Caring for Our Communities - VNA of Ohio Community Report 2016
20 | VISITING NURSE ASSOCIATION OF OHIO Most Treasured Volunteer James Eder, Longtime VNA of Ohio Hospice Volunteer, Named one of Area’s Most Treasured Volunteers The Center for Community Solutions recognized James Eder as one of five area Most Treasured Volunteers (MTV) at the Celebration of Human Services awards ceremony that took place at the Practice Court of The Q. Eder has been a volunteer with Visiting Nurse Association of Ohio for 27 years. Eder provides legal services to families and patients who are entered into hospice care who are unable to afford them. He works with them to draft wills, living wills and power of attorney documents based on the circumstances for each household. He serves these clients with professionalism and humor and gives these cases the James Eder was honored with the Celebration of Human Services award for his 27 same attention and service he does with his paying clients. years of volunteering for the Visiting Nurse Association of Ohio. “James Eder serves not only generously and with an extraordinary professionalism, but he also embodies a joie de vivre that reminds everyone who comes into contact with him that life is a wonderful thing,” said Holly Coughlin, former Chief of Development at VNA of Ohio. “His warmth, wit and commitment to making life both more comfortable and more delightful for those he serves distinguish his service as being genuinely extraordinary.” “The annual MTV Awards celebrate people who create solutions to human problems by giving of their time, talent and treasure—by giving of themselves through volunteering,” said John Corlett, president and executive director of CCS. Mr. and Mrs. Russell J. Lanning Ms. Gretchen C. Leatherman Ms. Diane Lombardy Mr. Raymond J. Luczak Mr. Andre J. Lukez Mr. and Mrs. William MacDermott Ms. Lisa Marinkov Mr. and Mrs. Gary J. Marousek Ms. Dawn E. Martin Mr. and Mrs. Gerald A. Massaro Mr. Matthew J. McKenney Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Menart Mr. and Mrs. Richard M. Mergo Ms. Alison L. Michalik Mr. Tobias Midcalf Ms. Elizabeth J. Mills Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. Mulkins Mrs. Mary H. Mundzak Ms. Lois M. Muraco Mr. and Mrs. Brian P. Neitzel Mr. Robert J. Norwick, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Patrick M. Ott Ms. Jacqueline Owen Ms. Suzanne Owens Ms. Elly Pack Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence M. Palahunic Ms. Vicky F. Paras Ms. Monica P. Pitts Mr. and Mrs. Richard W. Pogue Mr. Jim Parenica and Ms. Carol Pontis Ms. Mary E. Pugacz Dan and Kyle Radish Ms. Carol Raimondo Ms. Jacquelyn D. Riek Ms. Esther Rodriguez Ms. Mary L. Rogers Mr. Lawrence Roth Ms. Marilyn Rottgen Mr. and Mrs. Daniel J. Schodowski Mrs. Paula A. Schodowski Mr. and Mrs. Richard J. Scott Ms. Judith A. Shemkovitz Ms. Kristin M. Shepard Mr. and Mrs. Bill Simpich Mr. Raymond F. Sminchak, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Tom Smith Ms. Cheryl Sotherland Mr. and Mrs. Frank Stewart Mr. and Mrs. Gerald F. Sykora Mr. and Mrs. Darry L. Thomas Ms. Lilllian M. Tovtin
CARING COMMUNITIES 2016 | 21 Mrs. Alissa Trela Mr. and Mrs. Richard Turner Mr. and Mrs. Z. Joseph Valencic Mr. Robert A. Vergith Gayton and Pauline Vitolo Mr. and Mrs. John E. Warfel Ms. Sally A. Weiland Mr. and Mrs. David J. Weir Mr. and Mrs. Robert Whidden Mr. and Mrs. C. Robert Wilhelmy Ms. Teresa J. Wimms Ms. Lynn Winkelman Ms. Lorie S. Yavorsky Mr. and Mrs. Al Yeckel Mr. and Mrs. Daniel J. Zadd Organizations Audi Bedford Brooklyn Acres Mutual Homes Inc. Busch Funeral and Crematory Services CORVANTICS Division of Police Ginko Gallery & Studio, LLC The Holden Arboretum Home Helpers Ladies Auxiliary Washington Post No. 31 The Solon Patrolmen’s Association STERIS Corporation Valley Ford Truck Sales Walnut Ridge Strategic Management/ EP Technologies The Sondra Comella Kindness Awards In 2016, a very special donor established the Sondra Comella Kindness Awards honoring home health aides who provide outstanding care and are dedicated and reliable in their service to their clients at Visiting Nurse Association of Ohio. Eight dedicated home aides were honored at a breakfast ceremony in November. 2016 Recipients and year they started at VNA of Ohio. • Linda Colbert – 2001 • Mary Ann Fuote – 2014 • Brenda Lehman – 2008 • Lisa R. Mize – 2008 • Mary Pickett – 2009 • Clarabel Rios – 2013 • Shamaine Singleton – 2003 • Darlene Smith-Powell – 2010 The event included remarks from the leadership team at VNA of Ohio. Award-winners also received a cash prize and a print-out of the award. “You are what we do,” Lisa Kristosik said during the ceremony. VNA of Ohio looks forward to being able to honor even more home health aides in the years to come. VNA of Mid-Ohio Individuals Mr. Albert Barzanti Ms. Melinda R. Garrett Ms. Amy Glenn* Ms. Sandra Kearney Mr. and Mrs. Daniel J. Kraska Ms. Helen F. McClellan Ms. Ann McIntyre Ms. Ariel Morningstarr Mrs. Thelma F. Nelson Ms. Doris E. Robinson Mr. and Mrs. Ralph W. Robinson Mr. and Mrs. James H. Schaum Mr. and Mrs. James L. Schweyer Mr. and Mrs. Richard T. Studer Mr. and Mrs. E. Harry Wirstrom Interim CEO, Jim Schaum, awarded the 2016 inaugural winners of Sondra Comella Kindness Awards.