The evening began with a welcome from the master of ceremonies Glen Cantrell. Following dinner, illusionist Chad Bles entertained with illusions such as disappearing bananas, and reappearing playing cards.
Executive Director Ron Steinmetz introduced the current Board of Directors which was followed by certificate presentations to staff members who have served Bootheel Counseling Services for more than five years.
The following staff members were recognized for five years of service: Sarah Higgerson, Nancy Jones, Nicole Lowman, Dana Moore, Debra Tarver, Helen Waters, and Lisa Ray Woodward. Six Staff members including: Michelle Aaron, Tammy Deen, Steve Hughes, Jana Paddock, Twan Robinson, and Sandy Robison were recognized for six years. Also recognized for service were: Tanya Ellison, seven years; Tammy Duenne, eight years; LaTam Green, eight years; Annie Harris, eight years; and Gary Wells, eight years.
Five employees were presented with awards for 10-14 years. These recipients included: Barbara Burke, 10 years; Michelle Glaus, 10 years; Joe Warfield, 10 years; Lynn Fortner, 11; and Kyle Schott 13 years.
Chairman of the Board of Directors Mike Grimes along with Vice Chairman of the Board Jim Schwaninger and Cheryl Jones recognized Director Ron Steinmetz for his 30 years of service.
The evening concluded with a slide show presentation created by MIS Coordinator Tammy Duenne. The slide show included photos and articles highlighting Bootheel Counseling Services' past 30 years.
Bootheel Counseling began serving this area in 1976 as Tri County Counseling Center. In 1982 the center was renamed Bootheel Mental Health, and in 1991 Bootheel Mental Health became Bootheel Counseling Services.
Over the past 30 years, Bootheel Counseling Services has grown from a staff of three to a staff of 78 full-time employees. Services provided have also expanded from basic counseling services to a variety of different programs.
Services provided by BCS include: outpatient counseling, medical services, targeted case management programs for adults and children, community psychiatric rehabilitation programs for adults and children, 24-hour crisis response system, employee assistance programs, and the "Club House" Psychosocial Rehabilitation Program.
To learn more about services provided by BCS, or to schedule an appointment please call 573-471-0800 or contact the Stoddard County Branch Office at 573-568-2260