ASPA Hampton Roads 2021 Service and Scholarship Awards

In honor of Public Service Recognition Week, May 2-8, 2021, the Hampton Roads Chapter of ASPA is proud to announce those recognized by the Chapter in 2021.

— Julian F. Hirst Award for Distinguished Service —

Paul Long, Dean, Public Safety, Allied Health and Human Services, Thomas Nelson Community College, is recognized with the Julian F. Hirst Award for Distinguished Service. He has been recognized for a lengthy, distinguished career in local emergency service delivery and his continuing commitment to public safety education. Most recently, this was exemplified by his supportive, encouraging, flexible leadership in addressing pandemic-related challenges to the faculty, staff, and students at Thomas Nelson Community College.  

 — Dr. Wolfgang Pindur Award for Distinguished Service in Academia and Practice —

Celeste Greene, Associate Professor, School of Professional and Continuing Studies, University of Virginia, is recognized with the Dr. Wolfgang Pindur Award for Distinguished Service in Academia and Practice.  Her long-term research agenda reflects a passion for environmental justice, exploring ways to bridge academia and practice to address a challenge which has a disparate impact on marginalized groups within our communities. Addressing these challenges will benefit not only these marginalized groups, but everyone with the community as well.

— Outstanding Public Employee in Hampton Roads —

Carmela Gregorio, Storekeeper, Out-of-School Time Programs, Department of Parks & Recreation, City of Virginia Beach is recognized as the Outstanding Public Employee in Hampton Roads. Too often, the effort of front-line employees goes unnoticed, and therefore unheralded. She is being recognized for her continuing performance excellence, and notably for her dedicated efforts to provide critical support to maintaining quality services to the community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

— Hampton Roads ASPA Chapter Academic Scholarship for Studies in Public Administration —

Tihara Richardson, doctoral student in public administration and policy at Old Dominion University is awarded an academic scholarship to support her studies in public administration. The award recognizes her past professional service and her engagement with the Chapter and other professional organizations, supporting her continued studies in fields such as emergency management, community resilience, and social justice.

The Chapter wishes to thank all those who submitted nominations, those Chapter members who served on review committees, and most especially those recognized by Chapter for their passion for public service, seeking to provide a higher quality of life for everyone in the Hampton Roads region.