Dana (Poseley) Herbert, Hanover, Md., daughter of the late Robert and Myrtle Poseley of Jamestown, recently received the prestigious Fannie Lou Hamer Humanitarian Award at ceremonies held Oct. 2 at St. John's College in Annapolis, Md. Fannie Lou Hamer was a feminist and civil rights activist who gave a speech at the 1964 National Democratic Convention addressing voting rights of African Americans.

Herbert is a 1962 graduate of Jamestown High School and a 1966 graduate of Westmar College, LeMars, Iowa, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and history. She was employed as a chemistry lab technician at the former Baltimore City Hospitals, worked for the Defense Department in Japan from 1980 -- 1984, and from 1984 until her retirement in 2002, was employed by the National Security Agency, Fort George G. Meade, as an administrative technician. She is presently employed by the Anne Arundel County Board of Education as a home teacher. In addition, she privately tutors.

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Herbert has also dedicated herself in preserving the quality of life in her community. She is the current secretary of the Jessup Improvement Association, chairing the Ways and Means Committee, and handles public relations as well serving as the hall rental chairman. She chaired the "Meet the Candidates" forum in Anne Arundel County for JIA in 2002, 2006 and 2010. A strong advocate of education, Herbert recently set up the Alvera Miller Community Service Scholarship.

Under the former Jessup Teen Venture which she chaired for a decade, Herbert gave the youth a "drug-free environment in which to socialize." Under her fundraising efforts, the Teen Venture sponsored the April Horn-Hallet Memorial Community Service Scholarship as well as the Julia S. Stafford Memorial Scholastic Scholarship.

As present chairman of the David W. Tomaszewski Memorial Committee, Herbert chairs fundraising efforts in the form of a yearly art auction to sponsor the David W. Tomaszewski Memorial Scholarship which is presented to graduates of Meade and Old Mill High schools in Anne Arundel County, Md. The committee also sponsors the Paul Hayden Community Service Memorial Scholarship. Over 15 years, Herbert has been responsible for awarding approximately 75 scholarships to high school graduates in the names of these four deceased students.

Herbert has chaired numerous fundraisers to purchase library books for Jessup and Southgate Elementary Schools as well as Meade and MacArthur Middle schools. Meade High School received $10,000 worth of reference books raised by the Jessup Teen Venture. Herbert established the Matthew and Jennifer Edwards' Equipment and Van Fund to aid a set of twins who suffer from cerebral palsy.

She is married to Richard E. Herbert, originally from Glendive, Mont. Their son, Jason, is a local entrepreneur in the Baltimore/ Washington, D.C., area.