Boyne Falls, Mich. – Employees of North Country Community Mental Health (NCCMH) who
were nominated by their peers for exemplary service were recognized at an annual event at
Boyne Mountain Resort.
To be considered for an award, individuals nominated must exhibit a sense of personal
integrity; demonstrate an understanding of the special skills required and demands inherent in the
field of human services; and possess ethical leadership qualities that may not be necessarily
demonstrated through a formal leadership position.
The highest Individual Achievement Award for extraordinary performance was presented
to Donna Wixon, Gaylord Alpine Workshop Supervisor, by NCCMH Supports Coordinator
Quote from the nomination
Certificates of Merit for excellent performance were presented to Rob Griffin, Tim Stapp,
Derek Nothstine, Jenifer Pewinski, Mandy Dailey, and Jamie Moore.
Individuals receiving Recognition Awards were Alan Scott, Christy Thompson, Heather
Bullock, Linda Kleiber, Nate Wheatley, Susan Clingan, Amber Wilson, Cindy Crumbaugh,
Jacquie Conger, Lisa DeJonge, Rita Watkins, Ann Friend, Deb Erber, Julie Kosloskey, Lisa
Lederer, Ruth Lenz, Anna Holeman, Dianne Forster, Kim Liverance, Jennifer Hunt, Sheila
Southwell, Brandy Marvin, Dominique Cook, Kirstie Brady, Lorie Minidis, Stacie Richard, Cab
Behan-Harvey, Dr. Charles Lapo II, Kristy Torsky, Lorraine Manary, and Sue Petee Eubanks.
The Finance Team and Information Technology Teams received the Team Achievement
Team Recognition Awards were presented to the Nursing Team and the Petoskey
Outpatient Clerical Team.
Ten-year service awards were presented to Lauren Myers and Jodie Scholl.
Twenty-year service awards were presented to Michael Haydell, Alan Scott and Grace
Twenty-five year service awards were presented to Dale Murton and Cathy Eckhardt.
Lindy Williams was recognized for 35 years of service.
The North Country Personnel/Staff Development committee is responsible for reviewing
the nominations and selecting the award recipients.
Christine Gebhard, NCCMH Chief Executive Officer, said, “Our staff is our agency’s
greatest asset and it is important to recognize what they do every day to assist people with mental
illness or intellectual/developmental disability to live a full life. I admire our staff members for
their tremendous resilience, good humor, generosity of spirit, passion for social justice, and
genuine vocation to serve others – some for 10 years, 20 years, 30 years or more.”
North Country Community Mental Health provides services to residents of Antrim,
Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Emmet, Kalkaska and Otsego Counties experiencing a serious mental
illness, severe emotional problem, or intellectual/developmental disability, including individuals
with co-occurring substance use disorder. Persons wishing to know more about the agency are
encouraged to visit www.norcocmh.org or to access services call 877-470-7130.