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October 17, 2016

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The Association for Learning Environments Celebrates 2016 Fellows

WASHINGTON, DC – The Association for Learning Environments Fellowship Award is one of the most distinguished honors conferred by the Association to those members who have provided exemplary contributions to the organization over their many years of service. A Fellow is the most respected member of the Association community. They represent the mark of excellence in the industry in which they serve and are widely recognized as those that have advanced the organization and its mission.

Melanie Drerup Melanie E. Drerup, ALEP
Melanie Drerup serves as the K-12 Planning Manager for the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC). Melanie Drerup is an avid advocate for high performance student centered learning environments not only for all of Ohio's students, but across the nation. She worked with consultants to develop a stand-alone Planning Guide to support school districts in their planning efforts. The OFCC also hosts an annual workshop to promote educational visioning and transformation and maintains a website, 21Cstudio, to share planning resources and responses to an ever changing world. Photo of A member of the association for 22 years, Melanie Drerup still found time to serve as chapter and Midwest Great Lakes Region president as well as participate in four strategic planning sessions and several international committees.

David Waggoner David M. Waggoner, AIA, LEED AP, BD+C, ALEP
An active member of the association since 1987, David Waggoner has over 30 years of experience in the field of education and the education environment. As vice president and educational leader at Heery International, he has always sought to be a mentor of others. Initiating the development of a scholarship program for North Carolina college students in educational facility related fields of study, David Waggoner takes every opportunity to encourage younger members to become involved. He served as Southeast Region Director on the International Board and was elected as chair-elect in 2012. As chair of the Board, he led a significant strategic planning session and continued his involvement on strategic committees. Currently David Waggoner is participating in the Southern Region Young Professionals Meetings, encouraging mentors to partner with those new to the association and the planning and design of learning environments.

Scott Layne, ALEP, past chair of the Board of Directors and jury chair, remarked, "Assuming responsibility and leadership in furthering the strategic initiatives of the association, adding to the body of knowledge and demonstrating a willingness to mentor others, the 2016 Fellows join a distinguished group who continue to contribute to the organization in a variety of leadership and advisory roles."


The Association for Learning Environments is the only professional organization whose primary purpose is improving the places where children learn. With approximately 4,500 members, the association encompasses six geographic regions across the United States, and supports regional representation in Canada, Australasia, and the UK. The association embraces a collaborative network of professionals with one single goal – building healthy, safe, resilient and sustainable 21st Century learning places that inspire transformation in education, enhance student and teacher performance, and support culture and community vitality. To learn more visit our web site, or follow us on Twitter @A4LE2.