The Honeywell Hometown Heroes Award was established to honor individuals who are exceptional community leaders focused on making a positive impact in their communities. To qualify as a Hometown Hero, honorees must exemplify a spirit of dedication to initiatives aligned with one or more of Honeywell’s key areas of focus:
Math & Science
Housing & Shelter
Family Safety & Security
Habitat & Conservation
These dedicated, caring and highly motivated individuals are doing the right work, right now.
Deborah Barnhart, CEO, U.S. Space & Rocket Center, received the Honeywell Hometown Heroes Award at the Inventor’s Ball in Huntsville, Alabama, on January 29, 2015.
Barnhart was recognized for educating teachers and students through collaboration with Honeywell by bringing two great programs created by Honeywell and U.S. Space & Rocket Center (USSRC), Honeywell Educators @ Space Academy and Honeywell Leadership Challenge Academy.
Honeywell’s partnership with the USSRC began in 2004 with the launch of the Honeywell Educators @ Space Academy, a scholarship program for middle school math and science teachers. Since then, more than 2,100 teachers have attended the academy, and in turn, have inspired more than 2 million students around the world.
In 2010, Honeywell and the USSRC joined forces again, creating the Honeywell Leadership Challenge Academy, a program that teaches children of Honeywell employees leadership skills in science, technology, engineering, and math using innovative interactive technology, science-oriented workshops and team exercises. More than 1,450 students from 47 countries have attended this scholarship program.
Barnhart is a Huntsville native and University of Alabama alumna. She joined the U.S. Navy and rose to the rank of Captain. She earned an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in education from Vanderbilt University.
Earlier this year Barnhart was named to the Alabama Spaceport Authority Advisory Task Force by Alabama Governor Robert Bentley.
Stephen Wowelko, immediate past president of the Onondaga County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs and member and past chairman of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Region 7 Fish and Wildlife Management board, received the Honeywell Hometown Heroes Award at the annual Onondaga County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs Awards Banquet on Friday, April 11, 2014.
Wowelko was recognized for his tireless commitment to habitat and conservation. For decades Steve has worked with the community in hands-on conservation activities, helping to raise awareness of the importance of protecting natural resources.
Collaboration between Honeywell Hometown Solutions, Wowelko and the Sportsmen’s Clubs began when Honeywell stepped in to support Sportsmen’s Days at Carpenter’s Brook in 2009. Under Wowelko’s leadership, Honeywell Sportsmen’s Days at Carpenter’s Brook grew from 400 participants to more than 6,000 in 2013.
Wowelko also has been instrumental in leading efforts to restore the fish hatchery.
As president of the federation from 2007 to 2014, Wowelko oversaw 40 different sportsmen’s clubs with memberships reaching more than 5,000. He was inducted into the New York State Outdoorsmen Hall of Fame in 2010 and was awarded The Post-Standard Heroes of Conservation award in 2009.
Wowelko has also served on the DEC Region 7 Citizen Task Force for Deer Management.
Honeywell Chairman and CEO Dave Cote presented Richard Walden, President, CEO and Founder of Operation USA, with the Honeywell Hometown Heroes Award in Dana Point, CA, in January 2014.
The award recognizes Walden’s long-term partnership with Honeywell Hometown Solutions (HHS) and commitment to improving the lives of others and making hometowns better places to live. Since 2004, HHS and Operation USA have collaborated on many humanitarian relief efforts for communities devastated by natural disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes and tsunamis.
Collaboration between Honeywell Hometown Solutions and Operation USA began with the reconstruction of an entire fishing village in Sri Lanka destroyed by the tsunami that hit Southeast Asia in 2004. Other projects included building health clinics in Pakistan after a 2005 earthquake; establishing clean water systems in India in 2007; rebuilding two elementary schools and five health clinics in China after a 2008 earthquake; and building a new school in Haiti following a 2010 earthquake.
In 2013, Honeywell and Operation USA opened the Honeywell Ibasho House, a new community center for senior citizens following the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
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