montgomery county civic federation, inc.

List of Community Heroes

The Montgomery County Civic Federation regularly honors people and organizations from our community that are heroes -- taking time from their lives, and working hard to make the county a better place for all of us.  The following is a list of all those who have been honored as Community Heroes from 2004 to the present.

2016/04 Terrill North, a founder of the community-serving organization MANUP, which works with teenage males at-risk of joining gangs
2016/03 Peter Murtha, a cofounder of 350MoCo, who led the ongoing effort to divest the County’s pension funds from fossil fuel companies that drive climate change
2016/01 Tom Hearn, who has advocated for many years to increase our knowledge and awareness of concussions and their effects on our student athletes — particularly in football — and to push for safeguards in school sports
2015/11 Ricardo Loaiza, founder and Executive Director of the After School Dance Program and the After School Dance Fund, Inc., two programs that have helped hundreds of Montgomery County students realize their extraordinary potential as both students and Latin dancers
2015/09 Max Bronstein, for his long-term involvement in community issues
2015/05 Ron Ely, for his work in exposing deficiencies in speed camera programs throughout the state of Maryland
2015/03 Jim Turner of Bethesda and his collaborators for their quick action on establishing and obtaining, in less than a week, over 1,000 signatures on a petition opposing MC 24-15, state legislation to create an Independent Transit Authority and fund transit through property tax increases beyond the Charter limit
2015/02 Jasmine Andoh-Thompson, a John T. Baker Middle School student who spoke out when she was touched inappropriately by a Montgomery County Public Schools contractor
2014/10 Committee to Save Kensington, which works diligently on public interest land use and government accountability
2014/09 Gordon Brenne, Vice President of the Montgomery County Taxpayers League
2014/05 Erwin Mack, pedestrian and bicyclist safety advocate
2014/03 Clair Garman, Kathleen Samiy, and Anne Vorce, environmental activists with Friends of Sligo Creek
2014/02 Abbe Milstein and Eric Hensal, public utility (electric power) activists
2013/11 Lyda Astrove, education activist
2013/09 Intergenerational Bridges, mentoring program for ESOL students
2013/04 Safe Healthy Playing Fields Coalition
2013/03 South Four Corners Civic Association and Harriett Quinn, for efforts in opposing application for excessively intensive Special Exception in SFCCA neighborhood
2013/02 Jean Cavanaugh, Marilyn Piety, Naomi Spinrad & William Mentzer, for work on legislation amending county Accessory Apartment standards and approval process
2013/01 David Reile & Barbara Suddarth, Olney master plan and environment defenders
2012/12 Sophia Maravell, local and organic food and agriculture educator/activist
2012/05 Brickyard Coalition, and Sara Shor of "Save Nick's Organic Farm"
2012/04 David Lucia, Head Coach of Montgomery Cheetahs, one of only three special needs youth ice hockey clubs in Maryland
2012/03 Little Falls Watershed Alliance, water quality activitists
2012/02 Judith Higgins and Eleanor Duckett, land use planning and zoning activists
2012/01 Janis Zink Sartucci, education activist
2011/11 Neighborhood Montgomery, countywide zoning and land use education and activism group
2011/10 Marvin Weinman, budget and fiscal issues activist
2011/09 Washington Revels
2011/06 Save Our Parks/Preserve Our Community Coalition, Rosemary Hills-Lyttonsville neighborhood group
2011/05 George Lane, public safety advocate
2011/04 Gordon Clark, community gardens activist
2011/03 Mike Heyser, for volunteer education & training activities on farming and local food production
2010/11 Members of the Young Activist Club at Piney Branch Elementary School, and Sponsors Nadine Bloch and Brenda Platt
2010/05 Donna Baron, community activist
2010/04 Karen Roper, community activist
2009/04 Plyers Mill Crossing HOA, Plyers Mill Estates, and McKenny Hills Carroll Knolls Civic Association
2009/01 Sandy Spring-Ashton Rural Preservation Consortium
2008/09 Dick Kauffunger, community activist
2008/06 Faye Nabavian, Pat Price, and Al Geske, community activists
2008/01 Diane Cameron, environmental activist
2007/12 Harriet Lurensky Kuhn and Sue Ghosh Stricklett, community activists
2007/05 Eileen Finnegan, community activist
2007/04 Bernie Fisken, community activist
2006/12 Bette Petrides, environmental and community activist
2006/10 Steve Kanstoroom, community activist
2005/10 Clarksburg Town Center Advisory Committee
2005/09 Carol Green and Barbara Siegel, community activists
2005/04 Save Seven Locks School Coalition
2004/10 Laura Van Tosh, mental health advocate
2004/09 Bill Henry, Kay Cummins and VASAP Volunteers
2004/05 Ira Shesser, community activist
2004/04 Nancy Wendt, community activist
2004/03 Andrew White, volunteer fireman
2004/02 Dan Tuten, community activist
2004/01 Law Firm of Knopf & Brown