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UREC Student Employees Recognized at 2019 Dolley Leadership Awards

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(Pictured left to right) Aaron Combs, Annie Feinroth, Nate Lawhead, Erica Foltz, Leah Bataille, Mary Healey, Brian Tran, and Ryan Motta

Four UREC student employees, Nate Lawhead, Ryan Motta, Leah Bataille, and Annie Feinroth were recognized at James Madison University’s 2019 Dolley Leadership Awards. 

The Dolley Leadership Awards are an annual recognition banquet hosted by JMU’s Student Activities and Involvement celebrating the achievements of student organizations and outstanding individuals at JMU.

Nate Lawhead, a UREC Operations Supervisor, and Ryan Motta, a UREC Group Exercise Instructor, were both nominated for the Emerging Leader Award which recognizes one male and one female student who have demonstrated exceptional potential, maturity, leadership skills, passion, and dedication to JMU and/or Harrisonburg as a first or second year student.

Mary Healey, UREC’s Coordinator of Group Exercise nominated Ryan stating, “With his bright attitude he creates change on campus daily through his empowering classes, positive language and motivating exercise delivery. Everyone who comes to workout with Ryan leaves feeling stronger than ever both mentally and physically.”

Leah Bataille, a UREC Member Services Manager, was nominated for The Carrier Award for Outstanding Personal Pursuit of Leadership Development, and Annie Feinroth, a UREC Operations Supervisor, was also nominated. This award recognizes a student leader who has outstanding skills in organization, motivation, delegation, and communication and a demonstrated ability to adequately balance their academic pursuits and co-curricular involvements.

Annie Feinroth was awarded 2019’s Carrier Award for Outstanding Personal Pursuit of Leadership Development. At UREC, Annie served as an Operations Supervisor, displaying exemplary leadership skills that include vision alignment to employees, modeling the way for the people she leads, challenging the process to professional staff, and taking initiative for professional development.

Annie Feinroth

In addition to her leadership role at UREC, Annie serves as a Teacher’s Assistant for Psychology of Learning and has professional experience as an Inclusion Counselor both with the Montgomery County Movement Center and Jewish Community Center in Maryland, whose focus is working with children with Disabilities and exceptionalities. Her community involvement includes Overcoming Barriers for children with disabilities, Growth in Volunteer Excursions (GIVE) for the Harrisonburg homeless communities, and serving as an active member of Divine Unity Community Church for their daycare. 

“The most noticeable attribute that she displays is her positive and inviting attitude that infects everyone around her. Annie is an exceptional student, person, and leader who positively impacts all communities within her circle,” Aaron Combs, UREC’s Assistant Director for Operations.

Annie will be pursuing a Master’s degree in Special Education upon graduation in May 2019.


Published: Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Last Updated: Tuesday, July 2, 2019

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