KENT 25th anniversary celebration Coleman Professional Services lauds employees, award winners

Chad Dryden Published:

Coleman Professional Services Inc. recently celebrated its 25th anniversary with a dinner and recognition program at the Crowne Plaza in Akron.

Many individuals and businesses that have helped serve people with emotional and rehabilitation problems were recognized. Community awards included: the city of Kent, Sparkle Market of Windham, True Value of Windham, the Stow-Glen Retirement Center, the Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation, Outback Steakhouse, The Scher Group, Evans Insurance Agency, Ravenna Health Department, Portage Metropolitan Housing Authority, Portage County Jobs & Family Services, Community Action Council, McKay Bricker Gallery, Five Star Vending, Jack and Elsie Joy, the University of Akron, Hoover Corporation, Vocational & Guidance Services, Ravenna Police Department, Robinson Memorial Hospital Emergency Department, ICAN, Fred Allan and David Mohan and Triangle Pharmacy.

Coleman Professional Services 390 employees also were recognized. Nelson Burns, chief executive officer, announced this years quality awards, which are given to employees who exemplify excellence in serving Colemans customers.

The award winners for the software team were Ted Schmied, Diana Barone, Emily Boggs, Mary Dague, Tracy Deep-Ross, Becky Dempster, Kisha Grogan, Ed Herzog, Greg Hoefler, Monica Howard, Alison Karasek, Linda LeMaster, Sandy Myers, Janet Necina, Tom Newton, Patty Snyder and Susan Tata.

Award winners for the administrative support group were Dawnett Howard, Monica Howard, Melissa Millis, Angie Texter, Cheri Villers and Holly Williamson. An individual award was given to Deborah Heflin for implementing new quality controls at Sage Computer Services.

Denise Gibson, board president, announced the dedication of the new evaluation and prescreening building to Dr. Suzanne Hetrick. Hetrick was honored for her 31 years of service supporting the mental health field.

Don Luscher, director of the Kevin Coleman Foundation, honored two leaders who have sponsored endowments in the past three years: Bill and Arlene Burns for the Burns Residential Endowment and the Collett and Gliozzo Vocational Endowment. Both endowments are structured to support residential and vocational services for children and adults who suffer from chronic mental illness.

Gibson announced thes distinguished service award winner for 2003, the Rev. Bruce Chouinard. Chouinard was recognized for his service as chaplain of the Robinson Memorial Hospice Team and his great sensitivity and charity in reaching out to individuals and families. Chouinard has served the community for 13 years in Kent where he is pastor of Grace Baptist Church. Chouinard also is founder and board member of Blessings of Summit and Portage County, a service for young single mothers fighting to stay in school.

Coleman Professional Services Inc. recently celebrated its 25th anniversary with a dinner and recognition program at the Crowne Plaza in Akron. Helping celebrate are, from left, community collaborators Sherry Joy for Jack and Elsie Joy, Ken Oppenheimer of the Scher Group and Bob and Cass Mayfield of McKay Bricker Gallery.

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