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Gayle C. Wilson Service to Education Award

Established in 1973, the Gayle C. Wilson Service to Education Award was named for a fine and outstanding leader who devoted their life to counseling and assisting students in attaining their educational goals. The Wilson Award is presented to a NACAC member who, over a period of years, has performed outstanding service to our profession.

Below are several (but not all) of the criteria that the Member Relations Committee uses when nominating an award recipient for the Gayle C. Wilson Service to Education Award.  

  • NACAC Membership: member for 10 or more years
  • Counseling Students: always serve/advocate for students first with passion and integrity
  • Above and Beyond: volunteer considerable time to working with families and professionals beyond work duties
  • Service to Profession: consistently mentor colleagues and provide inspiration and support; volunteer to teach or create professional development opportunities
  • Service to Affiliate: leader in creating or growing an affiliate association; strong advocacy on the national arena; nurture future leaders
  • Service to NACAC: previous NACAC service on the Board of Directors or as a chair of a national committee; service over an extended period in the NACAC leadership; offer support, insights and manpower when needed; serve as a mentor and identify up and coming leaders

About the 2020 Award Winner:

Dominique Jordan Turner is the CEO of Chicago Scholars, a college success and leadership development nonprofit whose mission is to build a pipeline of diverse talent from Chicago for Chicago. Dominique is passionate about creating equal education opportunities for underserved youth and believes that education is a valuable resource to pull marginalized youth out of poverty and into leadership positions that positively influence their communities. One of her most notable accomplishments is being selected as one of 20 inaugural Obama Fellows among an applicant pool of over 20,000. She currently sits on the board of Chicago Public Library and Chicago Public Radio (WBEZ). Prior to joining Chicago Scholars, Dominique served as the Posse Foundation’s Chicago director and was the regional director of network growth for the KIPP Foundation. Dominique began her career as a management consultant at Deloitte, where she focused on process reengineering and customer relationship management.

 Previous Award Winners:

  • 2019 - Nan Davis
  • 2018 - Lynn Slaughter (posthumous) and Susan Biemeret 
  • 2017 - Youlonda Copeland-Morgan
  • 2016 - Evelyn Boyd White
  • 2015 - Bill Dingledine
  • 2014 - Myron Arakawa
  • 2013 - Carolyn Barnhart
  • 2012 - George Mills​
  • 2011 - Esther Hugo
  • 2010 - Marybeth Kravets​
  • 2009 - John Blackburn​
  • 2008 - Theodore Spencer​
  • 2007 - Kpakpundu Ezeze​​
  • 2006 - Michael Barron​ ​
  • ​2005 - Angela 'Nickie' Roberson ​
  • 2004 - Daniel Feldhaus ​and Edward Wall ​(posthumous)
  • 2003 - Richard Stabell ​
  • 2002 - Lonnie Barefield ​
  • 2001 - Joseph P. Allen ​
  • 2000 - Gary Williams ​
  • 1999 - G. Gary Ripple​
  • 1998 - Roger Campbell ​ ​
  • 1997 - Peggy Templeton-Strong ​ ​
  • 1996 - Naomi Kuziemski ​ ​
  • 1995 - Sally LaGoy​ ​
  • 1994 - Braxton Rethwisch ​
  • 1993 - R. Russell Shunk​ ​
  • 1992 - Anne M. Kennedy ​
  • 1991 - James A. Alexander, Jr.​
  • 1990 - Joseph A. Monte​
  • 1989 - Lois C. Mazzuca ​
  • 1988 - Margaret E. Addis​
  • 1987 - Sarah J. Needham​
  • 1986 - Jeanette B. Hersey ​
  • 1985 - Mary Ann Schwalbe ​
  • 1984 - Evelyn M. Yeagle ​
  • 1983 - Donald G. Dickason​
  • 1982 - Charles E. Malone ​
  • 1981 - Anna H. Bowditch​
  • 1980 - Marion Flagg
  • 1979 - Emery R. Walker, Jr.​ 
  • 1978 - Mildred G. Fox ​
  • 1977 - Harley Wyatt, Jr. ​
  • 1976 - Louis H. Fritzmeier ​
  • 1975 - Esther DeMerritt ​
  • 1974 - Eugene S. Wilson ​
  • 1973 - Harland W. White​ ​

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