We are happy to announce the judges for our 2019 International Awards Program!
(More biographical information will be added soon.)

Category: Education
Rachel Strawn, Program Director
Virginia’s Community Colleges – Great Expectations Program (VA)
2018 Education Award winner

Sara Gamez, Associate Director
California Polytechnic Pomona (CA)

Category: Employment
Kenny Williams, Vice President of Community Based Services
Sunrise Children’s Services – VentureON Program (KY)
2018 Employment Award Winner
Kenny Williams is the Vice President of Community Based Services for Sunrise Children’s Services where he oversees therapeutic foster care services, foster-to adopt, adoption, independent living, the community mental health division (family services), and a human trafficking prevention program. Kenny has been on both sides of the desk within the child welfare system and leads with the mindset “everyone has a seat at the table and finances should never dictate dreams or what should be.” When an identified need with no viable solution was presented regarding teens aging out of care, Kenny and his team designed a specialized program with young people, ages 18-21 which aged out of the foster care system, to ensure their successful transition into contributing adulthood was a viable option. VentureON is the result of an innovative private child care organization vision combined with business, church and government support that connects those dynamic young adults aging out with resources that help them find housing, jobs and an education to build their own future and surrounds the young adult with a care plan team, a mentor, partnerships with employers and safe, stable housing. Kenny has many titles but husband and father brings him the most joy and fulfillment.”

Lisa Miccolis, Executive Director/Founder
The Monkey & the Elephant (PA)
“Lisa Miccolis is the Executive Director/Founder of The Monkey & The Elephant and has more than eight years of experience working as a barista and café supervisor. She spent a year coaching low-income youth at YouthBuild in North Philadelphia before journeying abroad to South Africa, where she met Ephraim, the young boy who inspired The Monkey & The Elephant. Since earning a B.A. in Psychology at Wheaton College in Massachusetts, Lisa has dedicated considerable time to building The Monkey & The Elephant from the ground up. ”

Category: Housing
Kim Gilmore
Robin’s Nest, Inc. (NJ)

Diehdre Gregory, Manager of The Possibilities Project
Children’s Home Society of Virginia (VA)

Category: Relationships
Christina Jagolinzer, Development Director
Foster Forward – Real Connections Program (RI)
2018 Relationships Award winner

Kenyon Whitman, Program Director
University of CA, Riverside – Guardian Scholars Program (CA)
2018 Relationships Award winner

Category: Life Skills
Emily Marchese, Executive Director
Roots & Wings (NJ)
2018 Holistic Services Award winner

Tina Raheem, Administrator
Volunteer Fairfax (VA)