Michigan State Director Irma Clark-Coleman Receives Award

April 28, 2010

DETROIT, Michigan - April 28, 2010 - Molina Healthcare of Michigan recently recognized seven unsung heroes at is fourth annual Community Champions Awards. One of the winners was Sen. Irma Clark-Coleman from State of Michigan District 3. Entertainment was provided by the Detroit School of Arts jazz band and female choir and an art gallery showcasing students' work from the College of Creative Studies was displayed during the reception.

Sen. Irma Clark-Coleman is currently in the last year of her second term in the Michigan Senate, where she supported legislation to implement higher standards for pupil promotion and allow students in theology, divinity or religious programs to receive grant funds. In 1998 when she was elected to the Michigan House of Representatives, Sen. Clark-Coleman sponsored legislation to limit classroom size for K-3rd grade students and pushed to ease requirements for grandparents who adopt or become foster parents to grandchildren of whom they have custody. Prior to her political career, Sen. Clark-Coleman served Wayne County for 31 years as the director of human relations for the Road Commission. She was one of the first African-American women to hold a management position for the department. She was also the president of the Detroit Board of Education for three years.

"Sen. Clark-Coleman is truly an inspiration to so many of us," said Jesse Thomas, president of Molina Healthcare of Michigan. "She has not taken her influential position for granted and with it she continues to better the lives of others in the communities she serves."

Established to honor the memory of Dr. Molina, our Community Champions program spotlights the good deeds of everyday heroes in their communities. The 2010 winners were recognized in several categories: education; healthcare media; civic leader; faith-based organization; advocacy leader; support groups/service clubs and volunteer. Each winner also received a $1000 grant to give to a deserving nonprofit organization as part of his/her award. Sen. Irma Clark-Coleman donated her grant to Alternatives for Girls, a nonprofit organization that serves homeless and high-risk girls and young women in the Detroit area.

Photo ID (Left to Right): Juan Jose Orellana, vice president of marketing and communications-Molina Healthcare; Valorie Evans, Alternatives for Girls-grant recipient; Sen. Irma Clark-Coleman, winner; Jesse Thomas, president-Molina Healthcare of Michigan; Diane Byrd-Johnson, manager of community outreach-Molina Healthcare of Michigan.

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