Community Service Awards 2011 Honor Six West-Siders

Fairview, Lakewood and Lutheran Hospitals honored six individuals who have made outstanding contributions to our communities.
The Community Service Awards 2011 event took place last week at LaCentre in Westlake.
Honored were Sherri Brandon, MSSA, Executive Director, Transitional Housing, Inc., Richard Clark, President, St. Martin de Poress High School, Robert Hendricks, Founder, Hoops for Hunger, Ann Reichsman, MD, Medical Director, Neighborhood Family President, Cheryl Wynocker, Community Advisory Board Member, Community West Foundation volunteer, and June Yost, Chief Executive Officer, North Ridgeville Community Care.
“We are privileged to recognize these remarkable individuals for their unsurpassed commitment to our community. With their diverse backgrounds and significant contributions to a range of fields that include human services, education and healthcare, our honorees represent the very best and brightest of Cleveland’s west side,” said David Bronson, MD, President, Cleveland Clinic Regional Hospitals.
Individual awards were presented by John Mills, Vice President Operations Fairview Hospital, and Mary Kennedy, Interim President Lutheran Hospital.
Community West Foundation will donate $500 to the organization or charity of each recipient’s choice.
Sherri Brandon, MSSA, Executive Director, Transitional Housing, Inc., is a lifelong Clevelandeers recruited to THI in 2002 to expand programming. Inspired by the vision of ending homeless by providing safe housing and promoting self-sufficiency and independence in women in crisis, she is distinguished as dedicated leader and was appointed Executive Director in 2007. More than 86 per cent of the women served by THI annually move into permanent housing within 12 months of entering the program. “THI is truly dedicated to giving women the courage they need to change their lives,” she said.
Richard Clark, President, St. Martin de Porres High School, served a principal of St. Ignatius High for almost 10 years when he was called to found St. Martin de Porres High School, a Cristo Rey Network school featuring experiential learning for students of modest means. A lay Catholic school on Cleveland’s east side, the school is located in the former St. Vitus Parish grade school. With 490 students, its corporate work program has the support of 90 partners in industry. “The corporate work study program is the secret to our success,” said Clark. His school has a graduation rate of 100 per cent, 69 per cent go on to college.
Robert Hendricks, Hoops for Hunger: Robert, a junior at Rocky River High, envisioned Hoops for Hunger when he was 13. “I was looking for a service project,” he said. “I thought we could have a basketball game between Rocky River and Bay to support the Cleveland Foodbank.” Through his guidance counselor, Rob connected with Jim Liberatore of SportsTime Ohio. Bay and Rocky River school officials quickly go on board. Their inaugural effort in 2009 tripled their goal with 8,000 units (either a dollar or a food item) donated. The mark reached 45,000 units – $30,000 in cash and $15,000 in food items in 2011. “It’s amazing how far its gone,” said Rob. “This experience has taught me to dream big. I never would have thought this was possible.”
Ann Reichsman, MD, Medical Director, Neighborhood Family Practice, is one of the visionary founders of the non-profit community health center on the near west side. Dr. Reichsman works continuously to ensure the poor and at-risk have access to high quality care. She wears a button that says, “Healthcare is a right, not a privilege.” Dr. Reischsman and co-founder Dr. Barbas Toeppen first opened their doors in 1981 and treated 1000 patients. Now a primary care center with more than a dozen healthcare providers, NFP serves 40,000 patients annually. It is just one of 36 Federally Qualified Health Centers in the state.
Cheryl Wynocker, Community Advisory Board Member and Community West Foundation volunteer was invited to join Fairview Hospital’s Junior Board in 1976 by Barbara Jacobs. She became deeply involved in programs like the’ Merrie Olde Christmas Shoppe’ and became Junior Board President in 1984. Her community involvement includes chairing the Tower Treasures fundraiser at St. Ignatius, A Special Wish Foundation, and President of the Bay Village Junior Women’s Club where she initiated CPR training for both adults and Bay Schools. Since 2001, Cheryl has been a leading force behind the Gift of Life Committee, dedicated to raising funds to support Fairview Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).
June Yost, CEO, North Ridgeville Community Care, has worked for two decades to ensure disadvantaged families in North Ridgeville receive food, clothing, financial assistance and counseling services they need. A retired Administrative Assistant with North Ridgeville Schools, she joined with community and church leaders to establish the Community Care program is 1989. Literally operating our of her car those early days, Community Care was blessed with a 5,000 square foot headquarters by a local contractor in 2002. The recent recession has created a 50 per cent need in services, topping 1,000 qualified for help. With 85 volunteers and deep-seeded community support, members may shop at no cost at the Community Care facility for food, clothes and household items. Utililty help is available. “It’s wonderful to see our members get back on their feet,” she said. “They turn their lives around and we rejoice.” June, a lifelong North Ridgeville resident, and her husband, James, have been married 55 years.

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