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Volunteer of the Year Award

United Way Volunteer of the Year Award

United Way Volunteer of the Year Award is presented annually to an outstanding local volunteer who’s individual commitment to helping others exemplifies the tradition and spirit of caring.  

The award recognizes:

  • Distinguished volunteer service to the community.

  • United Way participation and service.

  • Sustained and prolonged service to helping others.

The United Way of Northern Shenandoah Valley is proud to recognize for the year 2017:

Dr. David Sovine - Volunteer of the Year

Dr. David T. Sovine is in his sixth year serving as the Superintendent of Frederick County Public Schools. Dr. Sovine has been an educator for 27 years and served as the Executive Director of K-12 Curriculum and Instruction and Secondary Education in Spotsylvania County immediately prior to becoming Frederick County’s Superintendent of Schools. During Sovine’s four years as principal at Monacan High School, the school was recognized for two consecutive years by Newsweek as one of the best public high schools in the nation.  In his final year as principal there, The Community Foundation serving Richmond and Central Virginia presented Sovine with an R.E.B. Award for Distinguished Educational Leadership.  The award recognizes principals who go beyond the day-to-day demands of their position to create an exceptional educational environment. As a teacher, Dr. Sovine received the prestigious Sallie Mae Teacher Award that recognized him as one of the top 100 new teachers nationally.

Dr. Sovine is very involved in a variety of local, state, and national organizations and boards. Dr. Sovine served two consecutive terms on the United Way NSV Board of Directors and during his time on the board he was the 2014 Campaign Chair and the Chair of the Board of Directors in 2015. Dr. Sovine was an instrumental figure in the hiring of the new President/CEO in 2015 and managed that transition as Board Chair. Dr Sovine is responsible for recruiting many influential Board Members and volunteers to the board. Dr. Sovine is strong United Way advocate within the Frederick County school system, where they annually raise over $45,000. They participate in Day of Caring and work to get their schools involved in volunteer projects. Dr. Sovine has remained a steadfast advocate serving on the Campaign Committee in the Education division. Dr. Sovine’s impact is felt in all aspects of United Way and when he says he’s just a phone call away…he really means that. 


Past recipients include:

2016   Dick & Darlene Kent
2015   Dennis Kellison
2014   Kurt Beyreis                
2013   Diane & Terry Sinclair               
2012   Terry Tierney                 
2011   Judy Paige-Grim
2010   John Hudson
2009   Todd Thompson
2008   Byron Brill
2007   Harry Smith
2006   Wendell Dick
2005   Kim Stutzman
2004   Tom Malcolm
2003   Mary & Bill Nordman
2002   Jim Stutzman, Jr.
2001   Betty Barr
2000   Bruce Downing, Esq
1999   Bill Huntsberry
1998   Jack Fretwell
1997   Bill Buckner
1996   Barry Lee Bowser
1995   Brookie Phillips
1994   Don Louque

See the listing for Youth Volunteer of the Year here