Three at Yavapai College Nationally Honored for Excellence in Teaching, Learning and Leadership


Three exemplary Yavapai College employees have been added to the National Institute for People and Organizational Development (NISOD) Achievement Award recipient lists. Paramedic Professor Marie Hardman, Financial Aid Specialist Evelyn Garey and Business Management Program Director Lauri Dreher were honored for their excellence in teaching, learning and leadership.

The YC winners were nominated by their colleagues and college leadership at NISOD, a membership organization committed to promoting and celebrating excellence in teaching, learning, and leadership in community and technical colleges.

“While so many do so much for Yavapai College, Marie, Evelyn and Lauri were selected to be this year’s recipients because of their commitment to high performance and extraordinary service to students, the college and our communities” , said Dr. Diane Ryan, YC Vice President of Academic Affairs.

Marie, Evelyn and Lauri will be celebrated with an awards presentation at the NISOD annual conference in May in Austin, Texas.

Below is more information on the contributions that earned the YC trio the 2022 NISOD Achievement Award.

Mary Hardman

Marie, a registered nurse with a master’s degree in nursing education and adult education, was the primary instructor for YC’s medical assistant program for 10 of her nearly 16-year teaching career. She was nominated for the NISOD award by her faculty colleagues who cited her continuous efforts to update the college’s Physician Assistant certificate and diploma programs and the 100% pass rate of her students for the first time in the national registered medical assistant certification exam for 10 consecutive years. years. They praised her inspired teaching: “Because of the expert guidance Marie provides and the love of learning she instills in her students, many go on to pursue health care education to become nurses, therapists and providers. of medical care.

Marie said she appreciated the recognition from her colleagues and the NISOD award. She called teaching her “dream job” and said she was proud to fulfill her dream at YC. She is an active member of the college’s peer faculty mentoring committee, mentoring new faculty each year. Marie lives in Prescott Valley with her husband and two dogs.

Evelyn Garey

Evelyn has been helping students access financial aid for 11 years, including seven at YC. Her colleagues nominated her for the NISOD award, affectionately calling her the “heart” of the office and an extremely dedicated person to her work. “Without her, our office wouldn’t work… Whenever we have a problem, Evelyn is the person we call and somehow she always finds it,” her appointees said.

Evelyn holds a bachelor’s degree from Grand Canyon University and holds multiple credentials from the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators. She said the NISOD Achievement Award both shocked and moved her to tears. “I’m amazed to receive an award for doing something that brings me so much joy,” she said, adding, “I love what I do. I work with students to alleviate some of their stress about how they will pay for their education while providing for their own basic needs There is always someone to help and something to do when it comes to financial aid.

Evelyn lives in Prescott with her husband and dog. She is an avid kayaker, quilter and faux stained glass.

Lauri Dreher

Lauri was nominated for the NISOD Award by YC Vice President of Academic Affairs Diane Ryan, her supervising Dean and another faculty member who collectively praised her skills in motivation, communication and facilitation. and its commitment to the success of instructors and students – all of which have helped the business management program increase enrollment. “Lauri always goes above and beyond to help students and colleagues in any way possible every day. Her classes focus on real-world experiences, so students get theory and practice. With her humble leadership style, engaging sense of humor and personality, she creates a great team to work with,” her appointment told NISOD.

Lauri launched her career at CJ in 2012 as an Adjunct Instructor and took over as Head of the Management Program as a full-time Associate Professor in 2019. She lives in Prescott Valley and is a fan of outdoor activities like golf, hiking, snowboarding and gardening.


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