Life Events ~ January 10, 2020 ~ Graduations, Promotions and Achievements ~ Raaga Vakamalla and MaryCurlew

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Congratulations to a pair of local residents recently honored at school and at work:

Raaga Vakamalla, Named to Abundant Life Christian School Honor Roll

Local student, Raaga Vakamalla, received High Honors for the first-trimester honor roll at Abundant Life Christian School. Raaga is an 8thgrader at Abundant Life Christian School.

Abundant Life Christian School and Learning Center is a private, Christian school located in the Abundant Life Christian Center of Wilmington. It desires to produce students who are uniquely prepared to discover the world around them, to be inquisitive about its many facets, are creative in their approach to problems, and seek to grow individually all in the framework of Christian faith. (

Mary Curlew Joins JF&CS as Community Education and Training Specialist

JF&CS is pleased to introduce Mary Curlew, LICSW, our new Community Education and Training Specialist. In this role, Mary develops and delivers compelling presentations and training on mental health issues that impact older adults. Ranging in topics from social bullying, suicide prevention, brain health, and aging with optimism, these workshops are delivered in the community to older adults and professionals who work with older adults.

Mary is excited to join the JF&CS team, sharing that she has long admired the agency’s work and reputation. “When I was in my early 20s, I met an outreach worker from JF&CS through my work at a homeless shelter,” said Mary. “I remember being impressed by both her depth of knowledge and compassion.” Mary later worked with Peggy Kaufman, the director of the JF&CS Center for Early Relationship Support®, through Postpartum Support International and was “again, amazed by her depth of compassion and knowledge.” Mary went on to say, “Working with Kathy Burnes and the rest of the team in Services for Older Adults confirms the wonderful impression I had of JF&CS.”


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