Awards | Annual Report 2021

Each year, the YMCA of South Hampton Roads recognizes a volunteer who has made an outstanding and lasting impact on our community through their service to the Y, and inducts that volunteer into the Order of the Red Triangle—our highest honor. For 2021, we presented that award to Kathy Abshire, who has served as a YMCA volunteer for over 12 years, currently serving as Treasurer of our volunteer Board of Directors. We are honored and so grateful that Kathy has given freely of her time to help make our YMCA sustainable in our community.
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2021 Volunteer Service Award Recipients at the Y's annual dinner

Volunteer Service Awards

In 2021, our volunteers helped out at blood drives, packed turkey dinners for the holidays, gathered gifts and school supplies for local kids and even built bicycles to help keep kids active. Whether you’re a coach, board member, or caring member of the community, our honored recipients of the 2021 Volunteer Service Awards are celebrated tonight for being the hearts and souls of the Y. It’s our hope that this recognition of leadership and selflessness will inspire others to become changemakers, realizing that one person can truly make a powerful difference.


Jeff Carter

Albemarle Family YMCA

For his thoughtful leadership and board development work


Kalyn and Kittrell Fluker

Blocker Norfolk Family YMCA

For their over 900 service hours dedicated to coaching, fundraising & youth programs


Sue Marshall

Currituck Family YMCA

For her commitment to creating a healthier community through water exercise


Nick Chuquin

Eastern Shore Family YMCA

For his outstanding service to community and tireless advocacy, for all


Vernon Williams

Effingham Street Family YMCA

For his servant heart, philanthropic efforts and love for his community


Brady Dunn

First Tee — Hampton Roads

For his excellence in service to youth, helpfulness & positivity


AJ Kelleher

Great Bridge/Hickory Family YMCA

For her selfless work to feed our community, gather school supplies & philanthropic heart


Kelsey Equils

Greenbrier Family YMCA

For her contagious positive customer service & attitude


Roxane Edgerton

Greenbrier North YMCA Wellness & Racquetball Center

For her passion & leadership in bringing Power Scholars Academy to 1300 students


Chip Ford

Hilltop Family YMCA

For his consistent, enthusiastic & strong leadership over many years


Cindy Meier

Indian River Family YMCA

For her selfless Togetherhood work & 10 years of Board of Managers service


Justin Sumblin

James L. Camp Jr. Family YMCA

For his creativity & contagious enthusiasm in all he does for the Y


David Hardemon

Mt. Trashmore Family YMCA

For his coaching, mentorship & teamwork mentality


Bruce Bradley

Northampton County YMCA

For his stellar fundraising efforts, humble leadership & commitment to community


Dave Shufflebarger

Outer Banks Family YMCA

For his expert leadership in fundraising, grant making & employee recognition


Michael Kelly

Princess Anne Family YMCA

For the dedication & time he takes teaching & leading all he comes in contact with


Suffolk Chapter of the Links, Incorporated

Suffolk Family YMCA

For their dedication to ensuring all kids have access to life-saving swim lessons


Lori Morgan

Taylor Bend Family YMCA

For her thoughtful projects that uplift, encourage & serve others


Phil Howard

YMCA at JT's Camp Grom

For his passion to serve, lead and partner—with a smile


Dr. Joanne Lapetina

YMCA Camp Silver Beach

For her compassionate care of all campers in CSB’s clinic for many years


Eddie Carroll

YMCA of Portsmouth

For his excellence & dedication to youth sports & those he coaches


Neil Smiley

YMCA of South Boston/Halifax County


Stan Ayscue

YMCA on Granby

For his community outreach, work ethic & board development efforts

This annual award is presented to a YMCA of South Hampton Roads employee who uses the Y’s mission, cause and brand to guide and shape his/her decisions, actions and communications in order to fulfill the Y’s promise to strengthen community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. We're happy to honor this year's recipient, Samantha Wills, who has taken service above self to the highest level and reminds us all what servant leadership really means.
Award Presentation
Anthony Walters, President & CEO of the YMCA of South Hampton Roads, with John Padgett, retiring board member who served the community through YMCA volunteerism for many years

Retiring Board Members

We're so thankful for and want to recognize Joe Kennedy, Jim Dille, John Padgett, and Ruth Jones Nichols for over 70 collective years of volunteer service to the community.