Nancy G. Dopp Volunteer of the Year Award

Nominations for 2016 Nancy G. Dopp Volunteer of the Year Award will be accepted in spring 2017.

About the Award:

The Nancy G. Dopp Volunteer of the Year Award, a statewide award that recognizes a volunteer or group of volunteers whose contributions of time, energy or talents had a significant impact for VBCF during the previous year. The award is given in memory of Nancy Dopp, a VBCF member who selflessly gave her time and efforts to help VBCF for many years, until she lost her battle with breast cancer in 1998.

Award Criteria:

To be considered, candidate/s must:

  • Be a resident of the Commonwealth of Virginia; and
  • Be an active supporter of the Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation; and
  • Serve in a volunteer capacity with VBCF; and
  • Have taken on a major activity or event for the organization during the past year, or has volunteered consistently for VBCF throughout the year, helping as needed with even the smallest tasks; and
  • Demonstrate a commitment to volunteering for VBCF above his or her volunteer work with other organizations, particularly other breast cancer-related organizations.
  • Current members of the Board of Directors are not eligible to be nominated for this award.

VBCF is particularly interested in receiving nominations of candidates that reflect the spirit of Nancy who was described as a “volunteer’s volunteer” and a “devoted supporter of VBCF.”  Further, VBCF encourages nominations that are representative of the diversity of our Commonwealth.

About Nancy G. Dopp:

Nancy Gladden Dopp graduated from Alfred State College in Alfred, NY.  She was married to James M. Dopp and had three children.  She was a charter member of the Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation (VBCF) and also served on the board of directors for six years. Nancy was the type of person who volunteered for the routine chores that are critical to a smoothly operating organization.  She spent many hours in the VBCF office answering the phones, going through messages and organizing reports.  In 1991, she set up a phone tree for state advocacy efforts and kept it up to date over the years.  Nancy was the first recipient (1992) of VBCF’s Volunteer of the Year Award. The award was renamed in her honor after her passing in February 1998 following a 20 year battle with breast cancer. Her quiet strength and her sincere unwavering support of VBCF contributed to the fight against breast cancer more than she ever knew.

Past Award Recipients:

  • 1992 – Nancy G. Dopp (Central VA)
  • 1993 – Lewanda Bruce (Central VA)
  • 1994 – Ann Wilson (Peninsula)
  • 1995 – Phyllis Tyzenhouse
  • 1996 – Jessie Barrack, Teresa Cernich, Elizabeth Chancey, Laura Cooper & Sharon Talarico (Central Virginia)
  • 1997 – Mauri Whitehurst
  • 1998 – Jennie Davies (Peninsula)
  • 1999 – Christine Lawrence (Peninsula)
  • 2000 – Barbara Geisler (Central VA)
  • 2001 – Jennifer Robertson (Central VA)
  • 2002 – Eunice McMillan (Hampton Roads)
  • 2003 – Brenda Martin (Central VA)
  • 2004 – Sudie Stultz (Peninsula)
  • 2005 – Becky Morris (Central VA)
  • 2006 – Frank Poynter (Southwestern VA)
  • 2007 – Karin Decker Noss (Northern VA)
  • 2008 – Beblon Parks (Central VA)
  • 2009 – Joy Galloni (Central VA)
  • 2010 – Mary Saunders (Central VA)
  • 2011 – Bodina Wright (Peninsula)
  • 2012 – Kathy Funk (Central VA)
  • 2013 – Maggie Powers (Blue Ridge)
  • 2014 – Gay Rudis (Central VA)

Questions? Please contact Erin Steigleder, Education Manager, at or 800-345-8223, ext. 202.