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Bootheel Counseling celebrates 30 years of service

Sunday, May 7, 2006

5-10 year service employees
SIKESTON - Current employees along with past and present members of the Board of Directors gathered April 29 to mark the 30 anniversary of Bootheel Counseling Services. The theme of the event was "Celebrating the magical moments of the past, present and future."

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.

11-15 year service employees
Staff members who received recognition for 15-19 years included: Taryn LeGrand-Lovett, 16 years; Cindy Floyd, 17 years; Tina Medlin, 17 years; Gayle Weisenborn, 18 years; and De Neen Schweiss, 18 years. CPRP director Cheryl Jones was presented with a certificate for her 21 years of service.

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.

15-20 year service employees
Bootheel Counseling Services is a private not-for-profit organization and has been designated as the state of Missouri's administrative agent for providing mental health services for a four-county area. It is the mission of Bootheel Counseling Services to maximize the human potential and quality of life of the citizens of Scott, Stoddard, Mississippi and New Madrid counties by preventing the onset of emotional disorders, promoting positive mental health, and providing treatment and rehabilitation services when and where needed.

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