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2016 Award Recipients
Dr. Donald “Jerry” Feulner Award - Leader of the Year
Mary Lynn Ulrey
CEO, Drug Abuse Comprehensive Coordinating Office (DACCO)
Mary Lynn Edwards Ulrey, a Tampa native and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (ARNP), has served as Chief Executive Officer of the Drug Abuse Comprehensive Coordinating Office, Inc. (DACCO), the largest substance abuse provider in Hillsborough County ($19 million in revenue, 300 employees), holding that position for more than fifteen years. She is a past Board member of Central Florida Behavioral Health Network where she served for 16 years. In addition, she is the past multi-year chair of the Hillsborough Regional Council of eighteen mental health and substance abuse providers, the safety network of care.
DACCO has 32 licensed programs, all nationally accredited by CARF, treating 5500 children and adults annually in evidenced-based programs across the county. Under her direction, DACCO has developed Centers of Excellence: Medication Assisted Treatment (specific interventions for pregnant women); Women’s Services Continuum; and Residential Substance Abuse Services Prevention. DACCO has received awards in all those areas. The “Comprehensive Coordinated Care” for pregnant women in MAT has been nationally recognized.
Mary Lynn served on the Executive Committee of the Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association for fourteen years and in such elected positions as Vice President for Legislative Affairs (2014-2016) and Secretary (2012-2014). She was recently elected to the board of the newly formed Florida Behavioral Health Association where she serves as the Chair of the Justice Division.
Mary Lynn’s mission is to create a drug-free community. She is passionate about providing quality behavioral health services to the residents of the Bay Area.
On a personal note, Mary Lynn has been married to her husband, Stephen, for 15 years and has two grown sons, William and Mark Stainton. She sings in her church choir and loves growing orchids.
Lifetime Achievement Award
CEO, Operation PAR
Through Nancy Hamilton’s leadership Operation PAR has gained a national reputation for its leading research initiatives and cutting-edge developments in the field. Nancy Hamilton took over the duties as CEO of Operation PAR in 2000. Having worked at PAR for over 30 years, Nancy is familiar with all aspects behavioral health services from clinician to CEO.
Nancy was a Governor-appointed member of the Florida Drug Policy Advisory Council for over 10 years. She is a member of SAMHSA’s GAIN Center Expert Panel; past co-chair and an evaluator for the NIDA Clinical Trials Network; past Board President for the CFBHN Managing Entity; and Past President of FADAA and the Florida Juvenile Justice Association.
Respected locally and nationally for her knowledge and work in substance abuse, one of her most generous attributes is her willingness to share her knowledge with others as an instructor and advisor.
Clinician of the Year Award
Senior Trauma Youth Counselor
Aspire Health Partners
Shanay Lilly completed her B.S. in Psychology in 2009 from Jacksonville University. She went on to pursue her M.A. in Counseling with an emphasis on Mental Health from Webster University. During that time, she interned at The Center for Drug-Free Living, Inc. (currently Aspire Health Partners), working with adolescent substance abusers, providing services for residential as well as outpatient clients and their families. After the completion of her education, Shanay went on to continue servicing children, adolescents, and their families in the T3 (Trauma, Treatment, Training) Grant as a Senior Youth Trauma Counselor, where she continues to provide trauma-informed and trauma-focused counseling for clients ages 10-18 years of age using evidence-based practices: Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Adolescent Community Reinforcement Approach (ACRA).
Shanay became a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional in 2013 and has since focused on broadening her trauma expertise by participating in trauma focused training such as Childhood Traumatic Grief, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Emotional Regulatory Healing, Emotional Freedom Techniques, Cyber-Bullying, Self-injurious Behaviors in Adolescents, Dissociative Identity Disorder, and Family Driven-Youth Guided Training. She is currently in the final stages of her TF-CBT certification and is in the process of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) training and certification.
Professional of the Year Award
CCO, Centerstone of Florida Bradenton
Melissa Larkin-Skinner is Chief Clinical Officer for Centerstone of Florida, responsible for clinical care and operations for a nonprofit behavioral health specialty hospital and outpatient practice serving Manatee and Sarasota Counties. A Licensed Mental Health Counselor, she has nearly 25 years of experience in all levels of behavioral health care. She has worked with children and adults in outpatient, inpatient, crisis intervention, community based, and child welfare. Melissa has designed and operated innovative programs to meet community needs such as the Community Action Teams and Crisis Medical Home.
Melissa’s clinical philosophy is “do whatever it takes” encouraging clinicians to adopt a holistic view of consumer needs.
Recovery Support Specialist of the Year Award
CAP, Fifth Street Counseling Center IV, Inc.
Mr. Scharf has been an Attorney, Mediator and Arbitration Judge for 39 years. He distinguished himself with a sole practice relating to Fla. Workers Compensation cases and has been a trial lawyer representing injured workers and also, alternatively, Insurance Carriers over the past years. He was born in Youngstown, Ohio and has a B.A .from Case Western Reserve in 1973, and a Juris Doctor Degree from U. of Miami in 1976. He has mediated cases involving injured workers and insurers for many years and has represented thousands of parties in court as an Attorney or a Mediation Judge. He semi-retired in 1998 and went on doing Mediations with ImmediateMediations.com. Then he began working at Ocean Breeze Recovery in Pompano Beach as a Behavioral Technician and worked his way up to Certified Addictions Professional in 2012 . He began as a counselor at Fifth Street Counseling in 2014 and is now working as a CAP Counselor at this time. He enjoys working with young people who are in the Corrections System and has many references from clients attesting to his warm and caring nature. “There is nothing more gratifying than to help someone save his own life when they are about to continue on their path to self-destruction” is his belief and he works diligently trying to assist those who are his clients at Fifth Street Counseling. He is proud of his own recovery from alcoholism and addiction and has been in recovery for 15 years now.
Volunteer of the Year Award
Past President, Board Member
EPIC Behavioral Healthcare
President, Raintree Restaurant, Inc.
Lorna MacDonald was born in Penzance, a small town in Cornwall located in the southwestern tip of England. In 1979, Lorna left the U.K. to sail with her family on a 45-foot sailboat bound for the U.S. The journey took them through the Canary Islands crossing the Atlantic Ocean to Barbados, through the Caribbean, the Bahamas and ultimately ended up at the city marina in St. Augustine Florida. Not long after settling in late 1980, the family found an 1879 Victorian home at 102 San Marco Avenue that was to become The Raintree Restaurant. After a complete renovation the business opened in 1981 and was given the accolade of Florida Trend’s Top 10 Restaurants in the first year. Thirty-five years later Lorna and her husband Chris Cantabene are still active in the day to day operations of the business, while also owning C-Mac Construction.
Lorna’s passion does not end with the restaurant; she is also very involved in the community and the industry. Lorna is one of the founders and the first President of SAiRA, the St. Augustine Independent Restaurant Assoc., a group of 16 local restaurants that have raised many thousands of dollars for various charities in the Community. Lorna also gives her time and talents to the non-profits of St. Johns County such as The Wildflower Clinic (providing dental and medical services), Boys & Girls Club, Limelight Theatre, St. Jude, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Dining with Dignity (feeding the homeless) and has sponsored 3 Habitat for Humanity Homes, to name a few.
Lorna’s number one passion is EPIC Behavioral Healthcare, where she has been an active board member and past president for many years. She serves as board liaison for the company’s Fund Development Committee, guiding continuous development of a premiere event “The Taste of St. Augustine." Under her leadership, Lorna has helped raise more than $500,000 for the treatment of those with substance use disorders. She and her husband gave hours of sweat equity to remodel the outpatient facility; Lorna personally painted more than 10,000 square feet of office spaces. She was also instrumental in the design and startup of the new EPIC Detox Facility. Giving back to those physically, mentally and financially less fortunate has been and will always be the guiding force in Lorna’s life.
Past Award Recipients