The Hamilton Awards: 50 Years Further

October 26, 2021, 5:30 pm at Hulman Center

Hamilton Center will host the annual Hamilton Awards on Tuesday, October 26, 5:30 pm, at Hulman Center featuring keynote speaker, Matt Brooks.  Mr. Brooks, the former President and CEO of Indiana Council of Community Mental Health Centers, has over thirty years of experience as a leader in the State of Indiana in developing comprehensive public health initiatives and behavioral health policy and legislation. 

This year marks 50 years of Hamilton Center’s commitment to serving the community’s mental health and addiction needs. The theme of 50 Years Further highlights how far we have come and yet, how much further we have to go.  The event will highlight fiscal year 2021 accomplishments and recognize those nominated for a Hamilton Award.

Katherine Hamilton fought for the inclusion, acceptance, and support of those struggling with mental illness in the early 1960’s. She emphasized the importance of community in her life’s work. In this spirit, Hamilton Center awards were created to recognize individuals and organizations who have significantly contributed to the cause of mental health and addiction while furthering the mission of Hamilton Center, Inc. in the community. Nominees are recognized in the categories of volunteer, community, and Hamilton Center staff.  Winners will be announced that evening.

Volunteer Category:  Frank Carrio (Vigo County); Jonie Kanizer (Vermillion County); Audie Spencer (Vigo County); Nancy Swain (Parke County); Jillian Turner and Giana White (Vigo County)

Community Category:  Clay County Podiatry; Shannon Miller, CODA (Vigo County); Ernie Pyle Elementary School (Vermillion County); Michael Rentfro, Next Steps Foundation, Inc. (Vigo County); Dr. Megan Kirk, Project Aware (Vigo County); Resurrecting Recovery Center (Greene County); Senator Jon Ford; Team of Mercy, Inc. (Vigo County); Vermillion County Jail/Sheriff’s Office; Way Maker, Inc. (Hendricks County)

Staff Category:  Mark Collins, Chief Clinical Officer; Robin Cooprider, Executive Director of Systems; Mary Beth Dougherty, Executive Director of Patient Care; Art Fuller, Executive Director of Access Services; Molly Funk, Program Manager – Addictions; Lynn Hughes, Chief of Community Engagement; Erika McKinney, Care Manager Supervisor – Child & Adolescent Services; Tina Payton, Registered Nurse – Vigo County Outpatient; Leeann Pruiett, Registered Nurse; Cristy Werremeyer, Program Manager – Vigo County Outpatient; Tina Williams, Program Assistant – WIN Recovery Hendricks County

Hamilton Center invites community members, groups, and organizations to celebrate the nominees and recipients of the 2021 Hamilton Awards. For information about the event or to register go to www.hamiltonawards2021.eventbrite.com.

Due to the public health crisis caused by COVID-19, we will require all attendees to wear a mask when entering the dinner venue and practice social distancing throughout the event – tables will be appropriately spaced and there will be fewer people at each table.

Hamilton Center, Inc. is a regional behavioral health system in Central and West Central Indiana with corporate offices located in Terre Haute, Ind.  Services are provided to children, youth and adults, with specialized programs for expectant mothers, infants, and people who may be struggling with stress, life changes, or relationship issues, as well as more serious problems such as depression, anxiety disorders, and serious mental illnesses.

The Hamilton Awards Dinner: Focusing on Community

October 27, 2020 Virtual Event

Hamilton Center will host the annual Hamilton Awards Dinner Tuesday, October 27 at the Sycamore Banquet Center, on the campus of Indiana State University. This year, due to social distancing guidelines, the event will be a small private dinner, however the community is invited to watch it live on Hamilton Center’s Facebook page-   facbook.com/HamiltonCenterInc/ starting at 6:30 p.m.

The event will highlight fiscal year 2020 accomplishments and recognize those nominated for a Hamilton Award. The theme for the event is Community and will feature Hamilton Center’s role in the community especially during COVID-19. “Community is defined as a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals,” said, Melvin L Burks, CEO of Hamilton Center, Inc. “This year, in the face of adversity caused by COVID-19, I think our community truly embodied this definition and came together as one.”

Katherine Hamilton, fought for the inclusion, acceptance and support of those struggling with mental illness in the early 1960’s. She emphasized the importance of community in her life’s work. In this spirit, Hamilton Center awards were created to recognize individuals and organizations who have significantly contributed to the cause of mental health and addiction while furthering the mission of Hamilton Center, Inc. in the community. Nominees will be recognized in the categories of volunteer, community, and Hamilton Center staff.  Winners will be announced that evening.

Volunteer Category: Deanna Griffin, The Avenues Recovery (Vigo).

Community Category: The Ruth House (Sullivan); United Way of the Wabash Valley (Vigo); Team of Mercy (Vigo); CODA of Terre Haute (Vigo); Covered with Love, Inc. (Vigo); Casey Brown & Family, Mask Makers of the Wabash Valley (Vigo); Charles Townsend, The Connection Center (Owen); Dr. Megan Kirk, Vigo County School Corporation (Vigo); Keith Rogers, Vigo County Drug Court (Vigo); Judge Lori Thatcher Quillen, Owen County Judge (Owen); and Sherri Koertge, Save-A-Lot (Vigo).

Staff Category: Stacie Amerman, Program Manager (Parke); Jairon Jones, Care Manager, Vigo County Outpatient Program (Vigo); Cynthia Dowers, Executive Director of Nursing Services (Vigo); Matt Duchene, Intensive Community Treatment Program Manager (Vigo); Mark Collins, Chief Clinical Officer (Vigo); Katherine Kinney, Care Manager, Vigo County Outpatient Program (Vigo), LeeAnn Pruiett, RN, Lange Apartments (Vigo); Margie Grayless, Program Manager, Healthy Families (Vigo); and Nicole LeClercq, Program Assistant, WIN Recovery (Vigo).

Hamilton Center, Inc. is a regional behavioral health system in central and west central Indiana. Services are provided to children, adolescents and adults, with specialized programs for expectant mothers, infants, and people with drug and alcohol problems. Counseling services are provided for people who may be struggling with stress, life changes, or relationship issues as well as more serious problems such as depression, anxiety disorders, and serious mental illnesses.