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Volunteer Award Winners

Komen Puget Sound was founded by volunteers, and volunteers continue to serve as the lifeblood of our cause. We extend our deepest gratitude to the following volunteers and community partners who through their relentless dedication have made an exceptional impact in the fight against breast cancer in the Puget Sound.

Join us in congratulating the 2012 Volunteer and Community Partner Award winners.

Photo (from left): Ingrid Berkhout – YWCA, Tracy Tedesco, Christine McCaffrey, Celeste McDonell – Row for the Cure, Penny Lewis – Row for the Cure, Jenn Nudelman, Betsy Robertson – KING 5, Rick Swanson – KING 5, Ellen Phillips-Angeles, Michael A. Hunter, MD


Volunteeer and Partner Award Winners

Promise of One Award – Dr. Michael Hunter
The Promise of One award is designed to recognize the power one person has to advance our promise to save lives and end breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring quality care for all and energizing science to find the cures.

This year’s Promise of One Award winner is Dr. Michael Hunter, Chair of the Komen Puget Sound Grants Committee, Chair of the Medical Advisory Committee and active Board Member for the past four years.  His significant contributions to the Komen mission include his ability to translate complicated breast cancer topics into simple, easy to understand language. He has ably guided our grants making process with a laser like focus on Komen Puget Sound’s mission and priorities.

In describing Dr. Hunter’s value to Komen Puget Sound , his staff nominator said: “With his sharp intellect, wit and humor, Dr. Hunter has steadfastly led the mission side of the Affiliate through some of its most challenging times.”

CJ Taylor Award – Ellen Phillips-Angeles
The CJ Taylor award honors the memory of the founder of Komen Puget Sound, and recognizes an individual who champions the Komen promise with the courage, energy, grace and good sense of CJ Taylor. The nominee goes beyond the scope of the Affiliate volunteer to inspire others to serve.

This year, the CJ Taylor award goes to Ellen Phillips-Angeles. The Komen Puget Sound staff person who nominated Ellen spoke passionately about her value as a volunteer.

In her words: “Like CJ Taylor, Ellen Phillips-Angeles has been a tireless, humble and gentle, yet tenacious, advocate for vulnerable and underserved communities. Under her leadership and in partnership with CJ and Komen Puget Sound, the local Breast, Cervical and Colon Health Program (BCCHP) has become a national model in reaching thousands of underserved women with screening, diagnostic and treatment services they critically need.”

Community Service Partner Award – YWCA’s Women’s Health Outreach
The Community Service Partner award is given to a corporation, organization or individual who carries the Komen message of breast health awareness and early detection into the community and demonstrates a commitment to the vision and core values of Komen.

YWCA’s Women’s Health Outreach Program has been educating and linking thousands of low-income, medically underserved women to screenings for early detection of breast cancer since 1994. 

As a long-time Komen Puget Sound grantee, YWCA has been a consistent and trusted partner, providing culturally competent, high-quality service to African American, Latina and LBTQ women. The staff member who nominated YWCA recognized their collaborative and flexible mobile mammography program as a model for the region in providing effective and accessible screening experiences for hard-to-reach women in our community.

New Volunteer Award – Jenn Nudelman
This award is given to a volunteer who has made a significant, positive impact on the affiliate and our cause within their initial year or two as a volunteer. While Jenn Nudelman has only been volunteering with Komen Puget Sound for a short time, she has had a positive impact on every department of the Affiliate. The staff person who nominated her describes Jenn as a “passionate advocate for women’s health in general and Komen Puget Sound in particular. She connects so well with everyone she comes into contact with and inspires us greatly.”

This quality of work goes into everything Jenn does for the affiliate, from the simplest data entry to a formal public speaking engagement. She is always available to help wherever and whenever she is needed.

Outstanding Media Partner Award – KING 5 TV
The Outstanding Media Partner award is given to a media partner who shows support of the Komen cause and disseminates important breast health and breast cancer information in an accurate and timely manner.

KING 5 has exemplified these criteria and has been invaluable in raising awareness and support for the Komen cause. In the words of the staff person who nominated KING 5: “As a close and committed partner of Komen Puget Sound for 14 of our 20 year history, KING 5 has unselfishly strived to reach hundreds of thousands of women and families with lifesaving messages of breast health and early detection. No other media organization has done more to ‘bring breast cancer out of the dark,’ in the words of Jean Enersen.”

Outstanding Individual Volunteer Award – Christine McCaffrey
The Outstanding individual volunteer award is given to a volunteer who has embraced the core values of Komen and has been a positive agent of change.

Christine was nominated for this award because her outstanding dedication to the Race for the Cure, Grace Notes and the Power of a Promise luncheon. Christine’s efforts to expand the Komen family by introducing Komen to new people at every opportunity are greatly appreciated. In the words of the staff member who nominated her, “Christine is a constant champion for the Affiliate among her friends and family, and she is a fearless and competitive team captain for Team Microsoft – last year’s top fundraising Race team.”

Outstanding Volunteer Group Award – Row for the Cure Committee
The Outstanding Volunteer Group award recognizes volunteers who work together as a cohesive group to further the Komen Promise. Their achievements, time, compassion and volunteer spirit serve as benchmarks for all volunteers.

Row for the Cure is the largest 100% volunteer driven 3rd party event for Komen Puget Sound. Since its inception, the Row has raised more than $600,000 for the Affiliate. Despite the challenges of last year, Row for the Cure brought together more than 650 motivated, local rowers for Race day—the largest attendance to date.

The staff person who nominated Row for the Cure said: “Their unwavering commitment to the women of this community who are facing a breast cancer diagnosis is inspiring to all they come in contact with.”

Lifetime Achievement Award – Tracy Tedesco
The Lifetime Achievement award goes to a volunteer who has consistently made outstanding contributions to the Komen mission over an extended period of time. They exemplify the highest values of a Komen volunteer and serve as an inspirational role model to other volunteers, energizing their commitment to the cause.

Tracy Tedesco works relentlessly, year round in her community on behalf of Komen Puget Sound. She has been involved with the Tacoma Lunch for the Cure for nearly a decade, serving as the 2010 Co-Chair and 2011 Chair.

In nominating Tracy for this award, the Komen Puget Sound staff member said: “The Lunch for the Cure committee has greatly benefited from Tracy’s strong leadership, organizational management and positive energy. Her dogged determination to put together a great fundraiser is always done with such class and grace that she serves as a role model for many.”