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Honoring Local Leader Awards

Fourteen of our 20th anniversary of AmeriCorps partners joined with us to honor Local Leaders in their states or programs. View the list of partners and their Local Leader Award Winners below who demonstrate an outstanding commitment to a lifetime of service. An (*) indicates Local Leaders who were also awarded an AmeriCorps Alums National Leadership Award.

NV Local Leaders Irene Zepeda and Andrew Gonzales show their AmeriCorps strength and are joined by (l to r): North Las Vegas City Councilwoman Goynes-Brown, VISTA Alum Andrew Stalk, Simone Ruffin - Representative of Congresswoman Titus, Andrew Lingenfelter - Representative of Senator Heller, Andrew Turcaz - Representative of Congressman Heck, Cass Palmer - CEO of United Way of Southern Nevada, Nicole Ngyuen - Representative of National Guard Family Services, and Carmen Gilbert - Representative of Senator Reid's Office and Peace Corps Alum.

  • Arizona Governor's Commission on Service and Volunteerism: Aaron Marquez, Alma Hernandez, Ana Robles de Monge, Andre Lee, Betty Moore, Blasita Aguilar, Cindy Brewer, Consuelo Carrillo, David Parziale, Geraldine “Deenie” Espinoza*, Joel Smith, Leah Duran, Maggie Sanborn, MaryAnn Phininzy, Manuel Leal, Melissa Godar, Philandrian Tree, Phyllis Bennett, Prescott Winslow, and Stacey Jay Cavaliere.
  • AmeriCorps Alums Connecticut Chapter: Brian Mezzi, Danielle Correa, Ginny McCalmont, Kjerstin Pugh, Michael Boswell, Monica Maccera Flippu, Noor Al-Ghanem, Nicole Berube, Tina Lindstrom, and Oscar Robles (read their blog post!).
  • California Volunteers: Aisha Knowles, Ana Estrada, Angela De Los Santos, Bertha Barraza, Brittany Prince, Cindy Zalog, Damond Ng, Dayna Long*, Deisy Barajas, Erik Martinez, Lisa Burgess, Mario Fedelin, Mariya Taher, Natalie Goff, Omar Brownson, Rachel Marine, Rebecca Bateman, Stephon Litwinczuk, William Trang, and Kevin C. Miller* (scroll through their Facebook page posts for Local Leader bios).
  • Communities In Schools of Seattle: Natalie Mace
  • FoodCorps: Click here to see headshots and bios of Caroline Stover, Catherine Yanez, and Whitney Smith, and watch a PBS video spotlight on Caroline Stover here!
  • Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service: Click here for their awards announcement with headshots and bios! The winners include: Emily Sheilds, Joe Hutter, and Ryan Wise.
  • Kentucky Commission on Community Volunteerism and Service: David Clark, Donna Morgan, Melissa Benton, Kelly Dycus, and Shannon Bailes. Click here to read the awards announcement.
  • Nevada Volunteers: Click here to see 2 award winners on the 20th anniversary of AmeriCorps. Local Leaders include: Alex Gonzales, Florence Phillips, and Irene Zepeda.
  • Oregon Volunteers: Abigail Rotwein, Anina Estrem, Carrie Taylor, Deanna Busdieker, Greg Wallinger, John Bauman, Julia Sherman, Joy Alise, Katy Kolker, Lillian Karabaic, Matt Salazar, Molly Luft, Peter Leahy, Seth Marbin, Thomas Reed, and Tristin Mock.
  • PLAYWORKS: Tiffany Johansen (Director of Health and Wellness, NHP Foundation), Alleysha Mullen (Program Manager PLAYWORKS Northern California) and Tashan Kilkenny (Program Manager Playworks New York).
  • Public Allies New York (PANY): Click here for PANY’S awards announcement with a headshot and bio of their winner! Kody Emmanuel, a Public Allies 2003 alum and current entrepreneur, is their Local Leader Winner.
  • SerVermont, Vermont Commission on National and Community Service: Click here to read coverage of SerVermont's winner, Lauren Chicote!
  • Volunteer Tennessee: Brian Blackmon, Elissa Kim, Joshua Cunningham, Susan Eribarne, and Timothy Ware.
  • ServeMontana/AmeriCorps Alums Montana Chapter: Click here for a webpage with full award winner bios! Abigail Zent, Adam Paugh, Charles Turner, Donna Youker, Jill Washburn, Jim Dyson, Jon Stephani, Kyle Carlson, Matt Bowser, Natasha Hegmann, Nia Vestal, Paul Travis, Samantha Vernon, Sandra Cain, Shannon Freix, Shannon Stober, Todd Hunkler, Veronica Willeto, and Wendy Jeschke.
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