2012 MCFJC Foundation Honorees
year’s MCFJC Foundation’s 2012 Forerunner Award will be presented to
Senator Barbara Mikulski. The Senator, who started her career as a child
abuse social worker, saw first-hand how domestic abuse destroys
families and destroys lives, and why she continues to honor her promise
to fight against domestic abuse.
The Forerunner Award,
given to an individual who has been instrumental in combating domestic
violence and working for the protection of its survivors, could be no
better placed than with Senator Mikulski. The Senator supported the
Violence Against Women Act in 1994 when it was first introduced by
then-Senator Joe Biden, and she continues to stand proud in supporting
its re-authorization. As Chairwomen of the Appropriations Subcommittee
that funds the Department of Justice, she continues to help put funds in
the federal checkbook for the Office on Violence Against Women each
year. These funds support domestic violence programs including
prevention assistance, women’s shelters, and a toll-free crisis hotline.
We salute the Senator for her on-going commitment, efforts and leadership on the issues surrounding domestic violence.
MCFJC Founders Award is presented to “An individual who has shown
active commitment to furthering the mission of the Family Justice Center
through his or her personal support, as well as engaging and inspiring
other organizations and individuals within the community.”
Lennig, Esq., Director of Legal Services for the House of Ruth Maryland
was selected based on her extraordinary efforts leading to the
establishment of the Montgomery County Family Justice Center. Her early
participation with Montgomery County’s coordinated community response
as a signatory of the Memorandum of Understanding for the County’s first
Department of Justice Collaborative Services Grant, her decision to
co-locate House of Ruth Maryland’s Protective Order Representation
Project at the FJC, and her assistance with placement of House of Ruth
Maryland bi-lingual therapist at the FJC led the way for other private
non-profits to participate.
Inspiring Leader Award
Inspiring Leader Award honoree is Deputy States Attorney, Laura Chase,
Esq. The award is given to an individual whose inspiring leadership has
helped reduce the scourge of domestic violence and furthered the ideals
of the Family Justice Center in keeping families safe, giving them hope,
and a new start.
Laura was selected based on her
extraordinary vision on the way that Montgomery County handles issues of
domestic violence, her early and long-term commitment to the
established of a Family Justice Center in Montgomery County, her
advocacy of a multi-disciplinary approach to handling cases of domestic
violence, her work in bringing the Family Violence Division to the
State’s Attorney’s Office, her fight to take the victim out of the
prosecution equation, as well as her unwavering commitment and
leadership in her efforts to putting an end to the violence.
For her many years of service, her leadership and her commitment, Laura is a most worthy recipient of this prestigious award.
Corporate Legacy Award
their commitment to corporate responsibility, community support and
support of the Montgomery County Family Justice Center, the Corporate
Legacy Award honorees for 2012 is Kaiser Permanente – Health Plan.
Award is given to “A business leader who has engaged in philanthropic
contributions and support to the Family Justice Center and has adopted
the issue of its mission to raise awareness of domestic violence and
encourages its colleagues to reach out in volunteer efforts.”
Permanente understands that domestic violence is a serious health
issue. They have both a national as well as a local commitment to
combating the issue. From the time the FJC opened its doors in 2009
until present day, Kaiser Permanente has continued to offer financial
support, engage and encourage staff members to volunteer as well as
attend our events and provide space at their events for us to display
We are grateful for their support, and truly appreciate their efforts on behalf of the MCFJC Foundation.