For Immediate Release

Contact: Bailey Bernius

Association Recognizes Distinguished Service of Volunteers

April 15, 2011

ALEXANDRIA, VA April 15, 2011— The National Military Family Association is celebrating National Volunteer Appreciation Week. Our Association could not have achieved what we have for military families without the work of our strong Volunteer Corps at every level in our organization and around the world. In 2010, the National Military Family Association Volunteer Corps logged more than 14,000 hours of service which equates to approximately $313,000 in in-kind donations.

Each year at this time, the Association recognizes three individuals for their contributions and dedication to supporting the mission and whose selfless service stands out among their peers.

The 2011 Novella Gibson Whitehead Award recipient is Chris Ward from Alaska. She is a consummate mentor and an asset to military families in her community. Chris participates in Association outreach activities and is a vital resource to military and community leaders. Additionally, she is an active member in the civilian community and volunteers with many other organizations including the Navy League and the National PTA. 

The 2011 Margaret Vinson Hallgren Award recipient is Molly Ferrara. Molly is a Board of Governors member and the Volunteer Services' Department Advisor. For the last few years, Molly has been an instrumental volunteer, working all phases from strategy to implement of our major events to ensure their success.

The 2011 Volunteer Corps Service Award recipient is Taran Schneider. In her mission “to get something going” to support military families in her community, Taran found a home with both the National Military Family Association and the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon program. One of her outreach efforts includes a focus on the implementation of “Give Army Parents a Break” for National Guard families.

The National Military Family Association is also proud to announce that 40 of our Volunteers received the President’s Volunteer Service Award this year which recognizes individuals that have achieved a standard based on the number of hours of service over a 12-month period. 


Mary Scott, Board of Governors, VA
Russ Hopkins, Representative, IL
Tom Stanners, Board of Governors, VA
Molly Ferrara, Board of Governors, VA


Paul Arcari, Board of Governors, VA
Crystal Cavalier, Representative, NC
David Fee, Board of Governors, VA
Jeanine Hayden, Board of Governors, VA
Vanessa McMullen, Representative, VA
Alan Radke, Representative and Board of Governors, NE
Cliff Warfield, Board of Governors member, VA


Wanda Allen-Yearout, Representative, AZ
Nancy Alsheimer, Board of Governors, VA
Diane Altenburg, Board of Governors, VA
Martha Bioty, Board of Governors, VA
Teresa Brendler, Volunteer, VA
Donna Casnave, Volunteer, GA
Jason Chu, Volunteer, VA
Ann Clem, Representative, TN
Caryl Dresher, Volunteer, NYC
Jaime Fazica, Representative, CA
Cheryl Glang, Board of Governors, VA
Karen Golden, Representative, CA
Brenda Henderson, Representative, VA
Paul Johnson, Volunteer, WY
Jan Lewin, Volunteer, VA
Edna Magpanty-Monroe, Volunteer, HI
Salina McBride, Volunteer, Okinawa, Japan
Ken Nidiffer, Board of Governors, VA
Tiffany, O’Sheal, Volunteer, MD
Marcia Richardson, Representative, TX
Bob Rosen, Board of Governors, Emeritus, VA
Claire Saxon, Volunteer, CA
Taran Schneider, Volunteer, MN
Coleen Smith, Representative, TX
David Smith, Board of Governors, VA
Mary Lynn Stevens, Board of Governors, VA
Shannon Udland, Volunteer, AK
Chris Ward, Representative, AK
Robert Wiggins, Volunteer, PA

Volunteers continue to be a vital part of the Association’s work and we are thankful for their support of military families.

About the National Military Family Association

The National Military Family Association is the leading nonprofit dedicated to serving the families who stand behind the uniform. Since 1969, NMFA has worked to strengthen and protect millions of families through its advocacy and programs. They provide spouse scholarships, camps for military kids, and retreats for families reconnecting after deployment and for the families of the wounded, ill, or injured. NMFA serves the families of the currently serving, retired, wounded or fallen members of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Commissioned Corps of the USPHS and NOAA. To get involved or to learn more, visit

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