Mental Health America Of Monroe County Presents Virtual Event To Recognize Mental Health Champions And Outstanding Members Of Community

(BLOOMINGTON) – Mental Health America of Monroe County presents an online virtual event to recognize our Mental Health Champions and stand-out members of the community.

The event will be held on October 1 from 4 p.m. until 5 pm. on Facebook LIVE!

Mental Health America of Monroe County presents an online virtual event to recognize our Mental Health Champions and stand-out members of our community. Save the date and mark your calendars to join us!

Special guest speaker Pete Yonkman of the Cook Group will join us to talk about the importance of community collaboration in mental health, and we’ll be celebrating the following Mental Health Champion nominees and introducing our winners.

This event will honor members of our community, nominated by the public, who are making a difference and providing outstanding service and advocacy in mental health care.

Awards will be given to phenomenal community members in these categories:

Outstanding First Responder

  • Charlie Belden, Jr., Firefighter, White River Twp. Fire Department
  • Amy Romoser, Downtown Resource Officer, Bloomington Police Department
  • Lt. Lucas Tate, Bloomington Police Department
  • Sgt. Josh Taylor, Bloomington Police Department
  • Amanda Harden, Indiana University Police Department

Outstanding Mental Health Provider

  • Kara Baertsch, LMHC, Mental Health America of Monroe County, Monroe County Suicide Prevention Coalition
  • Mary Balle, PMHCNS-RN, RN, Head of IU Health Riley Physicians SIP Pediatric Beahavioral Health Unit
  • Monica Fleetwood Black, LCSW, MSW, MA. Social Worker, IU Health Riley Physicians SIP Pediatric Behavioral Health Unit
  • O’Connell Case, LCSW, Clinical Director, Catholic Charities Bloomington
  • Emily M. Corturillo, MS, LMFT, Therapist, Catholic Charities Bloomington
  • Nancy Hughes, LCSW/ACSW, Executive Director of Family Solutions
  • Katie King, LCSW
  • David Lampke, LCSW, Bloomington VA Clinic
  • Travis Lawson, Collegiate Recovery Community Coordinator, Indiana University
  • Marsha McCarty, PhD, HSPP
  • Sarah Ragonese, PhD, HSPP, Licensed Psychologist, Ragonese Psychological Services, LLC
  • Nancy Rutkowski, Licensed Therapist/Certified Coach, Faculty of the Gestalt International Study Center
  • Muhammad Saahir, Ed., LMHC, The Blue Sofa Counseling Services LLC
  • Alexis Stogdill, Probation Officer, Monroe Circuit Court Probation Department
  • Chad Schultheis, MD, Psychiatrist, IU Health Behavioral Health
  • Melissa Stone, LSW, Social Worker, Bloomington Police Department
  • Sandra VanGilder, Meadows Hospital
  • M. Melinda Weakley, MD, Board Certified Psychiatrist, IU Health Riley Physicians
  • Michael Whiteside II, LSW, Bloomington Meadows Hospital

Outstanding Educator

  • Sky Adams, LMHCA, Mental Health Therapist and Play Therapy Coordinator, Catholic Charities Bloomington
  • Nichole Alspaugh Williams, EdS, LMHC, NCC, Indiana University Kelley School of Business
  • Jean Capler, LCSW, Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana
  • Carol Hostetter, MSW, PhD, Professor, BSW Program Director, Indiana University
  • Mrs. Caroline Koehler, Richland-Bean Blossom Community Schools
  • Stine Levy
  • Sandy Lewis, Coordinator and Counselor for Bridges to Success, Monroe County Community School Corporation
  • Greg Marchant, Monroe County Community School Corporation
  • Laura Okulski, Sponsor of Bring Change to Mind at Bloomington High School North, Monroe County Community School Corporation
  • Becky Rose, MSW, LCSW, Director of Student Services, Monroe County Community School Corporation
  • Mindi Wisker-Tindall, LMHC, Centerstone

Outstanding Primary Care Provider (Adult and Pediatric)

Clark Brittain, MD, IU Health Southern Indiana Physicians

  • Michael Kane, MD, Medical Director, Indiana Center for Recovery
  • James Laughlin, MD, Pediatrician, Riley Physicians Bloomington
  • Emily Manlove, MD, IU Health Southern Indiana Physicians
  • Deb McDaniel, MD, Pediatrician, Riley Physicians Bloomington
  • Rebekah Moore, PMHNP-BC, FNP-C, Lotus Integrated Care
  • Jennifer Winders, MD, IU Health Southern Indiana Physicians

Outstanding Mental Health Volunteer

  • Kara Baertsch, LMHC, Mental Health America of Monroe County, Monroe County Suicide Prevention Coalition
  • Tara Green, Building a Thriving and Compassionate Community (BTCC)
  • Hannah Lewis, Director of Mental Health for Culture of Care at IU, AFSP Out of the Darkness Walk Bloomington Co-Chair
  • Michelle Martin-Colman, Project STAY
  • Michele Simms, Monroe County CASA, Monroe County MHA & SPC, Monroe County CARES
  • Theresa Wellman, Monroe County Suicide Prevention Coalition

Outstanding Agency

  • Amethyst House
  • Bloomington Police Department
  • Catholic Charities Bloomington
  • Centerstone Bloomington
  • Indiana Center for Recovery

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