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2023 Diane Lynn Anderson Memorial Award

Prior to her death in 1990, Diane Anderson was a major force in implementing programs for people with disabilities in Pima County when no such programs were available.

The Diane Lynn Anderson Memorial Award was established by an anonymous donor at the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona in memory of Diane to recognize those who, through their work, have shown the same kinds of qualities Diane possessed: active acceptance, respect, compassion, devotion, and caring for people with disabilities.

Nominees may be individuals, including volunteers, who demonstrate the same kind of qualities Diane exhibited. Organizations or programs that have established advocacy services and/or increased community resources for people with disabilities may also be nominated.

The recipient(s) will be announced in February and honored at the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona’s Annual Event on Thursday, April 27th, 2023.

The deadline for nominations is Friday, February 3rd, 2023, by 5:00 PM MST.

Click here to submit a nomination.

Nominations are submitted through the Common Grant Application. A profile must be created in order to submit a nomination.

If you have previously used the Common Grant Application to submit a grant request to CFSA, you may use your existing login. Click here for a brief tutorial on using the Common Grant Application.


Contact Enedina Miller, Program Manager, at or call (520) 770-0800 x 7111.

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.”

Past Award Recipients

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

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