Margot Carrington

Lois Roth Award, 2018

In recognition of her work as a Country Public Affairs Officer in Tokyo.

Robin Solomon

Lois Roth Award Honorable Mention, 2018

In recognition of her work as a Cultural Affairs Officer in Jerusalem.

Monica Davis

Lois Roth Award Honorable Mention, 2018

In recognition of her work as a Cultural Affairs Officer in Phnom Penh.

Priscilla Hernandez

From left to right: Acting Assistant Secretary for ECA Mark Taplin, Priscilla Hernandez, LRE Chair Skyler Arndt-Briggs and LRE Founder Richard Arndt

Lois Roth Award, 2017

In recognition of her work as a Cultural Affairs Officer in Venezuela.


Damian Wampler

Lois Roth Endowment Honorable Mention, 2017

In recognition of his work as a Cultural Affairs Officer in Georgia.

David Edginton

Lois Roth Award, 2016

Through his work in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Edginton has inspired countless colleagues and transformed staff roles. He has energized the U.S. Embassy’s engagement with youth and women and brought innovations to its arts and education programs. Demonstrating Lois Roth’s knack for finding audiences where they live, David also created a series of cartoon YouTube videos to promote studying in the U.S. These became the most-watched State Department videos in history.

Yolonda Kerney

Lois Roth Award, 2015 

LOIS ROTH AWARD - Yolonda Kerney

As the Public Affairs Officer at the US Mission to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States, Kearney exhibited consummate skill in forging partnerships among alumni of the Bureau for Educational and Cultural Affairs, reinvigorating programs, cultivating new audiences, and establishing a broad base of influential contacts. Her innovative and forward-leaning social inclusion programs promoted equality for women, the LGBT community, those with disabilities, at-risk youth, and other marginalized persons. Her STEM programs have resonated throughout the eastern Caribbean, and, in support of President Obama’s educational initiative for the Americas, she facilitated agreements between US and Caribbean universities and organized  college fairs.

Sherry Keneson-Hall

Lois Roth Award, 2014

In recognition of her work in the Czech Republic. Keneson-Hall’s approach connects an astounding range of people and venues: from Pilsen to Prague, from a police force to the Republic’s most famous artist, with visitors from Bill Murray to Wes Anderson, and from those seeking contact with America in person to those who live online. A long list of accomplishments conveys her exceptionally creative, bold, accessible and energetic approach to cultural and educational exchange.

Julia Fendrick

Lois Roth Award, 2013

In recognition of her work as the longest serving public diplomacy officer in Pakistan in over ten years. In particular, Fendrick showed courage and commitment in carrying out programs, in the utility of her proposals, and in her leadership of staff, originality and energy, decisiveness, and positive outlook and can‐do attitude.

Courtney Beale

Lois Roth Award, 2013

Courtney Beale (FSO Co-WInner 2013)In recognition of how, in the face of budget cuts and security threats in northeastern Mexico, Beale used grace, energy and ingenuity in nurturing an imaginative program that deepened U.S. ties to local communities and upheld a positive image of the consulate as a community participant.