Hamilton Center Annual Meeting & Hamilton Awards Dinner October 25, 2005

Hamilton Center Inc.'s Board of Directors announces their Annual Meeting and Hamilton Awards dinner Tuesday, Oct. 25, at Indiana State University’s Hulman Center, 200 North Eighth Street, Terre Haute.

The social will begin at 6:15 p.m. with dinner at 7:00 p.m. Reservations can be made by calling Hamilton Center at (812) 231-8317. The dinner is $20 per person.

Dr. Frederick Frese is this year’s keynote speaker. He is a psychologist who served for fifteen years as Director of Psychology at Western Reserve Psychiatric Hospital, one of Ohio's largest psychiatric hospitals. He is presently Coordinator of the Summit County Ohio Recovery Project. Thirty-five years ago, while a young Marine Corps officer, Fred was diagnosed with schizophrenia, and over the next ten years was in and out of mental hospitals, often on secure wards. Despite his disability, he earned a degree in International Business Management from the American Graduate School of International Management in Phoenix, as well as Masters and Doctoral degrees in psychology from Ohio University.

Dr. Frese speaks frequently on mental illness to a wide range of groups across the United States, Canada, and other countries. He has keynoted national and state-wide conferences of health care providers, consumer and family groups and has presented at national conferences for psychologists, psychiatrists, nurses, occupational therapists and other groups of health professionals. He describes the process of developing schizophrenia, living with the disorder, and has developed 12 aspects of coping for persons with serious mental illness. His long experience in treating mentally ill persons and his extensive networking with various professional and consumer groups also equip him to discuss present trends and future directions in the treatment of serious mental illness.

Hamilton Awards will be presented to businesses, organizations, and individuals that have significantly contributed to the cause of mental health and/or care of persons with mental illnesses, developmental disabilities or substance abuse problems. An award also will be given to a Hamilton Center staff member who has demonstrated a personal commitment to the cause of behavioral health and advanced the mission of Hamilton Center through service above and beyond the normal duties of his/her position.

For further information, call (812) 231-8152.

Community/Volunteer Award Nominees
Linda Cates, Hendricks County
Covered Bridge Special Education District, Vigo County
FreeBirds Solution Center, Vigo County
Glenburn Nursing Home – Alzheimer’s Unit, Greene County
Craig Hanks, Sullivan County
Mary Rose Hemminghouse, Vigo County
Sebrina Johnson, Vigo County
Jon Marvel, Vigo County
Mecca Wesleyan Church, Parke County
Andrea Myers, Vigo County
Parke County Local Coordinating Council – Anti-Meth Subcommittee
George Ralston, Vigo County
Rural Healthcare, Marion County
William Schad, Clay County
Patty Spier, Vigo County
Claire Thorsen, Vigo County
Vigo County Drug Court
Frank Volkers, Vigo County
Mary Yelton, Clay County

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