HOUSTON — Southwestern Energy Company announced Dec. 16 the employee recipients of the SWN Community Hero Awards, a volunteer recognition program designed to reward and encourage employees for their volunteer service. Through this annual program now in its inaugural year, the company will honor and recognize up to 10 outstanding employees for their volunteer achievements with a qualifying non-profit organization. In addition to highlighting these stellar employees, Southwestern Energy will grant $2,000 awards to each of the qualifying non-profit partners where the winning volunteers have focused their time.

"Every year, Southwestern Energy Company employees quietly invest their own personal time to volunteer in various roles with valuable non-profit organizations," said Southwestern President and Chief Executive Officer Steven Mueller. "The Community Hero Awards represents Southwestern’s strong commitment to our valued employees and the communities where we live and operate."

Nonprofit organizations in Southwestern’s major US markets were encouraged to work with Southwestern employees active in their organizations this year to complete and submit applications. The 10 employees selected this year are:

Katrina Blair — Spring Branch ISD (public youth education). She served as an Early College Program advisor, as well as a parent representative for local and state conferences/activities and other positions.

John Campbell — Comp-U-Dopt (technology, youth education). He chaired the organization’s Advisory Board, mentored children who receive equipment and led a 300 percent increase in donations in 2009.

Damian Friend — Spring Volunteer Fire Department (health, fire prevention). As a trained volunteer firefighter, Damian also served as a spokesperson for fire safety and was commended for his heroism.

Michael Harrell — Quapaw Area Council Boy Scouts (youth education, civic). Harrell, a 20-year volunteer with the Scouts, was instrumental in the renovation and development of the Gus Blass Scout Reservation.

Dana Kelly — Camp For All (special needs, youth and adults). Dana volunteered in multiple projects and raised enough money to send 10 underserved children to a camp for children with challenging illnesses.

Christy Reed — Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (health education). Christy was credited with raising approximately $15,000 in two years, serving as an active volunteer and triathlon athlete.

Cynthia Schmidt — Oilfield Helping Hands (civic, community). Cynthia served in multiple volunteer functions, including a strategic position which led to a $100,000 gift which will allow OHH to expand its offerings.

Christina Thomas — National MS Society/MS 150 (civic education). Christina has held a major leadership position in connection with the MS 150 Bike Tour for the past five years.

Melissa Turner — Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Central AR (youth, community). Melissa, in her 7th year as a volunteer for BBBS, served as an event coordinator for the Bowl for Kids Sake event, recruited multiple volunteers and helped raise more than $10,000 in 2010

Gary Williams — K-Life of Ozark (youth education, community). Williams, a 10-year volunteer with K-Life, has served as board president as well as chief lawnmower and youth recruiter.