Staff & Community Recognition

Recognizing Excellence

A portrait of Beth Wallace and Christine Ouellette

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: 

Christine Ouellette

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. 

Beth Wallace

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.

a portrait of Tina Fede smiling wearing sunglasses

Julie Held Award

Tina Fede

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. 

a portrait of Rebecca Bishop smiling at the 2021 staff appreciation event.

Gerrit Kouwenhoven Award

Rebecca Bishop

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.

a portrait of Bob Thompson at the July 2021 board retreat at the Park McCoullough Mansion

Cleveland and Phyllis Dodge Community Service Award

Bob Thompson

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

Jack Byer

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. 

Staff Anniversaries

A portrait of Nadine Wisher smiling.

40 years

Nadine Wisher

a portrait of Lorna Mattern and jean Henderson both smiling

30 years

Lorna Mattern & Jean Henderson

A staff photo of Tom Madison.

25 years

Thomas Madison

A portrait of Amie Niles and Victor Martini

20 years

Amie Niles & Victor Martini

15 years

Darlene Lockwood, Rich Jorgensen Stacey Ray 

Four UCS staff members posing with their 10 year anniversary plaques

10 years

Leslie Addison, Kathleen Longhi, Kim Lawlor-Batty, Cheryl Jolivette, Laurie Sallisky & Beth Wallace 

14 UCS staff members after they received their 5 year anniversary certificates.

5 years

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 



Annual Report