Family Matters Announces 2014 Recipients of Theban & Stoddard Awards, Presented at 2015 Awards Gala

Eddie Adkins is Recipient of John Theban Award; Deirdre Bagley Honored with Mary Alice Stoddard Community Service Award

WASHINGTON, DC- Family Matters of Greater Washington, one of the nation’s oldest, nationally-accredited social services organizations, announced today the recipients of its John Theban Award for Meritorious Service to Family Matters and its Mary Alice Stoddard Community Service Award.

G. Edgar (Eddie) Adkins, Board Treasurer for Family Matters, is the 2014 recipient of The John Theban Award for Meritorious Service to Family Matters.  Deirdre Bagley, Executive Director of Mentors Inc., is the 2014 winner of The Mary Alice Stoddard Community Service Award.

“Both of these individuals exemplify the theme of this year’s event, which is ‘Mission Possible: Powered by Strength,’” noted Tonya Jackson Smallwood, President and Chief Executive Officer of Family Matters.  “Their commitment to community and dedication to the celebration of all things possible is at the heart of the success we achieve each day in providing compassionate solutions to people in need.”

The John Theban Award is given to an individual who exemplifies the qualities of service to Family Matters demonstrated by John Theban during his illustrious 37-year tenure as the Agency’s Executive Director. Those qualities include an affinity for the needs of the community and a commitment to supporting the organization in its efforts to help low-income residents achieve a higher quality life. The Mary Alice Stoddard Community Service Award is presented annually to an individual who has provided exemplary leadership and service that improves individual, family and community life and is named in honor of Mary Alice Stoddard, a former member of the Board of Trustees of Family Matters.

Eddie Adkins, CPA, is a partner at Grant Thornton LLP, an international accounting firm.  He is a nationally recognized expert in the taxation of employee benefits and compensation.  He has been quoted in various newspapers across the country, including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Chicago Tribune and USA Today.  He is an avid supporter of Family Matters of Greater Washington, where he has served on the board of directors for seven years, holding the offices of president and treasurer.

Deirdre Bagley joined Mentors, Inc. in February 2009, and has served various organizations as CEO, COO, and Deputy Executive Director for over 12 years. She has spent her career serving nonprofits with membership from 60 to 100,000 managing programs, operations, special events, student and regional programs, training, human resources, executive and event speech writing and video scripting, and organizational development.  She has volunteered with youth and college student mentoring, youth and adult literacy tutoring, and Court Appointed Special Advocates.

Corporate sponsors for the 2014 event include PNC Bank; Tate & Tryon; Chevy Chase Trust; Ross, Langan & McKendree; Bank of America; Bernstein Global Wealth Management; CRESA; FedEx; FROSCH Travel; Goldman Sachs; and PRM Consulting Group.

Participants in a number of Family Matters’ programs took part in the evening, sharing their stories and highlighting the impact that donors support had on their lives. Among them were seniors who participated in the “Connecting to Community” pilot project organized by Family Matters and the AARP Foundation. The program measures the impact of access to technology and social media tools on isolation in seniors.

Over its 130 year history, Family Matters has a legacy of firsts including establishing the first Boy’s Club in the District in 1901, opening the first camp for African-American mothers and children in 1907, drafting the first national Social Security program, and launching the first daycare program for children of working parents during World War II.

About Family Matters of Greater Washington (
Family Matters of Greater Washington is a non-government, nonprofit organization accredited by the Council on Accreditation Services for Families and Children, Inc. and the American Camping Association.  Formerly known as Family and Child Services of Washington, D.C., Inc., Family Matters was founded in 1882 and has been an integral part of the Washington, D.C. community for more than 132 years serving children, seniors, and families. One of the leading social enterprises in the delivery of human and health services for individuals in need across the nation, Family Matters creates and delivers compassionate solutions that empower, enrich and elevate all ages. Family Matters of Greater Washington is a member of the Child Welfare League of America and the Alliance for Children and Families.

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