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OIF Volunteer Recognition

The OI Foundation could not exist without dedicated volunteers providing peer support services, serving on the Board of Directors, raising funds and helping develop new information resources. The Foundation recognizes outstanding volunteers for their service by presenting three awards to recognize significant and/or lasting contributions to the OI community -- a dedicated service award, a youth award, and a volunteer of the year award. To see a list of past award recipients, click here.

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Thelma Clack Lifetime Volunteer Award

Thelma Clack was a parent of a child with osteogenesis imperfecta who volunteered to do everything possible for the OI Foundation without thought of recognition or reward.  After her passing in 1989, an award was created in her honor to be given annually to the volunteer who best exemplifies the qualities of a loyal and dedicated volunteer. 

The recipient of the Thelma Clack Lifetime Volunteer Award will be someone who has served the OI community for ten or more years in the areas of awareness, fundraising, volunteerism/service, advocacy, and/or involvement with the OI community. They also give without thought of reward or recognition demonstrating a spirit of willingness to put others before self, as demonstrated by Thelma Clack.

 

Congratulations to the 2013 Thelma Clack Lifetime Volunteer Award recipient... 

Jamie Kendall!


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Jamie is currently the Director, Special Projects,  at the Center for Disability and Aging Policy at the Administration for Community Living (ACL) , U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), a federal agency which promotes full participation of individuals with disabilities and older americans in the community.  Much of her career has focused on promoting employment opportunities for individuals with all disabilities.  Previously she served as the Deputy Commissioner at the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD) where she provided leadership to the programs authorized under the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000 and the Help America Vote Act.  She has also held positions at the Social Security Administration and at the Administration for Children and Families.  Jamie holds a Masters in Public Policy (MPP) from Georgetown University. 

Jamie's involvement with the OI Foundation began as a young adult when she attended the 1996 National Conference on OI, where she met her husband, Tim Dombro. She describes the conference as a life changing experience which compelled her to volunteer with OIF in order to support the OI community.  Her original volunteer job was organizing the "key pals" program which connected teens with older adult mentors with OI.  She has been a regular Bone China Tea participant.  She served on the OIF Board of Directors for six years, including one term as President.  Her biggest achievement during that tenure was working to establish the OI patient registry and continuing to promote the "mutual support" side of the mission of OIF.  In 2001 she coalesced a critical mass of OI individuals and families to create the annual Fine Wines Strong Bones fundraising event, and still serves as an active member of the planning committee. Originally from Detroit, Michigan, Jamie and Tim live in Alexandria, Virginia and are the foster and adoptive parents of three children; Jake, Julian and Claudia.

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Peter Dohm Junior Volunteer Award

The Peter Dohm Junior Volunteer Award is given to the outstanding youth volunteer(s) of the past year.

The recipient(s) is 18 or younger and involved in a number of volunteer activities including; education/awareness activities, fundraising, volunteerism/service, advocacy, and/or involvement with the OI community. The award recipient will be a well rounded role model for future recipients.

 

Congratulations to the 2013 Peter Dohm Junior Volunteer Award recipient...

 Marcus Davis!

 

Marcus.jpgMarcus is currently an 8th grade student at West Seneca West Middle School, located in Western New York. Marcus became interested in raising awareness for OI during the summer of 2012.

On March 21st, 2012 his baby cousin was born with Type 3 OI. Marcus had never heard of it, so he did his research and decided that he wanted other people to hear about it.

He raised money and awareness with bake sales, Pajama days and bracelet sales at school. Also, he spoke with several local sport organizations and asked for donations for the OI Foundation. To this day Marcus still tries in any way possible to raise awareness for OI.


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President’s Award (Volunteer of the Year)

The President's Award is given to the outstanding adult volunteer of the past year. This will be an individual who best exemplifies the qualities of volunteer service to the Foundation and the OI community.

The recipient will be an adult 19 or older who represents people with OI positively within their community. He or she will have been involved in a number of volunteer activities including education/awareness activities, fundraising, volunteerism/service, advocacy, and/or involvement with the OI community.

 

Congratulations to the 2013 President's Award recipient...

 Jessica Sheridan!


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Jessica is a former Special Education teacher and current full-time mom.  Working with children with and without special needs in various facets since 2003, she received a Masters degree in Education and an endorsement in Special Education in 2009.  Anticipating a life-long career working to inspire a love of learning in children, and dedicating herself to helping those in need, she took a position working as a 1st Grade Special Education Teacher in the fall of 2009. 

In 2011 Jessica and her husband Mike found out that they were expecting, and on April 12, 2012 their daughter Maggie Shae was born.

When Maggie was 6 weeks old it was realized that she had Osteogenesis Imperfecta, a disease that neither Jessica nor Mike had known about.  It is through this traumatic, yet pivotal event that Jessica became involved with The OIF when searching for support and information.  Inspired to continue helping others, and encouraged by The OIF’s sense of community and compassion, she has made it her mission to work to raise money to one day find a cure for OI, improve Maggie’s quality of life and help other families affected by OI. 

In June of 2012 Jessica began a blog chronicling the adventures of a new mama and a baby with special needs in order to communicate Maggie’s progress with family and friends, help others and to simply find humor and solace in their everyday ‘adventures’. That same year she organized a Blue Jeans for Better Bones Day, and in 2013 the 1st Annual Grandpa’s Gift Golf Tournament and Silent Auction was held in southeastern Michigan. Jessica hopes to continue to be an advocate for the OI community, spreading awareness and raising funds for research for as long as possible.

Originally from South Lyon, Michigan, Jessica now lives in Downers Grove, Illinois with Mike and Maggie Shae.

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Thank you for your hard work and dedication, Jamie, Marcus and Jessica!