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2018 Award Winners

image dholmesDerek Holmes
Business Development Coordinator, Office of Business Opportunity, Contract Compliance

Though Derek has only served the city a short time, he has made a big impact on the community.

He mentors students in grades 6 to 12 every other Saturday about leadership, finance, and life skills via the nonprofit organization 100 Black Men of Metropolitan Houston.

For the past two years, Derek has served as the Director of a Historical Black College Tour for 65 students across 17 college campuses.

He also served as membership co-chairman for the Greater Houston Black Chamber of Commerce.

His volunteerism is ensuring a bright future for many youths in the Houston area.


imge lgilesLinda Giles-Terrell
Senior 911 Telecommunicator, Houston Emergency Center 

Linda’s strong sense of faith has guided her life or service.

For the past 30 years, she has volunteered at Refuge Temple Ministries.

Linda leads the mature women bible study group, serves as an usher and a bible school teacher, answers calls on the church prayer line, and also volunteers with the church’s broadcast team.  

Linda also volunteers with Highways and Hedges, an on-the-road ministry.  

Linda has provided 28 years of service to the city, working through many inclement weather events such as Tropical Storm Allision, Hurricane Ike, and most recently Hurricane Harvey.  

She is a member of the Employee Discipline Committee and volunteers at various public safety health fairs.

She carries the spirit of giving back wherever she goes.  


image mitzMary Itz
Principal Planner, Housing and Community Development Department, Planning and Grants Management

Mary understands what it means to give back.

Over the past six years she has served as lead volunteer, treasurer, and lead archivist for the Junior League of Houston, a nonprofit whose community outreach efforts focuses on basic needs, abuse of women and children, healthcare, education and cultural enrichment.

For the past year, she has served as a Board Member for Main Street Theater.

Mary also works to keep Houston traditions alive through her volunteerism with the Houston Rodeo and Preservation Houston.

She is a dedicated volunteer who is committed to helping others.


image mwadiaMuhammad Wadia
Financial Analyst, Finance Department

Muhammad Wadia is truly a community hero.

After Harvey waters flooded thousands of Houston homes, he stepped up to help residents rebuild.

Wadia rallied a group of volunteers to clean up homes in Katy, Sugarland, the Woodlands and Richmond areas.

Wadia and his team of volunteers worked days, nights and weekends in the weeks following the devastation of Harvey, helping to clean 40 flooded homes.

Not only did Wadia coordinate cleanup efforts, he visited shelters to assist those with special dietary needs due to religious tenets.

He also coordinated pick up and drop off services for those whose cars had flooded.

His actions during a catastrophic time in our city are truly what the Bravo Awards truly stand for, selfless service to the community.


image sthuragoodSheldon Theragood
Officer, Houston Police Department, Homeless Outreach Team 

When it comes to being inspired, you don’t have to look any further than Sheldon Theragood.

After becoming a Houston Police Officer, he founded Theragood Deeds, a nonprofit organization that provides mentoring, counseling and outreach opportunities to encourage a positive impact on local youth.

Theragood Deeds has held multiple events including Beat the Heat for Houston Homeless, Real Talk with Youth, Christmas for Kids, Thanksgiving and Veterans Day outreach, an annual Easter Egg hunt and brunch for kids, and a Valentine’s Day outreach for nursing home residents.

Currently, Officer Theragood serves on HPD’s homeless outreach team, connecting homeless people with basic services to help them rebuild their lives.

This year, he received the Life Saving Award from Police Chief Art Acevedo for his recovery efforts after Harvey. His passion for helping local youth, the homeless, and the community is a shining example of public service.


image vwilsonVerdis Wilson
Audit Supervisor, Public Works, Office of Director, Internal Review Section 

For the past 15 years, Verdis Wilson has volunteered at New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church, a church where he has been a member since he was a child. He serves as Treasurer on the church’s Finance Committee, helping to oversee church finances.

This year, Verdis helped coordinate “Soup -er – bowl” for the church, a food drive benefitting Houston’s homeless.

Last year, Verdis became a Deacon, and assists with church offerings and communion.

He donates annually to Texas Southern University and serves as President of TSU’s School of Business Alumni Chapter and is a board member for TSU’s School of Business Advisory Council.

He also serves as vice president of finance for TSU’s National Alumni Association.

Since 2013, he has volunteered with the Mayor’s Annual Back to School Fest. Verdis’ service to the community and the city are truly exceptional.


Last modified on Wednesday, 16 May 2018 18:48
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