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Dome - Legacy of Service

Dome January/February 2014

Legacy of Service

Date: January 1, 2014

MLK award recipients
The 2013 MLK award recipients: Seated: Jennifer Lockhart, Kristin Sheffield-Hunt, Bridget Calvert, Ede Taylor, Nusaiba Baker. Standing: Anthony Walker, Brian Boyle, Arthur Burnett II.

Nusaiba Baker, Graduate Student, Biology
The Johns Hopkins University

Every week, Nusaiba Baker talks about the brain with Baltimore City kindergarten and middle school students as part of Making Neuroscience Fun, an initiative run by Johns Hopkins’ Nu Rho Psi Undergraduate Neuroscience Society. Baker has also volunteered in The Johns Hopkins Hospital’s pediatric oncology unit.

Her service commitment reaches overseas. On family trips to Iraq, she observed many households disrupted by wartime bombings and women who had few educational opportunities to help improve their situations. She founded a nonprofit that teaches widows and orphans sewing, first aid and other skills to better support themselves and their families. This center also brings in doctors to teach women such health care basics as how to do self-examinations for breast cancer.

Bridget Calvert, Project Manager
Johns Hopkins HealthCare

Bridget Calvert recalls the joy she felt when her mother took her shopping for boots and clothes for the residents in the homeless shelter near their Helena, Mont., home. In high school, she spent a month with a missionary group in Jamaica building a community center. 

Today, Calvert regularly writes letters and sends care packages to troops she’s adopted as part of the Soldiers’ Angels program, volunteers at an annual event for special education students at the Ruth Parker Eason School in Millersville, Md., raises money for the Light House Shelter in Annapolis and volunteers as a guest reader at a local school.

Brian Boyle, Graduate Student, Communications
The Johns Hopkins University

Nine years ago, a near-fatal car accident sent Brian Boyle to Shock Trauma with massive injuries requiring a two-month hospital stay and 36 blood transfusions. “If I ever make a full recovery,” he remembers thinking, “I will do my best to make a positive impact in the world.”

Today, Boyle serves as a national volunteer spokesman for the American Red Cross, traveling the country to share his personal story about the urgent need for blood donors. He has hosted his own “Iron Heart” blood drives—the first of which took place in 2009 at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. He is also a patient advocate with Johns Hopkins’ Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality. 

Arthur L. Burnett II, M.D., M.B.A., Professor of Urology
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

A child of parents who did philanthropic work and instilled in him the value of giving back, Arthur Burnett performs free health screenings at local events, travels around the world on medical missions and is working to increase urology training in the Caribbean and other underserved parts of the world. He also works with Mentoring Male Teens in the Hood, an organization that empowers young African-American men using positive messages on how to take control of their lives.

Kristin Sheffield-Hunt, Administrative Coordinator
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

When Kristin Sheffield-Hunt was 16, she suddenly required a kidney transplant. In the 19 years since then, she has worked to raise awareness about kidney disease and the need for organ donation. She volunteers at Camp All-Stars, a camp organized by the Pediatric Transplant Center, as well as at many other local and national children’s charities, such as the National Kidney Foundation, United Way and Living Legacy Foundation. She often mentors teens facing kidney disease and encourages them to take responsibility for their health.

Anthony Walker, Protective Services Officer
Johns Hopkins Health System

After moving to Baltimore for college, Anthony Walker quickly saw similarities to the South Carolina community he grew up in: unemployment, crime and few activities for young people, particularly young African-American males. In 2011, he founded Man to Man: The Betty Walker Project, an initiative named for his mother, a teacher, who encouraged him and his sisters to make a difference through community service. Among the project’s activities are biweekly meetings where a speaker presents or where the group has an open dialogue on issues of interest. 

Jennifer Lockhart, OB/GYN Practice Administrator
Johns Hopkins Community Physicians

As a child, Jennifer Lockhart helped her mother—who worked at Healthcare for the Homeless, first as a nurse practitioner and eventually as its president and CEO—with office work and fundraising. Later, as a nursing student, Lockhart also helped out in the medical clinic. 

Today, Lockhart serves on the board of directors for the United Way of Central Maryland and is co-chair of Emerging Leaders United, a group of Johns Hopkins professionals committed to making a difference in the community.


Ede Taylor, Project Coordinator  
Johns Hopkins Health System

After living in the Belair-Edison community of East Baltimore for almost 20 years, Ede Taylor decided it was time to help change the instability she had witnessed in her neighborhood.

Ten years ago, Taylor helped to establish the Belair-Edison Healthy Community Coalition to provide services for young people, seniors and adults through partnerships and collaborations with local civic organizations. She continues to find ways to connect people to resources, such as adults seeking career skills; teens needing afterschool activities; and groups, churches and organizations desiring community partnerships. Among the activities she organizes is the annual Back to School Camp Out, a daylong event to strengthen young people’s social and leadership skills and prepare them for the upcoming school year.