AEA Awards

AEA gives awards of recognition for Eastside human services!

The Alliance of Eastside Agencies gives individuals or organizations that have demonstrated outstanding dedication and vision in human services the recognition he/she/they ought to have. Award winners are nominated annually by AEA members.

AEA’s annual awards luncheon was cancelled for June 2020 due to the pandemic, but brought to life on January 22, 2021 as a virtual event, the Bring Your Own Luncheon Awards. The Awards highlight the excellence among providers and those who support the work of the health and human services in east King County.

It goes without saying that we have and are experiencing a year like no other and true to form, health and human services providers have stepped up like never before to support and care for our community.

The Bring Your Own Luncheon event spotlighted a few incredible people who are making a difference in our community.

Our Thanks To:
• The elected officials and local government staff for their stalwart support of health and human services in our communities.
• Joseph Adriano, a volunteer (and previous board member) who created the videos that made this event possible today.
• AEA Board Members, David Downing of YES, and Jennifer Ajumogobia of Kindering, for their special messages of encouragement to our community of helpers.

2020 Award Winners

To view a video about each award winner below, simply click on the video button [ ] beside the name.

• Volunteer of the Year
This award spotlights the important value volunteers bring to the human services sector in advocacy, service, delivery, and community organizing. This year’s award goes to not one but two volunteers who teamed up to teach an English Language program, and make a difference for an often isolated and underserved population in our community.
Marilyn Polis and Ana Ryker


• Not-For-Profit Staff Member
This award recognizes an outstanding staff person who tirelessly supports the mission of helping others and consistently exemplifies commitment, caring, ethics, and competency. The recipient of this award also receives $100 for education/training through the Phil Noble scholarship fund. This year’s winner has been helping people, guiding people, connecting people, and inspiring people for years.
Andrea Liggett, Holy Family Parish


• Business of the Year
This award recognizes charitable actions that the business community brings to the human services sector. This year’s winner founded their organization to make sure homeless and disadvantaged children receive the gift of hope and joy and more throughout the year.
Toys for Kids
Cofounded by Rick Rizzs



• Youth Volunteer
This award highlights the contributions of time and talent of young people to the human services sector. Recipients of this award also receive $100 for education/training through the Phil Noble scholarship fund.. This year, we have two incredible youth volunteers who are an inspiration to us all.

The first award winner created a campaign to make the community a better place for all.
Elle Johnson

Our second award winner is always ready to help no matter what needs to get done. She made sure that kids were getting what they needed, when they needed it.
Ashley Siegel


• Elected Official
This award recognizes elected officials who have been a bold “catalyst for change” toward the better understanding of, and support for, human services. This year we have two winners.

Our first winner is a long-time advocate on the Eastside, with a focus on human services, transportation, and affordable housing.
Councilmember Barbara de Michele

Our second winner is a champion of human services, especially early education and affordable housing.
Representative Lisa Callan


• Faith Organization This award honors the important partnership between the faith community and the human services sector. This year’s exceptional faith group has responded to the needs in their community with bold and creative ways. They are always willing to partner with local organizations to get things done and help people.
Overlake Christian Church


• Legacy Award
Our final award, which isn’t offered every year, is given to a person who has demonstrated a long-term commitment and provided a lasting legacy to human services in east King County.
Patti Skelton-McGougan, Youth Eastside Services


» Past Award Winners