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15th Annual River Region Ethics in Business and Public Service Awards

Thursday, October 10, 2024—5:30 p.m.
Alabama Activity Center

The River Region Ethics in Business and Public Service Awards is a program of The Samaritan Counseling Center, Inc. in collaboration with the Auburn University at Montgomery’s (AUM) College of Business and College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Department of Public Administration. The Samaritan Counseling Center presents the River Region Ethics in Business and Public Service Awards in order to:

  • Foster a climate of ethical integrity in the community by recognizing ethical practices of businesses, organizations and individuals
  • Promote awareness and education concerning ethical business and public service behavior
  • Heighten awareness regarding programs and services of The Samaritan Counseling Center available to strengthen families and organizations
  • Fund scholarships for AUM business and public administration students who research and interview nominees, then provide reports to the Selection Committee for its recipient consideration.

As part of the Selection Process, each year a Selection Committee, independent of the Samaritan Counseling Center, is presented with research from students and faculty of Auburn University at Montgomery on all persons and organizations nominated by the business and lay community. A portion of the Ethics Program’s proceeds goes to help provide scholarships and stipends for students who participate in the research.

The Selection Committee is then faced with the very difficult task of selecting three finalists from among the very deserving nominees—and then faced with the even more daunting task of selecting the winners in each category.  As is true every year, all nominees should feel honored at being recognized for their contributions to the River Region. Samaritan thanks all members of the Committee for their service and for their role in ensuring the independence of the selection process for these distinguished awards.

2023 Events Committees

Event Committee:

Megan Bronson, Event Coordinator
Avery Berry
Rachael Gallagher
Christy Holding, Fundraising
Brian Key
Stephanie Peavy
Libba Roby

2023 Samaritan Counseling Center Board of Directors:

Pete Cobb, JD, President
Elizabeth DuBard, Vice President
Steve Rutledge, Treasurer
Rev. Richard Williams, Secretary
Duncan McRae, MD, Past President
Sherice Brown
Bill Davis
Tod Etheredge
Rachael Gallagher, Executive Committee
Kirk Hatcher
Rev. June Jernigan
Brian Key, Executive Committee
Kym Klass
Holly McCorkle, JD
Terry Mitchell
F. Collier Neely
Robert Northcutt, JD
Stephanie Peavy
Kimberly Robinson
Pat Shegon, JD
Sarah Beth Tribble

Rev. Jay Cooper

Samaritan Counseling Center Staff:

Cary J. Kuhlmann

Saralu P. Belkofer, MS, LPC
Avery Berry, MEd, ALC, NCC
Kwoneathia Boswell, Ph.D, Clinical Psychologist
Allena Burbage, MS, LPC
Kay Cannady, MS, LPC
Monica Cone, MEd, LPC
Jessica Gibbe-Fernandez, PhD, LMFT
D. Kim Hamblin, PhD, Clinical Psychologist
Christy Holding, MS, LPC
Lennie Howard, DMin, LPC, LMFT
Wendy Jacobsen, MA, LMFT
Sarah McCrory, LPC
Christina Miller, MS, LMFT
Rebecca Rose Morris, EdS, LPC-S, NCC
Leander Robinson, MS, LPC, NCC
George Ishman, ALC
Zadra Rudolph-Heard, ALC

Santana Cole, Office Manager
Cassandra Thomas, Billing Coordinator
Anthony Moore, Intake Coordinator
Carie Campbell, Intake Coordinator
Zandra Rudolph-Heard, Credentialing