2017 Celebration of Volunteerism, Wellness & Recovery
NAMI Stark County held its eight annual Celebration Of Volunteerism, Wellness and Recovery. Jane James executive director 2005 – 2016, Kay Silverwood, current executive director, and Shannon Ortiz, board 1st Vice president and director of counseling at Mount Union University, presented awards to a variety of outstanding honorees.
NAMI provides free support, education and advocacy to those dealing with mental illness and their families. More than 120 volunteers helped to make those services possible in the last year. Among those, Becky Aquilo, Andrew Brothers, Charlie and Shirley Cavendar, Tony Jones and Earl Rodd were named Terry McKnight Volunteers of the Year. All are trained NAMI education and support facilitators. The award is named in memory of McKnight, a founder of NAMI Stark County and a tireless advocate for people with mental illness and their families.
Cheri Boone, Maureen Cooper, Dr. Patricia Goetz, Kenneth Johns, Heather Sick and Michelle Allison-Smith were named Rene Summerville Professionals of the Year.
- Boone a case manager for Community Services, always works to care of her clients in a professional way.
- Cooper a clinical Counselor and founder of Gentle Shepherd Counseling Center has devoted most of her professional life to helping and advocating for her clients and counseled, supervised and mentors countless individuals and served on numerous professional boards and committees.
- Goetz has been working in Stark County for almost two decades providing exemplary assessment and treatment for some of the toughest youth and adults. Goetz has been known to get on the floor to connect with the youngest of her clients as well as doing home based.
- Johns is the training officer at Heartland Behavioral Healthcare promotes trauma informed care, is a firm believer in cultural diversity and is a fierce advocate as he promotes the concept of recovery throughout trainings.
- Sick case manager at Coleman Behavioral Health goes above and beyond for her clients working to find additional community supports.
- Smith clinical director Coleman Behavioral Health, is known for her s dedication to assisting other staff members develop these skills. Team leader First Stark County Team Leader a partnership with NEOMED Best Practices in Schizophrenia Treatment
The professional of the year award is named for Summerville, a founder of NAMI Stark County and counselor at Crisis Intervention and Recovery Center. Summerville worked in service to those suffering with mental illness until her death in Jan. 2015.
Michelle Beyer, Jamie Chernikovich, Frank Copeland, Nicole Osborne, Tara Warne and George Wilkins were honored as Peers of the Year.
These individuals were nominated by area mental health agencies and professionals for their perseverance and success in managing their own illness and assisting others in doing the same. Peers have the unique position to help others by using their lived experience.
“These are individuals who have not only persevered through their own journey, but also have built hope for recovery in others facing similar obstacles,” said Jane James, NAMI executive director. “These Peers of the Year, our local mental healthcare professionals and more than 100 volunteers create a NAMI organization that makes a real difference in this community.”
The evening also included recognition of former executive director Jane James (2005 – 2016). Peg Morrison NAMI Ohio Program Director, Kay Silverwood and Shannon Ortiz recognized Jane for her many accomplishments as executive director. Jane has been the face of NAMI Stark County and is known as a fierce advocate for those individuals impacted by mental illness and their families