buildingbridgesaward

The ISBA Building Bridges Award is given to individuals or organizations in Arizona who have shown a sincere commitment towards building bridges of understanding between different communities through education. All recipients either currently work with or have worked with the Islamic Speakers Bureau of Arizona towards this end.

 

2016 recipients of the Building Bridges Award

Education

  • Matt Blair - Psychology Professor at Paradise Valley Community College

Interfaith

  • John McDonough - Pastor at the Church of the Ascension in Fountain Hills

2015 recipients of the Building Bridges Award

Education

  • Stephanie Bjork - Professor in the Anthropology department at Paradise Valley Community College, Phoenix, AZ

Interfaith

  • Imam Anas Hlayhel – Freelance Imam servicing southeast valley and an engineer at Intel
  • Imam Sabahudin Ceman – Head Imam of Islamic Association of Bosniaks and the Imam at Islamic Center of North Phoenix

2014 recipients of the Building Bridges Award

Education

  • Vicki Cabot - Adjunct Professor in Religion at Glendale Community College
  • Brad Bode - Arizona Lutheran Academy, Phoenix

Interfaith

  • Nancy Splain - Interfaith Outreach Ambassador for Beatitudes Campus, Phoenix

2013 recipients of the Building Bridges Award

Education

  • Charles Johnson  - US & AP World History, Basha High School, Chandler
  • Todd Daniels  - 8th Grade Social Studies, Bogle Junior High School, Chandler

Interfaith

  • Rev. Dr. Bruce R. Johnson - Senior Pastor, Scottsdale Presbyterian Church

2012 recipients of the Building Bridges Award

Education

  • Grace G. Burford, Ph.D. – Faculty, Professor of Religious Studies at Prescott College

Interfaith

  • Rabbi Mari Chernow – Senior Rabbi at Temple Chai

Corporation

  • American Express, PEACE network

2011 recipients of the Building Bridges Award

Education

  • Kori Mandelbaum – Social Studies Teacher, Corona Del Sol High School,Tempe
  • Art Fernwalt – World History Teacher, Coronado High School, Scottsdale

Interfaith

  • David M. Felten – Pastor, The Fountains: A United Methodist Church, Fountain Hills

2010 recipients of the Building Bridges Award

Education

  • Daniel J. O'Meara - Director of TRiO Student Support Services, Cochise College, Douglas Campus
  • David M. Pettes - Department Chair for Social/Behavioral Sciences, Cochise College, Douglas Campus

Interfaith

  • Rev., Dr. Kelly Bender - Senior Pastor, Paradise Valley United Methodist Church

Organization/Business

  • Pakistan Information & Cultural Organization (PICO)

2009 recipients of the Building Bridges Award 

Education

  • Betty Matwick - Director of Personal and Career Explorations - Pinnacle Education

Interfaith

  • Dr. Paul Eppinger - Director of the Arizona Interfaith Movement

Law Enforcement

  • Scottsdale Police Department

Organization/Business

  • Project Excellence - Phoenix Country Day School

2008 recipients of the Building Bridges 

Education

  • Michele Marion - Director of the Center for International Studies at Paradise Valley Community College
  • Cliff Moon – District Diversity Specialist with Mesa Public Schools

Interfaith

  • Carol McAninch-Pritz - Director of Spiritual Care at Banner Health

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