The College of Health and Human Services at Fresno State will celebrate the community contributions of nine local leaders during the second annual Community Heroes award ceremony at 6 p.m. Friday, March 23 at University House, 4411 N. Van Ness Ave. in central Fresno.

The award recognizes the significant impact of individuals who work selflessly to meet the needs of children and families throughout Central California. Each honoree was nominated by an academic department, center or institute within the College of Health and Human Services.

The 2012 Community Hero Award winners and their nominating departments are:

  • Tim Curley – Central Valley Healthy Policy Institute
  • Gina Deaver – Department of Communicative Disorders and Deaf Studies
  • Joe Herzog – Department of Kinesiology
  • Nancy Hinds – Department of Nursing
  • Mary Jo Jacobson – Department of Physical Therapy
  • Marion Karian – Central California Children’s Institute
  • Shane Krogen – Department of Recreation Administration
  • Sharon Stanley – Department of Public Health
  • Carolyn Tellalian – Department of Social Work Education

“There are many heroes in health and human services, an area where care and giving are synonymous,” said Andrew Hoff, dean of the College of Health and Human Services. “As a university, we are honored to work with this extraordinary group of men and women.”

The College of Health and Human Services attracts more than 3,600 students each year to its undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degree programs. More than 100 faculty members, working with the college’s centers and institutes, address such vital regional health challenges as social services, children, obesity and health policy.

For more information, contact Kathleen Schock, the campaign communications director, at 559.278.2756 or

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