2012 Humanitarian Awards Information
Diversity Memphis Humanitarian Awards Dinner was held Thursday May 17, 2012 at the Ridgeway Country Club beginning with a reception at 6:30, followed by dinner at 7:00 PM. It was a great evening for all.
Bob Bernstein exemplifies the principles of Diversity Memphis. He is the “guru” of elder care in Memphis, although he began his career working with young people as a camp counselor for the renowned Hull House of Chicago. Bob is a member of the Board of Directors of Memphis Jewish Family Service, and the Memphis and Shelby County Council on Aging, where he served as Chairperson four times. He is a member of the advisory council for the Metropolitan Interfaith Association Senior Companion Program, and the Delta Long Term Care Consortium. He is listed as a member of Who’s Who in Health Care and the International Who’s Who of Professionals. Bob has also represented both the State of Tennessee and the Delta Area at the White House Conference on Aging.
Dr. Manoj Jain
Dr. Manoj Jain is the Medical Director of Quality Improvement at Tennessee’s Quality Improvement Association, QSource, and a consultant in infectious disease at both Baptist and Methodist Hospitals. He is a former Board Member of the MK Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence, and has founded and chaired the Gandhi-King Conference on Peacemaking. He is co-founder and former Board Member of the Indian Community Fund of Greater Memphis. He is on the leadership team for The Healthy Memphis Common Table. He recently convened the Asian-American Pacific Islander Task Force, bringing together people from a wide variety of countries and faith traditions, and members of the White House Asian-American Pacific Islander Initiative to share their varied backgrounds and implement projects to improve the community.
Modeane Thompson is a founding member of the Memphis Panel of American Women- an incredible group that came together to deal with the issues of racism and ignorance. Together, this group of women, one black, one Jewish, one Catholic and one representing the white majority, presented panel discussions to thousands of school children, college students, and adults in community and business groups. Then, as now, they represented the values of cooperation, understanding and tolerance. Modeane began her service as a teen, tutoring other students and serving as a Girl Scout Leader. She continued after college, serving as a social worker and family advocate at Family Service of Memphis. Modeane is a life member of the NAACP, a member of the Vollintine/Evergreen Community Action Association and the AARP, Local Chapter #2443.
David Waters is the award winning religion editor and columnist for The Commercial Appeal. His weekly Faith Matters and Faith in Memphis section are published every Saturday in the newspaper. His awards include a 2010 Wilber Award for best religious blog, a 2004 Wilber Award for best religious column, and a 1997 Distinguished Writing Award from the American Society of Newspaper editors for his religious writing. In 2000, he was inducted into the Scripps Howard Editorial Hall of Fame for his work as a reporter, editor and columnist. In 2009, he was honored as a Distinguished Alumni of the University of Memphis.
David Wedaman is the President and CEO of ReTrans, a multimodal, full-service transportation and logistics management company. Using the same passionate attention to detail, Wedaman gives back to the community. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Lifeblood Foundation, Youth Villages and CMUST, the Catholic Memphis Urban School Trust, the Financial Board that was established to fund the Jubilee Schools. He also serves on the board of the Bluestreak Scholarship Fund, the Advisory Board for Catholic High, and the Education That Works Program, sponsored by the Catholic Diocese of Memphis. Wedaman, who graduated from what was then Memphis State University, served as the 2011 Executive in Residence for University of Memphis engineering and business students.