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Montgomery Serves Awards 2018

2018 MSA Honorees

(From left ): Andrea Roane, WUSA anchor and event emcee; Nancy Floreen, County Council; Jonathan Genn, FFM Sponsor from Percontee, Inc.;  Nancy Kopp, Maryland State Treasurer; Sidney Katz, County Council; Linda Plummer, Roscoe R. Nix Distinguished Community Leadership Award honoree; Esmirna Gutierrez Campusano, Youth Volunteer of the Year; Chih-Hsiang Li, Neal Potter Path of Achievment Award Honoree; Brian Frosh, Maryland Attorney General and Roscoe R. Nix Distinguished Community Leadership Award honoree;  Sharyn R. Duffin, Neal Potter Path of Achievment Award Honoree; Jane Callen, Volunteer of the Year Award Honoree; Rob Scheer, Comfort Cases, Group Volunteer of the Year Honoree; Tufail Ahmad, Roscoe R. Nix Distinguished Community Leadership Award honoree; Mansfield Kaseman, Interfaith Community Liaison; Veretta Nix; Susan Nix Webster; County Executive Ike Leggett

Thank you to Fund for Montgomery with a generous contribution from the Carl M. Freeman Foundation for sponsoring this event!  
More coming .... check back for detailed honoree stories soon! Follow links to see photos from photographers: 
Marleen Van Den Neste Photography and Clark Day 

2018 Roscoe R. Nix Award Honorees

Honoring community leaders, change agents, and role models who have made extraordinary contributions to Montgomery County over the course of their lives:


Tufail Ahmad’s commitment to engage his community and establish trust and understanding across lines of difference has helped us build a vibrant multicultural Montgomery County. By recruiting volunteers and raising funds through the Montgomery County Muslim Foundation (MCMF), Mr. Ahmad has served our neighbors in need regardless of faith, race, or gender. 





Brian Frosh
has been a model servant leader for more than three decades. As a member of the House of Delegates, State Senate, and now as Attorney General, Brian Frosh has dedicated his public service to ensuring fairness, equality, and justice for all.






Linda Plummer
has dedicated her life to removing the barriers that keep people from realizing their full potential. She has advocated for people of color. She has spoken up for the invisible and voiceless poor. As a leader of the NAACP, Linda Plummer has tirelessly battled racism, bigotry, and prejudice.





See more about the Roscoe R. Nix Distinguished Community Leadership Award and links to past awardees


Neal Potter Path of Achievement 2018 Awardees 

Honoring lifetime volunteer service by those age 60 and up:

Chih-Hsiang Li photo

Chih-Hsiang Li 
 has dedicated decades of service to the Chinese-American community, as co-founder of the Chinese Culture and Community Service Center in 1982 and as its volunteer executive director for the past five years. Mr. Li has been instrumental in building the capacity of the organization to meet the changing needs of the community. Under his leadership, CCACC has seen steady growth and expansion, and has almost tripled the services provided to the community.



photo of Sharyn R. Duffin
Sharyn R. Duffin
, has played a unique, invaluable role in elevating appreciation of the historical role of African Americans in Montgomery County’s development as the diverse, inclusive community it is today. Through her community involvement, Sharyn has kept alive the heroic story of black residents’ strong community‐building spirit, mutual‐support ethic, and constant striving for justice and betterment.




See more about the Neal Potter Path of Achievement Award and links to past honorees

Volunteer of the Year Award 

Recognizing outstanding volunteer service performed during the previous calendar year in four categories:
Volunteer of the Year:  Jane Callen , who devoted more than 1,300 volunteer hours during 2017 with the American Red Cross, Glen Echo Fire Department, and JSSA Hospice. She displays a passionate commitment to all of her volunteer endeavors – from providing disaster relief to hurricane victims, serving as a first responder in Montgomery County, and offering end of life support.

Youth Volunteer of the Year:  Esmirna Gutierrez Campusano , a Kennedy High School sophomore who has been volunteering with Montgomery Housing Partnership’s Homework Club since she was in sixth grade. A former program participant, Esmirna has remained solidly invested as a volunteer, helping to improve the quality of life and increasing opportunities for the young people who reside in Montgomery Housing Partnership properties and neighborhoods.
Volunteer Group of the Year: Comfort Cases: The volunteers at Comfort Cases assemble backpacks filled with essential items for children entering the foster care system, who often come to a new home carrying what few belongings they have in a trash bag. Comfort Cases volunteers come together to give these children some of the “comforts of home” to make them feel a bit more secure in the midst of chaos.
Corporate Volunteer of the Year:  Apex Home Loans: Employees actively support a variety of causes that contribute to the health and welfare of our community. The company’s community involvement program, Apex in Action, supports the organizations and causes that Apex employees value by providing them with multiple opportunities for giving and volunteering. 

See past honorees by clicking on the annual award links on the left toolbar.

Sign Up Now for Tickets!

Join us on April 23, 6:30 to 9:00 PM at
Imagination Stage in Bethesda
for the Awards Event.
The event is free but tickets are required. 

Click here to sign up to attend!


Thank you to  Fund for Montgomery with a generous contribution from the Carl M. Freeman Foundation for sponsoring this event!