholarship Fund
  • Multiple Scholarships & Grants for Teaching, Research and Academic Travel


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