Geri L. Morgan Volunteer Award
Success in life has nothing to do with what you gain in life or accomplish for yourself. It's what you do for others.
-- Danny Thomas
-- Danny Thomas
United Parent Council's Geri L. Morgan Volunteer Award honors volunteers who display dedication and service to community as exemplified by late UPC member Geri Morgan. In her memory, UPC annually recognizes a consummate volunteer who has made an outstanding contribution of service. Often it is that passionate, devoted, yet humble volunteer who is doing amazing things that benefit the entire school community. This annual award truly recognizes the crème de la crème among volunteers. Nominations were open from March 22 to April 19, 2023. This year's nominations are closed. Come back next spring and complete the form below to nominate a volunteer for this award.
Nominations Closed on April 19, 2023
2023's recipient was honored at a May celebration meeting and will designate a school group or organization to receive a $100.00 donation from UPC.
During the nomination period, you can print a Nomination Form and submit your completed nomination to UPC (submission information can be found on the form). You will need to get the principal/site administrator signature on the form.
Las Nominaciones En Espanol (cerradas)
You also may complete an online form below*
*If you are completing an online form, be sure to speak with your principal / site administrator prior to filling it out.
In Memory of Geri L. Morgan
Geri Morgan was the consummate volunteer; one only needed to ask the staff at Sunset Canyon Elementary school in the early 2000’s. A former elementary teacher with both a Master’s degree and a MBA, she was instrumental in developing a science program at Sunset Canyon. In addition, she established and executed a science fair for the students. This event was so noteworthy that today the science lab bears her name.
Geri was also an active UPC member; she published its newsletter and followed legislation—long before UPC played a participatory role with the state legislature. Most importantly, Geri was an advocate of public education. A native Texan, she couldn’t quite understand Arizona’s seeming lack of interest in investing in its children.
On August 4, 2005, the UPC delegation filled a long pew at Geri’s Memorial service. They listened to Sunset Canyon’s principal deliver her eulogy. They witnessed her son and her family’s struggle. After that, UPC decided Geri Morgan epitomized the essence of UPC—volunteer, above self.
[Geri Morgan was killed in a one-car, rollover accident on the family’s return from a Flagstaff weekend in 2005. An anonymous donor established the upfront money for the original award.]
In her memory, UPC established the Geri L. Morgan Volunteer Award to honor a volunteer for his or her outstanding service contributions to a school community. Each year the winner receives a $100 donation to a school group or organization of his or her choice.
Congratulations to Lisa Hoberg, the 2023 recipient of the Geri L. Morgan Volunteer Award.
Congratulations to the 2023 recipient of the Geri L. Morgan Volunteer Award: Lisa Hoberg! Lisa has been a dedicated volunteer in PVSchools while her student attended North Ranch ES, Vista Verde MS and Paradise Valley HS. She also served as PAC Chair for the last three bond and override elections. Lisa has been a strong advocate for Twice Exceptional students (2E) and has encouraged support for the students, their parents and teachers. Thank you, Lisa, for all you have done and continue to do to support PVSchools!
We cannot think of a more deserving recipient--Congratulations Lisa!
Lisa’s name will be added to the Geri Morgan Volunteer Award Legacy Plaque displayed at PVUSD's district offices.
Geri L. Morgan Award Recipients:
2023 Lisa Hoberg
2022 Margi Moore
2021 Alison Feinberg
2019 Courtney Fligeltaub & Paulette Fraenkel
2018 Gretchen Larson
2017 Ann Thompson
2016 Twyla Otte
2015 Aundi Parillo
2014 Christy Miller
2013 Colleen Amarillas
2012 Ed Tankersley
2011 Teri Harnisch
2011 Nancy Pool
2010 Bette and Julian Henriques
2010 Juana and John Fredrick
2009 Julie Tyree
2008 Laurie Smith
2007 Juana Fredrick
2006 Joan Morgan
Geri L. Morgan Volunteer Award Chair: Lori Berman - email@example.com