2020 Citizen of the Year Finalists
This WESTIE is given to an individual(s) in the Greater Westlake Area who has contributed time, energy, and heart to the community, sometimes unnoticed. They are an inspiration for others to follow as he or she can influence others to accomplish the objective by providing purpose, direction, and motivation. It is in recognition of their outstanding contributions through civic and community service activities that have made them an inspirational role model for the Westlake community.
Finalist: Eanes ISD Nurses: Leslie Bodrick, Debbie Brown, Sherry Bulluck, Amy Gaither, Holly Hubbell, Amy Hymel, Cynthia Peterson, Marilyn Sansom, Cindy Seferian and Jennifer Trombley
The nurses of the Eanes Independence School District consist of 10 women with diverse and lengthy nursing backgrounds. Historically school nurses are responsible for providing basic health care to students (and sometimes staff!) in the case of injury or illness. This year, COVID-19 created a whole new approach to school nursing and required collaboration between EISD nurses and administration to create a health plan to get students back in the building safely. Once in-person school started, the nurses worked nights and weekends following up on students and families affected by COVID-19, whether directly or indirectly. Through contact tracing, quarantining and isolating affected individuals, they were able to help keep our community spread down and the school buildings open. This year was challenging, but with the collaboration of the EISD staff, administration and parents, our Eanes nurses were able to support our most precious resource: our children.
Finalist: Jill van Voorhis
Jill is First VP and President-Elect of the Young Men’s Service League for the Hills of Westlake Chapter. She loves being able to give back to the community while working alongside her son. She is a coach with the Business Incubator Program at Westlake High School and has also coached at Crockett and Elgin high schools. Throughout much of 2020, Jill was a COVID Rangers volunteer, delivering masks to healthcare workers and other high-risk individuals during the PPE shortage. Jill has served on the WeAreEanes parent-led PAC that supports Eanes school bonds and the Tax Ratification Election. She also served as the Business Lead for the Travis County Census Complete Count Committee, ensuring every person is counted in the critical decennial census. She was the Organizer and President of the 2020 Women’s March in Austin. When she’s not registering new voters as a Voter Deputy Registrar, she is a committed volunteer for various campaigns and as a precinct chair. Professionally, Jill is a Strategy Consultant in Public Affairs and business start-ups at StrateCom.
Finalist: Nimai Malle
Nimai and his wife Sophia moved to Westlake in 2004, just in time for their son to enter Kindergarten at Barton Creek Elementary. As volunteer class photographer, Nimai began a journey that would take him to all nine Eanes schools with the Eanes Education Foundation, where Nimai supported and documented the volunteers, donors and special events that have funded Eanes excellence. Branching out from EEF, Nimai has tirelessly donated countless hours of his time as the go-to photographer and graphic designer for many venerable Westlake area school organizations. For the past 15 years, Nimai has photogrpahed and designed graphics for Westlake High School's dance teams, cheerleading squads, band, choir, soccer, basketball, larosse and more. Donating a percentage of all school-related photography proceeds back to EEF, and volunteering his time and equipment to support Westlake, Nimai has become a well-known and beloved member of the Westlake communty.
VOTING is closed.
2020 Winner: EISD Board of Trustee, Heather Sheffield
2019 Winner: EISD Superintendent, Dr. Tom Leonard
2018 Winner: Cord Shiflet, Moreland Properties
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