EMPLOYEES with more than 20 years of service include (from left) James Small (27), Bob Mogg (27), Ardis Bates (28), Becke Brown (27), Susie Ridenour (25), Tom Garvey (26), Jill McDonald (21), Gerry Hodges (23), Leslie Hart-Storrs (20), Bobbie Heier (24), and Brian Freeman (20). Those unavailable for the photo include Nicola Hopkins (26), Tom Livingston (22), Julie McNamara (26), and Patty Stechschulte (20). (Courtesy Photo)

Each year the Shiawassee County Community Mental Health Authority (SCCMHA) takes time out of their busy schedule to recognize staff for years of service and to present two awards; the Director’s Award and the DJ Root Service Award. Awards were presented at the Annual Employee Appreciation Dinner that was held on Wednesday, Dec. 14 at SCCMHA.

Since 2007, the Director’s Award has been given to an individual who has consistently promoted the SCCMHA mission to improve the overall health and quality of life to the community, families, and individuals served at SCCMHA. The 2016 Director’s Award recipient is Kirk Woerner. CCMHA CEO Lindsey Hull presented the award and shared, “Kirk is highly respected throughout the community and with his co-workers. He is a strong advocate for children and families and is well-known for his ability to think outside the box to come up with unique, uncomplicated solutions.” Kirk is a Licensed Master Social Worker and has worked as an Infant Mental Health Specialist since 2002.

The DJ Root Service Award is awarded to an individual who is dedicated to supporting individuals with developmental differences. This year’s DJ Root Service Award is presented to Jill McDonald. Jill has been employed with SCCMHA since 1995 and currently coordinates the snow and lawn crew. “Jill consistently advocates for consumers, staff, and the community. She is a self-starter, has a wonderful sense of humor and sees the best in all people,” says Hull.

Several staff members were also recognized for more than 485 years of service collectively. Staff members shown have more than 20 years of service at SCCMHA.

Shiawassee County Community Mental Health Authority Honors Staff was last modified: December 27th, 2016 by Karen Elford