The National Federation for Just Communities of WNY will present the 2020 NFJC Community Leader Awards at a noon luncheon Thursday at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.
The National Federation for Just Communities of Western New York is a human relations organization dedicated to overcoming racism, bias and bigotry through education, advocacy and engagement. The following individuals and organizations will be honored for their work on behalf of others:
Community Service and Volunteerism Award – April Arman, executive director of Resources and Help Against Marital Abuse; Sabriyah Smith, clinical administrative coordinator, United HealthCare; Matthew Stadlmeir, senior business vendor analyst at M&T Bank.
Youth Award – Nicole Baker, senior at Lewis J. Bennett High School; Anna Brown, senior at Williamsville East High School; Jeremiah Chapman, senior at City Honors School; Jamal Harris Jr., junior at Cleveland Hill High School; Nate Kahn, senior at City Honors School; Eric LeBron, senior cadet at WNY Maritime Charter School; Lauren Murphy, senior at Nardin Academy; LeeAnna Quiles, senior at Middle Early College High School; Emma Stanczyk, junior at Park School; and Stephen M. Weiss, senior at Cardinal O’Hara High School.
Elizabeth A. Hickey Youth Award – Josephat Iyamureimye, senior at Burgard High School.
Dr. Manch Scholarship Award – Journey Hairston-Floyd, senior at Buffalo Seminary.
Healthcare Award – Dr. Anthony J. Billittier IV, executive vice president and chief medical officer for Independent Health; Karl Shallowhorn, program director for the Community Health Center of Buffalo.
Philanthropy Award – Dr. Curlane Jones-Brown and Dr. Lloyd Brown, chief of staff at Kenmore Mercy Hospital specializing in emergency medicine.
Law Enforcement Award – Carlton L. Cain, retired deputy superintendent of police for Niagara Falls.
Sports Award – Daemen College's Center for Allied and Unified Sport and Exercise.
Business Award – Colvin Cleaners.
Social Service Award – Rhonda Frederick, president and CEO of People Inc.
Agency Award – Gerard Place.
Education Award – Deborah T. Curtis, executive director of Niagara University's Brendan Center for Leadership, Language and Culture; Keith W. Frome, CEO and co-founder of Peer Forward; James R. Heck, III, retired director of Quality Integrated Education, Buffalo Public Schools; Noreen Kim Hill, project director for Indian education, Niagara Falls City School District.
Legal Award – John G. Horn, partner in charge of the Buffalo office of Harter Secrest & Emery.
Government Award – State Sen. Timothy M. Kennedy.
Interfaith Award – Mara Koven-Gelman and Irwin Gelman.
Organization Award – Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center.
Arts and Culture Award – Raíces Theatre Company.
Corporate Award – Rich Products Corp.
Media Award – Squeaky Wheel Film & Media Art Center.
Public Relations Award – Karla Thomas, director of marketing and research for Community Health Center of Buffalo.