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Attorney General Josh Stein Honors Five Triad Area North Carolinians with 2023 Dogwood Awards

For Immediate Release:
Tuesday, November 21, 2023

Nazneen Ahmed (919) 716-0060

***Pictures from today’s event are available here.

 Attorney General Josh Stein Honors Five Triad Area North Carolinians with 2023 Dogwood Awards

(RALEIGH) Attorney General Josh Stein today honored five North Carolinians in the Triad with the Attorney General’s Dogwood Award. These awards are given out annually to recognize people who are working to improve the health, safety, and well-being of their fellow North Carolinians.

Recipients in the Triad are:

Detectives Tori Kennedy and Josh Schultz

“When officers respond to domestic violence incidents, they have a small window of opportunity to help victims get support and resources to find safety,” said Attorney General Josh Stein. “Detectives Kennedy and Schultz are using and – teaching – evidence-based screening tools to determine when to intervene, so more officers can better respond to high-risk calls and more victims can leave violent, dangerous situations.”

Detectives Tori Kennedy is an SVU detective with the Burlington Police Department. Detective Josh Schultz is an SVU and Major Crimes detective with the Burlington Police Department. Both are trainers for the Lethality Assessment Program, a set of evidence-based criteria to help officers determine risk levels for victims of domestic violence and know when to get them connected to local domestic violence service providers.

Catherine Johnson

“Catherine Johnson’s work with the Guilford Family Justice Center is saving lives,” said Attorney General Josh Stein. “She helps ensure that people in unsafe relationships or households can get mental, financial, and social support to find safety and build healthy futures.”

Catherine Johnson is the director of the Guilford Family Justice Center.

Rep. Kyle Hall

“Rep. Hall used his experience as both a Realtor and a legislator to help protect North Carolina homeowners,” said Attorney General Josh Stein. “He championed the Unfair Real Estate Agreements Act, which is protecting North Carolinians from greedy, deceptive real estate companies.”

Rep. Kyle Hall represents District 91 (Forsyth and Stokes counties) in the North Carolina House of Representatives.

Chancellor Harold Martin

“Chancellor Harold Martin has led an era of tremendous growth for NC A&T,” said Attorney General Josh Stein. “His leadership has helped make the university a leading HBCU with the largest student enrollment in the nation and its graduates are achieving great things across the world.”

Dr. Harold Martin is the chancellor of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.

The 2023 Dogwood Award recipients are:

  1. Lynn Guilliams, Fuquay-Varina Middle School
  2. Baker Burleson, parent advocate
  3. Survivors of sexual assault, Accepted by Amy Feath, Carousel Child Advocacy Center
  4. Sen. Tom McInnis
  5. Nidhi Sachdeva, North Carolina Association of County Commissioners
  6. Diannee Carden-Glenn, ekiM For Change
  7. District Attorney Ashley Hornsby Welch, Prosecutorial District 43
  8. Detective Tori Kennedy, Burlington Police Department
  9. Detective Josh Schultz, Burlington Police Department
  10. Jan and Ron Kimble, Jamie Kimble Foundation for Courage
  11. Rashida Gittens, domestic violence victor and advocate
  12. Catherine Johnson, Guilford Family Justice Center
  13. Philip Cooper, Operation Gateway
  14. Mayor Preston Blakely, Town of Fletcher
  15. Officer Robert Daughety, Jacksonville Police Department
  16. Officer Sarah Butler, Jacksonville Police Department
  17. Sheriff Lowell Griffin, Henderson County
  18. Sheriff Clee Atkinson, Edgecombe County
  19. Kara Fox, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  20. Maria Teresa Maza, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  21. Ryan Etheridge, Cleveland County Schools
  22. Kimberly Jones, Chapel Hill High School
  23. Mayor Zeb Smathers, Town of Canton
  24. Rep. Kyle Hall
  25. Cady Thomas
  26. Cassandra Brooks, Medicaid Expansion advocate
  27. Firefighter Kevin Murphy, on behalf of the Charlotte Fire Department
  28. Captain Jeff Bright, on behalf of the Charlotte Fire Department
  29. Senator H.M. Michaux, Jr.
  30. Judge Shirley Fulton, North Carolina Superior Court
  31. Chancellor Kenneth E. Peacock, Appalachian State University
  32. Chancellor Harold L. Martin, Sr., North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
  33. Jonas Swartz, MD, MPH, Duke Health
  34. Ernestine Bryant, Brunswick County


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