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Four Cabinet Employees Honored for Quality Service: Department for Community Based Services awards announced

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, January 14, 2009  
Contact Information:  Media Contacts: Anya Armes Weber, (502) 564-6180, ext. 4014; or Vikki Franklin, (502) 564-7042  

Note to editors: Photos of the four award winners are available. Call Anya Weber at (502) 564-6180.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 14, 2009) – The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) has recognized several human services staff for their exemplary service to the commonwealth.

The staff members, part of the CHFS Department for Community Based Services, were honored for leadership and accomplishments over the past year.

“In honoring these individuals, we honor the quality work they have provided to numerous individuals and families across the state,” DCBS Commissioner Patricia R. Wilson said. “Their dedication and commitment to public service is exemplary.”

Wilson said the award winners share the mission of DCBS – to enhance the safety, permanency, well-being and self-sufficiency for Kentucky's families, children and vulnerable adults.

“These awards are a small way to say ‘thank you’ for the positive impact these employees have made on our department and our families,” she said.

The four awards honor former DCBS employees.

The awards and the winners are: 

Paul T. Grannis Social Services Worker Award: Lindsay Bale, Jefferson County

Bale, of Louisville, works as a social service clinician in Jefferson County’s adoption and independent living unit. She’s been with DCBS for almost five years.

In addition to a full caseload, Bale is responsible for facilitating child specific recruitment team meetings for identifying the family history of children in foster care and family team meetings for children at risk of aging out of foster care. 

“Lindsay truly believes in permanency for all youth and works diligently to help each child achieve what permanency is for them,” her nomination form read. “She is able to work independently and sets high standards for herself. Youth, families, peers and community partners have all offered kudos about Lindsay’s work.” 

This award honors the memory of Paul Grannis, a Fleming County family services worker who was killed on May 8, 1987, during a child protection investigation. Grannis received the award posthumously that year.

Sheila Eckler Family Support Specialist Award: Karla Wells, Lawrence County

A 17-year veteran of DCBS, Wells is a field service supervisor in the Northeastern Region in Louisa.

Wells’ nominator wrote that she is “very knowledgeable of every program that Division of Family Support administers and is always willing to assist both staff and clients.”

“She never tries to make decisions for clients, but does ensure that they have the necessary information to make that decision,” the nomination read.

This award is named for Sheila Eckler, a Pulaski County family support worker who died in a car accident on Jan. 23, 1998, on her way to a meeting in Frankfort.

Boni M. Frederick Social Services Aide Award: Juanita Hendrickson, Pulaski County

Hendrickson is a social service aide in Somerset and has been with DCBS for three years.

Hendrickson transports children in foster care for home visits and medical appointments and has many other duties involving contact with families.

Social service workers who work with Hendrickson appreciate her faithful assistance, her nominator wrote.

“I can’t possibly relate how many positive notes I have received on behalf of her willingness to help others,” the form read. “The families she works with trust her, and (DCBS) workers depend on her.”

This award is named for Frederick, a Morganfield social services aide who died in the line of duty in October 2006.

April Vandeventer Leadership Award: Dalton Miller, Lincoln County 

Miller is a family service office supervisor for the protection and permanency office in Lincoln County, and has worked for DCBS for more than 12 years.

Miller supervises a team of staff with ongoing child protective services cases and works directly with families and children, some of whom are in out-of-home care settings.

Miller’s nominator wrote that he works cooperatively with community partners and embraces a “teamwork” approach. “He models this behavior for his staff through his willingness to do ’whatever it takes‘ to either assist staff, help out in the office or assure services are provided to children and families.”

The award is named for Vandeventer, of Lawrenceburg, a veteran DCBS manager who died in 2006 after battling cancer.

The winners recently attended a special reception in Frankfort, where they were recognized alongside honorees from every DCBS program and service region.
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Last Updated 1/14/2009