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Centerstone Board Member Wins Volunteer Innovator Award at 23rd Annual Mary Catherine Strobel Awards

Lee Ann Ingram Recognized for Outstanding Volunteerism and Implementation of Centerstone’s Innovative Coaching4Teens Program

Nashville, Tenn.—Centerstone, the nation’s largest provider of community-based behavioral healthcare, today announced that Lee Ann Ingram, Vice-Chair for the Centerstone of Tennessee Board of Directors and visionary force behind its successful Coaching4Teens program, has won the distinguished Volunteer Innovator Award at the 23rd annual Mary Catherine Strobel Volunteer Awards. The Volunteer Innovator Award acknowledges volunteers who have designed creative programs, practices or responses to address unmet needs in the community.

Ingram was among 11 individual finalists and three group finalists recognized for significant community service achievements in Middle Tennessee. She accepted the Volunteer Innovator Award during a luncheon and ceremony on Wednesday, April 22 at the Franklin Marriott’s Cool Springs Conference Center.

“We are honored that Lee Ann has received the Volunteer Innovator Award on behalf of her work with Centerstone,” said Dr. Bob Vero, CEO of Centerstone. “She is a tireless and dedicated volunteer with a wonderful, creative energy who is tremendously committed to the teens of our community and to the success of Coaching4Teens. Thanks to her efforts, teens across our community have access to the support they need through any difficult time and the tools necessary to succeed in life.”

Ingram joined Centerstone’s board of directors in 2004, and began working with Centerstone leadership, counselors and school-based staff, as well as local students, teachers and community volunteers to develop a new program to meet the needs of Middle Tennessee teens. She envisioned Coaching4Teens, a program that would help teens navigate the stresses of adolescence in the privacy of their own homes in a unique and interactive way, leveraging both online tools and phone support. After years of planning, Centerstone formally launched its Coaching4Teens program in 2008.

An innovative online program, Coaching4Teens is available free of charge for teens ages 13-18. Through its website, Coaching4Teens.org, teens access assistance from professionally trained counselors, or “coaches,” at Centerstone via email and phone. Centerstone coaches help teens find a healthier balance in their lives, gain confidence and prioritize goals. Teens and coaches discuss everyday topics such as getting along with parents or siblings. Coaches provide practical tools for controlling emotions like anger and sadness, and also address complex issues, such as pressures to use drugs and alcohol, problems dealing with growing responsibilities and how to juggle afterschool activities and get into the right college.

The Mary Catherine Strobel Volunteer Awards are named in memory of the late Mary Catherine Strobel, known for her extensive charitable efforts to improve the lives of Middle Tennessee’s homeless, impoverished and less fortunate populations. The annual awards ceremony celebrates Strobel’s service and recognizes those who continue her legacy. Awards are given to outstanding individual volunteers and volunteer groups in five categories – volunteer innovator, direct service volunteer, community-wide volunteer, youth volunteer, and volunteer group. The Mary Catherine Strobel Awards are a program of Hands On Nashville, Middle Tennessee’s volunteer resource agency. Each year, Hands On Nashville refers or places 24,000 volunteers to projects in more than 200 area service agencies and schools.

About Centerstone

Centerstone, a not-for-profit organization, is the nation’s largest provider of community-based behavioral healthcare. With a history that spans over fifty years, Centerstone provides a full range of behavioral health and related educational services to more than 69,000 individuals of all ages and their families annually. Children, adolescents, adults, seniors, and families all receive help from a multitude of different programs in more than 120 facilities and 150 partnership locations in Indiana and Tennessee. Centerstone is accredited by The Joint Commission in Indiana and the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) in Tennessee. For more information about Centerstone, please call toll free at 888-291-4357.

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