JCA Names Three Award Winners for 2022

During our 49th annual meeting, the Jewish Council for the Aging paid tribute to three very special people who enable our agency to Help All Seniors Thrive.

Marianne Miller received the Jacqueline Unger Community Service Award. She has volunteered for more than 10 years with our State Health Insurance Assistance Program. Marianne is a certified Medicare counselor and stands ready to help Montgomery County callers understand their Medicare benefits.

She leads the Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plan comparison training as well as other volunteer trainings. She demonstrates leadership and initiative in all her work.

David “DVD” Doroheng received the Ruth Breslow-Young Staff Award. He always has a smile for those riding in the JCA buses he drives. No job or trip is too big or too small for DVD, and he often is requested by clients for special trips.

Besides driving, DVD helps JCA in many other ways. When our catalytic converters were stolen from beneath our buses, DVD saved the transportation department money by attaching a cat claw on all the buses so the converters could not be stolen again.

He often can be found in our parking lot changing bulbs in bus headlights and sanitizing the buses, especially during the height of the pandemic.

He’s always willing to help out, often saying, “Don’t worry. I’ll do anything to help out; it’s my job.”

The David Gamse Humanitarian Award went to former Montgomery County Executive Isaiah “Ike” Leggett. During his years in county government, Leggett often advocated for older adults. He helped JCA obtain the building it owns on Parklawn Drive in Rockville.

Prior to his three terms as county executive, Leggett was a professor of law and the assistant/associate dean at Howard University Law School. He is an Army captain and served in Viet Nam.

He has been an active member of numerous boards of directors, including the Jewish Foundation for Group Homes and Washington Area Housing Partnership.

JCA thanks these three award winners for all their devotion to older adults.