Recognizing individuals or organizations that work with people with disabilities in Southern Arizona
The award was established in memory of Diane to recognize those who exemplify the same qualities she possessed: active acceptance, respect, compassion, devotion, and caring for people with disabilities. Nominees may also include volunteers, organizations or programs that have established advocacy services and/or increased community resources for people with disabilities.
Prior to her death in 1990, Diane Lynn Anderson was a major force in implementing programs for people with disabilities in Pima County. The Diane Lynn Anderson Memorial Award was established by an anonymous donor in memory of Diane and to recognize those who through their work show the same kinds of qualities Diane possessed: compassion, devotion, and caring for people with disabilities.
The 2018 recipients are Steve King, retired President and CEO of the Beacon Group, and Marshall Herron, who leads the Guardianship Division of Jewish Family and Children’s Services.
Nominations for the 2019 Award can be submitted beginning December 3, 2018.
Individuals may contribute to this award. If you would like to support, you can donate now.
Previous Award Recipients
2017 Mindy Bernstein, Coyote TaskForce; Steve Freeman, Southern Arizona Network for Down Syndrome
2016 Mary Vardi, Therapeutic Riding of Tucson; Taglit Day Program at the Jewish Community Center; Angeline Fahey, Beads of Courage
2015 Jamie Lakin Kelley, Integrative Touch for Kids
2014 Criminal Justice Team, Community Partnership of Southern Arizona; The Aurora Foundation for Southern Arizona, Inc.
2013 Kathy Gray-Mangerson; Sister Jeanne Carrigan
2012 Derry Dean, National Alliance on Mental Illness Southern Arizona; Disability and Rehabilitation Employment Awareness Committee
2011 Murry Everson, Arizona School for the Deaf and Blind
2010 Jenny Hill, Angel’s Purse; Alicia Morada, Southern Arizona Legal Aid; Richard St. Denis, World Access
2009 Jean Balcezak, Tucson Arthritis Support League
2008 Maureen Priestly, Amphitheater School District
2006 Jamie Zink, Our Family Services; The Giving Tree Outreach Program
2005 Roni Spehn, Blake Foundation; Polio Epic
2004 Karen Gialle and Jennifer Quinlan, Southern Arizona Veteran’s Association Healthcare; Jewish Family & Children’s Services of Southern Arizona
2003 Eric Morrison, Pima Community College; Dr. Juliet Niehaus, Tucson Botanical Gardens; Top Dog
1998 Marcia Berger, Third Street Kids; Catalina Helping Hands
1997 Sherry Isaman, Sunnyside School District; Patricia Ann Childs, Multiple Sclerosis Support Foundation; SAGE Employment & Community Services
1995 Dr. Kent Kloepping, CEDR/University of Arizona; Tucson Association of the Blind Goals Program
1994 Dolores Flores, Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona; Michael Flores, United Cerebral Palsy
1993 Ray Stoughton, Arivaca Coordinating Council; Anne Parrish, Amputee Outreach
1992 Alamo Reeves, Handidogs; Project RAISE Adult Basic Education
1991 Ron Olson, Catholic Social Services