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Awards of Excellence 2017
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2017 Award Recipients

Dr. Donald “Jerry” Feulner Award - Leader of the Year

Laureen Pagel, MS, MCAP, Ph.D.
Starting Point Behavioral Health
Northeast Florida

Dr. Laureen Pagel is the CEO at Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare a community-based behavioral health treatment agency in Northeast Florida, where she has worked for 20 years. Dr. Pagel earned her Doctorate in Health Care Administration in 2007, is a Masters Certified Addiction Professional, a Certified Mental Health Professional and Certified Prevention Professional. Dr. Pagel currently serves as a Board member for FBHA, previous to that she held various leadership positons on the FADAA Board and Executive Committee including FADAA Vice-President. Laureen is active in her community and works closely with other non-profit community partners to address the issues of mental health and substance use disorders impacting her local area. This past year Dr Pagel was successful in implementing a Care Coordination project in her local Hospital, bringing Prevention services on-site to the Health Department, expanding services in her local jail, and adding Vivitrol to the MAT program.

Lifetime Achievement Award

James N. Hall
Nova Southeastern University
Broward County

Jim Hall worked with FADAA for ten years, four of which has been as the Association’s Epidemiologist Consultant developing and disseminating epidemiological and statistical analysis benefiting and informing the practice of Florida’s substance use disorders clinicians, researchers, and practitioners. Jim worked with Nova Southeastern University’s Center for Applied Research on Substance Use and Health Disparities, compiling local drug abuse data and working closely with local drug abuse coalitions, law enforcement, and other community organizations. Over the course of his career, Jim has tracked patterns and trends of substance abuse in Florida as the state’s representative on the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s Community Epidemiology Work Group. Hall’s work has focused uniquely on converting research about emerging drug abuse problems into community-based solutions.

Clinician of the Year Co-Award

Anna Temple
Clinical Director
Stewart-Marchman Act Behavioral Healthcare

Ms. Temple earned her Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling at Stetson University in 2007, earning licensure in 2012. Anna has provided services to benefit clients by implementing evidence based practice curriculum and built a daily schedule addressing specific needs for women with dual diagnosis and trauma. Clients have increased retention in treatment and long term sobriety in a community setting. Ms. Temple took on the task of being the handler of a therapy dog which is on site daily to assist clients in building clinical alliance, emotional management and their recovery process. She provides specialized therapy for clients with significant history of trauma in order to restore a sense of emotional manageability and reduce relapse. Anna has also volunteered her professional services to the Wounded Warrior Project and the Gratitude America Program for veterans.

Clinician of the Year Co-Award

Michael Nisy
Program Manager
DACCO Behavioral Health

Michael Nisy has focused his career on serving individuals who struggle with alcohol and drug addiction and are at high risk of relapse. Michael began working in the substance treatment field in 2002. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Welfare and Justice from Marquette University, and a Master’s Degree in Theology. He started his career as a direct services counselor in men’s residential, and was promoted to counselor supervisor and then program manager for the Opioid Addiction Treatment Program. As a Certified Addiction Professional, Michael has provided supervision for numerous counselors and assisted them with obtaining their substance abuse certification; in this way, he has contributed to the broader community by strengthening the nonprofit workforce in their service to clients dealing with addiction.

Professional of the Year Award

Kay Doughty
VP of Family and Community Services
Operation PAR, Inc.
Pinellas Park

Kay Doughty has been an active prevention advocate and treatment professional in the field of substance use disorders for the last 25 years. She entered this field from an educational leadership career bringing that skill set to addictions. She has been a clinical director of prevention and women’s treatment, a prevention and co-occurring contract manager for a managing entity and a Vice President of Family and Community Services at Operation PAR for the last 12 years. During her career Kay has always been willing to step forward and assist in any project that involves positive change, whether that be as a peer mentor, state level workgroups, implementing evidenced based practices or advocating for that one family or client in need of assistance. Kay brings an unparalleled level of advocacy for prevention services, so much so that in some circles she is known as “The Queen of Prevention”! Kay is a Certified Prevention Professional and a Certified Masters-Addiction Professional. She earned her MBA from Nova University, a Masters of Arts in Education from USF, and a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry.

Recovery Support Specialist of the Year Award

Rhonda Miller
Peer Specialist
Stewart-Marchman Act Behavioral Healthcare
South Daytona

Rhonda has primarily worked with the severe and persistently mentally ill population due to her own life experience of caring for a family member with untreated mental illness and her own lived experience. Rhonda is a calm and caring individual to whom clients can relate to on an immediate basis, and she treats them with dignity and respect at all times. Rhonda’s experience helps her to avert crises on a daily basis and save lives by offering support to those who otherwise wouldn’t have it. Rhonda has worked with clients who suffer from Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, and Major Depression, as well as a variety of personality disorders and substance abuse disorders. Rhonda Miller obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Art History and worked as a gardener for many years. In September 2012, she began work as a peer recovery specialist. She has since worked with hundreds of clients, become SOAR certified, obtained her certification as a peer recovery specialist, and has instituted a weekly art group for clients here at SMA. She has worked with some of the most chronically and severely mentally ill clients and has helped several of them to get back on their medications, attend appointments, and seek needed medical care.

Volunteer of the Year Award

Judy Turnbaugh
Board Member
Central Florida Behavioral Health Network
Palm Harbor

Judy and her husband, Donald Turnbaugh, have devoted their second lifetime in retirement to making the world a better place for persons with behavioral health disorders. As a volunteer, she sits on the Board of the Central Florida Behavioral Health Network and serves the NAMI Pinellas chapter. Judy works more than a full time work week and has done so for more than 20 years. She herself provides training classes for individuals, their family members and for Crisis Intervention Team Training for law enforcement officers. As charter members of the Florida Crisis Intervention Team Coalition, they have contributed to the training of over 20,000 law enforcement officers who may become engaged in a situation involving behavioral health issue. Judy has also brought countless evidenced based programs to the community - all of which are offered at no charge to participants and works to maintain a critical help line for persons who have need.