101 Best & Brightest
Easter Seals’ West Michigan regional ofﬁce has been selected for the ﬁfthyear in a row as a 101 Best &Brightest Companies to Work For.This prestigious honor, sponsoredannually by the Michigan BusinessProfessional Association, waspresented to the nonproﬁt agency during an awards ceremony onMay 5, 2011, at the Pinnacle Center in Hudsonville.“I am continually impressed with the efforts and dedication of ourWest Michigan staff,” says Easter Seals Michigan President and CEOBrent Wirth. “This recognition certainly has a direct correlation of their competencies and commitment to create a positive andproductive work environment.”The 101 Best & Brightest Companies to Work For competitionprovides the business community with the opportunity to gainrecognition, showcase their best practices and demonstrate whythey are an ideal place for employees to work. It is also designedto enhance best workplace practices, develop robust mechanismsfor community organizations and corporations to train futureindustry leaders and to engage the workforce.
2011 OCCMHA Award Winners
Three Easter Seals Michigan nominees were honored during the2011 Oakland County Community Health Authority (OCCMHA)Achievement Award presentation this past April. Sherry Gerbireceived the Director’s Award and Joshaunna B. and Kayla S. weregiven the Rights & Advocacy Award.The OCCMHA awards were created to highlight and showappreciation for individuals receiving behavioral health serviceswho also takesteps to reducemental healthstigma, helpothers andmake thecommunity abetter place tolive and work.
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Easter Seals is accredited by CARF
Easter Seals Michigan’sOakland County Mental Health Programs areprimarily funded by Oak-land County CommunityMental Health Authority.
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Easter Seals Michigan staff and Board Chairperson Jackie Dangl attended the101 Best & Brightest award’s ceremony.
“I was so honored to receive the Director’s Award, especially whenI read that the award was given to someone who inspires othersto strive to be their best,” explains Sherry. “Two years ago, Ifound myself at a crisis-point, a real low, as a result of my mental illness. I was hospitalized and got hooked up with Easter Seals’clinical services and Dreams Unlimited Clubhouse. With the helpof the Clubhouse staff and members, I reclaimed my recovery.”Teenagers Joshaunna and Kayla, both nominated by Easter Seals,were the only two recipients of the 2011 OCCMHA Rights andAdvocacy Award. The girls were nominated by Easter Seals’ FamilyServices, a comprehensive, evidence-based behavioral healthprogram beneﬁtting families with children from birth through 18years of age.
Mom Promotes Autism Awareness
“I really went through a grievingprocess and then I had to let go of the anger, fear and worry and justmove on,” says Clarkston residentMelissa Rohn about her four-year-oldson Lukas’ autism diagnosis last year.Lukas represents the one in 110 children born with autism.Autism is a complex developmental disability that typicallyappears during the ﬁrst three years of life and affects a person’sability to communicate and interact with others. It’s deﬁned by acertain set of behaviors and is a “spectrum disorder” that affectsindividuals differently and in varying degrees.“I was very much in denial,” remembers Rohn. “Lukas is hyper-sensitive to touch and had difﬁculty sleeping. At six-months-oldhe refused to eat anything except oatmeal cereal, sweet potatoes,and breast milk for eight months.”In March of 2010, test results revealed that Lukas had mildautism with hyperlexic features -- a fascination with printedwords and letters. Rohn’s pediatrician immediately referred her toEaster Seals Michigan and the Play and Language for AutisticYoungsters (P.L.A.Y.) Project.“P.L.A.Y. is really pulling Lukas up the social ladder, creating asolid foundation for him to grow on,” added Rohn.
Caden & Lukas Sherry Gerbi Joshaunna B.