MCBDD’s Lifetime Achievement Award goes to Carol Ansel

The Madison County Board of Developmental Disabilities (MCBDD) awarded its Dorothy Allison Lifetime Achievement Award to Carol Ansel (right). Joining Ansel are her granddaughter, Kora Coffill (center), and Susan Thompson (right), MCBDD superintendent.

(Posted April 11, 2024)

Each year, the Madison County Board of Developmental Disabilities (MCBDD) presents the Dorothy Allison Lifetime Achievement Award to someone who has dedicated his or her life to helping others. This year’s honoree is Carol Ansel.

Ansel joined the MCBDD staff in 1995 and serves as the agency’s family support services director. Prior to her time with MCBDD, she worked for Madison County Children Services for five years, performing investigations, adoptions, and ongoing casework.

“In her 30-plus years of service to our agency and Children Services, Carol has truly made an unforgettable and positive impact on myself, her staff, and co-workers and those that we serve,” said Susan Thompson, MCBDD superintendent, who surprised Ansel with the award presentation on April 6 at the Butcher Block restaurant in London.

Thompson described Ansel as a critical thinker, a good listener, and someone who is reliable, passionate, humble, and confident. She also noted Ansel’s dedication to her family.

“The love and compassion that she has for her family carries over into each day and task that she does,” Thompson said. “Carol always has her hand and her heart on the pulse of what needs to be in place to maintain the best quality of life for those she serves and her family.”

Thompson added that she is thankful for Ansel’s steady presence as MCBDD has gone through changes in recent years and will go through more changes on the horizon.

“I know that I could not have made it through them all had it not been for Carol,” Thompson said. “She is a calming force when the situation warrants it, she knows the rules better than anyone I know, and she truly always puts others before herself.”

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