Sherry Mattson Noud, an alumna who helped found Suffolk's Organization for Uplifting Lives through Service, or S.O.U.L.S., has been honored with the Comcast Leadership Award for her longtime commitment to service.

The Comcast Leadership Awards are presented annually to five City Year alumni who have continued their dedication to community service and “who exemplify the core values of City Year teamwork, responsibility, diversity, respect for others, leadership, innovation and personal growth."

Community service pioneer

As a corps member with City Year Boston in 1995, Noud designed interactive activities for elementary school students.

After City Year, she enrolled in Suffolk University’s joint master’s degree program in Public Administration and Counseling while working in Enrollment Management. She graduated in 1999.

“Suffolk got much more than a committed student; we got a leader who co-founded our University’s first community service program,” said Vice President for Student Affairs Nancy Stoll in introducing Noud at the awards ceremony, “Through her vision, she convened students, staff, and faculty to establish S.O.U.L.S. … and, she accomplished this, not as part of her job description, but as a passion to which she was willing to give extra hours.”

Continuing efforts

Noud, now serves as director of programs for Fairfax Area Christian Emergency & Transitional Services in Virginia, where she developed an outreach program that has enabled hundreds of homeless families to bypass the shelter system and stabilize in housing of their own.

She also is the founder and CEO of Nurturing Families, which offers educational opportunities, resources and support to help foster the physical and emotional well-being of families and children children.

"Tenacious" attitude

“I am thrilled that [Noud] followed her path of service to Suffolk University after her corps year,” said Stoll at the awards ceremony held at the City Year Summer Academy in Boston. “She is tenacious and, as I have heard her say, if I am going to do something, I might as well take a leadership role and do it right.” As a result of her efforts, “the S.O.U.L.S. program at Suffolk has thrived and received national recognition.”