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Past Excellence Award Winners

2016
Excellence in Volunteerism ages 14-18 – Maija Olson
Excellence in Volunteerism ages 18-24 – Nicole Hennen
Excellence in Volunteerism ages 25+ – John Heintze
Excellence in Program Development – Paula Duncan, Methodist Hospital
Mary Wiser Award for Leadership in the Field of Volunteer Resources – Renée Hartwig, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Executive Leadership – Maria Wetherall, Ramsey County
Volunteer of the Year 2016 – Joan deMeurisse


2015
Excellence in Volunteerism ages 14-18 – Nouchee Xiong
Excellence in Volunteerism ages 18-24 – Sarah Guezmir
Excellence in Volunteerism ages 25+ – Richard Nelles
Excellence in Program Development – Susan Wagener, Presbyterian Homes and Services
Mary Wiser Award for Leadership in the Field of Volunteer Resources – Sue DeGolier, Ridgeview Medical Center
Executive Leadership – Robert Tereba, Catholic Charities
 
2014
Excellence in Volunteerism ages 14-18 – Sierra Hietala
Excellence in Volunteerism ages 18-24 – Beth Hagen
Excellence in Volunteerism ages 25+ – Bob Nelson
Excellence in Program Development – Rebecca Bedner of Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota
Mary Wiser Award for Leadership in the Field of Volunteer Resources – Lisa Braun of RSVP St Cloud
Executive Leadership – Kristi Kane of ElderCircle in Grand Rapids, MN

2013
Excellence in Volunteerism ages 14-18 – Emily Matlock
Excellence in Volunteerism ages 18-24 – Alison Vail
Excellence in Volunteerism ages 25 + – Dawn Riem
Excellence in Program Development – Molly Lindblad of Arc’s Value Village
Mary Wiser Award for Leadership in the Field of Volunteer Resources – Lee George
Executive Leadership – Steven Nagel of West Central MN Communities Action
President’s Award – Lois Schmidt

2012  MAVA Excellence Award Winners
Mary Wiser Award for Excellence in Volunteer Administration – Sue Archbold
The MAVA Award for Excellence in Volunteerism, Outstanding Young Adult Volunteer – Max Hall
The MAVA Award for Excellence in Executive Leadership – John Kemp

2011 Award Winners
Mary Wiser Award for Excellence in Volunteer Administration – Polly Roach
MAVA Award for Excellence in Volunteer Program Development – Kelsey Ohme
MAVA Award for Excellence in Volunteerism, Outstanding High School Volunteer – Stephanie Eswine
MAVA Award for Excellence in Volunteerism, Outstanding Young Adult Volunteer – Einas Alkhatib
MAVA Award for Excellence in Volunteerism, Outstanding Adult Volunteer – Joan Higinbotham

2010 Award Winners
Mary Wiser Award for Excellence in Volunteer Administration – Sandy Bergeron, Children's Hospitals and Clinics of MN
MAVA Award for Excellence in Volunteer Leadership – Jay Haapala, Minnesota Children's Museum
MAVA Award for Excellence in Youth Volunteerism – Quin Simmons and Jennifer Honmyhr

2009 Award Winners:
Janene Riedeman and Kristy Okada

2008 Award Winners:
Nicole Noblet, Elizabeth Ellis, Heather Cox, Terry Straub

2007 Award Winners:
Judith Russell, Nicholas Truso, Anne Marquardt Brooker, Carol Thompson

2006 Award Winners:
Megan McGovern, Zeeda Magnuson, John Pribyl

2005 Award Winners:
Laura Bloch, Mathew Menard, Kristine Poelzer, Diane Beach, Paula Beugen

2004 Award Winners:
Lois Norby, Jeanne Nordstrom, Kris Gansen, Maya Babu