Mike Fritz Community
Sara Cummings Coalition Leadership Awardees
2022 Awardee – Shaundell Diaz
Born and raised in Springfield Mass, Shaundell is a Spiritual Latina, married mom of 4, with Lived Experience of Homelessness. She is currently the Three County Continuum of Care, Coordinated Entry Specialist with Community Action Pioneer Valley who has worked within our communities in many roles over the last 14 years.
Mike Fritz Community Builder Award
The Communities That Care Coalition’s Mike Fritz Community Builder Award was created to honor Mike Fritz, the local business owner whose vision and generosity helped to found the Communities That Care Coalition in 2002. The award is given each year to a community member who demonstrates vision and/or leadership in integrating the programs, policies, practices or goals of the Communities That Care Coalition into their own agency, institution, or work for the betterment of the community.
Previous Mike Fritz award winners include: Kristie Faufaw of Ryan and Casey Liquor (2008), Bryan Smith of the Greenfield Youth Commission (2009), Sergeant Robbie Haag of the Orange Police Department (2010), Mandii Singleton, Alyssa Sutton, Cheyenna Woodard, Andy Sutton, Zeb Herzig, Alexx Badillo, Matt Lee, Juliana Sheinheit, and B.J. Miller from The 84 Project at Community Action Youth Programs (2011), Donna Woodcock of Greenfield High School (2012), Jared Libby of the Brick House (2013), Lucinda Brown of Reinventing Justice (2014), Corey Sanderson of Second Congregational Church (2015), Cheryl Dukes (2016), Sherry Patch (2017), Dana Mengwasser (2018), Yves Salomon-Fernández of Greenfield Community College (2019), and Kia Burton-King of Community Action Family Center (2020), and Kirsten Levitt of Stone Soup Café (2021).
Sara Cummings Coalition Leadership Award
The Sara Cummings Award for Coalition Leadership was created to honor Sara Cummings, former CTC Coalition Co-Chair, for her work during the first 6 years of the Communities That Care Coalition. It is given each year to a Coalition member who demonstrates leadership, inspiration, and/or advocacy for the work of the Communities That Care Coalition.
Previous Sara Cummings award winners include: Ruth Ever of the Northwest District Attorney’s Office (2009), Marty Espinola of the Gill-Montague Regional School District (2010), Marie Bartlett of Clinical and Support Options (2011), Ann Hamilton of the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce (2012), Vickie Rowe of Pioneer Valley Regional School District (2013), Jana McClure of the Northwest District Attorney’s Office (2014), Jeff Ferranti of Athol Royalston Regional School District (2015), Kara McLaughlin of the Gill Montague Community School Partnership (2016), Nicole Zabko of the Greenfield Health Department (2017), Glen Franklin of Community Action (2018), Stacey Langknecht of the Brick House (2019), and Leon Richards of the North Quabbin Recovery Center (2021).
The 2022 award will be presented to Shaundell Diaz of Community Action Pioneer Valley’s Three County Continuum of Care. Join us on June 9th from 3:30-5:00 at Greenfield High School’s Cafeteria for this coalition meeting!
To nominate someone for the Sara Cummings award, please use this nomination form.