Montgomery Serves Awards 2019

MSA 2019 Group Photo of Honorees

See the Program from the April 29, 2019 Event with full writeups of all the honorees!

See photos of the event and all the honorees provided by Clark Day.

2019 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: 

Activist and advocate Charlotte 
Coffield serves as a shining example of what one person can do to make the world a better place. 
As President of the Lyttonsville Community Civic Association, Dr. Coffield has been a leader on historic preservation, transportation and land use and planning issues. She has lobbied for urban renewal funds to pave roads, provide running water, and construct new homes and was instrumental in saving Rosemary Hills Elementary School from closure. She also serves as a member of the African American Heritage Sign Committee and the Talbot Avenue Bridge Centennial Committee.  Over the years, she has been involved in numerous community activities, including Head Start, the Silver Spring Citizens Advisory Board, the Rosemary Hills Community School Council, and the Gwendolyn Coffield Community Center Seniors Advisory Committee. 

Ike Leggett finished a 12-year tenure as the county’s top official at the end of 2018. Before his three-terms as county executive, Mr. Leggett served on the County Council for 16 years – after becoming the first African American elected to the Council in 1986 – and as the chairman of the Maryland Democratic Party for two years. He served as President of the County Executives of America in 2013-2014 and as President of the Maryland Association of Counties in 2015.  Mr. Leggett created consensus and brought in-depth political knowledge and strategic-thinking skills to each of his roles as a public servant.  Together, he and his wife Catherine are continuing the Leggett legacy by championing initiatives and supporting charitable organizations that work to improve the quality of life in the county, especially focusing on students reaching for higher education. 

photo of David RodichDAVID RODICH - SEE VIDEO
From 1998 until his retirement this past January, David 
Rodich served as the Executive Director of SEIU Local 500. Under his leadership, this Montgomery County based union more than doubled its size and grew from representing just one unit to twenty-eight; won the first ever collective bargaining rights for in-home childcare providers; and united the voices of over 80% of the adjunct faculty at major universities and colleges throughout Maryland and Washington, DC.   David Rodich currently serves as the Chair of Committee for Montgomery, an organization that unites business, labor, non-profit organizations and the education community in advocating for the county’s interests in Annapolis. He remains passionate and committed to making Montgomery County a united community, where economic opportunity, and social and economic justice are rights accessible to all residents.  


The Neal Potter Path of Achievement 2019 Awardees

Honoring lifetime volunteer service by those age 60 and up.  See the April 29, 2019 Program for full descriptions. 

photo of Karen BashirKAREN BASHIR -  SEE VIDEO
One of the founders of the Montgomery County Project Prom/Graduation (commonly known as "Post Prom"). Karen also has dedicated decades of service to the Muslim Community Center as well as several agencies committed to serving persons with mental illness and substance abuse issues.


photo of Jacquette Frazier JACQUETTE FRAZIER - SEE VIDEO
Jacquette  (Jackie)  Frazier is a l ong-time volunteer at Essex House, an affordable living community in  Takoma  Park, and  one of its leading voices. She has developed and led multiple programs including food distribution for seniors, Lunch & Learn summer camps for students and much more. 


Volunteer of the Year Award 

Recognizing outstanding volunteer service performed during the previous calendar year in four categories: Individual, Youth, Group, and Business. See the April 29, 2019 Program for full descriptions. 

photo of Amy Yontef-McGrath Volunteer of the Year: Amy Yontef-McGrath marked her 50th birthday by participating in 50 diverse service projects and blogged about the experience throughout the year. She continues to be an active volunteer with multiple organizations. 
photo of Dhruv Pai
Youth Volunteer of the Year:  Dhruv Pai , a freshman at Montgomery Blair High School who volunteered at Walter Reed National Medical Center, the KID Museum, and Democracy Summer.
Volunteer Group of the Year: KindWorks:  1,600 volunteers supported 22 nonprofit organizations and government agencies to serve 7,300 community members in need, with an emphasis on helping those experiencing homelessness, food insecurity, and incarceration, as well as new refugee families. 
Corporate Volunteer of the Year:  Hugo Salon: Partnered with Easterseals DC MD VA to provide complimentary salon services to participants in the nonprofit's adult day services on a monthly basis.  

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

Thank you to Fund for Montgomery for sponsoring this event!