Marshall Herron, Licensed Fiduciary at Jewish Family & Children’s Services of Southern Arizona receives 2018 Diane Lynn Anderson Memorial Award
March, 2018, Tucson, AZ – Jewish Family & Children’s Services of Southern Arizona (JFCS) is proud to announce that Marshall Herron received the prestigious Diane Lynn Anderson Memorial Award granted by the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona at the National Association of Social Workers Arizona Chapter 2 luncheon earlier this year at the YWCA.
Every year, the Diane Lynn Anderson Memorial Award recognizes outstanding individuals who embody the same qualities that Diane possessed; active acceptance, respect, compassion, devotion and caring for people with disabilities.
For more than forty years, Marshall has devoted himself to transforming the lives of vulnerable community members. Beginning with his community service as a young boy at B’nai B’rith, the oldest Jewish community service organization in the world, it was clear that Marshall had the innate compassion and inner strength to walk in somebody else’s shoes and provide an extraordinary level of support for vulnerable people. He rose through the ranks to serve as local President and District Vice President of B’nai B’rith.
During his youth, Marshall sang with the Tucson Boys Chorus for eight years touring around the country. He continued to be involved as a volunteer at the Tucson Boys Chorus’ Christmas tree lot for 25 years, and was recognized for his spirit of volunteerism by the Arizona Daily Star.
While a student at the University of Arizona, Marshall worked at the UA Medical Center assisting the psychiatric nursing staff with acute care services. As a Psychiatric Specialist and Technician, he facilitated both group and individual support sessions while working with medical teams to develop person-centered behavioral treatment programs. Marshall continued to work with these psychiatric patients, their families, and caregivers for the next decade.
For the next thirty years, Marshall shared his remarkable gifts with people with developmental disabilities as a case manager and guardian administrator for the Pima County Public Fiduciary. “Marshall has a huge heart for persons with a disability allowing members to have a voice in their own lives.”-Lee Martin, Arizona Department of Economic Security /Division of Developmental Disabilities.
At JFCS of Southern Arizona, Marshall is a licensed fiduciary and the lead in the Guardianship Division for people with disabilities and incapacitated individuals. Many people, not only the disabled, become unable to advocate for themselves later in life. When and if this happens, a surrogate is necessary to safeguard their wishes.