Inspire Awards

Since 2012, Violence Free Minnesota has honored the work of advocates, allies, and volunteers from across the state with the annual presentation of the Inspire Awards. The awards are given to individuals who have demonstrated impressive dedication to the movement to end relationship violence. Violence Free Minnesota’s member programs, which include over 90 programs working to end relationship abuse across the state, participate in the nomination process; the awards are presented at Violence Free Minnesota’s state-wide meeting in September.

2020 Inspire Award Recipients

Advocate: Ethylon "E.B." Butler-Brown, Oasis of Love

Ally: Morgan Weinert of Minnesota Community Care, Women's Advocates

Volunteer: Tammy Ebertowski, Mid-Minnesota Women's Center

Past Recipients

2013 

Advocate: Mary Lou Klas, Isaiah  

Volunteer: Renee Page, Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women

Ally: Dave Pinto, Ramsey County Attorney’s Office 

 

2014 

Advocate: Carol Arthur, Domestic Abuse Project

Volunteer: Daniel Newborg, Breaking Free 

Ally: Virginia Merritt, Olmstead Legal Services and Women’s Shelter 

 

2015 

Advocate: Connie Sponsler, Battered Women’s Justice Project

Volunteer: Anne Detlefsen, Filmore Family Resources and Women’s Shelter 

Ally: Probation Officer Andy Ypma, McLeod Alliance 

 

2016 

Advocate: Sandy Davidson, Praxis 

Volunteer: Samantha Schendzielow, Alexandra House 

Ally: Maplewood Chief of Police Paul Schnell, Tubman 

 

2017 

Advocate: Colleen Schmitt, Cornerstone

Volunteer: Rick Nelson, Anna Marie’s Alliance 

Ally: Officer Tara Becker, 360 Communities 

 

2018 

Advocate: Erica Staab, Hope Center 

Volunteer: Gerry Hackman, Women’s Shelter 

Ally: Deputy Scott Finnegan, The Refuge

2019

Advocate: Shirley Johnson, Women's Advocates

Volunteer: Sharon Knutson, Anna Marie's Alliance

Ally: Nick Settich of Renewal Laser Clinic, Breaking Free and St. Paul City Attorney’s Office

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