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Comcast NBCUniversal Leadership Awards 2015
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The Comcast NBCUniversal Leadership Awards recognize outstanding City Year alumni who are continuing their commitment to strengthening community, inspiring, mobilizing, and empowering others, creating and developing sustainable solutions for social change and who exemplify the core values of City Year.

Congratulations to the 2015 Comcast NBCUniversal Leadership Award recipients who were honored in Boston at Summer Academy on July 14, 2015:

Dr. Hyung "Harry" Cho, City Year Greater Philadelphia '03

For his exceptional commitment to reducing medical cost of care and increasing quality and patient safety  in New York City.  Since starting as an attending physician and academic hospitalist with Mount Sinai Hospital in 2011, Hyung (Harry) has been instrumental in spearheading innovations and building team-based approaches that have influenced the lives of thousands of patients.  As Director of Quality and Patient Safety, he created a campaign called “Lose the Tube” to decrease unnecessary urinary catheters in hospitalized patients to prevent life-threatening but largely avoidable infections.  In the last six months, through collaboration with hospitalists, nurses and medicine residents, there have been zero infections, turning the most common hospital-acquired infection in the US into a “never-event” among 10,000 patients.  Recently, Hyung (Harry) launched the OCCAM Conference, a multi-disciplinary educational conference, aimed at educating medical trainees with real patient cases where medical overuse led to patient harm.  For these innovations and dedication to excellence, he was honored by the American College of Physicians Hospitalist publication’s Top Hospitalist Honor awarded to only 10 physicians across the nation.

Jeff Lafata, City Year Boston '00, '01

For his inspiring leadership through empowering youth and young adults with disabilities to find their voice and become active citizens in neighborhoods throughout Greater Boston.  By creating and leading the Social Justice curriculum team as a Service Leader with City Year Boston in 2000, Jeff found his calling as an advocate who never stops working towards social justice for all. Today, as Founder and Executive Director of EPIC – Empowering People for Inclusive Communities - he offers an innovative solution to the gap in services in community service and leadership development available to underserved youth with disabilities.   Jeff has recruited, trained and graduated three classes of Service Warriors who lead service projects, become registered voters, access transportation independently, gain financial literacy and enter the workforce. His vision for inclusion extends beyond EPIC.  As a trainer and curriculum designer, he organizes a series of workshops that allow state agencies and other organizations to improve accessibility for individuals with disabilities and address ableism within the professional community.

Marion Mollegen McFadden, City Year Columbus '95

For her tireless advocacy of people and communities with inadequate, unaffordable, or insecure housing.  Marion’s career pathway was influenced as a corps member with City Year Columbus where she volunteered in the kitchen of a homeless shelter and gained the perspective that no issue is more important than housing security. Today, as Deputy Assistant Security for Grant Programs in the HUD Office of Community Planning and Development, Marion manages $30 billion of federal grant money to ensure that millions of people have access to secure, affordable and safe housing.  During her tenure at HUD, she has led on Community Development Block Grants for redevelopment after 9/11 attacks in New York, in aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Sandy, on Indian Housing Block Grants, and on Equal Access to Housing Regardless of Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity legislation.  Marion represents service to a cause greater than self and her ripples have positively affected millions of Americans.

Katie Morgan, City Year Greater Philadelphia '07, City Year Care Force '08

For her outstanding leadership in the field of corporate social responsibility and mobilizing thousands of volunteers to strengthen local communities through employee engagement.  Through leading service projects with City Year’s Care Force division and KaBOOM!, Kate gained insights and a passion for harnessing and releasing the energy of volunteers.  As Head of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) for SAP in North America, she drives strategy to align CSR initiatives with core business to achieve a streamlined approach to community investment.  In 2014, she led the company’s most successful “Month of Service” engaging 6,500 employees through 320 volunteer projects, impacting 350,000 lives.  As a leader,Kate sets ambitious goals and takes bold action with a sense of humility through bringing together talent, technology and capital to increase service opportunities, job creation and economic growth. 

Davier Rodriguez, City Year San Antonio '10

For his relentless commitment to building inclusive communities as an active citizen, student, teacher, and campus community leader to affect social change in Arizona and its diverse populations. Since founding the multi-cultural service fraternity Omega Delta Phi chapter at the University of Florida and leading Young Heroes programming as a corps member in San Antonio, Davier has been a servant leader within the Arizona State University community, significantly improving campus culture and resources to better support immigrant students.  As co-founder and coordinator of DREAMzone, a comprehensive professional development ally certification training designed to establish a visible support network for undocumented students, he and a team of volunteers have trained more than 1,200 students, faculty and staff which has led to over 200 ASU affiliates becoming DREAMzone certified and a more inclusive college student experience.  Through his focus on expanding inclusive communities, five more college campuses now have their own version of DREAMzone.

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