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
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
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
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
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
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.