The Mel Schulstad Professional of the Year Award is a vanguard award that recognizes an innovative individual who has made outstanding and sustained contributions to the advancement of the addiction counseling profession on a national level.
The award was created in November 1979 by Jay Lewis, former editor and publisher of The Alcoholism Report, and a select group of his peers and colleagues in honor of Mel Schulstad, one of the founders of the National Association of Alcoholism Counselors (NAAC), the association that would eventually become NAADAC.
Any NAADAC member in good standing may nominate an individual for this award, which is selected by the NAADAC Awards Committee. Current members of the NAADAC Executive Committee are ineligible for this award.
Mel Shulstad Professional of the Year award
The Mel Shulstad Professional of the Year Award recognizes an individual who has made outstanding and sustained contributions to the advancement of the addiction counseling profession.
To be given this award, the nominee must:
- have a minimum of twenty years in the addiction counseling profession or related service;
- demonstrate a history of commitment to advancing the addiction profession, to growing and supporting the needs of the addiction profession, and to increasing access for individuals to quality treatment by quality addiction professionals on the local, state, national, and/or international levels;
- be an active NAADAC member in good standing (i.e., the individual must be a voting member as opposed to an honorary member); and
- have demonstrated to the satisfaction of one's peers full compliance and support of NAADAC's Code of Ethics.
The nomination period has now closed.
To nominate an addiction professional for this award, please submit:
- a letter of nomination explaining how the nominee fulfills the eligibility requirements and the spirit of the award;
- at least three letters of support from three different sources (e.g., individuals, organizations or agencies) (Please note that these three letters must be from sources other than the nominator.);
- the nominee’s resume; and
- a completed Award Nomination Form.
Submissions may be sent by email to [email protected] (preferred) or by mail to:
NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals
ATTN: Awards Committee Chair
44 Canal Center Plaza, Suite 301
Alexandria, VA 22314
Please note that award winners will be asked to submit a short video acknowledging their award for use by NAADAC on the NAADAC website, social media accounts, and other marketing materials. The award will be sent to an address provided by the awardee.
For additional information, please contact NAADAC Deputy Director Jessica Gleason, JD, at [email protected] or 703.741.7686 x130.
Past Award Recipients
2021 Thurston S. Smith, MPA, LAC, CCS (Bartlett, TN)
2020 John Lisy, LICDC-CS, OCPC, LISW-S, LPCC-S (Cleveland Heights, OH)
2019 Chris Budnick, MSW, LCSW, LCAS, CCS (Raleigh, NC)
2018 Shelly Dutch, CSAC, ICS (Madison, WI)
2017 Leigh Kolondny-Kraft, LCADC, CSAT, CCTP, SAP, CCGC, ICADC (Florham Park, NJ)
2016 James Joyner, LICDCCS (Cleveland, OH)
2015 Edward Reading, PhD, LADC (Ortley Beach, NJ)
2014 Scott Kelley, LCDC (Dublin, TX)
2013 Ebony Jamillah Stockton, MEd, LCAS, CCDP, CSAC (Suffolk, VA)
2012 William J. Cosgriff, PhD (Springfield, MA)
2011 Rocio Del Milagro Woody, MSW (Atlanta, GA)
2010 Woody Giessmann (Arlington, MA)
2009 Elizabeth Ann Coccia (Austin, TX)
2008 Roman Frankel, PhD, CCS, NCAC II, CBIS, CEAP, CCGC (Bloomfield Hills, MI)
2007 Larry Ashley (Henderson, NV)
2006 Frances Clark, PhD (Hermitage, TN)
2005 Mark Fratzke (Honolulu, HI)
2005 Keith H. Liles (Houston, TX)
2004 Philip Guinsburg (Nashville, TN)
2003 Terry Gray (Tucson, AZ)
2002 Cynthia Moreno Tuohy (Snohomish, WA)
2001 Larry Abernathy (Clemson, S.C.)
2000 Dr. Michael Watson (Bamberg, S.C.)
1999 Joseph Doyle (Medford, MA)
1998 Fred French (Marshfield, MA)
1997 Eugene N. Crone (Mount Dora, FL)
1995 Dr. Patrice Muchowski (Worcester, MA)
1994 Charles J. Arnaud (North Miami, FL)
1993 Len Ford (Lanett, AL)
1993 Maryanne Frangules (Mattapan, MA)
1992 Dave Lombard (AL)
1991 Bill Hairston (Northampton, MA)
1990 Bill Brooks (Indianapolis, IN)
1989 Robert Sheridan (MA)
1988 Leroy L. Kelly (Ashland, MA)
1987 Daniel J. Crowe (IN)
1986 Steve Valle (MA)
1985 John Brumbaugh (Columbus, IN)
1984 Pete Petree (San Diego, CA)
1983 Dr. Marcia Lawton (Richmond, VA)
1982 Bob Dorris (CA)
1981 LeClair Bissell (Sanibel, FL)
1980 Will Foster