• Centerstone honors Community Champions in Marion

    June 17, 2019
    Centerstone, a national leader in behavioral health care, held the 15th annual Southern Illinois Community Champions Banquet on June 13 at Centerstone’s new Medication Assisted Treatment facility, 202 South Bentley, Marion.

    The 2019 Southern Illinois Centerstone Community Champions Award winners were Camille Dorris with the Southern Illinois Coalition for the Homeless and Brittney Hale with Prevent Child Abuse Illinois.
    The Community Champions Banquet honors community leaders who have made a difference by advancing mental health and substance use disorder services through their advocacy, leadership and service.
    “For me, it is so rewarding to be able to recognize the individuals, organizations, and partners who work every day to improve the lives of those with behavioral health conditions,” said John G. Markley, CEO of Centerstone. “Each of our Champions has helped many people in our communities in a meaningful way.  We are so grateful for the ways they have each helped Centerstone in its mission of delivering care that changes people’s lives.”

    Jocelyn Popit, Centerstone Director of Advancement, nominated Hale for her trainings, discussions, leadership with Creating Compassionate Communities, work with Prevent Child Abuse Illinois, and more activities that bring many community partners together.

    “Brittney is a catalyst in our Southern Illinois community for mental health wellness. She seems equally to be a wellspring of information and a conductor of education, information, and activities among families and a valued contributor to the field among colleagues and professionals,” Popit said.
    Johanna Wichmann, clinic manager at Centerstone, nominated Dorris after working with her on the new warming center in Jackson County.

    “Camille’s efforts on behalf of the Southern Illinois Coalition for the Homeless to get this center operational has been a life saver for many individuals who are homeless in Jackson County and who are experiencing mental health and addiction issues,” Wichmann said.

    The banquet honoring the Metro-East Community Champions was held on Tuesday, June 11 from 5-7 p.m. at Centerstone’s Alton facility.

    The winners of the Metro-East Community Champions Awards were Cory Davenport, formerly with The Riverbender, and IL Rep. Monica Bristow.

    Centerstone accepted nominations for this year’s Community Champions awards in February and March.

    Past winners of the Community Champions award are:
    • 2018
      • Metro-East
        • Toni Corona, Madison County Health Department
        • Tia Kingsbury, Gateway Regional Medical Center
        • OSF St. Anthony’s Health Center
      • Southern Illinois
        • Adrienne Baker, Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities
        • Matt Buckman, Ph.D., Egyptian Health Department
        • Natasha Shafer, APN-FNP, CHESI & Centerstone
    • 2017
      • Metro-East
        • Latasha Barnes, Land of Lincoln Foundation
        • Chief Jake Simmons, Alton Police Department
      • Southern Illinois
        • Lukasz Dabrowski, MD, Southern Illinois Healthcare
        • Michelle McLernon, Jackson County Health Department
    • 2016
      • Metro-East
        • Vicki Young, Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation
        • Genoa QoL
      • Southern Illinois
        • Diana Brawley Sussman, Carbondale Public Library
        • Patsy Parker, volunteer and advocate
    About Centerstone
    Centerstone is a not-for-profit health care organization dedicated to delivering care that changes people’s lives. We provide mental health and substance abuse treatment, education and support to communities in Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, and Tennessee and additionally offer individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities life skills development, employment and housing services. Nationally, we have specialized programs for service members, veterans and their loved ones, and develop employee assistance programs for businesses of all sizes. Our research institute improves behavioral healthcare through research and technology, and our foundation secures philanthropic resources to support our work. For more information, visit www.centerstone.org.
    Dalus Ben Avi, Director of Marketing & Community Engagement
    618-457-6703 ext. 7830