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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University January 12, 2004 | Vol. 33 No. 17
Employees To Be Honored for Community Service

At a ceremony on Jan. 16, 11 staff members of the university and hospital will be presented with the 2003 Martin Luther King Community Service Award. The programs in which they volunteer include domestic violence, substance abuse and youth mentoring. From the left, seated: Jeanne Charleston, Rhonda Allen and Eden Stotsky. Standing: Dennis Haslup, Mary Mullen, David Thomas, Willie Bell, Lori Hackett, Jean Pendleton and Charles Gallagher. Not pictured: Christine Davitt.

Awards will be presented at Friday's MLK event

A research associate at the School of Medicine, an academic program coordinator at SPSBE and a hospital retiree will be among the 11 Hopkins associates presented this year with Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Awards, which honor unselfish volunteer work. The awards will be presented at the MLK Jr. Commemoration ceremony on Jan. 16.

Nominees are evaluated by panels of faculty and staff at their institutions and then are recommended to the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration executive committee, which selects the winners. A seven-member panel reviews the university nominations, and a four-member panel evaluates hospital nominees.

In making its decision, each panel looks at five criteria: how vital the project is to the well-being of the community; how well-received and well-supported the project is within the community; the impact of the person's participation on the overall project; the impact on the community; and the person's commitment to the activity or project.

Here are the 2003 winners.

Rhonda Allen, a lead parking coordinator at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, chairs the Share and Care Program, a project that provides Christmas gifts to hundreds of needy children in East Baltimore.

Willie Bell, an activity specialist in JHH's Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department, mentors and tutors children and serves as a community project organizer.

Jeanne Charleston, a research associate in the School of Medicine's Division of General Internal Medicine, is the director of Church CHAMP, an organization that conducts health promotion programs throughout the Baltimore area.

Lori Hackett, special events coordinator at the Bloomberg School of Public Health, works at food banks, mentors children at an East Baltimore school and teaches reading skills to adults.

Jean Pendleton, a retiree of JHH, is a volunteer adviser to the Broadway Alumni Group, a group of patients who have successfully completed Johns Hopkins' substance abuse program.

Eden Stotsky, a health education/program coordinator at SOM's Colon Cancer Center, has been an outgoing advocate and role model for children and young adults with cancer, including being an event organizer for the American Cancer Society.

David Thomas, an academic program coordinator at the School of Professional Studies in Business and Education, serves on numerous organizations dedicated to combating domestic violence, including the Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence.

A team of four JHH employees has served for three years at the Bond to Bond Career Development and Youth Mentoring Program, a project that provides students at Tench Tilghman Elementary School with early exposure to career planning and health care. They are Charles Gallagher, a biomedical electronics technician; Dennis Haslup, a communication supervisor at Johns Hopkins Lifeline Medical Transport; Mary Mullen, a database coordinator for the Department of Physician Services; and Christine Davitt, an education and development coordinator in the Department of Pathology, Core and Specialty Laboratories.


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