(Posted Jan. 3, 2020)
Mental Health & Recovery Board of Clark, Greene & Madison Counties (MHRB) recently hosted its annual Exceptional People Awards. The event recognized individuals who provide exceptional services to residents in the board’s tri-county area.
“Every year, we look forward to this event because it allows us to recognize individuals that exemplify service leadership,” said Greta Mayer, chief executive officer of MHRB. “We are thrilled to recognize individuals who go above and beyond in their work and received more nominations this year than ever before.”
Lori Thomas, retired, received the Jon “Charlie” Alder Award for her outstanding contributions to alcohol, drug, and mental health services in Madison County.
- Gabby Mounts, London High School student, accepted the Youth Leader Award for her outstanding contributions to youth empowerment.
- Pastor Greg Delaney, outreach coordinator at Woodhaven Recovery, and Angela Dugger, executive director at National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Clark, Greene, and Madison Counties, were each named Person of the Year for their outstanding contributions toward recovery, support and advocacy.
- Jerry Newport received the Max Graves Award for his outstanding contributions to mental health services in Clark County. Newport is an adult outpatient therapist and mental health therapist with Mental Health Services for Clark and Madison Counties Inc.
- Brad and Melanie Silvus, co-directors at Springfield Families of Addicts, and Kathryn Hitchcock, director of outreach and development at NAMI Clark, Greene and Madison Counties, each accepted the Delvin M. Harshaw Advocate of the Year Award in recognition of their outstanding contributions to community advocacy.
- Jared (J.J.) Peck, peer support specialist at McKinley Hall, received the Richard Wehler Award for her outstanding contributions to alcohol and drug services in Clark County.
- Nathan Crago, house manager at The Christopher House, accepted the Charles Christopher Award for her outstanding contributions to alcohol and drug services in Greene County.
- Bethany Finkbeiner, billing manager at the Greene County Educational Service Center, received the Carol Wichman Award for her outstanding contributions to mental health services in Greene County.
To learn more about the services offered by the Mental Health & Recovery Board of Clark, Greene & Madison Counties, visit mhrb.org or call (937) 322-0648. The main office is located at 1055 E. High St., Springfield.