Keith S. Kuzio will be honored by Lycoming County United Way (LCUW) as the recipient of the Douglas C. Dickey Humanitarian Award. Kuzio, a civil engineer with more than a decade of volunteer service with United Way, will be presented with LCUW’s highest volunteer award at the organization’s March 23 Annual Meeting & Volunteer Appreciation program at the Community Arts Center.
The Douglas C. Dickey Humanitarian Award is presented annually to an individual whose dedication, commitment, and outstanding leadership have made a significant contribution to the welfare of Lycoming County. First presented in 1947 as the Lycoming United Way Award, it was renamed in 1997 to honor the memory of Douglas C. Dickey, a past LCUW president lost in the crash of TWA Flight 800
Kuzio is the president and CEO of Larson Design Group in Williamsport, where he has been employed since 1992. As a Registered Professional Engineer, Kuzio has extensive experience in bridge design, inspection, and management.
“Keith’s professional expertise in bridge design is a perfect complement to the bridges to the future he has helped build and lead throughout his volunteer tenure with our United Way,” said Scott N. Lowery, LCUW executive director. “It is no coincidence that many of the recent progressive changes implemented within our organization were first put on the drawing board under Keith’s leadership. He has a genuine concern for others and a management style conducive to positive action.”
In 1995, Kuzio began volunteering with LCUW through the annual campaign, serving in various capacities over the years from overseeing the small business section to the construction division and later the corporations.
“I choose to be active with and supportive of the LCUW because of the agency’s integrity and accountability,” explained Kuzio. “LCUW volunteers have a broad-based, positive impact on the county-wide community and play a key role in delivering funds to agencies that service those in need.”
Kuzio served two terms on the LCUW board of directors, including two years as president (2006-2007) and was campaign chair in 2005. He has led projects saving United Way both time and money including his chairmanship of the 2008 strategic planning committee and membership on the finance and building maintenance committees.
Kuzio is also a member of the Peter Herdic Society as a Tocquevillle Society leadership contributor to the United Way campaign.
“I’m deeply humbled to be honored with this recognition,” said Kuzio. “The credit really belongs to God’s blessings in my life – to my parents for instilling in me their values of faith, hard work and service to others, to my wife and kids for encouraging and supporting my efforts to give back to the community, and to Larson Design Group for its longstanding commitment to community stewardship.”
Kuzio, a 1995 graduate of Leadership Lycoming, is a member of the Williamsport-Lycoming Chamber of Commerce board and executive committee as well as a trustee for Albright Care Services and the YWCA of Northcentral PA. In addition, he serves as vice chair of the board and facilities design committee for Williamsport Regional Medical Center and chair of the Industrial Properties Corporation.
“The ranks of the past recipients of the Douglas C. Dickey award are filled with the names of truly community-minded volunteers who have gone way beyond the normal call of duty to help others and move our organization forward. Keith’s inclusion among them is well-deserved and highly earned,” added Lowery.
Kuzio and his wife, Jennifer, reside in Williamsport with their three children, Andrew, Olivia, and Samuel.
Information for the March 23 program can be obtained by calling the Lycoming County United Way office at 323-9448.