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FBI Director Recognizes Distinguished Community Leaders

Washington, D.C. March 19, 2010

In a ceremony today at FBI Headquarters, Director Robert S. Mueller, III recognized the recipients of the 2009 Director’s Community Leadership Award. These leaders, selected by their area FBI field office, have demonstrated outstanding contributions to their local communities. The FBI is grateful for the work of each of these individuals and organizations on behalf of their communities.

“Those honored here today represent people from different backgrounds and beliefs, from different corners of America, but share some things in common: a willingness to lead, a commitment to improving the lives of their neighbors, and a desire to make the nation safer for their fellow citizens,” said Director Mueller.

Recipients of the 2009 Director’s Community Leadership Award include:

  • John P. Halligan (Albany)
  • Judy Wagner, Wagner Valuation and Financial Forensics (Albuquerque)
  • Abused Women’s Aid in Crisis, (Anchorage)
  • WAGA FOX 5 News (Atlanta)
  • E. Keith Colston, Executive Director, Maryland Commission on Indian Affairs (Baltimore)
  • Cedric D. Sparks, Sr., Executive Director, Division of Youth Services (Birmingham)
  • Bob Ward, Reporter, FOX 25 News (Boston)
  • Kenyatta T. Cobb, Pastor, Hananiah Lutheran Church (Buffalo)
  • Greensboro Crime Stoppers Program (Charlotte)
  • Bill Kurtis, Host and Producer, Kurtis Productions (Chicago)
  • Dr. Creighton Wright (Cincinnati)
  • Michelle Riggs, West Virginia Child Abduction Prevention Program (CJIS)
  • Second Chance (Cleveland)
  • Tyrone W. Baker (Dallas)
  • Stacey Hervey (Denver)
  • Virginia McCrimmon, The Salvation Army (El Paso)
  • Kids Hurt Too (Honolulu)
  • YMCA of Greater Houston (Houston)
  • Liberty Roberts, Collier-Magar & Roberts (Indianapolis)
  • Cheryl Keeton Shelton (Jackson)
  • Robin O. Sorenson, Chief Executive Officer, Firehouse Subs, Inc. (Jacksonville)
  • Greg and Missey Smith, Kelsey Smith Foundation (Kansas City)
  • William M. Shory, News Director, WBIR (Knoxville)
  • Manohar “Mike” Vaswani, President, Asian American Group and Asian American Coalition of Las Vegas (Las Vegas)
  • Judge Mary Ann Gunn, Washington County Drug Program (Little Rock)
  • Zully Roman, Expediente Rojo Project (Los Angeles)
  • Jeffrey D. Feld, Executive Director, Memphis Jewish Federation (Memphis)
  • Anti-Defamation League, Florida Region (Miami)
  • Justice Janine P. Geske, Distinguished Professor of Law, Marquette University Law School (Milwaukee)
  • Dr. Saeed Fahia, Executive Director, Confederation of the Somali Community in Minnesota (Minneapolis)
  • Dr. Henry W. Roberts, II, Pastor, Word of Life Community Church (Mobile)
  • Rafael Goyeneche, III, President, New Orleans Metropolitan Crime Commission (New Orleans)
  • Devorah Halberstam, (New York)
  • Jacob S. “Josh” Elkes, President, Direct Title & Closing Agency (Newark)
  • Veronica McMillian, Founder, Let’s Talk, Inc. (Norfolk)
  • Bilal A. Khaleeq, President, Islamic Center of Omaha (Omaha)
  • Nu-Juice Foundation (Philadelphia)
  • Mike Watkiss, Reporter, News Channel 3 (Phoenix)
  • Craig Poole, Manager, Holiday Inn Airport (Pittsburgh)
  • Josefina Salma Ahmad, President, Islamic Society of Greater Portland (Portland)
  • Tinh Duc Phan, Owner, PNC Group (Richmond)
  • Mohamed Abdul-Azeez, SALAM Islamic Center (Sacramento)
  • Salt Lake Area Gang Project (Salt Lake City)
  • C. Jill Oettinger, Chief Executive Officer, Good Samaritan Community Services (San Antonio)
  • Jerry Crosby (San Diego)
  • Old Skool Café (San Francisco)
  • Dawn Bennett, Liaison, Family and Community Engagement to African-American Families (Seattle)
  • John Z. Hecker, President, Champaign County Crime Stoppers (Springfield)
  • Bill Wilkerson, Executive Director, Reach Out St. Louis (St. Louis)
  • Matilda Garcia (Tampa)
  • Nawar Shora, Legal Director, American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (Washington Field)
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