FBI Denver
Public Affairs Specialist Vikki Migoya
September 29, 2022

COVA Receives FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award

FBI Denver Acting Special Agent in Charge Cheryl Mimura is pleased to announce the Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance (COVA) is a recipient of the 2021 FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award.

COVA was nominated for the organization’s outstanding contributions to the community through its work helping victims of crime in Colorado. The nonprofit organization works with crime victims, their families, and their communities, providing leadership and training so that victims have access to the resources they need to heal and restore balance to their lives.

“We are honored to recognize COVA for their commitment to helping crime victims through challenging circumstances. The group works closely with community partners and law enforcement to provide essential support and comfort to our communities,” Mimura said. “We are proud to partner with COVA and congratulate them on receiving this well-deserved recognition.”

The FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award, formally created in 1990, is presented on behalf of the Director of the FBI to honor individuals and organizations for their contributions to the prevention of crime and violence in the community.

Senior Supervisory Intelligence Analyst Jerod Ross presented the award to COVA Director Nancy Lewis and Chief Deputy Director Mari Dennis, along with members of the COVA team, during a ceremony on September 29 in the FBI Denver headquarters building.

The FBI Denver Field Office is grateful for COVA’s work in Colorado and wishes COVA continued success.


SSIA Jerod Ross presents the FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award to COVA Director Nancy Lewis and Chief Deputy Director Mari Dennis. Also pictured are other members of the COVA team and two FBI victim specialists.