The NAM 2013 Alex Kruzel COMMUNITY Leadership Award Recipients

Marian Barrera-young

For her demonstrated leadership qualities, and commitment to improving her community as a staff person for the Baxter Neighborhood Association in Grand Rapids, Michigan; and her leadership of the Neighborhood Associations of Michigan. 

George young

For his demonstrated commitment to improving his community, as a volunteer  for the Baxter Neighborhood Association in Grand Rapids Michigan, and his service to the Neighborhood Associations of Michigan.

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the NAM 2012 Alex Kruzel COMMUNITY Leadership Award Recipient

Cheryl Risner, Lansing Neighborhood Council

Ms. Cheryl Risner, Executive Director of the Lansing Neighborhood Council, received the NAM Kruzel Leadership Award at the association's 26th Annual Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan on September 29, 2012. Mr. Kruzel was very active in Lansing neighborhood/grass-roots activities and he was a former board member of the Neighborhood Associations of Michigan. Ms. Risner was nominated for this award by Ms. Jennifer Fuentes.

This award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated leadership qualities and a commitment to improving their community and city through their work as a volunteer or staff person for a community-based organization.

Our award recipient has been described by those who know and work with her as a person who is a motivator for community building, is a connector – knowing the right people to contact to get things done, builds neighborhood groups to be stronger and enhance the quality of life for individuals, and strives to make her city a better place to live.

Additionally, she has been in, and developed, a range of programs that have been successful in improving the quality of life for residents in her city.  She sits on the Rebuilding together Board of Directors and works with the Tuesday Toolmen Program and the Handy Helpers Program. She has worked with several neighborhood clean-up projects such as Extreme Street Makeover in the Baker-Donora Area, Street Blitz in the Fabulous Acres Area, Mylead Youth Organization’s Community Service Days, and the Coachlight Commons Neighborhood “clean-up”.

Cheryl strives to make the City of Lansing a better place to live by building neighborhood groups up anyway she can.  She will work with each group until they can become self-sufficient.  Her goal is to make each neighborhood group successful.

Recognizing an individual who has demonstrated leadership qualities and a commitment to improving the community through their work as a volunteer or staff person for community based organization.

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The NAM COMMUNITY BUILDER AWARD recognizes outstanding community work in the following three (3) areas:

• ALEX KRUZEL LEADERSHIP AWARD. This award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated leadership
qualities and a commitment to improving the community through their work as a volunteer or staff person
for a community-based organization.

• COMMUNITY ASSET AWARD. This award recognizes a community-based organization that has provided
consistent, outstanding advocacy and/or service to their constituency.

• INNOVATORS AWARD. This award recognizes a program or service that demonstrates a creative approach
to addressing a community need or community problem solving.

Download the nomination form HERE as well acquire details for submittal requirements. For further information or a copy of the nomination form, please contact Maxie Jackson, NAM Secretariat at namich@msu.edu or 517.482.5761.