Faculty, Staff Receive King Awards for Community Service-- Chosen From 34 Nominees, Recipients Honored at January 17 Event Benjamin S. Carson Sr. Director, Pediatric Neurosurgery, School of Medicine Benjamin S. Carson Sr. is committed to helping others realize their potential. Each year, he addresses thousands of students from elementary to college level to share his philosophy for success. Despite his demanding schedule, he often takes the time to provide one-on-one counseling to students who need extra guidance. By sharing his personal story from his childhood in Detroit to his success as a surgeon, Dr. Carson serves as an inspiration for young people to achieve both academic and moral excellence. Lenora R. Davis Administrator, Master of Public Health Program, School of Hygiene and Public Health Lenora R. Davis is devoted to understanding and preventing domestic violence and hunger. As a counselor at the Family Crisis Center, Davis helps to provide a safe environment for people in immediate need of care and shelter, while working with entire families to understand the causes of and solutions to violent behavior. During her tenure at the Maryland Food Committee, her work has focused more broadly on ending hunger and improving nutrition statewide. Catherine P. Felter Administrative Assistant and Supervisor, Department of Ophthalmology, School of Medicine Catherine P. Felter envisions a more just and peaceful world. Her work with the American Friends Service Committee, a national Quaker social action organization, is directed toward this vision. Locally, she institutes adult education classes; sets up workshops on diversity, nonviolence and conflict resolution; and teaches methods of communication and negotiation. On a regional level, she has been involved in many programs designed to strengthen the community and to reach out to youth. Lawrence A. Gomer Group Facilitator, Program for Alcoholism and Other Drug Dependencies, Johns Hopkins Hospital Lawrence A. Gomer selflessly offers his expertise to volunteer at Christopher's Place, where he leads discussion groups that help residents with their addiction problems. These groups are so successful that Gomer has been asked to expand his sessions, often at his own expense. Even after they leave the East Baltimore shelter, many former residents continue to attend the groups Gomer leads. His personal, unique approach to the problems of addiction helps a very needy and often neglected population--the homeless. Nannie B. Jones Nursing Unit Clerk, Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Johns Hopkins Hospital Nannie B. Jones is a caring individual who volunteers at Epiphany House, where she has helped to create a program for the elderly or disabled in Govans. Her multifaceted work involves both direct contact with residents and administrative support of facility programs. In addition to her administrative responsibilities, Jones helps with meals, is a companion to those who have no family members, provides holiday baskets with personalized gifts and often fills in for other volunteers. M. Patricia Fern ndez Kelly Associate Professor of Sociology, School of Arts and Sciences M. Patricia Fern ndez Kelly opens her home and her heart to at-risk children through her belief in co-parenthood, an arrangement by which middle class families provide support to at-risk youth in cooperation with their parents. Working actively to find ways of improving inner-city schools and stimulating cooperative ties between middle-class sponsors and impoverished inner-city families, Dr. Fern ndez Kelly believes that this program exposes children to opportunities they would not normally have in their everyday lives. William D. Milliken Supervisor, Central Services, Outpatient Center William D. Milliken is a modest individual who has not only saved lives directly but has also worked to prevent disasters in the 15 years he has served as a volunteer firefighter in the Anne Arundel County Fire Department. The door-to-door campaign he mounted to educate people in his district about fire safety has had a definite impact. In the 1,035 homes that he and his team visited, 350 smoke detectors were installed and 400 batteries replaced. Lewis E. Myrick Director, Management Information Systems, University Administration Lewis E. Myrick is a private man who, through his work at the Samaritan Community and the Patrick Allison House, has used his computer expertise to help marginalized individuals develop the skills they need to re-enter the job field. Myrick is also a newsletter and fundraising volunteer for the Health Education and Resource Organization (HERO), which is an AIDS service organization; the Chase-Brexton Clinic; the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force; and many church-related projects. Kenneth A. Shaw Shift Supervisor, Security, Johns Hopkins Hospital Kenneth A. Shaw believes in sharing his love of music, and so he has helped to organize the Mt. Royal String Orchestra, which gives inner-city children the opportunity to learn about classical music. When he learned that the '94 school budget provided no support for the orchestra, he organized fund-raising activities. Thanks to his efforts, the orchestra's size has doubled, and its young members have received citywide recognition for their performances at the Festival on the Hill and Beth Am Synagogue.
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