Staff & Community Recognition
Peter D. Scully Award
The Scully Award is given annually to long-serving employees who exemplify the characteristics of Dr. Scully, a former UCS Medical Director, performing their work with compassion, skill, and distinction. This year, two outstanding staffers were recognized:
Substance Use Outreach and Emergency Specialist
Christine provides community outreach in response to the growing opioid epidemic, runs substance use groups, and works to reach people where they are and get them services quickly. She delivered computers to local agency partners so clients could access support online, dispersed harm reduction bags to area businesses and hotels serving the homeless, and worked with Vermont Helplink to bring awareness to UCS services on a national level.
Community and Family Support Manager
This past year, Beth advocated for diversity and equity in our Early Childhood Services division, created high-quality care and educational programs for the children and families of Bennington County, and supported staff in their own personal development. A consummate leader, Beth is also a strong advocate for the families we serve. She worked hard to keep the community informed while the Spring Center was being built. Beth exemplifies UCS’s collective drive to do the right thing for our clients, our community, and each other.
Julie Held Award
Gatling House Group Home Manager
This year we celebrated Julie’s life by presenting the Julie Held Award to Tina Fede, Manager of our Gatling House group home. Tina exemplifies the UCS “I CARE” values. – Ideal Service, Culture of Caring, Accountability, Responsiveness, and Empowerment.
Gerrit Kouwenhoven Award
Assistant Director of Early Childhood Services
This annual staff development award, in honor of our longtime Board President, is given to an individual who has demonstrated a commitment to continued learning and improvement. This year’s award was presented to Rebecca Bishop.
Cleveland and Phyllis Dodge Community Service Award
Chair, UCS Board of Directors
Each year the UCS Board selects a community member or organization whose support of UCS and its mission has been notable and significant. This year’s Cleveland and Phyllis Dodge Community Service award went to Bob Thompson, Chair of the UCS Board. With the agency facing an uncertain future due to the pandemic, Bob worked tirelessly to secure our organization a PPP Loan. He helped keep our workforce intact, our doors open to a community in need.
Harold C. “Archie” Warner Memorial Award
Lead Architect, Goldstone Architecture
UCS Director of Early Childhood Services Betsy Rathbun-Gunn had the pleasure of presenting the Harold C. “Archie” Warner Award to Jack Byer, lead architect at Goldstone Architecture, who provided the architectural design for our new Spring Center. The Archie Warner Award is given annually to individuals or organizations who have made a significant contribution to the agency’s children’s programs. Jack spent countless hours putting his expertise and creativity to good use, helping turn our “wish list” into reality and creating a beautiful learning and community space for the children and families we serve.
Lorna Mattern & Jean Henderson
Amie Niles & Victor Martini
Darlene Lockwood, Rich Jorgensen & Stacey Ray
Leslie Addison, Kathleen Longhi, Kim Lawlor-Batty, Cheryl Jolivette, Laurie Sallisky & Beth Wallace
Tiffany Belville, Jacilyn Benkoski, Jean Cavaluzzi, Annah Coyne, Heidi French, Mary Gates, Alexandria Glasser-Brown, Catherine Hickey, Ashley Hutton, Amanda Mauri, Rose Mylott, Glenn Nesbitt, Tommy Parker, Courtney Randall, Chessica Sauvie, Ash Straub, Alex Tarnas-Raskin, Lynn Trefry, Catherine Williams & Jessica Woodward