Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board

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Daryl Washington
Executive Director

CSB Awards Program

CSB Spirit of Excellence Awards

gold medal with text CSB Spirit of Excellence Award belowCSB Spirit of Excellence Awards recognize outstanding individuals and teams whose performance and actions promote, reinforce, or exemplify the CSB’s vision, mission and values.

Each year, the CSB recognizes the people who exemplify excellence by demonstrating exceptional performance and engagement, have far exceeded the routine requirements of their role, have significantly advanced the community in unique and strategic ways, or have served as exemplary role models to inspire excellence in others.

2024 Awards

The nomination period for the 2024 CSB Spirit of Excellence Awards opened on February 22, 2024. It will close March 8, 2024.

Submit a nomination:

Nominate individuals and/or teams who you feel are deserving of special recognition based on the award criteria. Details about the award categories are below.

Submit Names for Team Nominations:

In order to complete a Spirit of Excellence TEAM nomination, the nominator must provide the names of the nominee team members that are included in the submission. Please use the below linked Excel file to list the names of the team members. The completed file should be emailed to csbexcellence@fairfaxcounty.gov. TEAM nominations will not be considered if the names are not provided by Friday, March 8, 2024.

About the Spirit of Excellence Awards

To be considered for a CSB Spirit of Excellence Award, an individual or team must make a deliberate, obvious and valuable contribution through actions in one of the below areas of excellence.

The CSB Awards Team reserves the right to reassign a nomination to a more appropriate category.


Provided exemplary leadership that increased colleague satisfaction and morale and benefited the organization.

Established and maintained positive and effective working relationships, and offered exceptional performance that increased citizen, customer, and/or client satisfaction.

  • Developed non-traditional new ways to do business.
  • Streamlined processes or systems.
  • Developed creative ideas or solutions to problems.

Saved money or maximized resources.

Demonstrated a consistent pattern of behavior towards others through outreach, assistance, and/or advocacy.

  • Promotes social and racial equity and inclusion in the development and delivery of CSB policies, practices, and processes.
  • Builds competencies and skills to implement strategies that promote racial, social equity and inclusion in employees’ daily work.
  • Serves as role model to colleagues in promoting and advancing social and racial equity.

Played a vital role in successful collaborations with CSB staff to address community needs.

Performed a single action to make a difference in the lives of others through their kindness, compassion, or a thoughtful act.

Volunteers (including interns) who demonstrate a commitment to fulfilling the CSB vision to transform the community by providing the quality services needed to live a healthy, fulfilling life.


Learn more about the CSB's annual award ceremony recognizing outstanding achievements.


CSB employees, contractors, interns, volunteers, and community partners are all eligible to be nominated if their contribution strengthens the CSB’s vision, mission and values. We have a category for everyone!

Anyone! The nomination process is open to all CSB employees, volunteers and community members using the online submission. The Awards committee will select winners for each category area of excellence.

All nominations are reviewed and ranked by the CSB awards committee. The nominees with the highest rankings are selected to be the winner in their applicable area of excellence.

Nominees who are not selected to receive a CSB Spirit of Excellence Award will be recognized with an Honors Certificate in the applicable category.

Award winners and honorees will be highlighted during a special recognition ceremony (typically held at the Fairfax County Government Center). If the in-person ceremony is cancelled or held virtually, awards will be sent via interoffice mail to the recipients’ (or the person who nominated them) CSB work site.



The 12th Annual CSB Spirit of Excellence Awards Ceremony was held on Thursday, June 8, 2023, at the Fairfax County Government Center.

collage of individuals receiving award certificates at a ceremony

2023 Spirit of Excellence Award Recipients

Caring Hearts

Dr. Emily Schutzenhofer - BHOP Psychiatry Resident

Customer Service

Lauren Unger - Peer Outreach Response Team (PORT)

Good Samaritan

Megan Downey - Turning Point

Good Samaritan

CSB Talent Development Team


Brooke Dembert - Veterans Treatment Docket


Christina Manning - Project Management


The Honorable Judge Susan Earman - General District Court

Random Act of Kindness

RTDS Cornerstones Team


2023 Spirit of Excellence Award Nominees (Honors)

Caring Hearts


Lee Falcon - PATH (Volunteer)

Alison Larson - A New Beginning (Intern)

Steve Rosenblatt - A New Beginning (Intern)

Customer Service



Antoinette Betton - BH Supported Employment

Rebecca Bogdanovich-Valdes - Youth & Family Resource Team

Lily Carreira - Business Operations & Facility Management

Devon Cavanaugh - Wellness Circle

Victor Fernandez - Client Access Services Team (CAST)

Joya Lee - Diversion First

David Rios - Client Access Services Team (CAST)

Monica Smith - Case Management

Anthony Whitaker - Client Access Services Team (CAST)

Samer Yafi - Residential Admission Unit



Community Residential Services Team

Client Access Services Team (CAST) - Gartlan

Human Resources Team



Crystal Edmonds - Turning Point

Mirita Marquez - Client Access Services Team (CAST)

Entry Assessment & Referral Team





Dana Blanshan - Support Coordination

Samar Chwairy - BHOP - Nursing

Michelle Cowherd - Jail Diversion (Specialty Dockets)

Monica Foote Business Operations & Facility Management

Sherry Hassel - Developmental Disability Services

Whitney Johnson - CAST Regional Supervisor

Ashleigh Kinch - Assisted Community Residential Services (ACRS)

Katelyn Kukla - Jail Based Services

Morgan Theilacker - Office of Compliance & Risk Management

Lyn Tomlinson - Central Administration



Behavioral Health Nurse Supervisors

CAMS Leadership



Brian Dillon - BH Supported Employment

Tanika Hayes - Contractor

Gauri Malaviya - BH Supported Employment

DIT Team supporting Diversion First


individuals display trophies at an awards ceremony

For questions, email csbexcellence@fairfaxcounty.gov.

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