Recognizing Excellence for Doing Good Award Recipients

Nomination form (MS Word)

Space permitting, nominees will be recognized in the current issue of the KAPPAN
(Recipients are alphabetized by last name)

Betty Ann Bell, New Mexico Eta
Nominated by Dorothy MacVeigh, New Mexico Eta
Betty Ann recently received the K. Rose Wood Outstanding Older Adult Award from the New Mexico Aging and Long Term Services Department. Looking back on her 70 years as a resident of Corona, New Mexico, Betty Ann offered a simple suggestion for a long happy life: "Be optimistic, laugh often and help others along the way." The selection committee co-chairman wrote about Betty Ann, "She is the glue that helps hold the community together." Betty Ann, a retired teacher, was instrumental in forming a local library. She is chairman of Corona's Advisory Board for the local health clinic and serves on the Board for Eastern New Mexico University-Ruidoso (NM). Betty Ann also helped to create the Corona Land Owners Association. She and her husband, Mack, run the family ranching business along with their children and grandchildren.

Lynn Brittingham, Washington Alpha Upsilon
Nominated by Sally Pedersen

After retiring from 31 years as an exemplary elementary teacher Lynn Brittingham has continued make a difference in the lives of students in Marysville, Washington, and the surrounding area.  For the last six years Lynn, a Sapphire Sister in the Washington Alpha Upsilon chapter, has coordinated the efforts of Kloz-4-Kidz, a nonprofit organization that operates on community donations and provides clothing for school-age children.  Lynn volunteers between 50 and 60 hours a week, 11 months a year.  To date. more than 4,000 students have been served. She was recognized recently by the Marysville Mayor at the City Council meeting for her exemplary service to the community.

Mindy Emerson, Michigan Delta
Nominated by Nancy Nelson

Mindy serves as President of the East Lansing Educational Foundation raising funds to support the East Lansing school district. She is also a volunteer for Meals on Wheels. She is active in Delta chapter serving in many capacities. In addition, she is serving as a mentor for Alpha Delta Kappa ITE student, Teopolina Kanime.

Liz Ford, Tennessee Chi

Nominated by Pat Coggin

In 2011, a tornado hit Ringgold, Georgia, and Apison, Tennessee.  Liz helped pack and move items that were left after the storm devastated a good portion of Ringgold Middle School. When the school reopened, she again spent countless hours unpacking and helped set up classrooms. Also, during the aftermath of the tornado, she helped residents in Apison, Tennessee, clean and gather clothes and household donations.  She transported victims of the storm to areas designated for food pickup.

When the Hamilton County Baptist Association sold its large building of over 5,000 square feet in North Chattanooga and moved to a wing of the Baptist Children’s Home with only about 1,500 square feet in March of 2012, Liz spent weeks unpacking and eliminating materials that were out of date or in poor condition. She made labels and notebook covers to help facilitate easier access to what was needed.

Liz volunteered in the summer of 2013 and 2015 to drive and serve lunch each day for a week to a group of young people that are part of a World Changers group. She encourages homeowners who have been unable to maintain their homes due to age and health.

Liz has tutored homeless children in Catoosa County for the past three years. Just last year, she worked with an eight-grade girl who had frequent absences. The result was bringing a 42 in Algebra up to an 87 by the end of the school year. Just as the math grade improved, so did her other subjects when she knew someone was there for her.

Concord Baptist Church’s ESL (English as a Second Language) ministry was ready to close. But with four years with Liz as the director, it is the largest in Hamilton County with an enrollment already this year of 106 adults and 35 children from 30 different countries. Liz  has helped get medicine, food, clothing, high chairs, car seats and school supplies for students in the program. Two years ago, a second nursery class was started for the 3 to 5 year olds so they could work on learning the alphabet and following directions in a school setting. It is so rewarding to see children that speak different languages play together and care for one another. Just last year two adult students passed their citizenship tests. Currently, there are 28 adult volunteers working with Liz in the program and they are seeing tremendous results.

The love for teaching and the ESL ministry led Liz two years ago to become a lead trainer for adults wishing to work in ESL programs in the Chattanooga, Cleveland, and Georgia areas. Currently she leads workshops twice a year.

Liz also has helped establish a watch program in her neighborhood.

When asked about volunteering and why she spends so much time giving to others, she responded with a quote from Theodore Roosevelt that states, “Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is a chance to work hard at work worth doing.” Helping others in her church, community, neighborhood, and helping friends is work worth doing!

Lisa Gibson, Kentucky Alpha Theta
Nominated by Janice Martin

For 43 years, Lisa has been the friendly face on Wednesday evenings to greet visitors and provide help at the information desk at Norton's Women and Kosair Children's Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky. She retired from Middletown Elementary, where she taught for 30 years.

Miriam González, Puerto Rico Rho

Adopted a school and will develop readings to the students; also applying theater props to enhance the learning process and improve reading comprehension for the standardized tests. 

Was recognized by the University of Puerto Rico- Mayaguez Campus as an outstanding poet and writer and as a result a statue was placed in the surroundings of the Edificio Chardon. Is the first time anyone has received a recognition like this while being an active Doctor of the campus.
Casey Hallman, South Carolina Epsilon
Nominated by Angela Brickhouse

Casey works diligently to help the children and others in her community. During her chapter presidency she rallied members to participate in a local Nehemiah Project, which tutors participants working for their GED, feeds needy families and provides other services to those in need.  Through her contacts as a West Columbia Town Council member, she brought people together to work for the good of the community by providing filled book bags for needy students, walking to support the local police department, bringing the local police and fire departments to local schools to encourage a relationship beneficial to students, picking up trash, and encouraging others to support the school and community.

Doris Henderson, North Carolina Gamma Epsilon
Nominated by Sandy Riffe

Doris has worked tirelessly to improve the lives of so many people in the community. She volunteers as the director of outreach at her huge church, where she spends seven days a week helping others. Doris provides volunteer services to a school named after her, with the help of a group from her church. The school is one of the few in the country for immigrants who speak little or no English. The various organizations Doris is involved in provide backpacks, school supplies, clothing and food for students and their families. Doris also tutors these children in reading and math skills. Doris organizes and helps with Family Promise to house and feed the homeless. She also organized a group that meets weekly, GriefShare, to help those who are dealing with the loss of a loved one. Doris participates in a large fall festival, where the proceeds go to a missionary project. She also is involved with an organization that raises funds to help women further their education or start businesses.

Valerie C. Rutledge, Tennessee Alpha Pi
Nominated by Deborah Cantrell

Valerie is the Dean of the College of Health, Education and Professional Studies at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She is the Mildred Routt Outstanding Teaching Professor as well as a UC Foundation Professor. Both designations are given only to those individuals who have made significant contributions to the University. She has published and presented extensively. In her varied roles at UTC, she has been responsible for bringing more than $3.6 million in external funding into the University. She is a 38-year member of Alpha Delta Kappa International Honorary Sorority for Women Educators.  With more than 40 years of public school and university teaching, she has taught thousands of students! Her contributions to AΔK and to Alpha Pi have ranged from holding each office (most multiple times) to helping with various altruistic and scholarship projects which have helped individuals and organizations.

However, Valerie has also been a very involved volunteer locally and across the state. Using her expertise as an educator and her commitment to the position she holds at UTC, she serves on the board of directors for Siskin Rehabilitation Hospital (currently holding the position of Secretary and also member of the Planning and Marketing, Audit and Compliance, Executive, and Performance Committees), Siskin Children’s Institute, and Skyuka Hall, a school for children with learning differences. She is member of the Chattanooga Women’s Leadership Institute and the Advisory Board for the Leadership Academy at Red Bank High School. Since 1981, Valerie has been a member of the Chattanooga Chapter of Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, serving as Secretary; Vice President of Youth, Vice President of Awards, Vice President of Education; and participating in a number of committees. Her efforts have focused primarily on helping raise money to send high school students to Valley Forge to learn firsthand about our country and the Founding Fathers. She presently holds the position of Parliamentarian in that group. Valerie was honored with the FFVF Spirit of ’76 award, a national recognition which is given to the most outstanding chapter member and is not presented each year.

Her leadership is evident in the many contributions she has made and positions she has filled.  These include serving as president of the Tennessee Reading Association, the Tennessee Council of Teachers of English, Phi Delta Kappa, American Business Women’s Association, Tennessee Valley Republican Women, and the Arthritis Foundation of Chattanooga.  She was recently selected chair of the Principal’s Leadership Academy, a unique partnership between UTC, Hamilton County Schools, the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce, and the Public Education Foundation which prepares the next generation of school leaders in Hamilton County and Chattanooga, TN.

Valerie serves on many advisory councils, some of which are related to education and others which are connected with different programs and efforts in the Hamilton County/Chattanooga region. Because of her expertise, she was tapped by Tennessee Governor Don Sundquist in 1999 for a position on the State Board of Education, a group on which she served for 9 years.

In spite of these other roles and responsibilities, Valerie continues to teach Latin and education classes at UTC. Her explanation for taking on this additional task is that it helps her stay current and connected with the students who are our future citizens and educators.

A lifelong resident of Chattanooga, Valerie’s work across many groups resulted in her being selected as a 2015 Chattanooga Woman of Distinction. Valerie has spent her entire career as an educator, an administrator and, most importantly, a community volunteer working to make a difference in her hometown and her state.

Krista Monahan, Indiana Alpha Beta
Nominated by Jane Thompson

Krista is a primary teacher at Pendleton Elementary. Last summer she was one of 18 individuals from the U.S. selected to participate in Maria's Big House of Hope in Luoyang, China. Maria's houses 140 children with some type of disability. The group interacted with the children daily, set up programs in which they participated and even celebrated a birthday, complete with a special cake. The event changed Krista. "This trip changed my heart," she said. "There is not a day that goes by that I do not think about and pray for these kids. I continue to find a way to make a difference for those children."

Wanda Trimble, Kentucky Alpha Theta
Nominated by Jason Baragary

Wanda has coordinated with multiple donors in Louisville to provide engineering materials to sixth-grade students. The materials provide real-world applications to students and allows them to think critically. Wanda also donates her time and works patiently with the students on their projects.

Wanda Trimble, Kentucky Alpha Theta
Nominated by Faith Stroud

Wanda volunteers with students at Frost Middle School two days a week, helping students improve their problem-solving skills. "Ms. Trimble is a vital part of our community base that helps our students excel in their reach for proficiency," the school principal said.
Annie Wills, Indiana Alpha Beta
Nominated by Jane Thompson

Annie coordinated Salvation Army collection in her town of Pendleton, Indiana, during the 2014 holiday season. She organized the bell-ringing schedule and daily money collection, and included schoolchildren, their parents and other community members.