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Each year at the North American SCRABBLE Championship, the NASPA Advisory Board honours a NASPA member with the title of Michael R. Wise Memorial Person of the Year for their contributions to our community.
The following table shows for each year the newsletter issue number (if any) in which the award was announced, the awardee and their home state or province.
|Year||Issue||Person of the Year||Home||Notes|
|2014–2015||Kate Fukawa-Connelly||California||Founding chair of Social Media Committee|
|2013–2014||John O'Laughlin & Jason Katz-Brown||California||Quackle developers|
|2012–2013||Stefan Fatsis||D.C.||Word Freak author, SCRABBLE journalist and School SCRABBLE promoter|
|2011–2012||Michael Thelen||Utah||Zyzzyva developer|
|2010–2011||Vol. 3 No. 8||Annette Tedesco||New York||Tournament organizer|
|2009||n/a||John D. Williams, Jr. and Jane Ratsey Williams||New York||Heads of the NSA, which had administered the award in previous years|
|2008||225||Seth Lipkin||Massachusetts||Co-developers of cross-tables.com|
|2007||218||Chris Cree||Texas||Then NSA Ombudsman. Prior to this year, the award was known as the Michael R. Wise Director of the Year award.|
|2006||210||John Chew||Ontario||NSA Webmaster, TSH developer, club and tournament director|
|2005||202||Sherrie Saint John||Massachusetts||Tournament director|
|2004||193||Matthew Hopkins||Pennsylvania||Tournament director|
|2003||187||Larry Rand and Barbara Van Alen||Arizona||Tournament directors|
|2002||177||Carol Ravichandran||Michigan||Tournament director|
|2001||170||RA Fontes and Ruth Hamilton||Oregon||Tournament director (and in the case of Fontes, TMENU developer)|
|2000||163||Mary Rhoades||Texas||Tournament director|
|1999||155||Margaret Bauer Williams||New Jersey||Tournament director|
|1998||148||Mady Garner||Tennessee||Tournament directors. Prior to this year, the award was known simply as the Director of the Year award.|
|1997||137||Gwen Bishop||California||Tournament director|
|1996||129||Siri Tillekeratne||Alberta||Tournament director|
|1995||121||Bonnie Rudolph||Arizona||Tournament director|
|1994||113||Johnny Nevarez||California||Tournament director|
|1993||105||Michael Wise||Ontario||Tournament director|
|1992||97||Ron Tiekert||New York||Tournament director|
|1991||91||George Heussenstamm||California||Tournament director|
|1990||84B||K.C. Kozlowski Hoffmeister||Florida||Tournament director|
|1989||81||Stan Rubinsky||California||Tournament director|