Dorothy Forney Award
Each year UCOWF presents the Dorothy Forney Memorial Award at the annual training conference. The Dorothy Forney Memorial Award is the highest honor conferred on an individual or organization by UCOWF.
Dorothy Forney was one of the founders of UCOWF and served as Executive Director until her death in 1983. She was a nationally recognized authority on entitlement programs and served on President Reagan’s transitional task force in the former U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare. Mrs. Forney was totally dedicated to UCOWF and its mission.
In her memory, the Dorothy Forney Memorial Award is given annually in recognition of outstanding contributions to the field of fraud control. It is given to individuals or organizations whose actions have had a significant impact on the prevention, detection, prosecution or elimination of fraud and abuse in benefit programs.
Nominations (send an email to
) for an individual or organization for the Dorothy Forney Memorial Award must be received by February 15 each year. They are reviewed annually by the UCOWF Awards Committee and the UCOWF Board of Directors approves the nominee at its Mid-Year Board Meeting. All nominations are confidential but the nominee selected by the UCOWF Awards Committee is notified of his or her selection.
(Please note: there is no specific form for the nomination. An email or letter attached to an email with the name(s) of who you wish to nominate and details as to why this person is deserving of the award should be sent to
by February 15 of each year.)
Below is the list of prior Dorothy Forney Award winners.
1986 - David Swoap, Federal Government
1987 - Eugene Hall, Pennsylvania
1988 - Ellen Chestnutt, Colorado
1989 - Ronald C. Sheehan, California
1990 - FNS Employees, Federal Government
1991 - Linda McMahon, Federal Government
1992 - Billy G. Davis, Florida
1993 - Andrew Hornsby, Federal Government
1994 - Gordon S. Hardy, Texas
1995 - Martha G. Armstrong, South Dakota
1996 - Richard G. Finkelstein, New York
1997 - Dennis Micai, New Jersey
1998 - Charles L. Sharp, Arizona
1999 - Elaine M. Minkler, New Jersey
2000 - Chris M. Tolia, Florida
2001 - William A. Martin, Florida
2002 - Claude E. Hill, Texas
2003 - Sandra Smith, Virginia
2004 - Patricia Ann Ruffin, Arkansas
2005 - J. Allan Anderson, Minnesota
2006 - Luther Nicholes, Illinois
2007 - Sherri Compton, Oklahoma
2008 - Rich Nawrot, New York
2009 - Kathy Geiger, Maryland
2010 - Jack Heacock & Russ Fernandes, Florida
2011 - Paula Kingery, Iowa
2012 - Dennis Erickson, Illinois & Laura Adkins, Virginia
2013 - Maria Schollenberger, New York
2014 - Kathryn Dolan, Iowa
2015 - Nicolena Ferrentino, Florida
2016 - Michele Rossetti, Wyoming