Leadership through service is in the DNA of Carolyn. From high school to the present, she has demonstrated what it means to be a leader. She started her FCS leadership journey in 4-H. In high school, she served as the Wisconsin FHA (now FCCLA) State President, in college she was the WIM (WI, IL, IA, IN, MN, MI) FCS President and the First VP of the AAFCS Student Unit. She served as the Wisconsin Affiliate of AAFCS (WAFCS) President, and in 2015-16 she was the AAFCS National President.
AAFCS Past President Dr. Holland is a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences at Morgan State University in Maryland. She has actively served on several committees in a leadership capacity for AAFCS and the profession including Diversity and Inclusion Chair, Nominating Committee Chair, Annual Conference Planning Committee, and the Membership Committee, and is involved internationally in the International Federation of Home Economics. She has exemplified throughout her FCS career noteworthy contributions and achievements to build social, economic and human capital for individuals, families, and communities. With more than 30 years in the profession, she has provided leadership in the development of a mentoring program for new teachers, created opportunities to market FCS programs and the accomplishments of teachers, and facilitated the professional development of students and teachers. As an educator, research and service/outreach scholar, her leadership, followership and mentorship skills form the foundation for a pathway that our next generation of professionals can follow, to make a difference in the profession and societies globally.
As a secondary family and consumer sciences teacher for 43 years, Jane served as department chair, FCCLA adviser, and mentor. She co-chaired the Elementary, Secondary, and Adult Education section of AAFCS, as well as the Awards and Recognitions Committee and the AAFCS Communities Coordinating Team and was recognized with the national Leader Award. Her ground-breaking career education curriculum elevated FCS in distance-learning and led to her recognition as the esteemed AAFCS National Teacher of the Year. Jane remains a committed member of AAFCS and the Indiana Affiliate, teaches for Purdue University, and volunteers for church and community endeavors. She continues to promote and advocate for FCS in education and community settings.
Jane has been an enthusiastic force for family and consumer sciences for more than 50 years, beginning with her membership in Indiana State University’s AAFCS Student Unit, which she served as president. She was appointed to the AAFCS-Indiana Executive Board in 1965 and has been a leader in the Indiana Affiliate ever since, serving as President and filling many Board and Council positions.
Dr. Vincenti has a record of sustained achievements in AAFCS and the broader profession. She has served in 18 AAFCS leadership positions, including AAFCS President in 2003-2004. Following this major service, she continued to contribute to AAFCS by serving as Executive Editor of the Family and Consumer Sciences Research Journal and as a member of the Nominating Committee and Public Policy Committee, among other activities. Dr. Vincenti is held in high esteem both nationally and internationally, especially in her contributions to the history of the field. Beginning with her dissertation and continuing with authorship of articles and book chapters throughout her career, she has raised critical questions and highlighted the contributions of leaders in the field. Most significant is the book she co-edited, Rethinking Home Economics: Women and the History of a Profession, that provides a perspective on the profession from both home economists and women historians. This and other scholarly works are cited often and used as readings in courses around the world.
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