Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky (PPINK) recently recognized several volunteer leaders and advocates at its annual meeting in downtown Indianapolis.
“We are fortunate to have such a large group of wonderful supporters,” PPINK President and CEO Betty Cockrum said in a press release. “In any given year, volunteers and friends can make a world of difference, and this past year was certainly one of those years. These men and women demonstrate a spirit of volunteerism and dedication to our mission that is truly inspiring.”
The Young Leader Award was given to Erin Kelley of Indianapolis. The award is given annually to an up-and-coming young leader who has made a significant contribution to the agency, its programs and activities, and is committed to the PPINK.
Kelley is an activist for several social issues. She is active with the Health Access & Privacy Alliance (HAPA), which is a coalition of organizations across Indiana that advocates to keep lawmakers out of private health care decisions. Kelley is also the immediate past president of the Indianapolis chapter of the League of Women Voters, and is active in several other local and neighborhood organizations.
Volunteer of the Year Awards were given to Alan Albright of Fishers; Kim Greene of Louisville, Ky.; Hervey Howell of Owensboro, Ky.; Christie Moore of Louisville; Ursula Penrose of Bloomington; Yvonne Perkins of Indianapolis; Marya Rose of Indianapolis; and Sadhna True of Lexington, Ky. Those awards are given annually to those who go above and beyond the call of duty to support Planned Parenthood’s mission.
This year PPINK honored the eight members of the Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Planned Parenthood of Kentucky boards of directors who led the two affiliates through months of due diligence resulting in the July 1 merger. The volunteers put in countless hours and logged many miles to bring together the two affiliates so that Planned Parenthood patients in both states would benefit.
The Distinguished Service Award was given to Doris Sims of Bloomington. That award is given to a member of the board of directors who exemplifies leadership qualities, with a mind toward strategic development and organizational growth.
Sims began serving as a board member of what was then Planned Parenthood of Greater Indiana in 2003 and is a former board president of the affiliate.
Over the years, PPINK and its predecessor organizations have benefited immeasurably from her dedication and leadership, as well as her education from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs, where she received bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Sims has spent more than three decades working in the public sector, including positions with the City of Bloomington, Ivy Tech, and the State of Indiana.
In addition to the above award winners, PPINK also recognized three directors whose terms ended in November: Claudette Einhorn of Indianapolis, Sims, and Ruth Greenberg of Louisville.
“Between them, these three women have given decades of leadership, wisdom, and passion to further the Planned Parenthood mission,” Cockrum said. “Their legacies will continue to enhance the cause of reproductive health care and justice for many years to come. We are grateful for their service and wish them the best.”
For more information on PPINK, visit the website at www.ppink.org.