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Biographies of nominees for Humanitarian Service Awards

The following nominees for Humanitarian Service Awards also were honored at a dinner at the Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs Thursday:Youth volunteer-Rifle High School students Amy Daley, Jennifer Schneider, Pam Schieldt and Katharine Breda, all members of the National Honor Society at Rifle High School who helped the residents of the Colorado State Veterans Nursing Home in Rifle have an elegant dinner dance.-The Glenwood Springs High School Climate Committee, who brought the program “Journey to a Hate-Free Millennium” to Glenwood Springs. The day encouraged students and parents to take a proactive stance to combat hate and intolerance and promote understanding and peace.-Stephanie Matthew, a junior at Glenwood Springs High School, who volunteers in YouthZone’s junior pals program. She is also involved in Key Club at school, works for UNICEF at Halloween, has volunteered for the Special Olympics for the past two years, is involved in MED PREP, maintains a 3.6 grade-point average, and works after school, all while battling juvenile Type I diabetes.-Alicia Vallario, a junior at Glenwood Springs High School, who is president of the Garfield County 4-H council, 4-H District 11 president, and a member of the state 4-H officer team, and has been instrumental in bringing the Colorado Leadership Camp to Glenwood. She also is an honors student, a member of the National Honor Society, and is involved in music, athletic and other endeavors at the high school and through 4-H.Staff -Dr. Robert Henry, who along with his wife, Carol, opened All Kids Dental in 1998. He offers discount dental services, accepts Medicaid payments and examines and treats Head Start students at low rates. He hires bilingual staff so that Spanish-speaking parents are comfortable making appointments and seeking care for their kids.-Shelley Gardineer, who started as a volunteer in the counseling office at Riverside School and now is a paraprofessional and serves as the school’s behavior specialist. She also volunteers with the Extended Table and with her church, and is applying to become a foster parent.-Jay Kaufman, who is a respiratory therapist at Valley View Hospital, where he excels in emergency care, particularly with children in distress. He also offers classes to help smokers break the habit. Last year, he recruited friends and obtained donations of supplies to carry out major repairs at a needy patient’s home so the patient could return home.-Jill Zieman, who is youth coordinator for St. Stephen’s Catholic Church, where she makes church fun and inspiring for teens. She organizes teen-managed fund-raisers, trips to help inner-city homeless shelters, and bicultural confirmation classes. She also works for Catholic Charities as a case manager for the Family Transitional Housing Project, where she helps in the hunt for used furniture, babysits in a pinch, and helps families gain the skills for self-sufficiency.-Debbie Hull, who works as the youth director for the Glenwood Springs United Methodist Church. She accompanies her youth group to camp, and will join them on a mission trip to California this summer. She mixes fun, like going to the pool or having a sleepover, with thoughtful support. She also helps teens with their homework through an after-school mentoring program.-Kerri Cheney, who is YouthZone’s senior counselor and case manager. She handles juvenile court cases, probation and useful public service; works with teens in drug and alcohol prevention groups; teaches life skills classes and leads the truancy task force. In high school, she worked to prevent drunk driving among kids, and as a college student she read to a blind classmate. After graduation, she worked with abused women and teenage mothers. She also has started two support groups, one for the families of people serving in the military and one for patients who are living with cancer. Senior volunteer-Rosalee Malaby, who through the Retired Senior Volunteer Program provides tax counseling for elderly and low-income taxpayers. She is also an active board member of Garfield Legal Services, serves as a dispatch operator for the Traveler, serves meals at senior luncheon sites and keeps a database for senior programs, and is a volunteer for the blood bank at Valley View Hospital. -Evelyn Kenney, 87, who is a 20-year member of RSVP. She has worked for the Chat and Chew program in Glenwood Springs since 1981. For the past two years, she has also worked at the Roaring Fork and Spoon program in Carbondale. She lives with her daughter in Glenwood Springs, and catches a bus to Carbondale for her duties there. She has also volunteered at Valley View Hospital, Glen Valley Care Center and the RSVP office.-Virginia Erickson, a lifelong New Castle resident who is a certified EMT with the New Castle Ambulance Service, and served on New Castle’s Planning and Zoning Commission, Town Council and senior housing development committee. She is a tutor, pen pal and reading assistant at Kathryn Senor and Esma Lewis elementary schools and with Roaring Fork Even Start. And since retiring from City Market, she stepped in to help RSVP with senior lunch programs in New Castle and Silt, racking up 1,100 hours of service in 10 years.-Ilene Prehm, who volunteers with the Garfield County Council on Aging, the Northwest Regional Council on Aging and the High Country RSVP Advisory Council. She also volunteers for the senior meal sites in Glenwood Springs and Carbondale, dispatches the Traveler, coordinates RSVP mailings, bingo and raffles, and volunteers at Valley View Hospital.-Horace “Smitty” Smith, who in just eight years of membership in RSVP has racked up 1,700 hours of volunteer service. A retired police officer, he has been volunteering in Battlement Mesa as a deputy sheriff since 1993. He also volunteers with his wife, Rose, at the Battlement Mesa Activity Center.Volunteer-Bob and Mary Noone, who founded and continue to run the Glenwood Springs Summer of Jazz series, a highlight summer activity for locals and tourists alike. The free event was started in 1984, and the Noones and their friends spend countless hours organizing and carrying off the series.-Marian Smith, who 10 years ago helped create a new nonprofit group called Healthy Beginnings. Its primary purpose is to provide health care for expectant mothers who could not otherwise afford doctor visits. Smith also is a former mayor of Glenwood Springs and a three-term Garfield County commissioner. She now serves on the board of YouthZone, where she helps promote an innovative program called “restorative justice.”-Arlene Law, who has been chairwoman of the annual Fall Arts Festival for more than 15 years, and has been involved with the Glenwood Springs Art Guild for more than 40 years as a charter member. She hosts weekly “Paint Days” for fellow artists, and bakes pies for the Hospital Auxiliary for Strawberry Days. -Donna Fell, who is an avid supporter of the Mountain Valley Weavers and remembers each of the weavers’ birthdays with cards, balloons and hugs. After a trekking vacation, she bought 250 pairs of boots for an entire village in India and later started “Project India.” She raised enough money to send 300 winter coats to the village of Yoksum. She also contributes to the Brain Injury Fund, following her daughter’s involvement in a near-fatal accident. -Mark Nieslanik, a Carbondale native who has been active with 4-H and sits on the Garfield County Fair Board. He is also working with the extension office and the fair committee to develop a Latch-Key program that will provide arts and crafts as well as supervision for kids home alone. He has been an active leader in Colorado Rocky Mountain School’s ranch program and is in charge of the Tybar Outreach programs with the Navajo nation, encouraging cattle ranchers on the reservation. He is working to create a conservation plan for the Tybar ranch as well as his family ranch in Carbondale.


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