KNOXVILLE (May 13, 2013) – A member of the Knox County Community Outreach staff was recently awarded the M. Jeffrey Byrd Distinguished Service Award from King College. Community Outreach Coordinator April Tomlin received the award and also earned her bachelor’s degree in communications from King College. She graduated last week.
“This award is presented to a King student who ‘exceeds expectations’ through his or her service to the community and has modeled leadership in a variety of ways throughout their college career,” the King College website states. “The award pays tribute to those who have displayed a heart for service and commitment to the mission of King, which emphasizes cultural transformation in Christ. The award also honors academic achievement, servant leadership and dedication to the student body as well as the local community.”
In addition to working full time for Knox County, Tomlin also volunteers with the Shangri-La Therapeutic Academy of Riding (STAR) and Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee. She also volunteered for the Extreme Makeover Home Edition build in Knoxville. She did all of these things while balancing a full-time course load at King.
While working for Knox County, Tomlin has worked directly with constituents who contact the mayor’s office seeking assistance with various issues, and currently works closely with seniors and volunteers in Knox County’s five senior centers.
The late M. Jeffrey Byrd is a former chairman of the King College Board of Trustees and was the president and general manager of Bristol Motor Speedway from Jan. 1996 until his death in Oct. 2010.