SHIELD Foundation Honored
— SHIELD Foundation General
Chaikheeva was one of 35 honored for serving
Arizona through media,
public safety, emergency, and judicial services in 2005.
She recieved the "Good Samaritan Volunteer" award at the "Making a Difference Together in Arizona" awards dinner held Friday April 28 at the Wyndham Buttes Resort, Tempe. 500 law enforcement, legislative and judicial guests from all over the state attended the awards dinner.
Total of 35 people, most of whom were police or judicial officers, received awards from the Arizona Governor's Office of Highway Safety, National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, and the national organization of Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Olga is the first SHIELD official representative, and one of the only two volunteers in Arizona so awarded.
Olga was a victim of domestic violence after she moved to Arizona from Moscow, Russia. She became an advocate for social change because Russian- language help was rarely available. There was lots of help and services available in Spanish but not in Russian or other languages. She gathered support from people in Arizona, including many Russian- speakers, to open the Phoenix office of the SHIELD Foundation to serve the unmet needs of foriegn victims of domestic violence, and/or domestic abuse, who do not speak English or Spanish.
Olga recently advised the judicial branch about changes needed in order of protection forms and processing.
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio
thanks Olga for her service to the law
enforcement community and victims of
35 people were honored for serving
Arizona through media, public safety,
emergency, and judicial services in 2005.
SHIELD Foundation is a non-profit organization supported by public and private donations. SHIELD follows the poverty guidelines published by the Arizona Department of Economic Security to provide free assistance to qualified low-income clients. Over 158 foriegn families in Arizona, 50% Russian, have been helped since the SHIELD Phoenix office was opened in 2002.
See more photos at SHIELD Foundation News.
35 Statewide honorees recognized at "Making a Difference Together in Arizona" awards ceremony Friday, April 28by Chuck Heeman, MADD — Michael Hegarty, GOHS — May 2, 2006
|PHOENIX — Thirty-five law enforcement,
medical emergency personnel, state and local officials, and members of
the media were honored Friday, April 28th, at the annual "Making a Difference
Together in Arizona" awards dinner at the Marriott Buttes in Tempe.
The Governor's Office of Highway Safety (GOHS), Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), and National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) conducted its second annual evening to honor those in public safety, emergency and judicial services, the media and public and private organizations who have made a difference in 2005 by making Arizona's roadways safer. The awards were determined by nominations submitted from statewide agencies and departments.
"We were proud to honor these fine men and women for the courageous work they have done to making Arizona's streets safer," said Richard Fimbres, Director of the Governor's Office of Highway Safety. "Unfortunately, as shown by the tragic death of Gilbert Police Officer Rob Targosz this weekend, their work is very dangerous and there is still much to be done to reduce the number of injuries and fatalities are our roadways. We encourage everyone to drive safely-always buckle up and never get behind the wheel if you're impaired."
|MADD National President Glynn
Birch, whose son was killed by a drunk
driver, delivered the keynote speech to the more than 250 honorees and
guests from around the state and country, including NHTSA Regional
Administrator David Manning.
"It was pretty amazing to see so many diverse agencies come together for one night," said Chuck Heeman, State Executive Director for Mothers Against Drunk Driving. "It was a very small glimpse into what goes on statewide to combat the epidemic of drunk driving. These people are on the front lines every day, and it was our pleasure to honor them."
Department of Public Safety Sgt. Ed Slechta was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award for his more than four decades of work with the department, especially as one of the original founding members of the Southern Arizona DUI Task Force where he also serves as its President, as well as "his dedication to family, career, and the enforcement of alcohol/drug related laws." In addition, Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano proclaimed April 28, 2006, as "Sergeant Edward Slechta Day" in Arizona.
The honorees for the "2005 Making a Difference Together in Arizona" are:
Also see this list
posted at MADD)
Excellence in Adjudication Awards
Prosecutor — Bruce Chalk, Pima County Attorney's Office
Crime Laboratory — Ed Heller, Arizona DPS Southern Regional Crime Laboratory
Youth Education — Judge John Ore, University Lakes Justice Court
Phlebotomy Research — Cathee Tankersley, Phoenix College
Good Samaritan Awards
Corporate Program — Joe DiBazar, AAA Yellow Cab Company
Off-duty Officer — Officer Robert Katz, Mesa Police Department
Volunteer — Olga Chaikheeva, SHIELD Foundation
Non-profit Program — Heather Hurst, Archangel Foundation
For-profit Program — Mark Guin, McKelvey Trucking Company
Tribal Nation AwardvWilliam "David" Bruce, Tohono O'odham Nation
Lifesaver Individual Awards
Corporate Program — Ralph Vassallo, Laidback Transport
Youth Alcohol Education — Raymundo De La Ossa, Nogales Police Department
Youth Alcohol Enforcement — Special Investigator Cheryl Judd, Arizona DLLC
Lifesaver Agency Awards
Department of Health Services — Richard Porter, Chief of DHS
Department of Liquor Licenses and Control — Sergeant Wally Hopson
Department of Corrections — Sergeant Thomas Broyles
Department of Transportation — Reed Henry, Arizona DOT
Law Enforcement Awards
Outstanding Drug Recognition Expert — Detective Brett Campbell, Phoenix PD
Outstanding Arizona DPS Officer — Sergeant A.R. Mullenaux
Outstanding Police Officer, Small Force — Officer Nicole Florisi, Clarkdale PD
Outstanding Police Officer, Medium Force — Det. Jason Kaufman, Prescott Valley PD
Outstanding Police Officer, Large Force — Officer Kevin Weeks, Tempe PD
Outstanding Sheriff's Deputy, Small Office — Tony Estrada, Santa Cruz County
Outstanding Sheriff's Office Deputy, Medium Office — Sergeant Glenn "Linc" Gilbert, La Paz County
Outstanding Sheriff's Office Deputy, Large Office — Sgt. Karl Woolridge, Pima County
Outstanding DUI Task Force Unit — White Mountain DUI Task Force
Outstanding DUI Task Force Individual — Sgt. Don Bischoff, Mohave County Sheriff's Office
Youth Outreach Awards
Outstanding Enforcement/Education in a College Setting — Officer Michael Rushing, ASU PD
Special Recognition for Collaboration with UMADD — Commander Allen Clark, ASU PD
Excellence in Television News — Cathie Batbie-Loucks, KVOA-TV, Tucson
Excellence in Newspaper Reporting — Arizona Republic
Excellence in Spanish Language Reporting — Karina Coronel, KTVW 33, Phoenix
Excellence in Community Awareness — Earl Hamlyn, Game Over Productions, Kingman
Innovation Award — Koreen Johannessen, University of Arizona
Lifetime Achievement Award
Sergeant Edward Slechta, Arizona Department of Public Safety
Award Honorable Mention
Excellence in Adjudication — Judge Margarita Bernal, Tucson City Court
Excellence in Adjudication — Prosecutor Bill Dickerson, Pima County Attorney's Office
Community Award, Non-profit program — Esther Corbett, Intertribal Council of Arizona
CEO Award, For-profit program — Paul Hallums, CEO National Traffic Safety Institute
Good Samaritan Award, Corporate Program — Doug Fulton, President Fulton Homes
Good Samaritan Award, Volunteer — Kim Ball, National Director of Marketing, Metro Networks
Lifesaver Award, Department of Health Services — Dr. Timothy Flood, Ariz.DHS
Lifesaver Award, Department of Corre ctions — John Hallahan, Correctional Officer Training Academy
Lifesaver Award - Youth Alcohol Education — Officer Tardy Thomas, Phoenix Police Department
Outstanding DPS Officer —Officer Lason Adam, Highway Patrol, Arizona Department of Public Safety
Outstanding Drug Recognition Expert —Detective Jeffrey Riddle, Phoenix Police Department
Outstanding DUI Task Force Unit — Ed Slechta, President Southern Arizona DUI Task Force
Outstanding DUI Task Force Individual — Officer Chad Wright, Gilbert Police Department
Outstanding Police Officer, Large Force — Officer Trevor Grommes, Phoenix Police Department
Outstanding Police Officer, Medium Force — Officer Robert Randall, Sierra Vista Police Department
Outstanding Police Officer, Small Force — Officer Serra Rafael, Tolleson Police Department
Excellence in Community Awareness — Michael Jamnik , Cox Media
Arizona Governor's Office of Highway Safety — GOHS
Mothers Against Drunk Driving — MADD
University Mothers Against Drunk Driving — UMADD
Arizona Trucking Association
Scott McKay, Attorney
Events by First Rose
Goldberg & Osborn Law Firm
Defusco & Udelman, Attorneys at Law
The Wyndham Buttes Resort
SWANK Audio Visuals
The 100 Cklub
McKelvey Trucking Company