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Strobel Finalists 2022: Direct Service — Youth

Congratulations to these three finalists in the Direct Service—Youth category of the 36th Annual Mary Catherine Strobel Volunteer Awards! Vote for your favorite story of service until April 30 using the button below!

JohnThomas Atema

JohnThomas Atema
Volunteers with Best Buddies 

JohnThomas Atema began volunteering with the Best Buddies organization in the sixth grade. As a peer, lunch and a homework buddy, Atema has been a consistent friend to peers with special needs because of his passion for inclusivity.  

Atema has continued his services with the Best Buddies organization by serving as both vice president and president of the organization in middle school. While serving in these roles, he was recognized as the top fundraiser for the Best Buddies Walk that year and won the James C. Parker Service Award. As a high schooler, Atema has served as a peer buddy all three years and currently serves as the vice president of the high school-level organization. Moving into his senior year, he hopes to be president of the organization. He is also a part of Best Buddies International through providing videos for the organization and serving as the youngest Global Ambassador.  “JohnThomas does not have to do Best Buddies because he lives Best Buddies — he has a sister with Down syndrome and lives out the organization’s mission every day. However, he has passionately chosen to be involved with this organization because he knows how important it is and has been Buddies with the same student since the seventh grade,” shared a colleague of Atema’s.  


Riya Narayan

Riya Narayan
Founder of Treats and Tunes

Riya Narayan is the founder of Treats and Tunes, an organization with a mission to provide people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities with a platform to share their love for music. Through her organization, she has reached out to many assisted living centers, coordinated performances and logistics, and planned in-person and virtual events.  

When Narayan recognized the impact that music can have on members of senior living and long-term care facilities, she knew that she would be able to meet that need. At age 14, Narayan founded Treats and Tunes to provide engaging activities and entertainment for members of elderly communities. Based in Franklin, Tenn., Narayan has recruited performers from across the world to share the joy of music to over 1,500 residents in assisted living centers in not only the Nashville area, but also centers in New York, Michigan, California and Vancouver, Canada. Treats and Tunes has expanded to host over 30 virtual and eight in-person events in the span of two years. Narayan has found ways to involve participants from over 10 U.S. states and four different countries, including India and Venezuela.  

Despite the pandemic that affected a lot of her in-person efforts in 2020, Narayan continued to expand in ways that would be safe and still enjoyable to residents of the assisted living centers. Her heart and passion for helping serve others continues to impact many community centers and residents.   “The joy, twinkle in the eyes and the sense of bonding Riya felt from senior citizens after every performance made the efforts totally worth it,” shared a colleague of Narayan’s.


Maddie McDaniel

Maddie McDaniel
Volunteers with Girl Scout Troop 6000 and One Generation Away 

Maddie McDaniel is no stranger to spreading the love when it comes to volunteer efforts in the Nashville area. As a student, McDaniel dedicates all her weekends and breaks to serving both Girl Scout Troop 6000 and One Generation Away. The two organizations are working to alleviate homelessness for women and hunger in Nashville.  

Even while attending school Monday through Friday, McDaniel has made the effort to log over 300 hours of community service to both organizations. Starting out as a Girl Scout herself, she first was introduced to Troop 6000 in her freshman year, when she immediately signed up to be a co-leader to provide support and activities to the young women experiencing homelessness. McDaniel felt led to serve this community because of the joy and resilience the women continued to emit, even while experiencing homelessness.  

McDaniel was introduced to One Generation Away through a joint mobile food pantry that was initiated by her church. One Generation Away seeks to help families struggling with food anxiety by providing food from local grocery stores. When serving, she helps unload 30,000 pounds of food and sorts through it. With all her dedicated time to the organization, McDaniel has taken on the responsibility of directing over 300 cars of traffic to the food pantry. She has continued to serve the organization in her personal life through her social media platforms, Girl Scout troops, her church youth group and clubs on campus.  

“Though these two organizations are different, I believe they called me to help for the same reason. They enable me to help someone directly, an opportunity to exchange a smile or a thank you. They allow me to learn from them and get back more than I give,” McDaniel shared.  

To see a full list of the nominees for the 36th Annual Mary Catherine Strobel Volunteer Awards, click here.

Congratulations to the 2022 Strobel Volunteer Awards nominees!

We’re so excited to announce the nominees for the 36th Annual Mary Catherine Strobel Volunteer Awards! 2021 was full of incredible acts of service and responding thoughtfully and creatively to help meet our communities’ needs. Thank you to all the amazing volunteers nominated, and for those who took the time to nominate! Read on for a full list of nominees in each category.

What’s next: We’ll announce the finalists on April 1, and the public will be able to vote for their favorite stories of service between April 1-30.

Save the date for the celebration: Join Hands On Nashville on Friday, May 13, when we’ll announce the award recipients on our website and social channels. Sign up for our newsletter so you don’t miss any important announcements!

Capacity-building Volunteer 

Recognizes individuals who provided significant operational or administrative support in 2021 to a nonprofit agency, faith-based ministry or community organization, or developed an innovative approach to significantly improve an existing program.

  • Bob Teague
  • Brian Morris
  • Carole Purkey
  • Erin Samuelson
  • Holly Therrell
  • Jaclyn Mothupi
  • Jacobia Dowell
  • Kamilah Sanders
  • Kiersten DeVore
  • Kristen Adams
  • Leslie Hooper
  • Maddi Vowell
  • Marc Bussone
  • Maureen May
  • Nathan Webb
  • Sunny Fleming
  • Susanne Shepherd Post

Group Volunteer Service 

Recognizes any group of two or more individuals who volunteered together in 2020 for a specific issue or cause. Some group examples are faith-based, civic, membership, and corporate. 

  • Alamada Christian Church
  • Blair and Robin Gilley
  • Bridge Builders
  • Catholic Charities Diocese of Nashville – First Impressions Unit
  • Co-Historians for the Cordell Hull Chapter of the United Nations Association
  • Come To the Table
  • Connect Us Outreach Ministry
  • Cross Point Church
  • Designed Conveyor Systems, LLC
  • Dr. Robert Stein’s Group
  • ELL Teachers: Brian Disney, Karen Disney, Lisa Mosley, Lu Smith, & Paula Stephens
  • Feeding Music City
  • FortyAU
  • Founding Members of the Native American Indian Association of Tennessee
  • Friends Life Community
  • Greater Nashville Chapter of National Charity League
  • GROW Enrichment
  • HCA Healthcare
  • Keith and Meryl Kraft
  • Legacy Mission Village
  • Melissa Kaiser and Chandler Anderson
  • My Friend’s House
  • Nashville Angels Volunteer Board Members
  • Open Hands Nashville
  • Patchwork
  • People Loving Nashville
  • The Greater Nashville Church
  • Tractor Supply Company

Disaster Relief Volunteer 

Recognizes those who made a significant contribution to helping Nashville recover from the tornado, pandemic, or bombing in 2020. 

  • Anthony Lopez
  • Hispanic Outreach Task Force
  • Joe Gaines
  • Maria Elena Amado
  • Nashville OEM Emergency Support Unit
  • Sherry Nicholson
  • Tami Hilbert
  • Thomas Fortney
  • YAIPak Outreach

Social Justice Impact Volunteer

Recognizes individuals whose volunteer work in 2020 was centered on dismantling or calling out systemic injustice or oppression and lifting up disenfranchised communities. 

  • Amy Hodges Hamilton
  • Caitlyn Herrington
  • Dawn Warner
  • Jasmyn Cheatham
  • John Bull
  • Kathy Halbrooks
  • Khandi Marthel
  • Linda McFadyen-Ketchum
  • Maureen Organ
  • Rocio Zenon Honorato
  • Veronica Zavaleta

Direct Service Volunteer — Youth  

Recognizes individuals who contributed significant volunteer time, energy, and/or resources in 2020 to help the community. Volunteers ages 5-20 are eligible for this award.  

  • Anjali Babu
  • Bailey Bonde
  • Chandler Sheridan
  • Connor Parr
  • Cora Funk
  • JohnThomas Atema
  • LeeAaron Berks
  • Maddie McDaniel
  • Riya Narayan
  • Ronae Briley
  • Sarah Lowe
  • Shreya Priyadarshi
  • Sterling Gale Lekki
  • Sydnee Elizabeth Floyd

Direct Service Volunteer — Adult 

Recognizes individuals who contributed significant volunteer time, energy, and/or resources in 2020 to help the community. Volunteers ages 21-49 are eligible for this award.

  • Amanda Fermstad
  • Amanda Healan
  • Bernard Britton
  • Beverly Stanton
  • Britta Roach
  • Brittany Parker Short
  • Cassandra Fecteau
  • Chuka Onuh
  • Crystal Clark-Chatman
  • Daniel Craig
  • Emily Bratton
  • Greg O’Loughlin
  • Jahnari Edwards
  • Jared Elzey
  • Jennifer Meadows
  • Jeremy Trujillo
  • Kari Leigh Ames
  • Kat Shaoul
  • Kevin McKellar
  • Kimberly Webb
  • Lina Londoño Tinsley
  • Liz Rogers
  • Maria Arvizu
  • Simone Lampkin
  • Walter Enrique Polanco Díaz

Direct Service Volunteer — Older Adult

Recognizes individuals who contributed significant volunteer time, energy, and/or resources in 2020 to help the community. Volunteers ages 50 and up are eligible for this award. 

  • Alan Hulst
  • Angela McLoughlin
  • Biars Davis, Jr.
  • Bill Kaludis
  • Carole Sergent
  • Charles High
  • Dana Morrow
  • DeeDee Sudarshan
  • Doris Ann Hendrix
  • Edward Arnell
  • Edward Kothera
  • Jim Neely
  • Joan Clayton-Davis
  • Judy Meskell
  • Leigh Barnes
  • Lesa Prime
  • Linda McFadyen-Ketchum
  • Mark Brown
  • Mary Dionne
  • Maureen May
  • Michelle Giffen
  • Mike McAllister
  • Pierre Hunt
  • Robin Salyers
  • Ronny Lewis
  • Ruthann Getz
  • Sandra Frank
  • Sharon Berenfeld
  • Teresa “Terri” Smith
  • Teresa Barry
  • Tom Mulgrew
  • Vera Coleman
  • Vince Zaccardi
  • Walt Grooms
  • Yvonne Joosten

Thank you to our generous Strobel Volunteer Awards sponsors