Martha K. Glennan
Recognized as disabilities advocate
After a car accident about 15 years ago, Martha K. Glennan, of McLean, became dependent on a wheelchair. While recuperating at home, she investigated services available to people in wheelchairs. "There wasn't much even listed under 'disability' in the phone book," she recalled. "I decided that there really wasn't good information out there."
Glennan and one of her physical therapists, Sherry Gill, founded Project W.O.R.D. (Working and Organizing Resources for People With Disabilities), a nonprofit organization that offers information on topics, such as handicapped accessibility, to people with many kinds of disabilities. For her efforts with Project W.O.R.D. and other activism on behalf of the disabled, Glennan received the 1998 Fairfax County Human Rights Award this spring.
Project W.O.R.D. has grown from a two-person team that operated out of Glennan's home to a group of 30 volunteers based in a new Metro-accessible office on Clarendon Boulevard in Arlington. The organization runs three major programs: Caring Connections, which provides information on social service agencies, handicapped accessibility, special equipment (such as wheelchairs) and other subjects; Encircling Families, whose volunteers assist parents with disabilities and their children; and the Interfaith Caregiver Program, in which volunteers from area churches help Project W.O.R.D. participants. Many of the Project W.O.R.D. volunteers are disabled.
Glennan, 63, said that the goal of the organization is to help the disabled integrate into the mainstream community. We want to "help people to learn to advocate for themselves and help them realize if one bad thing happens, it's not the end of the line," she said.
Glennan is no longer involved in the day-to-day operations of Project W.O.R.D., but she remains active in an advisory position as board president. She also served as the founding chairman of the Fairfax Area Disability Services Board for five years. She recently was instrumental in developing and implementing the county disability services boards throughout Virginia. She also serves on the United Way Executive Board.
When she's not advocating for the disabled, Glennan is often spending time with her husband, two sons and three grandchildren. "I lead a very full life," she said.
Christina E. Lang
Selected for leadership forum
Christina E. Lang, of Fairfax Station, was chosen to participate in the 1999 National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine held last month in Boston. Christina, a student in the Class of 2000 at Robinson Secondary School, was selected because of her strong academic record and her interest in medicine. The National Youth Leadership Forum is a nonprofit educational organization that sponsors highly specialized, career-oriented programs for outstanding secondary-school students with leadership abilities.
Sally Merten and Melinda Bloom
Honored by Virginia Opera
Sally Merten and Melinda Bloom, both of Fairfax County, received volunteer awards from the Virginia Opera earlier this spring. Merten won the Zeki Erim, M.D. Volunteer Leadership Award, and Bloom was named Volunteer of the Year.
Judy Sklar and Stacey Evers
Received volunteerism awards
Judy Sklar and Stacey Evers, both of Fairfax County, won awards from the Northern Virginia Association of Volunteer Administration. Sklar was named this year's Sandra Lee Fitch Volunteer Administrator for her work at Davis Memorial Goodwill in Washington. Evers won the Outstanding New Professional Award for her role as program director at the Reading Connection in Arlington.
Elsie B. Mastin
Recognized for volunteerism
Elsie B. Mastin, of Fairfax County, was one of 10 volunteers honored earlier this spring as 1998 Virginia Power Employee Volunteers of the Year. Mastin, who has worked for the company for 44 years, volunteers more than 1,000 hours annually for several organizations, including the International Children's Festival at Wolf Trap.
Sarah L.K. Calvert
Won business advocate award
Sarah L.K. Calvert, of Manassas, was selected by the Central Fairfax Chamber of Commerce as the Small Business Advocate of the Year. Calvert, a small-business lawyer, provides clients with legal services and business resources. The award is given to an individual who demonstrates commitment to his or her clients and civic involvement.
Participated in leaders conference
Eduardo Rodriguez, of Alexandria, attended the National Young Leaders Conference last month in Washington. The leadership development program is for high school students who have demonstrated leadership potential and scholastic merit. During the 11-day conference, 350 students from across the country met with political leaders.
Won Library of Congress fellowship
Kathleen Kuehnast, of Alexandria, was one of eight scholars who won a stipend in the third Mellon Foreign Area Fellowship competition sponsored by the Library of Congress. The postdoctoral fellowships are designed to support research that uses the library's foreign-language and area-studies collections. Kuehnast will use Kyrgyz and Russian collections for her study of historical and religious factors affecting women's education, employment and health. The stipend is $3,000 a month, and the fellowship lasts five to nine months.
Won scholarship award
Julianne Ams, of Great Falls, won the top award in the Discover Card Tribute Award Scholarships. Competing against 10,000 other high school juniors, Julianne was recognized for excellence in multiple categories: special talents, leadership, obstacles overcome, unique endeavors and community services. Julianne, a student at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, received $2,500.
Participated in leadership conference
Robert White, 16, of Arlington, was one of 160 students who attended the National Student Leadership Conference on Law and Advocacy at American University. The program's mission is to recognize outstanding young leaders from around the world and provide them with a learning environment that encourages academic achievement, cooperation and social responsibility. Robert is in the Class of 2001 at Washington-Lee High School in Arlington.
Karen L. Bune
Received public service award
Karen L. Bune, of Arlington, was presented last month with the Public Service Award by the Northern Virginia chapter of the American Society for Public Administration. Bune, a crime victim specialist with the Office of the Commonwealth's Attorney for Arlington County, was honored for her criminal justice work and her other public service.
Won award for research work
Laura Barter, of Arlington, was honored by her employer, Health Care Financing Administration, as Employee of the Month in March. Barter is a social science research analyst in the Washington office.
Iris Umana and Rachel Tolliver
Iris Umana, who will attend Catholic University in Washington in the fall, and Rachel Tolliver, who will attend Gordon College in Massachusetts, both of Arlington, won Cookerly Scholarships for Aspiring Teachers Awards last month. The awards are given to two Arlington public schools students who plan to pursue careers in education. Each won $4,000.
Donald K. Wilson
Won genealogy society award
Donald K. Wilson, of McLean, was elected a fellow, the top award given by the National Genealogical Society, in recognition of his work in genealogy and his service to the society.
State Environmental Awards
Herndon and Woodbridge students win
Herndon High School Students Against Global Abuse in Fairfax County and Jim Waggener, of Woodbridge, won Virginia 1999 Environmental Stewardship Awards. The annual program recognizes organizations and individuals that have worked to preserve natural resources. The Fairfax students worked on projects involving recycling and tree-planting. Waggener organized citizen support for the preservation of the U.S. Army Diamond Lab Facility in Woodbridge as a natural area for wildlife.
J.C. Penney Volunteer Awards
Area residents honored
Several area residents won this year's J.C. Penney Golden Rule Volunteer Awards. The program honors volunteers for their service to the community. Each winner was presented with a $1,000 grant for the nonprofit organization associated with their efforts. The winners and their organizations include: Arch Lang, of Fairfax County and the Less Secure Shelter House; Daniel Flavin, of McLean and the Hearts and Hammers Club; Darryl C. Smith, of Herndon and VECINOS Unidos/Neighbors United; and Becky Thane, of Centreville and Overseas Coupon Project.
Literacy Volunteers Recognized
Northern Virginia group honors 16
At its annual meeting in May, the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia recognized volunteers for their achievements. Miriam Kobayashi, of Alexandria; Catherine Schelin, of Falls Church; and Chris Tragakis, of Springfield; were given Tutor of the Year Awards. Volunteer of the Year Awards went to Joan Sellers, of Falls Church; Richard Hayes, of McLean; and Gerald Bartnett, of Springfield. Longtime service awards were given to Rena Baker, of Burke; Joan Lange-Keller and Claride Mayo, of Alexandria; Jessie Selander, of Falls Church; Victoria Buie-Owens and Laurette Engelman, of Annandale; Karen Barnes and James Derhaag, of Alexandria; Joan Urbancyzk, of Falls Church; and Anne Poad, of Springfield.
Inova Health System was named Corporate Citizen of the Year by the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce and the Washington Business Journal. The annual award recognizes Inova's commitment to the community through school partnerships, employee volunteer activities and community health programs.
Carney Interactive won the 1999 Small Business of the Year award at the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce's fourth Small Business Awards Luncheon in May. In the last five years, the multimedia training business's work force has grown from two employees to 15.
The Alexandria Library at Lloyd House has been named Employer of the Year for 1999 by Senior Citizens Employment and Services of Alexandria. The award is given to an employer that has made a consistent effort to hire older workers.
The Alexandria Transit Co.'s (ATC) DASH bus system was honored for its achievement in safety at the American Public Transit Association's (APTA) Bus Conference held last month in Cleveland. ATC was one of 16 national winners in the APTA Bus Safety Award Competition.