2017 Awards Winners
Olathe Human Relations Commission Chairman’s Award
Ian Grillot became an Olathe legend after he was wounded trying to tackle the gunman who turned Austin's Bar and Grill into the scene of a hate crime scene last February. Ian continues to recover from his injuries and works to empower people by spreading hope and love.
Olathe Human Relations Commission Humanitarian Award
James (J.R.) West (posthumous)
James West was an adventurous man, grounded in strong family values. For him, everywhere was community, whether it was showing youth how to ride horses or educating people about the Buffalo Soldiers.
Angela’s led the successful launch and expansion of Olathe’s Meet and Eat meal program. The program serves weekday lunches to anyone under 18 at Olathe’s downtown library, reducing hunger among our youngest, most vulnerable citizens.
Mr. Dunmore served on the Olathe Human Relations Commission for ten years. Through his faith outreach and program innovation he has increased access to basic resources—such as food, clothing and shelter, for our City’s most vulnerable residents.
After more than 30 years of service in our community, the retired founding pastor of Indian Creek Community Church has left a strong legacy. Gary helped form the Olathe Latino Coalition. His Indian Creek Community Church was one of the first to develop a church/school partnership.
Olathe Human Relations Commission Educator Award
Jason Herman is the Principal at Olathe North High School. Principal Herman created a sustainable culture that ignites and nourishes potential in all students, particularly those who are underserved.
Olathe Human Relations Commission Youth Award
Amanda Yoksh and Daytona Hodson are food allergy education crusaders who have brought food allergy awareness and understanding to school and government leaders, as well as their peers.
Amanda and Daytona held the inaugural Food Allergy Awareness week at Olathe North and the first Food Allergy Management training to educate faculty and staff. Because of their work, Mayor Michael Copeland proclaimed May 14-20 as Food Allergy Awareness Week in Olathe, KS.
Olathe Human Relations Commission Business Person Award
Darren Odum is in his 10th year as Business Development Director for Olathe Health. Through his community board service, Darren makes the extra effort to connect the dots within the community to insure all members are taken care of and supported.
Persons with Disabilities Accessible Community Award
Jennifer O'Gorman is an instructor in Olathe who teaches chemistry, engineering and the Engineer a Better World capstone class. As part of their Engineer a Better World capstone, Jennifer encouraged her students to partner with Olathe’s special needs community to deliver spectacular costumes.
Bryan Reagan manages 360 Gymnastics in Olathe. He began working with Elia when she was just 4 years old and designed a device that would allow her to swing on the uneven bars, despite the fact she was missing three fingers on her hand. He also coaches two boys missing their entire left hands.