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Few of the Many Awards



The "Few of the Many" Awards is County Executive Steuart Pittman's signature Black History Month event in partnership with the Caucus of African American Leaders. The goal is to recognize African American leaders in Anne Arundel County who have made lasting contributions to their communities.

The two honors—The Sojourner Truth Award and The Elijah Cummings Award—were created posthumously to recognize two towering landmark figures whose lives left indelible marks on the struggle for equal justice and humanity.

This year's theme, “Black Health and Wellness”, is the National Black History Month theme we adapted. Healthcare, education, environment, faith, government, community, economic opportunity, and many other things all play a role in health and wellness. Therefore, it's essential to recognize those in the community working in these areas to improve the quality of life for our residents. 

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How our honorees were selected

Black elected officials representing the residents of Anne Arundel County were asked to nominate two individuals - one for the Sojourner Truth Award and one for the Congressman Elijah Cummings Award who meets the following criteria:

  • An African American leader 
  • A resident of Anne Arundel County 
  • Not a previous award recipient
  • An individual who exemplifies this year’s theme

Sojourner Truth Award

Claudia Barber
Nominated By:
Judge Vickie Gipson

Judge Claudia Barber, First Vice President of Anne Arundel County's Chapter of the NAACP, is one of the 2022 recipients of the Dr. Martin Luther King Drum Major for Justice Award. In 2016, she received the Anne Arundel County NAACP President's Award and became the first African American woman to advance to the general election ballot after winning the primary election on the Democratic side for Circuit Court Judge for Anne Arundel County in 2016.

Prior to the NAACP, Judge Barber was the District 4 Director of the National Association of Women Judges. She is a lifetime member of both the National Association of Women Judges and the National Bar Association.

Kia Chandler
Nominated By:
Delegate Mike Rogers

Kia Chandler is the CEO of iCommunity Connection Services, Inc. iCommunity Connection Services is a non-profit organization committed to serving veterans, people with disabilities (physical and mental), youth and young adults. She is also the Managing Attorney of her own law firm, The Chandler Law Firm, LLC, primarily focusing on rendering legal services to school systems and businesses.

Along with that, Kia is heavily active in her community and serves in various capacities. Some of Kia's roles include serving as Board Secretary for NAMI's Anne Arundel County, Chair of the Board of Directors for the Anne Arundel County Department of Social Services, and member of the Anne Arundel County Board of Education's Ethics Panel.

Kia is a proud Member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated and while service is ingrained in her, when not serving others, she most enjoys spending time with her husband and three children traveling for sports.

Debra Hardy-Cartwright, M.D., FACOG
Nominated By:
Alderwoman Sheila Finlayson

Dr. Debra Hardy-Cartwright came to Annapolis in 1987 after finishing her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Howard University in Washington DC. While working part-time caring for low-income patients at the Anne Arundel County Health Department, Dr. Hardy had the opportunity to open her own practice and thus became the first Black woman to own a private OB/GYN practice in Annapolis.

She has delivered well over three thousand babies in Anne Arundel County and has had the rare privilege to care for multiple generations of patients in her beloved community for 34 years.

Donna Johnson
Nominated By:
Alderman DaJuan Gay

Donna Johnson is a native Annapolitan passionately serving her beloved community. By way of Donna's Day of Hope and Giving, Donna ensures her neighbors have their basic needs met.

Donna's Day of Hope and Giving is a recurring monthly event that provides food, clothes, hats, shoes, and other essentials to those in need in the Eastport Terrace community. Donna is committed to making a positive impact in her hometown-the City of Annapolis.

Monica B. Jones, MD, MSc, FACOG, FACS
Nominated By:
Judge Elizabeth Morris

Dr. Monica Jones is the chair of Anne Arundel Medical Center's Women's and Children's services. In her capacity as chair, she defines and leads the service line in its efforts to deliver high quality and high value care to the women of Anne Arundel and its surrounding counties.

Dr. Jones also serves as her church's cantor, leading the congregation in song, and is a member of the Arundel Bay Chapter of Jack and Jill of America and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated. She resides in Anne Arundel County along with her husband, daughter and beloved dog, Nala.

Tiyana Parker
Nominated By:
Delegate Shaneka Henson

Tiyana Parker is the Chief of Staff for Delegate Shaneka Henson. She serves the 80,000 constituents of District 30A by connecting them to local, state, and national resources and assisting the Delegate with legislation-related activities. Tiyana had directed thousands of residents to homelessness prevention assistance, free food distributions, low-cost/no-cost health care, legal aid, and jobs training. She has also played a key role in mentoring young individuals interested in government through internships at the Maryland General Assembly.

Tiyana participates in clothing drives and food distributions with her sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha Incorporated and Leadership Anne Arundel in her free time. She attributes her love of serving others to the principles instilled in her through her son Parker Neblett, father Charles Parker, and late mother Tamela Parker. She says they motivate her to do all things with love, empathy, and determination.

Joyce R. Phillip
Nominated By:
Alderwoman Rhonda Pindell-Charles

Joyce Phillip attended Howard University's historic Freedmen's Hospital School of Nursing in Washington, DC where she received a diploma in nursing. During the late 1970s, Joyce was a founding member of Hospice of Annapolis and, when the hospital incorporated hospice into its system, she became Coordinator of Hospice Volunteers and Training.

Joyce later transferred to Human Resources as Manager of Employee Relations. There she rose to VP of HR, becoming the first African American Executive at Anne Arundel Medical Center (AAMC). After 20 years at AAMC, Joyce went on to become the Chief HR Officer for University of Maryland School of Medicine Faculty Practices where she remained for 13 years.

After retiring, Joyce began her coaching practice, Dynamic Dimensions Unlimited Inc. She believes one can contribute to eliminating healthcare disparities by actively being a strategic contributor at the governance level. With an unwavering passion for improving her community, championing programs that increase professional workers of color and advocating for women and children who are victims of domestic violence, Joyce has quietly but effectively served the citizens of AA County.

Congressman Elijah Cummings Award

Robert A. Dews Jr
Nominated By:
Alderwoman Sheila Finlayson

Robert Dews, Jr. is a 31-year Naval Officer and Operation Desert Storm veteran. In 2019, prior to retiring from the Navy as Navy Captain, he served as the Director of Safety on the staff of the United States Naval Academy. Now, Robert is the proud owner of Atapth Consulting Company.

Over the years, he has volunteered in the Annapolis community in multitudinous ways, including taking part in several food and coat drives, health fairs, and giveaways. Robert also dedicates his time mentoring youth for various programs, including five years with Brandon's Coalition for Success.

In addition, he serves on several boards in Anne Arundel County and is a life member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, the National Naval Officers Association, and the Fleet Reserve Association.

John Dove
Nominated By:
Delegate Mike Rogers

John Dove is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy. After graduating, he went on to earn an MBA from Loyola University of Maryland. Recently, he retired from Medtronic, a medical device company, where he served as a sales leader. During his 21-year tenure with the company, he received various sales awards and accolades.

John is the founder and first President of Medtronic's first field-based employee resource group, which focuses on recruitment, retention and promotion of African American Sales and Leadership Talent. He also serves as the Treasurer for St. Mark United Methodist Church in Hanover, MD, and is currently a candidate for Anne Arundel County Council District 4 where he lives with his wife, Rhonda, and their 4 children.

Elder Charles E. James, Sr.
Nominated By:
Judge Vickie Gipson

Elder Charles E. James, Sr. is a native Annapolitan who has spent more than 20 years in the United States Army as a healthcare professional. Elder James is also a minister at his home church (Holy Temple Cathedral) in Edgewater, MD.

Upon Elder James' retirement from the military, he continued to work in the emergency medical field and geriatric nursing. He also proudly serves as an agent of change in various community-based organizations, one of which is the Caucus of African American Leaders. Elder James believes it is his duty to positively influence the community.

Kareem L. Jordan, Ph.D.
Nominated By:
Judge Elizabeth Morris

Dr. Kareem L. Jordan, Ph.D., is the Director of Diversity and Inclusion (DDI) at American University's School of Public Affairs in Washington, DC. In his role as DDI, he leads the school's efforts and initiatives, ensuring a welcoming environment for everyone-faculty, staff, and students-regardless of race/ethnicity, gender/sexual identity, and religion.

Dr. Jordan has published over two dozen scholarly articles and written two books. Most of what he has written focuses on the role of race and ethnicity in criminal sentencing decisions, and how living in underserved communities influences juvenile court and criminal sentencing decisions.

Cory McGhee
Nominated By:
Alderman DaJuan Gay

Cory McGhee is a leader, mentor, artist, and entrepreneur. Cory was born and raised in the state's capital and earned his high school diploma at Annapolis Senior High School. When he's not working as a Lead Sterile Processing Technician at Anne Arundel Medical Center, Cory is constantly trying to find a way to help and inspire those around him.

He is the proud father of four children, and, in 2019, he created "No Deadbeats Club (NDC)." NDC is a local nonprofit that helps bring African American parents together to help strengthen engagement with young people in the community. NDC is well-known for its back-to-school initiatives, which offers school uniforms, haircuts, school supplies and more at the start of each school year.

Due to his dedication and persistence, Cory has received numerous citations from the City of Annapolis, commending him on his upstanding work in the community.

Dr. Errol A Phillip MD
Nominated By:
Alderwoman Rhonda Pindell-Charles

Dr. Errol Phillip, MD, completed his psychiatric residency at Crownsville State Hospital where he briefly practiced psychiatry before returning to (his first love) family medicine. As a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Medicine, he recognized and responded to the need of high-quality medical care in underserved communities in the City of Annapolis and south county area where he's been practicing for over 42 years.

Upon his retirement, Anne Arundel Medical Center created the Errol A. Phillip Community Healer Award in his honor. His commitment to the community continues today as, at the age of 84, he still cares for patients at the Morris A. Blum and Forest Drive Community clinics.

Dr. Phillip and his wife, Joyce, have been married for 57 years. They have 4 children and 7 grandchildren who bring them much joy.

Kyle Williams
Nominated By:
Delegate Shaneka Henson

Kyle Williams is the CEO of Tunnel Vision (TV) and the visionary behind the Chase Your Dreams Initiative (CYD). Both TV and CYD were created to motivate and inspire young men and women throughout Anne Arundel County.

In 2021, TV along with CYD hosted their first Social Justice Celebrity Charity Weekend. Its overall goal was to use sports to bridge the gap between the community and local law enforcement by creating positive dialogue for social change. Proceeds raised from the event were donated to nonprofits making a positive impact in Anne Arundel County.

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