Nominations Open Now!
Recognizing individuals or organizations that work with people with disabilities in Southern Arizona
The award was established in memory of Diane Lynn Anderson 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.
2020 Recipient(s) were be announced in February and honored at the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona’s Annual Event on March 9th, 2020.
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The deadline for nominations was Friday, January 10, 2020, by 5:00 pm. Contact Enedina Miller, Program Manager, with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org or (520) 770-0800 x7111.
Previous Award Recipients
2020: Dr. Fabi Hirsch Kruse, Friends of Aphasia; Dr, Stephanie MacFarland, University of Arizona College of Education
2019: Vicki Cuscino, DIRECT Center for Independence; Echoing Hope Ranch
2018: Steve King, Beacon Group; Marshall Herron, Jewish Family and Children’s Services
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; and Angeline Fahey, Beads of Courage
2015: Jamie Lakin Kelley, Integrative Touch for Kids
2014: Aurora Foundation of Southern Arizona and Criminal Justice Team of the Community Partnership of Southern Arizona
2013: Sister Jeanne Carrigan, ArtWorks; Kathy Gray-Mangerson, Arizona Department of Education
2012: Derry Dean, National Alliance on Mental Illness Southern Arizona; Disability & Rehabilitation Employment Awareness Month (DREAM) Team
2011: Murray Everson, Arizona School for the Deaf and Blind
2010: Jenny Hill, Angels Purse, Inc.; Alicia Morada, Southern Arizona Legal Aid, Inc.; Richard St. Denis, World Access
2009: Jean Balcezak, Tucson Arthritis Support League
2008: Barbara McDevitt; Maureen A. Priestley, Amphitheater School District
2006: Jamie Zink, Our Family Services; Giving Tree Outreach Program
2005: Roni Spehn, Blake Foundation; Polio Epic
2004: Karen Gialle and Jennifer Quinlan, Southern Arizona Veterans Administration Healthcare; Jewish Family & Children’s Service 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 Reaves, Handi-Dogs; Project RAISE-Adult Basic Education
1991: Ron Olson, Catholic Social Services