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2017 Celebration of Excellence Awards 


Volunteer Appreciation Event

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The Gathering Place, Clarksville

The Celebration of Excellence Awards is when we say “Thank You” to all those in the community who contribute to The Arc in ways that make a powerful impact on the lives of the individuals we serve.  We celebrate the self-advocates, businesses, professionals, educators, volunteers and other community members who help support The Arc in its mission of “achieving full community life for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities – one person at a time.”


Congratulations to the 2016 Celebration of Excellence Award Winners!

2016 President’s Award:

  • Allan Kittleman (Howard County Executive)

Self Advocate of the Year:

  • Alex Barnes
  • Hannah Saltzman
  • Geoffrey Savage
  • Bonnie Block

Excellence in Employment:

  • Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
  • Steve Sheppard-Giant Food
  • Ourisman Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep & Ram of Clarksville

Excellence in Schools:

  • Timothy Williamson of Patuxent Valley Middle School

Excellence in Professional Services:

  • Chantelle Taylor, Independent Licensed Clinician

Excellence in Community:

  • Jodie Gil, Patrick’s Hair Design and The Aesthetic Center of Columbia
  • Jeannette Kendall, Success in Style
  • Bon Secours Health System, Inc.

Excellence in Public Service:

  • Vanessa Brown of the Howard County Government Office of Central Fleet

Volunteer of the Year:

  • Mike Lewis

Employee of the Year:

  • Adekunle Agbede

Congratulations everyone!


I love helping children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities make progress toward achieving full community life.”

— Joseph V. Murray, Sr., Past President, The Arc of Howard County