Honored Volunteers – January 2021

Congratulations to recipients of the Lt. Governor’s Volunteer Recognition Certificate in January of 2021. The contributions made by these volunteers make lasting impacts on communities across our state.

Marcy Barlow was recognized by the Guadalupe School Adult Education program for two years of service.

Marcy has been volunteering 2 hours a week as an English as a Second Language tutor at Guadalupe School Adult Education. She has been a dedicated volunteer for two years and we are very grateful for her service!


Brittany Bowden was recognized by the Ogden Nature Center for over 10 years and 2,500 hours of service.

Brittany has been a long time volunteer, dedicating a decade of service and over 2500 hours! She comes in weekly to care for our resident birds of prey by feeding, cleaning, and record keeping. She also learned to handle animals for educational events in the community. In addition to her regular animal care position, she has been staying to help with other tasks such as preparing education supplies, labeling bulk mailings, light cleaning, and basically anything that we ask her to do! She has just “retired” from her animal care position but will still come in weekly to help with other tasks. Brittany is kind, enthusiastic, and dedicated.


Mike Cannon was recognized by the Guadalupe School Adult Education program for his two years of service.

Mike has been volunteering 2 hours a week as an English as a Second Language tutor at Guadalupe School Adult Education. He has been a dedicated volunteer for two years and we are very grateful for his service!


Ted Coffman was recognized by the Ogden Nature Center for over two years of service.

Ted supports our education staff. He basically IS staff with how much time he dedicates to the organization! He assists our teachers with running field trips and other educational programs. He will do everything from preparing program supplies, strapping on snowshoes for eager kids, set up and clean up of materials, tech support, you name it! He is such a valued and integral part of the team that he is included on the staff schedule- truly allowing us to reach further and make a bigger impact with our resources. This year we would like to celebrate Ted flying past his 1000 hours of service mark.


Barbara Hudson was recognized by the Ogden Nature Center for over 20 years of service.

Barb has been a facet of our organization for over 20 years. One her largest contributions has been helping to organize and run our annual Birdhouse Competition and also acquiring items for our participation in the Weber School District Foundation’s Christmas tree jubilee. We would like to celebrate her hitting over 1000 volunteer hours this year.


Matt Kastellec was recognized by Craft Lake City for two years of service.

Matt is a very civic-minded volunteer. He has dedicated time to assist with each event our organization has from the years of 2019-20. During the pandemic, we had to pivot and move our traditional in-person events to an online format. Matt provided his time to assist with this transition and help with our digital presence, volunteering as a copy editor to oversee our web content and ensure our website was accessible and error-free. As a working professional, Matt’s dedication to seeing our organization thrive during a tumultuous year was incredibly valuable to our staff and served as an example for our volunteer team about the importance of adaptability and innovation. His steadfast and tenacious support has been encouraging and uplifting during a time of great national divisiveness and communal struggle. We know we can always count on Matt and his reliability and amicable presence, in-person or remotely, is a reminder of the value of service and the importance of giving back, even when it feels the most challenging to do so.


JaRae Lester was recognized by CCS St. Vincent de Paul Weigand Homeless Resource Center for 6 months of service.

this young man collected gloves, socks, blankets, hand warmers and personal care items for the clientele at the Weigand Center. He began his collection in October, hoping to deliver it on Christmas eve. He accomplished this. He spent countless hours asking for donations from his church and school, and then ventured into the neighborhood. He arrived on Christmas Eve with the back of his Mom’s truck filled to capacity.


Pamela Nelson was recognized by the Ogden Nature Center for over 20 years of service.

Pam has been part of the nature center for 2 decades with almost 2500 hours of service recorded! She has been a fixture at our organization for longer than most of the staff! She comes in weekly to assist with office and administrative tasks, or anything that is asked of her. This means she supports almost all of our departments, from preparing education or event supplies to labeling bulk mailings to sequestering donations. Pam has also initiated a lunch break program which builds the relationship between staff and volunteers. She is so loyal and advocates for the nature center to everyone.


You can view a full list of Volunteer Recognition Certificate recipients and their county information here.

To nominate an outstanding volunteer visit userve.utah.gov/recognize