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2010 Award Winner

Joy L. Bauer, B.S., '86
Distinguished Alumna, School of Public Health

Joy Bauer, BS, 1986Joy Bauer is a nationally recognized expert on nutrition who graduated with a degree in Kinesiology in 1986. Her recommendations for healthier living have been published as magazine columns and best-selling books, including "Cooking with Joy;" "The 90/10 Weight Loss Plan;" and the #1 New York Times bestseller, "Joy Bauer's Food Cures." Joy has consulted with athletes, celebrities, models and business professionals. She is a health contributor for the "Today" Show on NBC and the nutritionist for the New York City Ballet and the American Ballet Theatre.


2009 Award Winners

Madieu Williams, B.S. '03
Distinguished Alumnus, School of Public Health

Madieu Williams, BS, 2003After graduating with a family science degree in 2003, Mr. Madieu Williams emerged as a standout safety for the NFL's Minnesota Vikings and Cincinnati Bengals and has worked to make a positive impact on the world.

Off the field, he created the Madieu Williams Foundation, which has partnered with community organizations in Cincinnati and Minneapolis to build playgrounds, renovate athletic facilities, and conduct diabetes screening programs. The foundation also provides incentive programs to reward children for making positive decisions at home, in school, and the community.

Jaime Flores, B.S., '93
UMD Humanitarian Award

Jaime FloresAfter graduating in 1993 with a degree in kinesiology, Jaime Flores went on to become a physician, and now teaches at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

He received the Humanitarian Award for his work addressing health needs for the underprivileged around the globe. Among other pursuits, Dr. Flores spends every February in Ecuador, operating on low-income patients with cleft lips and palates, burns and scars.

"Through his organization, the Healing Hands Foundation, Flores plans to link his teaching and public health pursuits, traveling around the world not only to perform procedures, but also to teach local physicians how to continue the work once he and his colleagues have departed," read the official award announcement.

2008 Award Winner  
Kevin M. Clair  
1982 B.S.  
Kevin M. Clair, M.S., M.A., FAWHP, is co-owner and President of the Health Solutions group of companies. The Health Solutions companies deliver worksite health services in all 50 states, conducting health risk screenings and providing health risk reduction programs. Health Solutions was founded in 1991 by Bill Clair, Kevin’s brother, and Kevin joined the organization in 1994. Programs served by Health Solutions have received national recognition including the C. Everett Koop National Health Award granted by The Health Project at Stanford University. Previously, Mr. Clair managed a variety of outpatient services and affiliated enterprises for several hospital systems. He was recognized as a Fellow of the Association for Worksite Health Promotion. Mr. Clair’s writings, which have focused on the design and financial management of health promotion programs, have been published in North America and Europe.
Mr. Clair earned a B.S., Magna Cum Laude, from the University of Maryland in 1982, receiving the Fraley Award, which honors the most outstanding graduating senior in the School of Public Health. He earned an M.A. in Exercise Science from the University of Florida in 1984 and was inducted into the University of Florida, College of Health & Human Performance’s Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame in 2007. He earned an M.S. in Health Services Administration from Nova Southeastern University in 1991.
He is actively involved in college affairs and currently serves as a member of the University of Maryland, School of Public Health’s Board of Visitors, and is a member of the University’s Colonnade Society. Mr. Clair is a member of the University of Florida’s President’s Council, and Duke University’s Parents’ Committee.
Kevin is married to Tracye A. Polson and together they have five children, Lauren, Megan, Katherine, Bradley and Ryan. Kevin M. Clair is the son of Thomas G. and Patricia A. Clair.
2007 Award Winner  
Patricia D. Mail  
1996 Ph.D.  
Patricia Mail has spent the better part of her career helping others battle the ravages of alcohol abuse and HIV/AIDS. She has focused on addressing these problems in underserved areas, particularly in American Indian populations, in her U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps assignments at the National Institutes of Health; the Alcohol, Drug Abuse and Mental Health Administration; the Health Services and Resource Administration; the Office of the Surgeon General; and the Indian Health Service. She currently consults on Native American substance use issues. A fellow of the Society for Applied Anthropology and an honorary fellow of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health, Mail is immediate past president and now chairs the executive board of the American Public Health Association. She has been honored extensively for her work, including the U.S. Public Health Service surgeon general’s medallion and exemplary service medal.

2006 Award Winner  
Judith C. Young  
1969 M.A., 1981 Ph.D.  
Dr. Young, is Vice President for Programs, American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance

Judith C. Young is a strong advocate for exercise and physical education. She is vice president for programs at the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, which represents nearly 25,000 professionals. In this role, she coordinates programmatic work and related research for associations in physical education, exercise science, health, recreation, sport and dance. Previously, she was executive director of the National Association for Sport and Physical Education, where she facilitated the development of national standards for physical education and for sports coaches along with a voluntary review for coach training and certification programs. She has served on the faculty of the College of Health and Human Performance and now is a member of its board of visitors. She also chairs the board of Action for Healthy Kids and serves on the American Council for Fitness and Nutrition, the Council for Corporate and School Partnerships and the Citizenship Through Sports Alliance.


2005 Award Winner  
Christine Warnke  
1975 M.S.  
Dr. Warnke, Government Affairs Advisor in the Washington, D.C. office of Hogan & Hartson, L.L.P., is the 2005 recipient of University of Maryland's Outstanding Alumnus Award in the College of Health and Human Performance. A member of her firm's Legislative Group, she represents national and multinational corporations, trade associations, and coalitions on legislative and regulatory matters before Congress, the White House, and various Executive Branch agencies. Dr. Warnke served on the staff of U.S. Senator Howard W. Cannon of Nevada and Senate Majority Leader Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia. She is a former Assistant Director of Governmental Affairs for the American Textile Manufacturers Institute, and brought recognition to the Institute as an evnironmental leader.

A native Washingtonian, Dr. Warnke has written about Washington's immigrant population and co-authored The Urban Odyssey published by the Smithsonian Institution. She is a member of the boards of numerous cultural, health, and arts organizations, and is founding President of the Hellenic American Women's Council. She spearheaded the D.C. Commission for Women in the late 1990s and currently chairs the commission. A former member of the District of Columbia Human Rights Commission, she was appointed by President Clinton to the President's Advisory Committee of the Arts of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in 1999. Dr. Warnke received her Master of Science degree in Family Studies in 1975, and her doctoral degree in American Studies in 1993 from the University of Maryland, College Park. She was honored along with other University Distinguished Alumni on December 3rd, 2005.


2004 Award Winner  
Linda Alexander  
1998 PH. D.  
Linda Alexander is a nationally respected leader in public and women's health. As vice president of women's health at the Digene Corporation, she oversees women's health initiatives, health education efforts, provider training as well as reimbursement and public advocacy programs. Prior to joining Digene, Alexander was president and CEO of the American Social Health Association, where she worked closely with industry and federal leaders and health advocates to raise national awareness of sexually transmitted diseases. She is a retired Lt. Col. with the U.S. Army Nurse Corps and was a health educator at the University of Maryland as well as the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences. Alexander is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. She has published extensively on women's health issues, including writing the first edition of New Dimensions in Women's Health, a leading women's textbook.

2003 Award Winner  
Jerry P. Wrenn  
37 Year Campus Citizen  

Jerry P. Wrenn has been a campus citizen for 37 years, beginning as a graduate assistant, and spanning to the Dean of the College of Health and Human Performance. He is well known by his colleagues throughout campus, especially for his service on numerous university committees, and service and outreach activities at the local, state and national levels. His strong interpersonal and leadership skills are apparent as an administrator, teacher, mentor, and advisor.

He has been the recipient of numerous awards from the university and professional organizations. The university has recognized his unselfish commitment by awarding him an Outstanding Advisor Citation and the Outstanding Advisor Award. The college's Outstanding Service Award was established in his honor in 1992. In addition, Dr. Wrenn has received three of the highest awards presented by professional organizations, which include the EDA-AAHPERD Honor Awards by the American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreations and Dance, the R. Tait McKenzie Award by the Maryland Association of Health, Physical Education, and Dance, and a Certificate of Merit for Saving a Life by the American Red Cross. In 2003, Dr. Wrenn received the College Distinguished Alumnus Award. Upon his retirement in 2003, the Jerry P. Wrenn Undergraduate Scholarship was established in recognition of Dr. Wrenn's service to students.


2002 Award Winner  
Ralph Freidgen  
1970 B.A., 1972 M.A.  

Ralph Friedgen, the first coach in Atlantic Coast Conference history to lead a team to three-straight seasons of 10 wins or more, enters his fourth year at the University of Maryland with a rapidly-growing reputation as one of the top coaches in the game.

A long-time successful assistant coach at Georgia Tech, where he was credited with overseeing one of the nation's most potent offensive attacks, Friedgen continues to build a new level of pride and glory to his alma mater's football program, guiding the Terps to a 31-8 record and a trio of major bowl appearances including two decisive wins -- in his three seasons as a collegiate head coach. Not only are his 31 wins four more than any third-year coach in Atlantic Coast Conference history, his 31-8 start is the seventh-best in the history of Division I-A college football. Only one other coach since 1978 (Miami's Larry Coker, 35-3) has posted as many wins in his first three years at the helm. The consensus national Coach of the Year in 2001 after leading Maryland to its first ACC championship since 1985, Friedgen and Co. have now proved in back-to-back seasons that his 10-2 rookie campaign of 2001 was no one-hit wonder, posting 21 wins in the last two years -- including a school-record tying 11 wins in 2002 -- while leading Maryland to dominating wins in the 2002 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl (30-3 over Tennessee) and the 2004 Toyota Gator Bowl (41-7 over West Virginia). The 31 wins by the Terps over the last three seasons is one better than Maryland's win total in the six years prior to Friedgen's arrival. (Source:

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