Dean Davis honored with Lifetime Achievement award

PITTSBURGH (October 6, 2017) – In its 20th year of celebrating the valuable work of community leaders and advocates for youths and families, Nabhi Christian Ministries of Lincoln/Larimer will honor four distinguished people at its annual NCM Awards dinner on Oct. 6. The theme for this 20th anniversary edition is, “Leadership builds safe pathways for the healthy development of children.” This event is sponsored by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield and UPMC Center for Engagement and Inclusion.

Dr. Larry E. Davis, one of the country’s foremost experts on race relations, is one of the NCM Lifetime Achievement Award recipients. The author of eight books and dozens of academic papers, Dr. Davis is dean of the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Social Work, the Donald M. Henderson Professor, and founding director of Pitt’s Center on Race and Social Problems.

“We are so pleased to honor Dr. Davis. His accomplishments at Pitt, as an author and national speaker, and in many more realms throughout his lifetime make him an ideal candidate for this award,” said the Rev. Jacque Fielder, pastor of Nabhi Christian Ministries and founder of the NCM Awards.

The second Lifetime Achievement Award recipient is the Honorable Cheryl Lynn Allen, the first African- American woman elected to Pennsylvania Superior Court. A former educator in the Pittsburgh Public Schools system and former judge in Allegheny County Common Pleas Court, Ms. Allen has helped to change the lives of many young offenders and families.

“Judge Allen’s innovative ideas included establishing Birth Parent Mentoring programs and Youth Enrichment Services, and she has an extensive and impressive volunteer track record, making her another ideal candidate for this award,” Ms. Fielder said.

The third Lifetime Achievement Award recipient is Linwood Alford of Beaver County, vice president and director of Civil Rights and Economic Justice.

“Mr. Alford’s impressive early work providing safe havens for teens is augmented by his continual work to help African-Americans, Latinos and other minorities combat poverty and inequitable rates of incarceration,” Ms. Fielder said. “His reach extends beyond Beaver, Lawrence and Allegheny counties to include accomplishments nationally and as an executive member of the Central Labor Council (AFL- CIO).”

The 2017 NCM Community "HERO" Leadership Award recipient is Mr. Shad Henderson, the director of Community Partnerships and Investments at Neighborhood Allies and a coordinator for Neighborhood Allies CDC and CBO partnerships.

“We are so proud of Mr. Henderson’s work as a former educator of 4-H Youth Development for the Penn State Center in Pittsburgh, where he piloted a leadership initiative for young African-American males of the East End so they could become actively engaged in the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of local neighborhood improvement projects,” Ms. Fielder said. “He also deserves recognition for his passionate outreach work as a former senior executive assistant to state Sen. Jim Ferlo.”

NCM Awards is an honoree-focused grand affair emceed by Pittsburgh journalist Chris Moore. The evening of cocktails and dinner at The Rivers Club includes live jazz by Jared Wilson & The Vibe, special tributes and the awards presentation. Business attire is appropriate.

Ticket donations are $75 per person, or $600 for a table of 8. Purchase tickets online at or at Dorsey’s Record Shop (412-731-6607). Tickets are subject to a $2 service fee. Sponsorship information is available by calling Tracee at 412-661-1919, 412-983-1866 or emailing

Any proceeds after costs would benefit NCM Distribution Program that has provided new winter coats, educational supplies and toys for children in need for over 18 years.

If you’re interested in becoming a sponsoring partner for this event, or have any questions, please contact Tracee by phone at 412-661-1919 x 1, 412-983-1866 or email You can also visit the NCM website at or Facebook page,


Nabhi Christian Ministries (aka NCM of Pittsburgh) is a nonprofit, 501©3, tax-exempt organization. All donations are tax-deductible within guidelines of the PA federal tax law. NCM is an all-volunteer organization with low overhead. We are committed to building safe pathways for the healthy development of children victimized by or exposed to drugs, violence and other harsh environments in Allegheny County. Our goals are accomplished through the mission to enhance impoverished communities by reducing havoc and creating healthy environments that mentor, train and develop quality citizens of all ages. NCM honors leaders who are committed to building and strengthening our communities.