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AFCEA International Awards Program
Emerging Leadership Award

The Emerging Leadership Award is given for exceptional service to AFCEA at the local and/or international level. This award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated continuous leadership in Young AFCEAN activities since winning the Distinguished Young AFCEAN award.


Criteria:

  • Individual must be a current AFCEA member
  • Previous Distinguished Young AFCEAN (DYA) Winner
  • Actively mentoring and involved with the Young AFCEANs
  • Has demonstrated continuous leadership in Young AFCEAN activities since winning the DYA award
  • Nomination must be endorsed by the nominee's AFCEA Regional Vice President (RVP)

Note: Nominations are due October 28, 2011. Awards will be presented at West (January 24-26, 2012).

2010 Emerging Leadership Award Winners

TSgt Joshua D. Copeland, USAF, receives the Emerging Leadership Award from Kent Schneider, President and CEO, AFCEA International, and Natalie Givans, Chairman of the Board, AFCEA International.
   

Capt. Andrew Heo, USAF, receives the Emerging Leadership Award from Kent Schneider, President and CEO, AFCEA International, Natalie Givans, Chairman of the Board, AFCEA International, along with Michael Varner, Regional Vice President, Great Plains – Rocky Mountain.

   
Raheem McCormick receives the Emerging Leadership Award from Kent Schneider, President and CEO, AFCEA International, and Natalie Givans, Chairman of the Board, AFCEA International.
   
Penny Morgan, along with her mother Margaret. receives the Emerging Leadership Award from Kent Schneider, President and CEO, AFCEA International, and Natalie Givans, Chairman of the Board, AFCEA International.
   
Capt. Katherine L. Stowe, USAF, receives the Emerging Leadership Award from Kent Schneider, President and CEO, AFCEA International, and Natalie Givans, Chairman of the Board, AFCEA International.
   

 

See complete listing below for winners not pictured.

TSgt Joshua D. Copeland, USAF

United States Air Force

ArkLaTex Chapter

Technical Sergeant Copeland is an energetic and involved AFCEAN. There is not anything that

happens within the ArkLaTex AFCEA Chapter that Sergeant Copeland is not part of. He is a former recipient of the Young AFCEAN of the Year award, and his sustainment of the qualities and efforts in support of AFCEA that qualified him as the Young AFCEAN of the Year, coupled with maturity and growth, earn him the distinction of being selected for the Emerging Leadership Award! Add to that his serving on the Headquarters AFCEA Young AFCEAN Advisory Council, which in turn led to his current position as the Age Diversity Chair on the HQ AFCEA Membership Committee.

 

Andrew Heo

SLG/SLI

Rocky Mountain Chapter

Andy consistently performs at a standard high above his peers and is the perfect candidate as an emerging leader. He was named the 2009 Distinguished Young AFCEAN of the Year by AFCEA International for his work in the IT community and dedication to AFCEA at all levels.  Additionally, he was recognized by Federal Computer Week as a 2010 Rising Star, one of twenty four up and coming federal employees. His tireless effort in his professional career, educational endeavors and philanthropic work highlight this package. He is an energizer bunny and just keeps going on and on supporting so many AFCEA functions. He is a tremendous spokesperson for AFCEA.

 

Tatiaunna M. Maldonado

DISA-Europe

Stuttgart Chapter

Following her selection in 2008 for the DYA award, Ms. Maldonado has continued to contribute

greatly to the Stuttgart Chapter and the local community through her volunteer efforts. She has stood out among her peers and consistently led by example. Ms. Maldonado has actively served the Stuttgart Chapter for over three years as our Membership Vice President. During her tenure, membership in AFCEA has increased over 15% and the Chapter now boasts over 20 Life Members. She is respected and admired by subordinates and superiors alike. Further, Ms. Maldonado has had a direct influence on Young AFCEANs ranging from High School Seniors to the younger generation of working military and civilian professionals in the Stuttgart Community. She is an active and involved AFCEA supporter and exemplifies the ideals associated with AFCEA’s Emerging Leadership Award.

Raheem McCormick

PEO EIS

Montgomery Chapter

Ray’s leadership acumen and results driven motivation are examples how one can become

totally involved in a small AFCEA chapter and raise the bar on expectations. A past recipient of

the AFCEA Distinguished Young AFCEAN Award, Ray has not rested on his laurels. He is totally immersed in every chapter activity. This past year he conceived an idea for a new joint project between the Chapter’s Educational Foundation and Young AFCEANs to implement a broadband IT solution for one of the community’s largest, yet resource-stricken elementary schools. Working with Young AFCEANs, he helped recruit dozens of young volunteers- enlisted, junior officers, and civil servants. A leader with tremendous energy, talent, enthusiasm, he is unsurpassed in his attention to detail and having a game plan ready for every eventuality – translating into resounding program successes. Moreover, he helps meet a key challenge facing our industry and nation as a whole; that is, promoting science, technology, engineering and math to future leaders.

 

Penny Morgan

Aermor LLC

Hampton Roads Chapter

Penny Morgan, Young AFCEAN chair on the Hampton Roads Chapter board of directors, continues to grow and advocate for Hampton Roads Chapter Young AFCEAN membership. She was awarded Distinguished Young AFCEAN in 2009. During this past year, she quit her real job and set out on her own by founding a new woman-owned small business! Despite this life changing event, she continued her high level of enthusiasm for the chapter as the YAC Chair. She has earned this award in spades!

 

Capt Katherine L. Stowe, USAF

USAF Electronic Systems Center

Lexington-Concord Chapter

Captain Kate Stowe has become a dynamic leader on the AFCEA leadership team. Over the last three years Kate has emerged as one of Lexington-Concord Chapter’s prime movers. She has demonstrated an outstanding dedication to the Young AFCEANs in her leadership role as the Executive Committee Treasurer. She manages an annual budget which has enabled the Young AFCEANs to award $10,000 in scholarships, sponsor seven events, recruit 30 new members and host four mentorship sessions. But Kate’s role expands well beyond her position as Treasurer. She is truly a guiding force with the Young AFCEANs, providing exceptional service to AFCEA. Kate was awarded Regional DYA several years ago and she hasn’t stopped since. She is the epitome of a leader and most deserving of this award. She recently assumed the role of Regional Young AFCEAN in addition to her other AFCEA, Professional and personal duties (new Mom too). A truly outstanding individual!

Richard Windsor

Booz Allen Hamilton

Central Maryland Chapter

Mr. Windsor has been actively involved in the AFCEA Central Maryland Chapter (CMC) and the

Young AFCEANs (YACs) since returning from overseas duty supporting Joint Communications

in September 2008. Mr. Windsor’s prior military service and multiple years in the defense service industry serve as the foundation for his current endeavors supporting national security efforts in the cyber, information assurance and digital forensic domains. Ricky Windsor’s record of accomplishment and support of AFCEA and the AFCEA International Cyber Committee are

inspirational to everybody in the Central Maryland Chapter and to YACs beyond Central Maryland.  His sponsorship of YACs coordinating their activities through social media is the wave of the future. He is an example of the leaders AFCEA needs going forward.

2012 Emerging Leadership Award Winners

2011 Emerging Leadership Award Winners

2009 Emerging Leadership Award Winners

2008 Emerging Leadership Award Winners

2007 Emerging Leadership Award Winners

 

Click here for a complete list of AFCEA Awards and nomination forms.

 

Award Questions?

Please contact Susan Emert
(703) 631-6191

 


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