MHA presents awards at annual meeting

The Mental Health America of Licking County (MHA) celebrated its 65th Annual Meeting and Dinner on Thursday, Nov. 8 at The DoubleTree by Hilton in downtown Newark with MHA’s Board of Trustees, staff, consumers and friends of MHA.

The Henry Mardis Compeer Member of the Year award was presented to Peggy Settles and the Mental Health Volunteer of the Year Award to Deb Kowalski by Program Coordinator Donna Lee. MHA Consumer of the Year Award recipient Sheila Steigerwald received her award at a later date.

Ethan Pound, YES Club Director, and Haley Snider, YES Club Activities Manager, presented Outstanding Student Volunteers of the Year Awards to YES Club members Connor McCracken and Ali O’Dell.

Dr. Mike Campolo received the Physician of the Year Award, and Trisha Pound, MSW, LISW-S received the Mental Health Professional of the Year award, presented by Executive Director Penny Sitler.

Board member Mareion Royster presented The Paddy for Business to Dan DeLawder for his work at Park National Bank.  The Park National Bank makes a point of sale each year when doing their annual business presentation to the board, it has been considered successful almost every year they’ve been doing so. The Paddy Kutz Community Mental Health Award (“The Paddy”) is presented in three categories to those who best represent the qualities and passionate commitment to good mental health that Paddy personified in her 32 years of service to Licking County. Penny Sitler presented the Community category award to Allen Schwartz for his work with people living in poverty in our community through the Newark Think Tank on Poverty. The Education category was presented to Licking Valley Schools guidance counselor Becky Lawrence for all that she does to provide a safe environment for and her commitment to the mental health and well being of middle school students in the district.

Published Dec. 5, 2018 by the Newark Advocate

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