2010 Who’s Who in America’s Neighborhoods Award Recipients:
Genia Ellis-Fort Lauderdale, FL
Genia Ellis was named the 2005 Citizen of the Year for the City of Fort Lauderdale for her long term and continuous dedication to the Fort Lauderdale community. She has been a driving force behind the renaissance of her city’s Council of Civic Associations (CCA), a network of neighborhood associations that meet monthly to discuss neighborhood issues, impact city policy and ensure neighborhood residents are heard. As president of the CCA, Genia is often called on by the City Commission and staff to assist in various city activities or to participate in planning programs. She created a volunteer program in the City Manager’s office, participated in the city’s Charter Review Board and is the District Commissioner’s delegate for the Downtown Council Steering Committee.
Estelle McCadden-Roanoke, VA
The City of Roanoke’s prestigious Citizen of the Year award was presented to Estelle McCadden in 2008. From cofounding her neighborhood association to organizing a coalition of organizational presidents who share ideas and work together seeking solutions to local problems, Estelle has worked tirelessly to bring neighbors together for the good of their communities. In 2000, she organized the Virginia Statewide Neighborhood Conference and continues to serve as its chair. She was chosen by her local YWCA as their recipient of the Women of Achievement Award for Volunteerism in 2007 in recognition of her achievements, her community advocacy, and her activism which included serving 15 years as a member of the NUSA Board of Directors.
Joan Adcock-Little Rock, AR
When City Director Joan Adcock first began championing the importance of neighborhood associations, Little Rock had only a handful. Now there are 189, including property owners associations and related grass roots organizations, most of which she helped form. She brought the NUSA Conference to Little Rock in 1996 after attending the 1993 Pasadena,CA conference and, through her now-empowered neighborhood residents’ Team NUSA, again hosted the 2010 conference in Little Rock. She is recognized citywide, from her “neighborhood people” to her fellow city council members, as the “go-to” person for handling neighborhood issues. Her tireless and inventive modes of accomplishment are amazing to most, but she always gives credit to others, as in “just being a good neighbor.”