Dear Colleagues, Friends of the Coalition, and Community Members:

Since the early 1990’s Glendale community members have been focused on issues such as children’s healthcare, tobacco control, obesity, safe streets, immunizations, and AIDS awareness. Tom Miller served for several years as the chair of the Glendale Healthier Community Coalition. His strength, commitment, neutrality, and willingness to support and endorse the activities of the coalition were the glue that held it all together. On December 12, 2006 Tom Miller, CEO of the then Glendale Community Foundation, and a much respected and admired member of our community passed away leaving his wife, Susanne Whatley Miller and two young daughters, Holly and April.

In 2007, the GHCC decided to establish the Annual Tom Miller Awards to honor Tom’s memory. Three awards are presented at the annual meeting to an adult community member, a youth, and an organization who exemplify the qualities of creativity, passion, inclusiveness, egalitarianism, energy, and altruism.

Past Award Recipients

Left: Glendale Arts CEO Elissa Glickman, Center: Abdullah Hasan, Clark Magnet High School, Right: Dr. Ilin Magran, GUSD

2018/2019
Individual: Dr. Ilin Magran, GUSD
Organization: Glendale Arts
Youth: Abdullah Hasan, Clark Magnet High School

2017
Individual: Lynda Burlison, RN
Organization: Glendale Communitas Initiative
Youth: Amira Ananta Chowdhury, Analisa Burke, and Rita Ohan – Herbert Hoover High School and Sione Markarian – Crescenta Valley High School

2016
Individual: Marisol Martinez
Organization: Soroptimist International of Glendale
Youth: Arin Sarkissian & Kristen Laulette

2015
Individual: Ben Yu, Senior pharmacist at Dignity Health Glendale Memorial Hospital
Organization: “Bras for a Cause” – Soroptimist International of Glendale
Youth: Mary Kalfayan Herbert Hoover High School & Wade King – Glendale High School

2014
Individual: Steve Hunt – Volunteer at Glendale Memorial Hospital and Noobar Janoian, MD, All for Health, Health for All FQHC Clinics
Organization: Trader Joe’s Glendale
Youth: Shaunt Mehdikhani and Kyle D’Ambrosia – Crescenta Valley High School

2013
Individuals: Sylvia Lofftus and Sam Solakyan (tie)
Organization: Glendale YWCA
Youth: Kaitlin Cho and Mesrop Eqiazanyan (tie)

2012
Individual: Richard and Susie Dell
Organization: Las Candelas
Youth: Isabel Hodgson and Mihran Hovhannesyan

2011
Individuals: Chip & Nancy Stone
Organizations: Los Angeles County Medical Association Alliance & Glendale Noon Kiwanis
Youth: Olivia Kim, CV

2010
Organization: Wellness Works

2009
Individual: Melina Sardar
Organization: Armenia Relief Society
Youth: Ali Paul

2008
Individual: Dr. Brian Bergh
Organization: YMCA of Glendale
Youth: Daniel Manessarian

2007
Individual: Bruce Nelson
Organization: Glendale Healthy Kids