2014 Honorable Mentions
Glorana Ghegan has volunteered for 20 years with Surgicorps International, a nonprofit that provides life changing surgeries for disadvantaged individuals in 16 countries. Glorana has served as a board member and, on 11 occasions, has assisted medical personnel performing plastic surgeries on children with cleft lips and palates, congenital deformities, severe burns, and other medical conditions.
Beth & Maxwell Hatch found one another when Maxwell was three years old. Though Maxwell weighed just 12 pounds and had only a 10 percent chance of surviving the abuse and neglect he had endured, Beth adopted Maxwell and together they persevered—exemplifying the power of love to heal individuals and families, and inspiring others facing similar challenges.
Heidi Kuhn is the founder of Roots of Peace, an internationally renowned nonprofit that for 17 years has led the movement to remove landmines from war torn countries so that land can be restored to productive agriculture, children and families can be safe, and the seeds of terror can be replaced with seeds of peace.
Machik is a nonprofit that began in 2002 with the opening of a primary school in Tibet. The school has since helped meet the needs of hundreds of Tibetan youngsters. Machik also supports projects that help address the structural inequalities facing women in Tibetan society, and founded the Tibet Governance Initiative, a research initiative to advance scholarship, research, and new perspectives on key issues confronting contemporary Tibet.
The Nepal Cleft & Burn Center delivers quality, deformity-correcting reconstruc- tive surgery to the poorest of the poor in Nepal. Through an agreement with Nepal’s Public Health Concern Trust, the Center secured land for a fifteen-bed teaching hospital in Kathmandu; when operational in 2014, it will train medical students to become itinerant doctors, carrying the organiza- tion’s humanitarian vision to needy children throughout Nepal.
Denise Richter is a founder of the Edible Schoolyard New Orleans, a holistic integrated gardening and cooking program created in a public charter school after Hurricane Katrina. As a teacher and garden manager, Denise has helped create gardens at four additional charter schools in the city. Today, the gardens serve love, care, and good food to 2,500 students and their families.
The Reverend Megan Rohrer is the executive director of WELCOME, a com- munity response to poverty in San Francisco. Through love and activism she shelters the homeless, helps the hungry find sustenance through participation in the stewardship of community gardens, embraces individuals with severe mental illness, and preaches and teaches internationally about homelessness, gender, sexuality, and faith.