2018 is a historic year for Liberian Awards. It is the first year we recognize a class of all-female honorees. Yet our honorees were not chosen because they are women but because of their professional accomplishments in Art, Law, and Science are praiseworthy and their collective magnanimity in mentoring Liberian children soldiers, law students, and medical students is laudable. They live the immigrant story powerfully and represent Liberia proudly. Liberian Awards is honored to share and celebrate the inspirational stories of these incredible women.
Dr. Euphemia R. Brumskine
Euphemia Brumskine is a physician who specializes in the practice of family medicine. Dr. Brumskine has over two decades of experience practicing medicine in Liberia, Mexico, and the United States in the public health and private practice arenas. She owns and operates her own Family Medicine Practice, where she oversees the health needs of her diverse clients and manages employees, among other tasks. Dr. Brumskine’s practice is presently located in Laurel, Maryland and she is affiliated with the Doctor’s Community Hospital in Lanham, Maryland.
Bilingual in Spanish and English, Dr. Brumskine received her medical training from Autonomous University of Guadalajara in Guadalajara, Mexico. She was later licensed to practice in Mexico. Dr. Brumskine also did her post-graduate clinical training in the Internal Medicine program at the John F. Kennedy Hospital in Monrovia, Liberia prior to completing her family practice residency at Prince George’s Hospital Center in Cheverly, Maryland. While at Prince George’s Hospital Center, Dr. Brumskine was appointed as the Administrative Chief Resident of the Family Practice Residency Program and also the President of the House Staff Association.
For the last 15 years, she has served as a preceptor and teacher to medical students, physician assistant students, and nurse practitioner students at several reputable institutions including the University of Maryland and George Washington University. Dr. Brumskine’s commitment to community service is evident by her numerous speaking engagements, on health related topics, at high schools and churches as well as her generous donation of medical journals, medical supplies and equipment to the medical community and medical school in Monrovia, Liberia.
Dr. Brumskine is equally dedicated to her profession, as is evident by the numerous awards she has received over the course of her career from Liberian and American organizations. The following are some of the recognition she has received: an award from the Delmarva Foundation for Medical Care from 2006 through 2007; an award for preceptorship from the University of Maryland in 2009; and an Award for Compassion, Dedication and Professionalism from Doctor’s Community Hospital and Referring Physician Award for Outstanding Leadership and Commitment in 2018.
Dr. Brumskine is also a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Medical Association, and the Maryland State Medical Society. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas.
Attorney M. Audrey Carr
M. Audrey Carr served as the Director of Immigration and Special Projects at Legal Services NYC, where she managed the organization’s city-wide immigration and veteran practices, supervised attorneys and other advocates, conducted trainings on immigration law and collaborated with nonprofit organizations throughout the city on issues related to language access and affecting the immigrant and veteran communities. Ms. Carr has drafted articles published by the American Immigration Lawyers Association and ASISTA.
Ms. Carr has been practicing law for over two decades, working in the in nonprofit realms and in private practice. She began her career as a Staff Attorney/National Association of Public Interest Law Equal Justice Fellow at the Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights. Subsequently, she went into private practice where she directed the largest private asylum practice in Minnesota.
Ms. Carr opened her own firm in Putnam County, New York where she represented clients with a variety of immigration cases, including asylum, deportation, and removal proceedings, applications for adjustment of status, naturalization, extension of status, waivers of inadmissibility and with consular processing and filing applications for U visas, relief under the Violence Against Women’s Act and family-based petitions.
Ms. Carr later worked at the Westchester Hispanic Coalition, managing the organization’s satellite office in Mt. Vernon, New York and litigating cases before the Immigration Courts and the Board of Immigration Appeals.
Ms. Carr has also taught, advised, and mentored students as an Adjunct Professor at New York Law School; and while living in Minnesota she served as an Adjunct Professor at St Thomas University School of Law, and at Hamline University College of Liberal Arts.
Before law school, she worked for the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) in New York and Zimbabwe, monitoring the implementation of UNIFEM projects in 20 countries in southern Africa. She also published several articles in UNIFEM NEWS about the role of women in society, such as Building a Future for Women (co-authored with Sarah Burd) and Women Play Active Role in Communities’ Financial Development.
Ms. Cori Thomas
Cori Thomas is an award winning playwright with a B.A in Acting from Marymount Manhattan College. Her plays include: NYC Citizen’s Market (World Premiere City Theatre Co, Pittsburgh, Horizons Theatre, Atlanta GA); When January Feels Like Summer (World Premiere City Theatre Co., Pittsburgh, Ensemble Studio Theatre/Page73/Women’s Project Theater Mosaic Theatre DC, Underground Railway Theater MA); The Liberian Legacy plays: Pa’s Hat (Pillsbury House Theatre MN), Flight 109, In The Beginning; The Ballad of Ella May (The Working Theater); My Secret Language of Wishes (Mixed Blood); Citizens Market; The Princess, The Breast, and, The Lizard; The Unusual Love Life of Bedbugs and Other Creatures; Waking Up (Ensemble Studio Theatre 2013); His Daddy (Going To The River & Castillo 2009); and our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.
Ms. Thomas’ plays have been developed and produced at Sundance Theater Lab, Goodman Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, Lark Play Development Center, Penumbra Theatre, Passage Theatre, The Playwrights Realm, New Federal Theatre, New Georges, The Black Rep (St. Louis), Queens Theatre in the Park, etcetera. Her plays have also been commissioned by South Coast Rep; Rattlestick Playwrights Theater; The Working Theatre; The Sloan Foundation; NYSCA; EST; Pillsbury House Theatre; New Black Fest; and The Slave Narratives Project.
The accomplished playwright has been recognized with the following residencies and honors: Resident Playwright at New Dramatists; O’Neill Playwrights Conference; MacDowell Fellow, Bogliasco Fellow; Baryshnikov Center Fellow; Sundance Theatre Lab Fellow; 2011 American Theatre Critics Association Osborn Award for Best New Play (When January Feels Like Summer); Edgerton New Play Award (When January Feels Like Summer); 2005 Theodore Ward Prize (My Secret Language of Wishes); 2003 2ndPlace Theodore Ward Prize (“our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor….”) and 2017 Lippman Family Travel Prize.
Ms. Thomas’s upcoming works include: LOCKDOWN July 2018 O’Neill National Playwrights Conference; World Premiere: LOCKDOWN Spring 2019 Rattlestick Playwrights Theater NYC. She was a writer for Audible.com Original Content Series, The Walls; A play co-written with Lonnie Morris to be directed and performed at San Quentin Penitentiary; An Untitled screenplay about Nelson Mandela and Percy Yutar for HBO Films.
Ms. Thomas is the Founder of The Pa’s Hat Foundation, Inc, an organization dedicated to providing educational and work assist opportunities to underserved citizens of Liberia, West Africa. She is represented by Leah Hamos (Lhamos@gersh.com) at The Gersh Agency.