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We look forward to celebrating the accomplishments of our award winners each year at the Social Work Month gala.

2017 State Award Winners

  • Lifetime Achievement (posthumous): Charlotte Osterman, Region 5
  • Social Worker of the Year: Darrell Payne, Region 6
  • Public Elected Official of the Year: Yvette Simpson, Region 6
  • Student of the Year: Nicole Zayas, Region 4
  • Agency of the Year: Adelante, Inc., Region 1

2016 State Award Winners

  • Social Worker of the Year: Anzora Adkins, Region 6
  • Lifetime Achievement: Judy Kiser, Region 1
  • Public Elected Official of the Year: Judge Nanette DeGarmo VonAllman, Region 8
  • Student of the Year: Keno Jackson, Region 2
  • Agency of the Year: Equitas Health, Safe Point Program, Region 5

2015 State Award Winners

  • Social Worker of the Year: Semanthie Brooks, Region 3
  • Lifetime Achievement: Larry Foster, Region 3
  • Outstanding Service: Cherie Bridges Patrick, Region 5
  • Emerging Leader: Markus Douglas, Region 4
  • Public Elected Official of the Year: Councilman Chris Seelbach, Region 6
  • Public Citizen of the Year: Sister Karen Bernhardt, Region 8
  • MSW Student of the Year: Sarah Madrigal, Region 6
  • BSW Student of the Year: Kim Anderson, Region 4
  • Agency of the Year: Ohio Student Association, Region 5

2014 State Award Winners

  • Social Worker of the Year: Stacy Simera, Region 2
  • Lifetime Achievement: Rebecca Cline, Region 2
  • Outstanding Service: Gregory Stewart, Region 6
  • Emerging Leader Award: JAC Stringer, Region 6
  • Public Elected Official of the Year: Representative Alicia Reece, Region 6
  • Public Citizen of the Year: Glenn Karr, Region 5
  • MSW Student of the Year: Emily Resnik, Region 6
  • BSW Student of the Year: Julia Smiley, Region 4
  • Agency of the Year: ACLU of Ohio, Region 3

2013 State Award Winners

  • Social Worker of the Year: Ellen Rapkin, Region 5
  • Lifetime Achievement: Alice Skirtz, Region 6
  • Emerging Leader Award: Colleen Dempsey, Region 5
  • Public Elected Official of the Year: Michelle Mills
  • Public Citizen of the Year: James R. Rough, Region 5
  • MSW Student of the Year: Danielle Schmersal, Region 5
  • BSW Student of the Year: Dorothy Martindale, Region 5
  • Agency of the Year: Lighthouse Youth Services, Region 6

2012 State Award Winners

  • Social Worker of the Year: Cindy Webb, Region 5 
  • Lifetime Achievement: Gregory Keck, Region 2 
  • Outstanding Service: John Hostetler, Region 4 
  • Emerging Leader Award: Brad Smith, Region 4 
  • Public Elected Official of the Year: Denise Driehaus
  • Public Citizens of the Year: Harriet and Harloe Cutler, Region 2 
  • MSW Student of the Year: Emily Panzeri, Region 5 
  • BSW Student of the Year: Samantha Kauf, Region 8

2011 State Award Winners

  • Social Worker of the Year: Kimberly Clark, Region 8
  • Lifetime Achievement: Gary Crow, Region 2
  • Outstanding Service: Kay Brown, Region 6 
  • Emerging Leader Award: Annie Davis, Region 6
  • Public Elected Official of the Year: Michael O'Brien
  • Public Citizen of the Year: Laura Ware, Region 6 
  • MSW Student of the Year: Ebony Speakes, Region 3 
  • BSW Student of the Year: Stephanie Caruso, Region 4
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