Melanie Noble-Couchman

Melanie Noble-Couchman, co-founder of the Couchman Noble Foundation, received the city of Sandy Spring’s 2011 Humanitarian Award during the Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration at City Hall on Jan. 17.

“We are a community of neighbors served by neighbors and have many non-profits serving our community,” Noble-Couchman said. “I would like to accept the award on behalf of the non-profits and the thousands of volunteers.”

Noble-Couchman and her husband, David, created the foundation in 2003 to share with those less fortunate, the city said. The couple had started a telecommunications company in 1986 and the company went public in 1999.

The city said Melanie Noble-Couchman had contributed time and money to revitalize the Sandy Springs Education Force, which supports schools in Sandy Springs. She also helped bring to Sandy Springs the Geek Squad Summer Academy, which teaches underserved youth about technology.

“There are still many challenges before us,” she said. “I have no doubt as a city we will continue to work together.”

Joe Earle

Joe Earle is Editor-at-Large. He has more than 30-years of experience with daily newspapers, including the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was Managing Editor of Reporter Newspapers.