Journey of Hope Awards

Each year Standpoint recognizes the passion and dedication of those who work to bring safety and justice to domestic and sexual violence victims/survivors. The work we do as change makers often goes overlooked. This award recognizes the courage and strength of these individuals and honors their on-going efforts to; provide advocacy and justice to domestic and sexual violence survivors; help build communities intolerant of domestic and sexual violence; and work to change people's lives for the better.  

This is a chance for coworkers to celebrate each other and an opportunity for Standpoint to honor passion and dedication within the field. We seek candidates in three categories: Advocacy, Legal Services, and Outstanding Community Service.


Standpoint accepts community nominations, which can be made by anyone with knowledge of the nominee’s accomplishments. However, self-nominations will not be accepted. If you wish to nominate more than one person, a separate letter should be used for each. Nominations must include the following:

  • Nomination form (2020 form will be available this summer)

  • Letter of Nomination providing as many facts possible about the nominee and their hard work and passion (no more than three, double spaced, typed pages)

  • Two references attached with contact information


The completed Nomination Form and supporting materials should be sent to:


Journey of Hope Award 


2233 University Avenue West, Suite 150

St. Paul, MN 55114 or Fax: 612-343-0786 


Nominees will be evaluated on the basis of their:

  • demonstrated ability to instill the desire to end sexual and domestic violence in individuals, systems, or the community;

  • understanding the needs of battered women and their children; and

  • unique contribution to the anti-violence movement


Those selected to receive the award will have:

  • strong leadership skills;

  • proven record of significant contributions to work on behalf of battered women and their children;

  • demonstrated commitment to the personal and professional development of women;

  • worked in the domestic violence field for a minimum of three years

The Journey of Hope Awards presentation will take place in October—during Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Watch our Facebook page and your emails for details!


2019 Journey of Hope Award Ceremony details can be found here.

Journey of Hope Award 2019 Recipients

Previous Journey of Hope Award Winners

Advocacy: Doreen L’Allier, Community Resource Worker, 360 Communities
Legal Services: Referee Mary Madden, 4th Judicial District, Family Court
Community Member: Chief Jim Hughes, Sartell Police Department

Advocacy: Paula Morton, Mending the Sacred Hoop
Legal Services: Zachary Marsh, Attorney, Marsh PLLC
Community Member: Elisa Umpierre, former Rochester Police Department lieutenant

Advocacy: Chris Swenson, Family Safety Network, Vosiney Wiley Smith, Breaking Free
Legal Services: Pat Sauter, Bassford Remele

Advocacy: Becky Redetzke Field, The Aurora Center for Advocacy & Education
Legal Services: Virginia W. Merritt, Legal Assistance of Olmsted County
Community Member: CW2 Jennifer Diaz, Minnesota National Guard

Advocacy: Vernona Boswell, Advocate, Domestic Abuse Service Center
Legal Services: Christy Snow-Kaster, Attorney, Central MN Legal Services

Advocacy: Judy Miller Thomas
Legal Services: Cooper & Reid Law Firm

Advocacy: Stephanie Pry, Advocate, Polk County Attorney Victim Services
Legal Services: Thomas Gilligan, Attorney, Murane Brandt
Community Member: Dave Schultz, Officer, Hennepin County Sheriff’s Division
Special Award: Marna Anderson, Former Executive Director of WATCH

Advocacy: Sheila Korby, Advocate, Someplace Safe
Legal Services: Shane Baker, Assistant County Attorney, Kandiyohi County
Community Member: Sgt. Sharon Carpenter, Minneapolis Police Officer, Domestic Abuse Service Center, Chris Moseman, Probation Officer, Hennepin County

Advocacy: Sue Fite, advocate in the Hennepin County Attorney’s Domestic Abuse Service Center
Legal Services: Lisa Lamm Bachman, Attorney
Community Member: Melanie J. Terwey, Probation, Hennepin County

Advocacy: Sharon Brice, Advocate, Domestic Abuse Project
Legal Services: Mary Ellison, Attorney, Polaris Project
Community Member: Sgt. Bill Blake (posthumous ward)

Advocacy: Kathi Oxenreider, Safe Avenues
Legal Services: Lenore Millibergity, Immigrant Law Center
Community Member: Candy Bakion