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Arc of Howard honors Hussman with President's Award

Lisa Hussman of Ellicott City was presented the President's Award at The Arc of Howard County's annual Celebration of Excellence on May 8.

Hussman, a member of The Arc of Howard's board of directors, was honored by president Douglas Erdman, who said Hussman's service helps individuals with developmental disabilities enjoy "healthy and participatory lives in their communities."


The organization's Celebration of Excellence Awards recognize advocates, businesses, professionals, educators, volunteers and other community members who help support The Arc in its mission.

William "Bill" Wedeking was given the Self-Advocate of the Year Award for his volunteer work at Grassroots, his participation in a job preparedness program at Howard Community College and for his efforts to reduce his dependence upon others.


Nancy Bond was named Volunteer of the Year for her service as silent auction chair for The Arc's Chocolate Ball and as chair of Wines & Steins, as well as for volunteering at other The Arc fundraising events.

House manager Tom Waldron, who has worked for The Arc for nearly 20 years, was named Employee of the Year. Excellence in Employment awards were presented to Dave Michaels, operations manager of Canada Dry; Kevin Dolan, manager of Race Pace Bicycles; Edgar Zuniga, dietary manager at Harmony Hall Assisted Living Facility; and Howard Heuberger of Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory.

Excellence in Professional Services awards were given to Dr. Kiran Parikh, who has performed surgery on several individuals supported by The Arc, and to Parmar Family & Cosmetic Dentistry members Dr. Rashmi Parmar and Evelyn Bayles, who were cited for their "caring, compassionate and dignified way of treating a patient with developmental disabilities."

Howard County's previous ADA/Disabilities Services Coordinator Joyce Lehrer was presented the Excellence in Public Service Award for her 14 years of service on behalf of the county's citizens with disabilities.

A team of 25 Howard High School educators was presented the Excellence in Education Award for supporting full inclusion for a student at the school.

The Arc provides residential, employment and family support services. For information, go to