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Centerstone to honor Community Champions

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Centerstone will hold the 15th annual Community Champions Banquet in June in both the Metro-East and Southern Illinois.

The Community Champions Banquet honors community leaders who have made a difference by advancing mental health and substance use disorder services through their advocacy, leadership and service.

This year’s winners are:

  • Metro-East
    • Cory Davenport with The Riverbender
    • IL Rep. Monica Bristow
  • Southern Illinois
    • Camille Dorris, Southern Illinois Coalition for the Homeless
    • Brittney Hale, Prevent Child Abuse Illinois

“The four Community Champions we will honor during these events display commitment and dedication to their community, and Centerstone is honored to recognize them for their work and for the positive impact they have made in the lives of so many across our region,” said John Markley, regional CEO for Centerstone.

Both events are free and open to the public; however, reservations are required by Wednesday, May 29. The events will feature desserts, drinks, networking, and awards ceremony. For more information, call (855) 608-3560, ext. 7830.

Centerstone accepted nominations for this year’s Community Champions awards in February and March.


The banquet honoring the Metro-East-area Community Champions will be held on Tuesday, June 11 from 5-7 p.m. at Centerstone, 2615 Edwards Street, Alton.

Sarah Beth Viliocco, an assessment unit clinican, with Centerstone, nominated Davenport for his “inclusion and sensitivity to mental health in his articles.”

“I was really impressed that he is using his voice on a platform that reaches thousands to advocate for mental health,” Viliocco said.

Centerstone Marketing and Communications Coordinator Chelsea Boyles nominated Bristow, whom Boyles called “a champion of behavioral health for many years.”

We are grateful for her support and help in erasing stigma and providing resources,” Boyles said.

Southern Illinois

The banquet honoring the Southern Illinois Community Champions will be held on Thursday, June 13 from 5-7 p.m. at Centerstone’s new Medication Assisted Treatment facility, 202 South Bentley, Marion.

Jocelyn Popit, Centerstone Director of Advancement, nominated Hale for her trainings, discussions, leadership with Creating Compassionate Communities, work with Prevent Child Abuse Illinois, and more activities that bring many community partners together.

“Brittney is a catalyst in our Southern Illinois community for mental health wellness. She seems equally to be a wellspring of information and a conductor of education, information, and activities among families and a valued contributor to the field among colleagues and professionals,” Popit said.

Johanna Wichmann, clinic manager at Centerstone, nominated Dorris after working with her on the new warming center in Jackson County.

“Camille’s efforts on behalf of the Southern Illinois Coalition for the Homeless to get this center operational has been a life saver for many individuals who are homeless in Jackson County and who are experiencing mental health and addiction issues,” Wichmann said.

Past winners of the Community Champions award are:

  • 2018
    • Metro-East
      • Toni Corona, Madison County Health Department
      • Tia Kingsbury, Gateway Regional Medical Center
      • OSF St. Anthony’s Health Center
    • Southern Illinois
      • Adrienne Baker, Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities
      • Matt Buckman, Ph.D., Egyptian Health Department
      • Natasha Shafer, APN-FNP, CHESI & Centerstone
    • 2017
      • Metro-East
        • Latasha Barnes, Land of Lincoln Foundation
        • Chief Jake Simmons, Alton Police Department
      • Southern Illinois
        • Lukasz Dabrowski, MD, Southern Illinois Healthcare
        • Michelle McLernon, Jackson County Health Department
      • 2016
        • Metro-East
          • Vicki Young, Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation
          • Genoa QoL
        • Southern Illinois
          • Diana Brawley Sussman, Carbondale Public Library
          • Patsy Parker, volunteer and advocate

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