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Congratulations to the first winners of the Volunteer Staff Partnership Award!

Partnerships between volunteers and staff members set the American Cancer Society apart from other organizations. These partnerships are built on relationships, where each partner has a different but equally important role. Both are critical to success at every level.

The Selection Workgroup is pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 Volunteer Staff Partnership Award. These partnerships demonstrate volunteers and staff successfully impacting our mission by increasing community engagement, growing revenue, impacting mission outcomes, enhancing stewardship, and/or creating new opportunities.

Let's meet our outstanding award winners and congratulate them on a job well done! (Volunteers' names are bolded.)

West Region: Jolene Wegsteen and Linda ForceFor the past three years, Jolene and Linda have worked side-by-side to ensure that our Relay For Life program is successful in the West Region. Linda gave Jolene the tools and support she needed to take an active volunteer lead in their Region. Their relationship has provided the West Region with inspiration, effective trainings, innovation, and thoughtful planning of the Relay For Life program.

North Region: Jeff Schofield and Laurie Bertrand –  Jeff and Laurie have built their relationship on trust over the last three years. Jeff is involved with ACS as a Real Men Wear Pink candidate, Making Strides participant, Wagon Warriors supporter, and member of his local Area Board.  One of the biggest events Laurie and Jeff have tackled together is the Wagon Warriors. With the support of Associated Bank and the local schools, wagons are decorated to raise money for pediatric cancer research.    

South Region: Sharanda Williams and Octie Ashley –  With Sharanda's 13-year partnership with ACS, she has recruited and helped retain numerous ACS volunteers from the Relay For Life program to the Community Health Advisor program. Octie encourages her to participate and helps her to develop outreach opportunities in support of our mission. Sharanda is an innovative fundraiser, developing a yearly Zumba Dance party for the CHA program. It's not only well attended, but provides education, awareness, and navigation to life saving cancer screenings while raising thousands of dollars for ACS.

North Central Region: Kris Kipp and The Ohio State University Account Team –  For the past five years, Kris has worked closely with The Ohio State University Account Team to create an inclusive, collaborative environment to share ideas. By planning and sponsoring an Area Plan Tactical Breakfast, Kris brought together the Area Board, council, and staff to discuss market goals and objectives. He is very active in ACS programs and events including the Columbus Cattle Barons' Ball, The Ohio State University and HPV Champions at Nationwide Children's Hospital, and Relay For Life events. Kris' in-depth knowledge of ACS allows him to be a champion for our mission among his peers and in his community.

Northeast Region: Judy Upholster and Lyndsie McPadden – In the four years that Judy and Lyndsie have been working together, they have developed a close rapport, shared new ideas, and challenged one another for the benefit of our mission. This volunteer/staff partner team is active in Relay For Life and Daffodil Days around the Pittsburgh area. As an employee at FedEx Ground, Judy has encouraged others to participate in ACS events as well as leading the way for the Northeast Region to win a $50,000 grant from FedEx.

Southeast Region: Kevin Campbell and Megan Nelson – Kevin and Megan have worked tirelessly to create a partnership built on mutual trust and respect while collaborating the past four years. With Megan's help, Kevin, the community affairs manager at WSOC-TV, has taken ACS content and produced incredible videos to share with volunteers, sponsors, and the public at large in the Charlotte, NC, area. He has also created avenues to work ACS stories into WSOC's news programming, directed viewers to customized website that link to ACS recruitment channels, and encouraged other station employees to engage with ACS programs.

Global Headquarters: Kris Scharingson and Christy Manternach –  Kris and Christy credit their successful partnership over the last two years to nurturing a trusting and respectful relationship. Christy encourages Kris to participate in activities that she is passionate about including the National HPV Volunteer Workgroup, the Survivor Engagement subgroup, and the Relay For Life program. Together, they navigate opportunities leading to success for the HPV Cancer Free mission at the local, state, and national levels.        


The Volunteer Staff Partnership Award recognizes a volunteer and staff team that models a successful partnership to positively impact the American Cancer Society mission. The presentation of these awards will take place within each Region allowing the winners to celebrate with their local ACS family.

As a reminder to your volunteers, they should subscribe to the My Society Source Weekly Newsfeed to stay up-to-date on the latest ACS news. 

If you have any questions about the Volunteer Staff Partnership Award, please visit the Recognition page on Society Source or contact Caira Turner, senior volunteer recognition manager, at

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