VEMA Awards

2019 Recipients

Stan Crigger Humanitarian Award - Carrie Gonzalez, VDEM 

Emergency Management Professional of the Year:
1. Allison Farole, Charlottesville-UVA-Albemarle Office of Emergency Management

2. Steven Pyle Jr., City of Norfolk Office of Preparedness and Response

Outstanding New Emergency Management Professional:
1. Jessica Robison, Chesterfield County Fire & EMS
2. Piper VanDePerre, City of Lynchburg

Outstanding Emergency Manager or Program in Higher Education - Tammy Waldroup Sommer, Christopher Newport University 

Public-Private Partnership Award
1. Kelly Myers, Loudoun County Office of Emergency Management
2. Carrie Gonzalez, Virginia Department of Emergency Management
3. Stephanie Matonek, National Transportation Safety Board
4. Cyndi Lake, National Transportation Safety Board

President’s Award for Partnership to VEMACarolyn Turner 

President’s Award for Contributions to VEMAJeff Fletcher, Loudoun County Office of Emergency Management

 

Categories and Descriptions

Stanley Everett Crigger Humanitarian Award - This award recognizes an individual who presents like qualities of care and compassion for their fellow man as Stan Crigger so devotedly displayed during his 63 years of life. It recognizes both Stan and the recipient for their assistance to those less fortunate as well as their care and contributions to those in their greatest time of need. It acknowledges that emergency management as a career is not simply the hours on the job but also includes time off the job. 

Emergency Management Professional of the Year - This award recognizes an EM professional and leader who exemplifies the Principles of Emergency Management. This individual displays high principles of community preparedness and a personal dedication to the safety of local citizens. Member has distinguished themselves through outstanding service to the Association or by exhibiting an exceptionally high standard of leadership and professionalism during response to a disaster situation. 

Outstanding New Emergency Management Professional Award - This award recognizes a newcomer to the emergency management field, who at the time of the annual conference has served 24 months or less in the profession and who during that time has displayed enthusiasm and made specific accomplishments and/or improvements to the local program. 

Outstanding Emergency Manager or Program in Higher Education - This award recognizes an emergency management individual or program that supports an institute of higher education in the Commonwealth.

Legislative Achievement Award - This award recognizes a local, state, or federal legislator for outstanding leadership championing the causes of emergency management in Virginia.

Volunteer of the Year Award - This award recognizes an individual from the volunteer sector who has contributed greatly to the efforts of Emergency Management and/or the Association. 

Public-Private Partnership Award - This award recognizes an organization from the private or non-profit sector who has made a substantial contribution above and beyond contractual expectations to Emergency Management and/or the Association. 

Adam Ward Media Excellence Award - This award recognizes an individual or organization of the news media for outstanding efforts to educate and inform the public about Emergency Management or during a significant disaster situation.