The Mel Schulstad Professional of the Year 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, to recognize an individual who has made outstanding and sustained contributions to the advancement of the addiction counseling profession. 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.

Eligibility Requirements

To be given this award, the nominee must be making or have made an outstanding and sustained contribution to the advancement of the addiction profession.

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Nominating Information

To nominate an addiction professional for this award, please submit (1) a letter of recommendation documenting the nominee's leadership, service and contributions to the addiction counseling profession; (2) at least three letters of support from three different sources (individuals, organizations or agencies); and (3) a completed Recognition and Awards Nomination Form to:

NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals
ATTN: Awards Committee Chair
44 Canal Center Plaza, Ste 301
Alexandria, VA 22314

Materials may also be faxed to the NAADAC Awards Committee (ATTN: Kristin Hamilton, Director of Communications) at 703.741.7698 or sent by email to (please put "NAADAC Awards" in the subject line).

All award nominations must be received by May 31 for consideration by the NAADAC Awards Committee.

Please note NAADAC does not pay for travel to the venue of acceptance. If the award winner cannot attend the presentation, the award will be sent to the recipient.


For additional information, please contact Kristin Hamilton at or 703.741.7686 x131.

Past Award Recipients

2018 Shelly Dutch, CSAC, ICS (Madison, WI)
2017 Leigh Kolondny-Kraft, LCADC, CSAT, CCTP, SAP, CCGC, ICADC (Florham Park, N.J.)
2016 James Joyner, LICDCCS (Cleveland, OH)
2015 Edward Reading, PhD, LADC (Ortley Beach, N.J.)
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