Annual Awards

The DVRTF each year awards members of the victim services community with Outstanding Volunteer, Professional and Organization.   In each of these three categories the people or group have shown a history of exemplary service and commitment, a uniqueness to their contribution, and made an impact on the community to improve the quality of services to victims or influenced long-term change in the victim services field.

Below is a list of the awards for each year: 

The Elaine Aviola Memorial Award for Outstanding Professional
In 2010 the VRTF renamed the Outstanding Professional Award to honor the memory of Ms. Elaine Aviola who served selflessly as an advocate with the New Castle County Police Department Victim Services. She was an outstanding professional who worked tirelessly on behalf of crime victims in Delaware. This award is presented to an outstanding professional in the victim service field, who over the past year, has shown exemplary service, uniqueness of contribution, impact of service on the community, influence on positive long term change, initiation of grassroots efforts, establishment of an outstanding program and embodies the dedication and spark that Elaine put in her work every day. Elaine, you will always be remembered.


Outstanding Professional - Marki Mosley, New Castle Co. Police Department 


Outstanding Professional - Barbara Benezet, Child Inc., Domestic Violence , Advocacy Program
Outstanding Professional - Laurel Braunstein, Department of Justice, Victim/Witness Unit


Outstanding Professional - Cherelyn Homlish, People's Place

Outstanding Agency - SOAR Inc.

Outstanding Agency - Delaware Center for Justice 

Outstanding  Volunteer - Renea Tate 


Outstanding Professional - Mariann Kenville-Moore, Department of Justice Victim Witness Unit

Outstanding Professional - Evelyn Smith, Department of Justice Victim Witness Unit

Outstanding Agency - Developmental Disabilities Council

Outstanding  Volunteer - Leann Bullock, Victims Voices Heard/SHADE


Outstanding Professional – Mona Bayard, Wilmington Police Dept. Victim Services Unit

Outstanding Agency - Department of Justice Sussex Co. Victim Services Unit and Delaware State Police, Victim Services Unit

Outstanding  Volunteer – Neda Biggs


Outstanding Professional – Stephanie Hamilton, Wilmington Police Dept., Victim Services Unit 

Outstanding Agency - ContactLifeline

Outstanding  Volunteer – Patty D'Angelo


Outstanding Professional – Sheree Michaels, Department of Justice Victim Witness Unit

Outstanding Agency/Program – VINE (Peggy Bell DELJIS and Nicole Wilson VINE Program Coordinator)

Outstanding  Volunteer – Robert Brandt


Outstanding Professional – Dawn Culp, Bayhealth

Outstanding Volunteer – Phyllis Racz, DOJ Senior Advocate

Outstanding Project – Prevention Subcommittee of the DVRTF & DVTF


Outstanding Professional – Carla Ennals

Outstanding Volunteer – Terri Willis, Visual Arts of Delaware



Outstanding Professional – Trish Bachman

Outstanding Agency – Department of Correction – Renee Buskirk

Outstanding  Volunteer – Jean Lange, H.E.R.O.S.


Outstanding Professional – Kim  Book, Victims Voices Heard

Outstanding Agency – Wilmington Police – Victim Services Unit

Outstanding Volunteers – Dolly Banks, Kiley Purcell, MADD


Outstanding Professional – Mirta Colazzo

Outstanding Agency – Sexual Assault Network of Delaware (SAND)

Outstanding Volunteer(s) – Senior Program @ DOJ/Kent:  Henrietta Morgan, Phyllis J. Racz, Richard C. Pulling, Sr., Jacquliene D. Pulling, Glenda Keighton



Outstanding Professional – Eleanor Kiesel, CLASI/Sussex

Outstanding Agency – Domestic Violence Advocacy Ctr. Kent & Sussex

Outstanding Volunteer – Tina Buckingham, Lisa Burroughs



Outstanding Professional

First State CISM – Gary Cooke, Diane Glenn, Pete Greeley, Bonnie Melvin, Pat Pratt, Cindy Ware

NOVA- Mona Bayard, Maureen Faulkner, Kristin Joyce, Corrine Pearson, Maureen Querey, Debbie Reed, Matt Rubincam, Vince Shipman, Cherly Stallman, Pat Tedford

Both teams recognized for work done in NYC after terrorist attacks


Outstanding Professional – Susan Baldwin, U.S. Attorney’s Office

Outstanding Agency – Children’s Advocacy Center

Outstanding Volunteer – Shirley Horowitz, Victim Advocacy Program


Outstanding Professional – Karen Cecchett, Department of Justice

Outstanding Agency – People’s Place II

Outstanding Volunteer – Almarie Laird


Outstanding Professional – Joanne Kassees, Prevent Child Abuse/De.

Outstanding Agency – Violent Crimes Compensation Board


Outstanding Professional – Anne DelNegro, VCCB

Outstanding Agency – Domestic Violence Project

Outstanding Volunteer – Bertha Pusey, Domestic Violence Advocacy Center


Outstanding Professional – Lynn Lally, Department of Justice

Outstanding Agency – Delaware State Police & NCC Police, Victim Services Units

Outstanding Volunteer – Robert Brandt, CONTACT De.


Outstanding Professional – Diane Glenn, Dover Police Department

Outstanding Agency – Child Inc.

Outstanding Volunteer – Pam DiBiaso


Outstanding Professional – Senator David McBride

Outstanding Professional – Sgt. Gary Melvin

Outstanding Agency – Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home

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