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

Terri Copeland Honored with The John Theban Award Dr. Jehan El-Bayoumi Honored with The Mary Alice Stoddard 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.

Terri Copeland, Senior Vice President and Southeast Territory Executive for PNC Financial Service Group – Community Development Banking is the 2015 recipient of The John Theban Award for Meritorious Service to Family Matters.  Jehan El-Bayoumi, M.D., F.A.C.P. and Founding Director of the Rodham Institute, is the 2015 winner of The Mary Alice Stoddard Community Service Award.

“Both of these individuals have a passion for improving the lives of others,” noted Tonya Jackson Smallwood, President and Chief Executive Officer of Family Matters.  “Their commitment to achieving compassionate solutions that enrich our communities and our citizens and their dedication to the Washington, D.C. community exemplify the qualities of those for whom these awards are named.”

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.

For nearly 20 years, the PNC family has been a partner with Family Matters of Greater Washington in support of our mission to create and deliver compassionate solutions that empower, enrich, and elevate all ages.  Through her volunteer leadership role, Terri Copeland has directly helped and impacted the lives of many of the families, seniors and youth that Family Matters serves, both through her current PNC role and her prior community and economic development roles. A native Washingtonian, Terri possesses a personal understanding of our child welfare system and a sincere passion to improve and shape the lives of young people and fuel them to achieve their dreams.  Family Matters is proud to recognize her as our 2015 John Theban honoree.

Dr. El-Bayoumi has been a Washingtonian since 1985, when she moved her to complete her internship, residency and chief residency in internal medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS). After completion of her training, she joined the Division of General Internal Medicine at GW.  Dr. El-Bayoumi served as clerkship director for many years prior to becoming the Internal Medicine Residency Program director in 1998, and remained in that role for 15 years. Dr. El-Bayoumi is an associate professor of medicine and she has a very active clinical practice. She has served on the boards of Center for Women Policy Studies, National Women’s Health Network, and Arts for the Aging. She is currently serving as a board member for Whitman Walker Health and founder of the Rodham Institute, in honor of her patient and friend, Mrs. Dorothy E. Rodham, mother of Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Family Matters of Greater Washington greatly appreciates the outpouring of support for our 2015 Annual Awards Gala.  We proudly recognize our Gold sponsor PNC Bank, our Silver sponsors, Chevy Chase Trust and PRM, our Décor sponsor Clark Architecture, our Dessert sponsor MRP and our Cocktail Reception sponsors Optimity Advisors, Quest Insurance and EBCA.  For a complete listing of sponsors please visit our website at https://www.familymattersdc.org.

Proceeds from the event will support all of Family Matters programs and initiatives, including the provision of vital mental health services to residents of the Greater Washington area needing assistance (May is National Mental Health Awareness Month).  Since launching its first mental health unit in 1943, Family Matters has assisted children who have experienced neglect, abuse, the difficulty of multiple family separations, and those who have been diagnosed with a mental illness.  They also provide support to seniors suffering from social isolation and despair and spousal abuse victims, as well as providing group and individual counseling to adults suffering from anxiety, depression and mental illness.

The Gala also marked the kick-off of Family Matters’ annual Send A Kid To Camp campaign. After more than 40 years of sponsoring the Send a Kid to Camp campaign, the Washington Post recently changed their philanthropic focus. That means that Family Matters must raise at least $500,000 to continue to reach troubled youth who can benefit from their unique and innovative Camp Moss Hollow summer program. “The Hollow” gives at risk youth the opportunity to get in touch with nature and take part in educational and extracurricular activities, such as arts and sports programs, essentially keeping them off the streets and introducing them to new skills that last a lifetime.

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 133 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 (www.familymattersdc.org)
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. One of the oldest, nationally accredited social services organizations in the nation, Family Matters provides comprehensive, accessible, low-fee services to thousands of residents of the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Northern Virginia. Family Matters of Greater Washington is a member of the Child Welfare League of America and the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities.

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