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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 2018:

Volunteer of the Year 
Dr. Cheryl Thompson-Stacy 

Dr. Cheryl Thompson-Stacy is President Emeritus of Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC). LFCC is one of the fastest growing colleges in the Virginia Community College System, and has experienced over a 20 percent student growth rate in the past five years. Under Dr. Cheryl’s leadership, LFCC was recognized as a “Great College to Work For” by The Chronicle of Higher Education in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. Prior to coming to LFCC, she was the third president and first woman president of Eastern Shore Community College located in Melfa, Virginia.
Before moving to Virginia in January of 2006, Cheryl served as vice president for academic and student affairs at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (MGCCC) in Biloxi, MS. She lived through Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. MGCCC served (pre-Katrina) 16,000 students and 8 locations.
Cheryl has served the community through many various leadership roles including chair of the United Way of the Northern Shenandoah Valley board of directors in 2015, as well as serving on their executive board. She has chaired several committees of the United Way including Education, Community Needs, and the Day of Caring. She was a member of the TOP of Virginia Regional Chamber Board also serving on their board of directors. Cheryl served a two-year term on the Warren County Chamber of Commerce Board, and is a member of the Front Royal Women’s Resource Center group which focuses on women’s issue in Warren County. She was recently appointed to serve on the Governor’s Commonwealth Council on Childhood Success. In the past, Cheryl has served on the board of directors for Goodwill Industries, Adult Basic Education, Economic Development Advisory Group, and the YMCA among others.

Past recipients include:

2017   Dr. David Sovine
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