Johns Hopkins honors employees for outstanding community service

Image caption: The 2015 Johns Hopkins Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Award recipients. Seated: Margaret Strong, Theresa Barberi, Janine Coy, Adi Noiman, and Rochelle Mariano. Standing: Albert Chi, Harlisha Martin, and Nelson Moody.


Eight members of the Johns Hopkins community will be honored with Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Awards at the commemoration of the civil rights leader to be held Jan. 9, noon to 1:30 p.m., in Turner Auditorium, East Baltimore. The recipients and the work for which they are being recognized are as follows.

Theresa Barberi, a School of Medicine postdoctoral fellow, conducts outreach training and assists with awareness events as a volunteer with Safe House of Hope, a nonprofit that provides services to victims of human trafficking. Barberi also interacts directly with victims through street and Internet outreach, encouraging them to call and visit the organization's drop-in center for recovery services.

Albert Chi, a trauma surgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital and an assistant professor in the School of Medicine, devotes his time and money to leading medical professionals on annual health care mission trips to Haiti. He recently developed a low-cost 3D prosthetic printing lab, where he creates prosthetic limbs and gives them to children and other patients free of charge.

Janine Coy, a physician's assistant in the Emergency Department at Bayview Medical Center, chairs community cleanups in the neighborhood around Bayview. She also mentors, connects local residents with job information and community resources, and has coordinated tree and bulb plantings to beautify the Joseph Lee Park.

Rochelle Mariano, a registered nurse at Bayview Medical Center, has coordinated a Dress for Success initiative at a local church, providing women in shelters and halfway houses with business clothes. She also volunteers at a Hagerstown area food bank and distribution center for families in need.

Harlisha Martin, a home care coordinator assistant at Howard County General Hospital, organizes back-to-school drives, puts together holiday baskets for families in need, and transports the elderly to the grocery store. She also founded a nonprofit, All About the Youth, which provides mentoring and community resources for disadvantaged young people.

Nelson Moody Sr., a protective services officer with Johns Hopkins Hospital, volunteers at Liberty Elementary School, reading to the students and assisting teachers and staff as needed. He also advocates for strong, positive fatherhood through social media, online workshops, and four books he's published.

Adi Noiman, a doctoral student in the School of Public Health, supports academically challenged high school students as a member of Thread (formerly the Incentive Mentoring Program), which connects Johns Hopkins University–based volunteers with at-risk students in East Baltimore. Noiman assists with tutoring and the job and college application process.

Margaret Strong, a senior research technician at the School of Medicine, has organized a science fair and science summer camp for Baltimore City middle school students, exposing them to the excitement of science and research at Johns Hopkins Medicine.

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