Institute for Credentialing Excellence

Meet Past I.C.E. Award Winners

Roundtable Discussion With 2022 Award Winners

Jerry Reid, PhD, 2019 Innovator Award and 2022 Credentialing Industry Leadership Award

Brian Lawson, PharmD, Next Gen Professional

Todd Galati, MA, Credentialing Industry Leadership

Ashley Bardsley, Next Gen Professional

Jim Henderson, PhD, Lifetime Achievement

Ben Shimberg Public Service Award

I.C.E. is honored to support the Dr. Benjamin Shimberg Award, which recognizes an individual whose career and accomplishments support accountability and advance the public interest in professional licensure and certification.  The award was created by the Citizen Advocacy Center, a networking and training organization for public members, in memory of Benjamin Shimberg, a giant in the field and CAC’s first board chair.  Ben was a true believer that well-chosen, well-supported public members add depth and accountability to organizational decision making.

Shimberg Award recipients deliver a brief talk about public policy aspects of certification and regulation and the important role of public members, based on their careers and experience.  The talk is delivered at an I.C.E. Public Member Network quarterly Zoom call and the recording is posted on the Public Member Community page on the I.C.E. website.

I.C.E. thanks the Public Member Committee, who nominate and select the individual receiving this award. Learn about past award winners and access their lecture here.

Past Recipients

Lifetime Achievement Award 

I.C.E.’s most prestigious award, recognizing long-standing, extraordinary contributions to the credentialing industry, whose vision, efforts, commitment and contributions advanced the credentialing profession.


Grady Colson Barnhill, MEd

2021 Denise Fandel, MBA, CAE
2021 Lawrence J. Fabrey, PhD
2019 James Henderson, PhD
2018 Cynthia C. Durley
2017 Joan E. Knapp
2016 Carol Hartigan
2015 David Swankin
2014 Paul Grace
2010 William Hogan
2000 Ben Shimberg
1999 Dennis Faulk

Credentialing Industry Leadership Award

Innovative leadership in the credentialing and/or licensure industry by developing, implementing and researching programs or practices

2022 Jerry B. Reid, PhD
2021 William Ellis, RPh, MS
2020 Todd Galati, MA

Rory E. McCorkle, PhD, MBA, CAE, PMP, SPHR, NPDP

2018 Cary List
2017 Lawrence J. Fabrey
2016 Denise Fandel
2015 Ray Infante
2014 Karen Plaus
2013 Denise Humphrey
2011 Cynthia Miller Murphy
2009 Lynn D. Anderson
2008 Melissa Murer Corrigan
2007 Lenora G. Knapp
2006 Susan H. Eubanks
2005 I. Leon Smith
2004 Gary Smith
2003 Mary Smolenski
2002 Paul Grace
2001 James Henderson, PhD
2000 Tom Clawson

The Mary Macomber Service Award

Displayed exemplary service and commitment to the community of I.C.E. and the organization, has been instrumental in facilitating the achievement of the I.C.E.’s goals, and has demonstrated a history of volunteer service in I.C.E.

2022 Janice Moore, ICE-CCP
2022 Cynthia Allen, ICE-CCP

Linda Waters, PhD


Rebecca LeBuhn


Michelle Nolin, CPLP

2018 John Wickett
2017 Christopher Butcher
2016 Linda Lysoby
2015 Jefferson Glassie
2014 Sandra Greenberg
2013 Paul Grace
2012 James Henderson
2011 Johnna Gueorguieva
2010 Francine Butler
2009 Lawrence J. Fabrey
2008 Cynthia Durley
2007 Richard A. Goldberg
2006 Larry Early
2005 Joan Knapp
2004 David Swankin
2003 James Hogan
2002 Maralyn Turner
2001 Michael Martin


Innovator Award 

Recognizes an individual or organization who/which created an innovative approach to a product, policy, process, or system that transforms or achieves a new level of success in a unique and innovative wayy and also is transformative and replicable for other individuals/organizations.

2022 The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) Inc. JEDI Reflection Points
2022 American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) CertLink

Jerry B. Reid, PhD

2018 NBCOT


NextGen Professional Award 

Indivduals in the early development of their credentialing career, who demonstrates commitment to developing skills necessary for success in the credentialing profession, a desire to create a career path in credentialing, and a willingness to mentor others within their organization.

2022 Shelby Williamson, MBA, ICE-CCP

Brian Lawson, PharmD

Danielle Geddes


Jason Fine

Amin Saiar, PhD


Ashley Bardsley

Norah Duffy

2018 Cynthia Sena Kusorgbor-Narh


Research Award

An individual or organization that conducted credentialing-related research of particular significance to the I.C.E. community, recognizing best practice in research as well as the impact on the credentialing community.

2021 American Board of Pediatrics
2020 American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
2019 National Board of Certification and Re-certification for Nurse Anesthetists