Established in 1990, the Diane Lynn Anderson Memorial Award honors individuals in Southern Arizona who exemplify the same qualities that Diane Lynn Anderson possessed: active acceptance, respect, compassion, devotion, and caring for people with disabilities.
One of the original contributors to the Diane Lynn Anderson Memorial Award shared, “Because Diane knew firsthand the difficulties that people with physical disabilities are confronted with, she made herself available directly to those facing problems; she never wanted anyone to feel lost. Diane was also involved in helping to get systems set up that would continue to provide help.”
Nominees may also include volunteers, organizations, or programs that have established advocacy services or increased community resources for people with disabilities.
2022 Award Recipients
CFSA is pleased to announce that Talon Duncan, Ranch Manager of Echoing Hope Ranch, and Jim Roden, Lead Pastor of The Journey Church, are the 2022 Diane Lynn Anderson Memorial Award recipients.
Talon Duncan, a Southern Arizona native, began working at Echoing Hope Ranch upon graduating from high school. He has since become the Ranch Manager. Echoing Hope Ranch’s mission is growth, discovery, and lifelong learning in safe and respectful homes and communities for adults and teens with autism and other developmental disabilities. The guiding philosophy of Echoing Hope is to acknowledge each person as a dynamic human being and to help them build as full and satisfying life as possible by recognizing each individual with autism’s strengths and putting them to good use.
Regarding his experience working at Echoing Hope Ranch, Talon shared, “My oldest sister is developmentally disabled, and I was fortunate to grow up being around her because it made me more understanding and compassionate towards others with similar disabilities. I’ve now worked for the ranch for almost six years. I love my job and the amazing people I work with.”
Jim Roden and his family have been part of The Journey Church for 19 years. The Journey Church, an Evangelical Free Church, offers a special program, Friends for Life, which provides opportunities for adults with disabilities to develop relationships with each other and the volunteers that serve in the ministry. Friends for Life meets twice monthly for participants to spend time together, have fun, share in small groups, and learn about Jesus. They are also provided with an opportunity for bible study and a social outing each month to help deepen relationships.
Jim recently received his Doctoral Degree at Talbot Theological Seminary, where his dissertation focused on the relationship between disability ministry and church health. Upon being notified as this year’s Diane Lynn Anderson Memorial Award recipient, Jim shared, “I am deeply honored to be nominated for this award, but I cannot accept it alone. This award belongs to the staff, leadership, and congregants of The Journey Church–especially those with disabilities. They are the ones who have embraced the disability-inclusive gospel message of Jesus and created a culture of love, acceptance, and reciprocity.”
2021: Anne Levy, Community Outreach Program for the Deaf, Deaf and Residential Services; Kyle Lininger, Intermountain Centers for Human Development
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