Community Service Award
This award recognizes an individual whose work, dedication, contributions to the community and volunteerism are consistent with the Institute’s goal of reducing violence and helping victims and their families.
2016 Winner – Suzanne L. Keeley, Ph.D.,
Presented to Love in Action for its outreach ministry to make a difference in the life of a child by sharing God’s love with foster children and foster home parents. This organization’s dedicated service helps prevent violence and promote safer communities.
2015 Winner – Suzanne L. Keeley, Ph.D.,
Presented to Urban Promise Miami, Inc. for programs that equip Miami’s children and young adults with life skills and their dedicated service to prevent violence and promote safer communities through education and application of research-based knowledge.
Suzanne L. Keeley, Ph.D.
To honor her service of 16 years at the helm of The Melissa Institute, the Board created the “Suzanne L. Keeley, Ph.D., Community Service Award” in 2013. Dr. Keeley is now President Emeritus of The Melissa Institute.
2014 Winner – Suzanne L. Keeley, Ph.D. , Presented to enFAMiLIA, Inc. for innovative programs that help improve and preserve migrant families’ well-being and their dedicated service to prevent violence and promote safer communities through education and application of research-based knowledge.
2013 Winner – Suzanne L. Keeley, Ph.D. , Presented to Julia da Silva, Director, Violence Prevention Office, American Psychological Association, for her enduring leadership of the Adults and Children Together (ACT) Raising Safe Kids Program and her dedicated service to prevent violence and promote safer communities through education and application of research-based knowledge.
2004 Winner – Modesto Abety, President and CEO of The Children’s Trust of Miami Dade.
2003 Winner – Walter F. Lambert, MD, Medical Director of the Child Protection Team and Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, University of Miami
2002 Winner – Pat Morris, Chairman of Hands On Miami and Vice President of Community and Public Affairs, VISTA Healthplan.
2001 Winner – Judge Tom Petersen, retired from the Juvenile Division of Miami-Dade County Circuit Court.
Educator Recognition Award
This award brings recognition and financial support to an individual who is working in the school setting to reduce the incidence of violent behavior in Miami-Dade County schools.
2004 Winner – Julie Astuto, Counselor at Palmetto Elementary School, Miami, Florida.
2003 Winner – Beth Davis, Sponsor/Founder of Kids4KidsClub Inc., teacher at Jack Gordon Elementary School and Adjunct Professor, Barry University
2002 Winner – Centennial Middle School – Elvoyd Fischer, Principal, and Carol Brown, Assistant Principal. Centennial was recognized for creativity, dedication and leadership for the “Youth Conference on Bullying” held in November 2001.
Norma Bossard Award
This award was named in memory of Norma Bossard, who supervised language arts and reading programs for Miami-Dade County Public Schools for many years. The award is given to a reading professional for outstanding efforts to promote student and family literacy in Miami-Dade County.
The Norma Bossard Award includes $500 from The Melissa Institute and $500 in books provided by a publisher for the recipient’s school. A plaque is presented in recognition of the individual’s commitment to children, dedication to literacy and actions that support the motto, “A book in every child’s hands.” The selection is made by the M-DCPS Language Arts Department.
2004 Winner – Dale M. Willows, Ph.D., University of Toronto
2003 Winner – Theresa O’Donnell, Homestead Middle School
2002 Winner – Marilyn Wolfson, Milam K-8 Center
2001 Winner – Libby Miller, Claude Pepper Elementary School
2000 Winner – Lois Magnus, Madison Middle School
The Institute’s Board of Directors may, at their sole discretion, bestow awards on individuals or organizations who have made a significant impact on the Institute and/or the community. These awards are meritorious, and are not given every year.
In 2004, The Institute honored R. Kirk Landon, President of the Kirk Foundation, with the Special Angel Award. Mr. Landon was recognized for “his commitment to children, his philanthropy in support of many worthwhile human endeavors, and his unwavering support for The Melissa Institute for Violence Prevention and Treatment.”