OVA – Honorees


Thank you to all our Loudoun County volunteers for their undying dedication and service

Loudoun Cares re-established the Outstanding Volunteer Awards in 2017

Service of a Lifetime Volunteer

The Judy Hines Service of a Lifetime was established in 2019 to honor those who have given over ten years of service to Loudoun County. This award was named after Judy Hines a long standing volunteer in the Loudoun community and former Loudoun Cares and Friends of Loudoun Mental Health board member.

2021 – Dennis Godfrey
2020  – JB Sandefur
2019 – Sherry Fortier 

Gabriella Miller Youth Volunteer

The Gabriella Miller Youth Volunteer award was established in 2013 in memory of Gabriella Miller who passed earlier that year at only 10 years old from an inoperable brain tumor. Gabriella was named the 2012 OutstandingVolunteer of the Year under Volunteer Loudoun for her efforts in raising more than $275,000for the Make a Wish Foundation. Realizing how little awareness and funding there was for childhood cancer and particularly childhood brain cancer, Gabriella quickly became a global advocate for children with cancer and started the Smashing Walnuts Foundation. Her family now continues her mission of awareness. SmashingWalnuts is Gabriella’s legacy, founded to give kids like her a fighting chance.

2021 – Christian Yohannes
– Shreyaa Venkat
2019 – Esha Venkat
2018 – Anne Kickert
2017 – Varsh Kakaraparti

Loudoun County Board of Supervisors – Chairperson Recognition

The Chairperson recognition award was established in 2019 as a way for the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors Chair-at-Large to recognize a volunteer of their choosing county wide.

2021 – Homeowner Services Committee with Loudoun Habitat for Humanity
2020 –
Angelo Wider
2019 – Judy Hines

2021 Award Winners

Adult Volunteer –  Wendy Oakford
Adult Volunteer Team –  Loudoun’s Young Entrepreneurs Academy Instructors
Adult Public Safety Volunteer –  Kathleen Leary
Senior Volunteer – Dennis Godfrey
Senior Volunteer Team – Food Donations Team – Senior Center of Leesburg
Youth Volunteer Team – Young Men’s Service League
Community/Civic Volunteer Organization – St Theresa Catholic Church of Ashburn & Knights of Columbus
Corporate Volunteer Team – Northwest Federal Credit Union Foundation
Volunteer Project – BENEFIT Loudoun
Volunteer Team – Loudoun County Medical Reserve Corps
Veteran Volunteer –  Bernard Mustafa
Nonprofit Volunteer Board – Loudoun Career Firefighters Foundation
RiseUp Volunteer – Dr. John Farrell

2021 District Recognition

Algonkian District – Isamar Ortega
Broad Run District –
Ashburn Volunteer Fire & Rescue
Leesburg District –
Joe Mydlinski
Sterling District –
Rosa Cousins of New Virginia Majority

2020 Award Winners

Adult Volunteer  – Jennifer Hickman
Adult Volunteer Team – Janelia Charity Team
Senior Volunteer – JB Sandefur
Senior Volunteer Team – Dulles South Senior Dance Instructors
Youth Volunteer Team – Youth Advisory Council (YAC)
Community/Civic Volunteer Organization  – Rotary Club of Leesburg
Corporate Volunteer Team – DPR Construction
Volunteer Project Leader – Laurie Snarr 
Volunteer Project – Dinner on the Rooftop
Volunteer Team – Backpack Buddies Galilee Church
Volunteer Team – Educando Con Amor Computer Skills
Veteran Volunteer – Veteran Samuel Tomlin

 2020 District Recognitions

Ashburn District  – Ashburn Volunteer Fire and Rescue
Broad Run District  –
NEST4US Volunteers
Catoctin District – 
Tree of Life Ministries Volunteers
Dulles District – 
Dr. John Farrell
Leesburg District – 
Tammy Carter
Sterling District  –
Women Giving Back Volunteers

2019 Award Winners 

Adult Volunteer  – Sherry Fortier
Adult Volunteer Team –The Collaborative Care Team
Adult Public Safety Volunteer – Christopher Rogienski
Senior Volunteer – Joe Coleman
Senior Volunteer Team – Dulles South Senior Center Kitchen Volunteers
Youth Volunteer Team – Peers and Students Taking Action (PASTA)
Youth Public Safety Volunteer – Sarah Fletcher
Youth Public Safety Volunteer – Gardner Austin
Community/Civic Organization – Christian Fellowship Church
Corporate Volunteer Team – VISA
Volunteer Project Leader – Mike Wilkins
Volunteer Project – Riverside NHS Group Service Point Coordinators
Volunteer Team – The Edwin Washington Project Team

2019 District Recognitions
The District Recognition awards allowed the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors to recognize a volunteer of their choosing from their district.

Ashburn District – Carol Kost
Algonkian District –
Sisters4Sisters (S4S)
Blue Ridge District –
Marty Potts
Broad Run District –
Elizabeth Esper 
Catoctin District –
Steve Schultz
Dulles District –
Kristen Reed
Leesburg District –
Libby Westphal
Sterling District –
Joan Kowalski

2018 Award Winners

Adult Volunteer – Susan Cleveland
Adult Volunteer – Denise Corbo
Adult Volunteer Team – LHFH Volunteer Crew Leaders
Adult Volunteer Project Leader – Chris Keyser
Adult Public Safety Volunteer – Stewart McLaren
Senior Volunteer – Fran Kormann
Senior Volunteer Team – 90 Plus & Volunteer Strong
Youth Volunteer Team – NEST
Youth Public Safety Volunteer – Brian O’mara
Corporate Volunteer Team – WELLS FARGO
Volunteer Project – Billy Huettner
Volunteer Team – Arcola Volunteer Fire Department

2017 Award Winners

Adult Volunteer – Barbara Tulipane
Adult Volunteer Team – Mosaic Virginia® Volunteer
Adult Volunteer Project Leader – Kia Barker
Adult Public Safety Volunteer – Jim Cook
Senior Volunteer – Anne Wohlford
Senior Volunteer Team – Falcon’s Landing Home-Delivered Meals
Youth Volunteer Team – Loudoun County Youth Advisory Council
Youth Public Safety Volunteer – Arianna L. Wright
Club or Organization Volunteer Team  – Epsilon Zeta Boule Foundation
Corporate Volunteer Team – Paul David Team
Volunteer Project – Loudoun LIVE
Volunteer Family – Kamala and Mitesh Shrestha
Volunteer Team – Shocktober Crew
Volunteer of the Year  – Arianna L. Wright




Platinum/gold sponsors

Loudoun Cares wants to thank all our supporter for their dedication to our cause. With their help, we can continue to connect those who serve with those in need to build a stronger community.