Centerstone’s Willie Jemison Receives Chef of the Year Award

Award-winning chef to speak at Ambassadors Circle Meeting on February 24

Nashville, Tenn.—Centerstone today announced that Willie Jemison, Program Coordinator for the Community Kitchen, has received the Chef of the Year award from the Middle Tennessee Chapter of the American Culinary Federation. Presented on February 8, 2009 at 31st Annual Gala and Awards Ceremony, the award recognizes Jemison for his dedication as a leading chef in Middle Tennessee.

The award-winning chef will be a featured speaker at an upcoming meeting of Centerstone’s Ambassadors Circle on Tuesday, February 24, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. The meeting will feature a series of talks about Centerstone’s school-based and youth services, including its innovative Coaching 4 Teens program. Speakers also will provide an insider’s look at understanding the developing mind and explore a variety of concerns specific to teens. Mardi Gras refreshments will be provided by Jemison and his culinary students.

Established in 2005, the Ambassadors Circle works to advance Centerstone’s mission by serving as representatives to the community, advancing the organization’s mission and creating awareness of behavioral health issues. For more information about the Ambassadors Circle event, please contact the Centerstone Development office at 615.463.6645 or development@centerstone.org.

“Willie is an inspiring and enthusiastic leader whose work in Centerstone’s Community Kitchen has helped many troubled teens find their way,” said John Page, Centerstone Senior Vice President for Child, Adolescent and Family Services. “He not only teaches them how to prepare and serve food, but they learn the importance of respect, responsibility and teamwork.”

Jemison, an active member of Middle Tennessee Chapter of the American Culinary Federation for 15 years, leads the Community Kitchen Culinary Program, an innovative project that is designed to help troubled youth improve their chances for success in school and their community. Offered at Johnson School in Davidson County, the program focuses on food service and culinary skills development in areas such as meal planning, preparation, proper sanitation and nutrition. It gives youth the opportunity to learn, practice and enhance skills in the kitchen while equipping them with personal life skills. Partial funding for Centerstone’s Community Kitchen Culinary Program is made possible due to the generous philanthropy of the Martha and Bronson Ingram Charitable Foundation.

About Centerstone

Centerstone (www.centerstone.org), 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.