Karen Feroli Community
The Award is named in honor of the late Karen Kappes Feroli, R.N., Executive Director of Carroll Home Care and Carroll Hospice and member of the Partnership Board of Directors. Karen’s spirit of caring and her life of service continue to encourage and inspire others working to improve health and quality of life this community. Karen Kappes Feroli lost a valiant battle with cancer in 2010. The first Karen Feroli Community Champion Award was given in 2011.
Please keep in mind that past recipients, Partnership staff, and Partnership Board of Directors are not eligible for nomination.
If you have any questions, please email The Partnership or call 410-871-7654
Nominations must be based on work done in Carroll County. Staff of The Partnership for a Healthier Carroll County, members of The Partnership’s Board of Directors, and past recipients are not eligible. Previous nominees may be nominated again. Nominations will be reviewed and winners determined by an Awards Committee and the Partnership’s Board of Directors. Physical materials such as videos, newspaper clippings, photographs, or brochures submitted with the nomination form can not be returned. Please submit only digital copies or photocopies of materials that you wish to keep.
All nominees will receive a letter notifying them of their nomination, and will be eligible for a Certificate of Achievement. If you would like to make a nomination but wish to remain anonymous to the nominee, please mark the appropriate box on the nomination form. Your name will not be included in the notification letter.
The Award recipient is announced at the annual We’re On Our Way community forum in May. To be considered for an award announced at the upcoming We’re On Our Way, nominations must be received by March 15. Nominations received after that date will be considered for the following year’s event. Please plan to attend We’re On Our Way to be a part of this important community recognition.
The Partnership recognizes the value of collaboration – the “get it done together” approach which is used with success in all of our Community Health Improvement Areas. Each Area is guided by a Leadership Team composed of well informed, passionate, articulate experts and advocates.
Leadership Teams establish and guide Action Teams to implement strategies designed to move our community’s health indicators forward. We applaud the many group efforts which grow out of the collaborative spirit that is a hallmark of our community.
And yet, success is often accomplished because one individual is willing to seize the moment; is outstanding within or beyond our structures; is the one person who makes the difference. Our community is rich in these uniquely willing and able individuals, who we know as Champions.
The late Karen Kappes Feroli, R.N., was one such Champion. She gave selflessly in her personal and professional activities, serving as mentor and model to those working to improve health and quality of life this community. The Karen Feroli Community Champion Award was established to honor and perpetuate the spirit of caring that was her hallmark.
With this Award we recognize outstanding individuals who have worked with leadership, vision, and decisive action to strengthen our community’s health. Achievements deserving recognition include the development or coordination of a project or program that has positively impacted health and quality of life in our area.
Online Nomination Form
Printable Nomination Form
About Karen Kappes Feroli, R.N.
On August 10, 2010, our long-term member, colleague and dear friend, Karen Ann Kappes Feroli succumbed to an extraordinary battle with cancer which she had waged valiantly for several years. Karen served on the original community health assessment project establishing The Partnership for a Healthier Carroll County; was co-chair of The Partnership’s original Community Advisory Council, pioneered the annual community forum event of the organization; and generally served as the consummate champion for The Partnership organization and our mission of health improvement.
Karen lived an exemplary life of service to her home community of Carroll County, Maryland, through her many personal and professional activities. She mentored countless others in this community to similar service pursuits. While still a student at Westminster High School (Class of 1976), she was already beginning her health care career, working as a home health aide at a nursing home across the street from the school. This early preparation, plus her many years of experience as a registered nurse and hospice volunteer, led to the post she loved so much as Executive Director of Carroll Home Care and Carroll Hospice.
Her spirit of caring led her to earn an Associate of Arts degree in Nursing from Catonsville Community College and she was working towards her B.S.N. at Notre Dame of Maryland. She was a member of St. John Catholic Church and served on many community service groups, including Senior Public Awareness, the Advisory Council on Career and Technology Education, Carroll County Woman’s Fair, Carroll County Health Promotion Council, the Chamber of Commerce Leadership Committee, Senior Providers Information Network (SPIN), GFWC Junior Woman’s Club of Westminster, the Family Health Festival Planning Committee, and the Leadership Carroll Alumni. She was a past board member of the Community Services Council.
Karen was a critical leader in the development of Access Carroll, Inc., helping to develop the first clinic operations, serving on the interim Board of Directors, and serving as the organization’s first Executive Director. In 2007, Karen was honored with the Community Service Council’s Humanitarian of the Year Award which she humbly accepted by recognizing all those she had worked with.
The Partnership’s Board of Directors wishes to honor her unique style, encourage others to similar community service, and perpetuate Karen’s dream of health and quality living for all in this community. In October 2010, The Board moved to honor her work and her memory by renaming our existing Community Champion Award, to be forevermore known as the Karen Feroli Community Champion Award. It is our profound hope that the inspiring life of service and action which was the hallmark of this wonderful woman, leader, colleague, and friend will abide in our community forever.