Mazzolini First Recipient of State Award

Tanya Mazzolini of Life Care Centers of America was the first recipient of the Susan Goodman Community Impact Award, which made its debut appearance this year at a United Ways of Tennessee State Association Board Meeting.

Nominations were accepted statewide from a membership that is comprised of various local United Ways, including metropolitan areas such as Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga, and Memphis. 

Susan Goodman, the award’s namesake, was the President and CEO of United Ways of Benton and Humphries Counties and chaired the Board for the United Ways of Tennessee and Volunteer Tennessee. Goodman also claimed the titles of Mrs. Tennessee (’83) and Mrs. America (’83). 

The criteria for receiving the Susan Goodman Community Impact Award included a history of outstanding voluntary service, with an exemplary contribution in time, talents, and possessions to the community. 

“Tanya is an extraordinary champion for our community and the United Way,” says Matt Ryerson, President & CEO of United Way of the Ocoee Region. “She has led the corporate campaign with her company, Life Care Centers of America, raising over $400,000 annually for many years. Her time investment is beyond any donor that I have known and she has utilized her talents (which are really broad, from accounting to karate) to teach and grow others nearly every day.”

The immediate past-board chair for United Way of the Ocoee Region, Mazzolini saw tremendous growth under her leadership. During her tenure, United Way of the Ocoee Region saw the launch of 2-1-1, the expansion of the AmeriCorps VISTA program, the creation of the Center for Social Impact, and the highest campaigns in the organization’s history. She is the first Board Chair to serve two consecutive terms, a trend that United Way hopes will continue.

Mazzolini is also a key member of the local Rotary Club, serving on the Board of Directors and most recently serving on the Rotary gala committee, putting her accounting skills to work by serving as the bookkeeper for the event that raised well over $20,000 for nonprofits in our community.

Aside from being extensively involved with United Way and Rotary, Mazzolini is involved in a variety of other aspects in the community, being a force for victims of domestic violence locally, teaching self-defense classes for women, and advocating for orphans on many mission trips around the world including the Philippines.  

“Tanya Mazzolini is one of the most engaged volunteers we have ever had and sets the bar high for future recipients of this award. Her passion for creating a lasting positive impact shows in the way she devotes herself the betterment of those around her,” says Ryerson.

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(L-R) Matt Ryerson, President & CEO of United Way of the Ocoee Region; Laura Markham, President of United Way of Benton and Humphreys Counties; Tanya Mazzolini, Recipient of Susan Goodman Award