2017-06-20 / Front Page

Putnam County residents receive awards

Dawn Tucker, Principle at Cloverdale Middle School receiving MHAoPC’s Educator of the Year award, Bill Nunn, President of MHAoPC, Karen Martoglio, Executive Director of MHAoPC, and Alan Zerkel as MHAoPC’s Person of the Year recipient at the May 8 Annual Meeting of Mental Health America of Putnam County. (Courtesy Photo)Dawn Tucker, Principle at Cloverdale Middle School receiving MHAoPC’s Educator of the Year award, Bill Nunn, President of MHAoPC, Karen Martoglio, Executive Director of MHAoPC, and Alan Zerkel as MHAoPC’s Person of the Year recipient at the May 8 Annual Meeting of Mental Health America of Putnam County. (Courtesy Photo)
Recognizing those who’ve made a difference in our lives is one of the most rewarding activities we get to do, so when Mental Health America of Putnam County announced their Person and Educator of the Year awards May 8, it was a joyous occasion.

Dawn Tucker, principal at Cloverdale Middle School, was selected as Educator of the Year.

In her nomination, Ms. Tucker was cited as being that shoulder to cry on, helping remove the shame in finding help for mental health issues, and leading those in need to find facilities and counselors to tackle anxiety and depression issues.


Dr. Eric Edberg, Professor of Music at DePauw University, showing how improvisation can improve mental health. (Courtesy Photo) Dr. Eric Edberg, Professor of Music at DePauw University, showing how improvisation can improve mental health. (Courtesy Photo) Also honored that evening was Alan Zerkel, as Person of the Year.

He’s been involved with schools and with several non-profit agencies in Putnam County. In his acceptance he shared how he did the best he could, how just listening and being available has changed lives, and how important it is to get information out to help those dealing with difficult mental health situations.

Keynote speaker Dr. Eric Edberg, Professor of Music at DePauw University presented, “Depression, Anxiety and Creative Healing”, sharing his healing experiences with improvisation and leading the audience in ways to open up and participate in a collective experience.

For more information on the programs and services of Mental Health America of Putnam County, call 765-653-3310 or visit our Facebook page at fb.me/mhaopcindiana.

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