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2022 MRC Program Recognition Awardees

In recognition of National Volunteer Week, the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) announced the recipients of its annual MRCC Recognition Awards on Tuesday, April 19, 2022. The MRC Recognition Awards are an opportunity to recognize and highlight amazing contributions of MRC units, volunteers, leaders, and partners over the last year.

There were nearly 200 nominations in 13 categories – covering both response and non-response contributions. As with last year’s awards, there were several COVID-19 specific categories. Since the start of the pandemic over 600 MRC units have contributed over 3 million hours to meeting their local communities’ needs.

Thank you to all the MRC units, volunteers, leaders and partners for all that they do to make the nation healthier, safer, and more resilient.

Category Awardees Honorable Mentions

Community Preparedness and Resilience Award

  • St Clair County MRC, Illinois
  • Greater Richmond MRC, Virginia

Community Response
(COVID-19 General)

  • Livingston County, New York
  • Maricopa County, Arizona
  • Monmouth County Health Department MRC, New Jersey
  • Middletown MRC, Connecticut
  • Hancock County MRC, Ohio
  • Vashon Medical Reserve Corps, Washington
  • Washtenaw County MRC, Michigan

Community Response
(COVID-19 Testing)

  • Macomb County Health Department MRC, Michigan

Community Response
(COVID-19 Vaccinations)

  • Atlantic County Public Health MRC, New Jersey
  • Medical Reserve Corps of Dutchess County, New York
  • Virginia Beach Medical Reserve Corps, Virginia
  • Schuyler County MRC, New York
  • LaSalle County Medical Reserve Corps, Illinois
  • Marin Medical Reserve Corps, California


  • Franklin County MRC, Massachusetts



  • Carrie Suns, Tulsa County MRC, Oklahoma


Outstanding Preparedness and Resilience Volunteer

  • Kat Burgess, Coos County Medical Reserve Corps, Oregon
  • Karen Fritz, Tulsa County MRC, Oklahoma
  • Aruna Budnikas, MRC of SW Vermont
  • Daniel Garcia, New Orleans Medical Reserve Corps, Louisiana
  • Ron Kemp, Oklahoma County Medical Reserve Corps, Oklahoma

Outstanding MRC Responder

  • Tom Carson, Tulsa County MRC, Oklahoma
  • Grant Welling, Marin Medical Reserve Corps, California
  • Diana Barker, Medical Reserve Corps of Greater Kansas City, Missouri
  • Jeff and Melanie Summey, Southwest Virginia Medical Reserve Corps, Virginia
  • Paula Hiatt, Medical Reserve Corps of Greater Kansas City, Missouri
  • Ray Kusumi, Public Health Reserve Corps of Seattle & King County, Washington
  • Robin Lohr, Sacramento MRC, California

Outstanding Sponsoring Organization

  • Franklin County Emergency Management & Homeland Security, Ohio
  • Mount Rogers Health District, Virginia


Outstanding Partner Organization

  • Loudon County Office of Emergency Management, Virginia
  • MidAmerica Regional Council, Missouri


Picture of the Year

  • LaSalle County Medical Reserve Corps, Illinois


Elizabeth Fitch Leadership Award

  • Nancy Burns, Upper Merrimack Valley MRC, Massachusetts


Outstanding State Coordinator

  • Julie Petix, MRC State Coordinator, New Jersey