President's Volunteer Service Award

Congratulations to the Blue Star Families volunteers who have earned the President’s Volunteer Service Award for 2016!

A personal message to you from Kathy Roth-Duquet, Blue Star Families Founder & CEO:

PVSA Background:

The President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) is the country’s premier volunteer awards program, encouraging citizens to live a life of service through presidential gratitude and national recognition. PVSA was started by the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation in 2003 as a way to thank and honor Americans who, by example, inspired others to engage in volunteer service. The Council no longer exists, but the program continues as an initiative of the Corporation for National and Community Service.

The Award recognizes, celebrates and holds up as role models Americans making a positive impact as engaged and deeply committed volunteers. The Award enables organizations like Blue Star Families to amplify their gratitude by joining with the President of the United States to thank their most dedicated volunteers.

Hours are measured over a 12-month period and awards are designated based on cumulative hours. The awards are designed to recognize milestones of service achievement. Along with the ultimate honor of presidential recognition, recipients will receive a personalized certificate, an official coin, and a congratulatory letter from the President of the United States.

Hours by Award Bronze Silver Gold
Adults 100 – 249 250 – 499 500+

President’s Lifetime Achievement Award:
Individuals who have completed 4,000 or more hours in their lifetime.


Congratulations and THANK YOU to our 2016 PVSA winners!

Ginny Beers
Los Angeles AFB Chapter Director
182 hours
Bronze Award

Lana Bonotan
Travis AFB Chapter Director
709 hours
Gold Award

Elizabeth Castro
San Antonio Chapter Director
159 hours
Bronze Award

Stephanie Dengel
Ramstein, Germany Chapter Director
622 hours
Gold Award

Elysse Fleece
Colorado Springs Chapter Director
170 hours
Bronze Award

Sherleana Fuentes
Grafenwoehr, Germany Chapter Director
699 hours
Gold Award

Erica Glass
JB Elmendorf-Richardson Chapter Director
590 hours
Gold Award

Wendy Hayes
United Kingdom Chapter Director
115 hours
Bronze Award

Savannah Hewett
Kirtland AFB Chapter Director
306 hours
Silver Award

Robin Johnson
San Antonio Chapter Director
401 hours
Silver Award

Tosombra Kimes
Fort Leonard Wood Chapter Director
256 hours
Silver Award

Nelida Lewis
Fort Bliss Chapter Director
1051 hours
Gold Award

Margie Manning
Nellis AFB Chapter Director
120 hours
Bronze Award

Tammy Nelson-Burris
Scott AFB Chapter Director
196 hours
Bronze Award

Hang Owen
Hurlburt Field Chapter Director
594 hours
Gold Award

Karen Paulus
Hawaii Chapter Director
315 hours
Silver Award

Sylvia Salas-Brown
Fort Hood Chapter Director
266 hours
Silver Award

Patricia Vigil
Korea Chapter Director
149 hours
Bronze Award

Maria Zambrana
San Diego Program and Event Manager
118 hours
Bronze Award

Past Blue Star Families PVSA Winners:
Tracy Adkins – Bronze Award (2015), Silver Award (2012)
Rheanna Bernard – Bronze Award (2015)
Elizabeth Castro – Silver Award (2015)
Stephanie Dengel – Gold Award (2015)
Elysse Fleece – Bronze Award (2015)
Marianne Fontillas – Silver Award (2013)
Sherleana Fuentes – Silver Award (2015)
Erica Glass – Gold Award (2015)
Amy Granillo – Bronze Award (2013)
Wendy Hayes – Bronze Award (2013), Silver Award (2014, 2015)
Jen Hurwitz – Bronze Award (2014, 2015)
Shelley Kimball – Gold Award (2013), Silver Award (2014)
Tosombra Kimes – Bronze Award (2015)
Maria Mahoney – Bronze Award (2015)
Domonique Rice – Bronze Award (2014)
Sofia Rivera – Bronze Award (2014)
Tina Shifflet – Bronze Award (2013), Silver Award (2014)
Jenny Smith – Bronze Award (2014), Silver Award (2015)
Laura Spurgeon – Bronze Award (2014)
Patricia Vigil – Bronze Award (2015)