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River Region Ethics in Business and Public Service Awards


October 7, 2021—5:30 p.m.

Alabama Activity Center

It would be an understatement to say 2020 was a challenging year for our country, our state, and our community. The COVID-19 pandemic and the restrictions that accompanied it were unprecedented in our lifetimes. But in the Montgomery River Region we showed resilience, fortitude, grit, purpose, and community-spirit. We came together to share resources. We came together to educate our constituents and congregations. We came together to care for our fellow man.

It is in this spirit of community that the Board of Directors of the Samaritan Counseling Center decided to pivot from its usual recognition of ethics in business awards to recognize “heroes” that helped the River Region through the COVID-19 pandemic and the 2021 Delta version of the virus.

“Heroes” will be honored in six categories: Healthcare, Government, Non-Profits, Faith-Based Organizations, Business, and Education. We identified these heroes using private and public sources. We acknowledge up-front that this is not an exhaustive list of who stepped up to the task and that some would be omitted inadvertently in this effort. We ask for your understanding of our limitations and that this is our attempt to recognize a few individuals and organizations that stood out in the process.


2021 Events Committees

Duncan McRae, MD, President

Event Committee:

Brooke Mills, Event Coordinator
Avery Berry
Rachael Gallagher
Lee Herman
Christy Holding, Fundraising
Brian Key
Libba Roby
Caroline Smith
Jessica Taylor

Samaritan Counseling Center Board of Directors:

Duncan McRae, MD, President
Pete Cobb, JD, Vice President
Steve Rutledge, Treasurer
Elizabeth DuBard, Secretary
Jessica Taylor, JD, Past President
Tod Etheredge
Rachael Gallagher
Kirk Hatcher
Rev. June Jernigan
Brian Key, Executive Committee
Kym Klass
Holly McCorkle, JD
Terry Mitchell
John Moorehouse, MD
Robert Northcutt, JD
Stephanie Peavy
Kimberly Robinson
Pat Shegon, JD
Caroline Smith
Rev. Richard Williams, Executive Committee

Rev. Jay Cooper
Rev. Tony McCullough

Event Committee:

Cary J. Kuhlmann

Saralu P. Belkofer, MS, LPC
Avery Berry, MEd, ALC, NCC
Allena Burbage, MS, LPC
Kay Cannady, MS, LPC
Elizabeth Cates, MS, MBA, NCC
Mary L. Clark, MS, LPC-S, NCC
Monica Cone, MEd, LPC
Deborah S. Cowell, MS, LMFT
Jessica Gibbe-Fernandez, PhD, LMFT
D. Kim Hamblin, PhD, Clinical Psychologist
Christy Holding, MS, LPC
Shelia S. Holmes, MEd, LPC, NCC
Lennie Howard, DMin, LPC, LMFT
Sarah McCrory, LPC
Rebecca Rose Morris, EdS, LPC-S, NCC
Leander Robinson, MS, LPC, NCC
Tarmen Siaway, PhD, LPC-S, NCC
George Ishman, Intern

Katie Nixon, Operations Manager
Cassandra Thomas, Billing Coordinator
Kim Carr, Intake Coordinator
Cassandra Whitney, Credentialing Coordinator
Amari Newsom, Receptionist