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2008 News Releases

CEHS presents its annual "Professionals Who Made a Difference" awards

April 8, 2008

Longwood University’s College of Education and Human Services honored five professionals during the third annual “Professionals Who Made A Difference” awards banquet on March 20.

Pat Dewey, a 1967 graduate of Longwood University’s speech-language pathology program, was recognized for her contributions to the children of Virginia through her 35 years of work with the Virginia Department of Health.

Ann Martin, educational specialist for library information services for Henrico County Public Schools, was recognized for her work as a school library media specialist, 24 of which she served in Chesterfield County Schools.

Patsy Pelland, extension agent for the Virginia Cooperative Extension office in Prince Edward County, was honored for her 26 years of service to the area’s youth through her work with 4-H.

Larry Massie, superintendent of Buckingham County Public Schools, was recognized for his many contributions including his leadership of four Buckingham County School districts within the division that earned Annual Yearly Progress status and for his assistance with Buckingham High School becoming one of ten schools in Virginia to earn the ECMC Scholars Program which helps low-income, first-generation college-going students further their educational goals.

Curtis Robb, a 1987 graduate of Longwood and a therapist at McGuire Veterans Administration Medical Center, was recognized for his dedicated work as a founding member of the College of Education and Human Services’ Therapeutic Recreation Program Alumni Council. In addition to his duties as therapist, Robb supervises Longwood University therapeutic recreation interns who work in the hospital’s polytrauma unit.

Professionals Who Made A Difference awards recognize professionals in the disciplines of the College of Education and Human Services who have made a difference in their professional fields.  Dr. Deneese Jones, dean of the College of Education and Human Services, and Dr. Connie Ballard, director of the Office of Professional Services, presented the awards.