Celebrating milestones and recognizing fellow employees are an important part of creating a joyful organization at Lutheran Family Services.  In that spirit and in honor of our 125th anniversary, we asked our employees to nominate a co-worker who deserves recognition for his or her passion, energy and delight in providing a service that restores life’s rich promise to the Lutheran Family Services community.  And our employees didn’t hold back!

Due to the overwhelming response, our judges had a very difficult choice! So difficult in-fact, that we expanded the awards to honor nine individuals instead of three! Overall 27 individuals were nominated, and three were selected from each division –Developmental Services, Minnick Schools and Adoption/Foster Care/Community-Based Services.  Board members The Rev. Jim Larsen and Robin Crowder and former Board Chair Robin Baliles did a thoughtful and perceptive job of judging our entries.

We’re happy to announce our esteemed winners and nominees for our Employee Hearts & Hands Awards below! You can learn more about our winners on our ShareOutLoud Blog.


Employee Hearts & Hands Winners:

Tarsha Cooper, Administrative Assistant, Tidewater Region

Christina Coleman, Manager, Therapeutic Day Treatment, Northern Shenandoah Valley Region

Maurice Gallimore, Resource Family Coordinator, Richmond Region

Jimmy Harrah, Maintenance Professional, Bedford

Lori Long, Principal, Minnick School, Wise

Jeff Markel, Teaching Assistant, Minnick School, Harrisonburg

Angela Quinn, Group Home Supervisor, Bedford

Tony Stroman, Educational Aide, Starkey Station, Roanoke

Katrina Turner, Direct Support Professional, Charlottesville Region



Heather Cash

Program Manager, Lynchburg Day Support

Heather Denny

Administrative Assistant, Minnick School, Harrisonburg

Kym Dowdy

Administrative Assistant, Lynchburg

April Dunkum,

Adoption Manager, Richmond 

Pam Eanes

Family Care Manager, Danville

Heather Elsey

Youth & Family Treatment Specialist, Winchester

Heather Hilleary

Administrative Assistant, Winchester

Evelyn Jones

Financial Administrative Specialist, Roanoke/Bedford

Rachel McCallum-Jones

Youth & Family Treatment Specialist, Hampton

Tanisha Nash

Behavioral Specialist, Minnick School, Roanoke

Jessica Neighoff

Administrative Assistant, Minnick School, Roanoke

Shane Pendleton

Direct Support Professional, Roanoke Day Support

Jennifer Reynolds

Casework Administrative Assistant, Danville

Hollie Stephens

Developmental Services Program Manager, Hampton

Nancy Trent

Direct Support Professional, Bedford

Dorethea White

Direct Support Professional, Danville

Cathy Worsham

Casework Administrative Assistant

Latoya Yuille

Direct Support Professional, Lynchburg