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Volunteer Recognition

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VOLUNTEER RECOGNITION PROGRAM

In addition to our annual awards, we want to give the Starfish community the chance to recognize our volunteers for their efforts Year-round!

Our Recognized Volunteers

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Month: December 2017

Volunteer: Dave Grady

Volunteer Role: Accountant and Board Member

Nominator: Danny Newell

Nomination Reason: In the ebbs and flows of trying to manage working, personal/family life, and volunteering with Starfish, Dave has consistently managed the accounting/financial side of Starfish for as long as I have been involved. Thanks, Dave, for setting a good example for me with your dedication to Starfish!

Month: December 2017

Volunteer: Dave Grady

Volunteer Role: Accountant and Board Member

Nominator: Marybeth Mueller

Nomination Reason: Dave, it has been great to get to know you over the past few months. Your dedication and knowledge of Starfish is admirable. I appreciate all of the knowledge and training you shared to bring me up to speed as I came on board. In the past five years, your work has made a huge impact! Thank you for all of your work that has helped Starfish operate well, but also set us up for success in the future!

 

Month: December 2017

Volunteer: Dave Grady

Volunteer Role: Accountant and Board Member

Nominator: Anna Jordan

Nomination Reason: Dave has been such an amazing part of the Starfish family. Dave has played many roles, is always willing to help, and always comes with tons of positive energy. I appreciate how much he has willingly shared and look forward to the ways he will be involved as we move forward! Thank you, Dave!

Month: November 2017

Volunteer: Dave Grady

Volunteer Role: Accountant and Board Member

Nominator: Don Awalt

Nomination Reason: Dave, it has been such a pleasure working with you on the board of Starfish. I have always been comforted knowing the financial side of the organization is in good hands when you were at the helm. You always showed tremendous energy and skill in handling all that you did for Starfish! I will will miss you being on the board, but I know your leaving is for the best cause! Take care, Dave, and thank you so much for all you did to help so many Ecuadorian families!

Month: November 2017

Volunteer: Dave Grady

Volunteer Role: Accountant and Board Member

Nominator: Jenn Zocco

Nomination Reason: I feel like Dave has been with us since Day 1, and I really don't even remember how we did anything finance-related before Dave joined us. In his five (or more?) years with Starfish, he always has been consistently on top of any task assigned to him, and many times, above and beyond his job description. He is one of our most dedicated supporters in all ways, and is always willing to help! I appreciate you and your work so much, Dave!

Month: November 2017

Volunteer: Dave Grady

Volunteer Role: Accountant and Board Member

Nominator: Kathy Awalt

Nomination Reason: Dave, thank you for your work as the Starfish board treasurer and all the efforts you have given to our many Starfish accountant tasks. I can't tell you how often I appreciated your financial expertise, your time to research our tax questions, and your wiliness to step up to the plate and serve on the board, in addition to filling in as board president. Gracias for your support to Starfish, your help to us, and your Starfish Scholars! You're awesome!

Month: November 2017

Volunteer: Dave Grady

Volunteer Role: Accountant and Board Member

Nominator: Beth Awalt

Nomination Reason: Dave has been AMAZING to Starfish for so many years! His loyalty, efficiency, and support has been so invaluable. I appreciate your positive and helpful attitude more than words can say, Dave!

 

Month: October 2017

Volunteer: Amanda Benton

Volunteer Role: Communications Co-Manager

Nominator: Anna Jordan

Nomination Reason: Amanda did an amazing job creating tasks for and organizing an incredible and multi-national Starfish Search this year! Kudos to Amanda for all of her hard and amazing work!

 

Month: October 2017

Volunteer: Kate Flores

Volunteer Role: E-News Coordinator and Webmaster

Nominator: Beth Awalt

Nomination Reason: Kate is incredibly prompt, efficient, accurate, and positive. Every task we ask her to do, she goes above and beyond (quickly!) to make Starfish continue to be super engaging, professional, and caring. Kate's a blessing to the Starfish family!

 

Month: October 2017

Volunteer: Mikki Spangler

Volunteer Role: Ecuador Volunteer Coordinator

Nominator: Kaitlyn Hammel

Nomination Reason: Mikki has volunteered for two summers in a row at Flor de Bastión, dedicating her time and energy to the community and people of Starfish. She has grown close with many Starfish Scholars and educadores alike, in addition to her host families. Mikki's open mind and heart inspire others during their volunteer experiences. She's a welcoming presence and makes everyone feel comfortable upon arrival in Guayaquil! 

 

Month: October 2017

Volunteer: Julia Patt

Volunteer Role: Communications Co-Manager

Nominator: Anna Jordan

Nomination Reason: This should have been written a long time ago: Julia's impact on the team was felt from the first minute that she stepped into her role. I think she has made a large and lasting difference on the organization as a whole.

 

Month: October 2017

Volunteers: Anna Evich and Kaitlyn Hammel

Volunteer Roles: Ecuador Program Advisers

Nominator: Danny Newell

Nomination Reason: Anna and Kaitlyn did a really good job putting together plans for the year-long volunteer program and ironing out details based on their own experiences with Starfish in Ecuador. Thanks!

 

Month: October 2017

Volunteer: Kathy Awalt

Volunteer Role: Senior Administrative Assistant and Board Member

Nominator: Don Awalt

Nomination Reason: Kathy is the "Radar" for Starfish! If you are unfamiliar with the term, check the old TV series M*A*S*H. It is someone always on top of everything, morning, noon, and night, always anticipating that next need or thing that needs to be done to make a project exemplary. She does a lot behind the scenes!

 

Month: October 2017

Volunteer: Danny Newell

Volunteer Role: Ecuador Program Manager and Board Member

Nominator: Jenn Zocco

Nomination Reason: For being an excellent chair of our program committee in his leadership, energy, and great advice to help us continue to succeed in our projects! He has great vision to guide us in projects and help make sure we stay focused. This helps take a lot of stress off my position, and I couldn't be more appreciative!

 

Month: October 2017

Volunteer: Laura Seaberg

Volunteer Role: Sponsor-a-Scholar Campaign Coordinator

Nominator: Kathy Awalt

Nomination Reason: Laura does an awesome job organizing the Starfish Sponsor-a-Scholar (SAS) program! She solicits sponsorships from Starfish donors, communicates regularly with sponsors concerning their students, and follows through with related SAS tasks to keep the program running smoothly. Bravo, Laura!

 

Month: September 2017

Volunteer: Kate Flores

Volunteer Role: E-News Coordinator and Webmaster

Nominator: Dave Grady

Nomination Reason: For putting together an awesome peer recognition program webpage!

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