The Broadhurst Awards
Award: 2010 William A. Broadhurst - Employee of the Year Award
Description: This award is named after the founder of our ministry and honors a special individual whose lifetime of service and personal example reflects the philosophy and mission of Christian Care Communities.
Winner: Carolyn Johnson
Human Resources/Payroll Coordinator
Christian Health Center, Hopkinsville
In recognition of her personal example of caring and many years of dedicated service, Carolyn Johnson is the recipient of the prestigious 2010 William A. Broadhurst Employee of the Year Award.
Carolyn began her distinguished career with Christian Care Communities more than 12 years ago, as a Nursing Service Scheduling Clerk. She single handedly arranged the schedules of more than 80 employees on a monthly basis without the aid of a computer. She was meticulous in that role, treating each employee fairly managing frequent requests for schedule changes or filling positions with an unexpected absence from a staff member.
In 2002, Carolyn was promoted to Human Resources and Payroll Coordinator. A quick study, Carolyn took on the responsibility of all payroll duties, the orientation of new employees, and maintaining personnel files. Carolyn performs her job with care and is a problem solver for all employees. She greets everyone with a smile and a “what can I help you with today” attitude.
Carolyn is greatly admired for her attention to detail. She will spend hours making sure that everyone gets paid correctly. She essentially triple checks all of the payroll information for accuracy before the checks are processed. Working tirelessly to assist employees, Carolyn makes sure all needs are met whether it’s handling health insurance claims, workers’ compensation reports, uniform requests, or just being there to listen.
Carolyn Johnson embodies the very best of each of the qualities that one looks for in the ideal employee, particularly worthy of employee of the year. She is without a doubt one of the most dedicated, incredibly reliable, and outstanding professional serving over 160 employees at Christian Care’s Community in Hopkinsville.
Award: 2010 Daniel D. Gilbert Employee Servant Leadership Award
Winner: Thelma Gray
Certified Nurse Aide and Medical Technician
Christian Health Center, Hopkinsville
In recognition of her personal example of caring and many years of dedicated service, Thelma Gray is the recipient of the prestigious 2010 Daniel D. Gilbert Employee Servant Leadership Award.
Thelma joined Christian Care Communities’ nursing team at the Christian Health Center in Hopkinsville on March 20, 1987 as a Certified Nurse Aide. She earned her certification as a Medical Technician in 2000. In addition to providing medication to residents, Thelma is also responsible for bathing, dressing, grooming and feeding residents in the health center’s skilled nursing unit.
The residents are always happy to see Thelma as she has the ability to engage the residents and no matter what the situation, her winning smile is rewarded with a smile in return.
As a member of First Street Baptist Church who has sang in the choir for many years, Thelma uses her vocal talent to create an environment of camaraderie with the residents. Her ability to sing many of the familiar hymns a cappella stimulates involvement and the residents love to sing along. Thelma says many of the residents still have a beautiful voice.
Thelma is cheerful, never says no and is very good at what she does. Her accuracy in medication administration is amazing and she is a role model to other nursing assistants who admire her skills and selflessness.
For the last 23 years, Thelma has enhanced the journey of life for the residents we serve and has demonstrated the true spirit of servant leadership. Whether Thelma is helping another aide, singing with residents or being the pillar of her family, she is a humble servant who remains committed, compassionate, caring and, as always, a valuable member of the team.
Award: 2010 A. B. Stockhoff
Description: This award is named for Arthur B. Stockhoff who served as a member of the Board of more than fifty years and served as its President from 1943 to 1963, after which he was elected President Emeritus. This award honors a current or former board member who provided visionary leadership that advanced Christian Care Communities’ mission.
Winner: Elizabeth “Libby” Watchel
Christian Care Board Member
In recognition of her visionary leadership, Elizabeth “Libby” Wachtel, Board Member of Christian Care Communities’ Board of Directors, is the recipient of the prestigious 2010 A.B. Stockhoff Award.
Libby has served on Christian Care Communities’ Board of Directors since 2001 and has provided visionary leadership as Chairwoman in 2004 and 2005 advancing Christian Care Communities’ mission on numerous levels. Under Libby’s leadership, the Board’s action for the name of our organization to be changed from The Christian Church Homes of Kentucky to Christian Care Communities presented a very exciting opportunity in getting the kind of public attention that helped to broaden the base of support that we count on to carry out our mission and programs.
Those of us who have worked closely with Libby greatly admire and highly respect her visionary thinking, her persistence, and her deep devotion to the well-being of those we serve.
Libby has served on the faculty at Eastern Kentucky University in the College of Justice and Safety since 1975. She has held various administrative positions at EKU including Associate Vice President for University Programs and Interim Dean of the Graduate School. She currently serves as Director of the Training Resource Center. From 1994 to 1999 she served as the Commissioner for the Kentucky Department for Mental Health and Mental Retardation Services, now the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities. A native of Kentucky, Libby is a graduate of the University of Kentucky with her doctorate in Social Psychology.
We congratulate and thank Libby Wachtel for her gift of time and generous spirit which have contributed greatly to all of Christian Care’s ministries.
Award: 2010 Farris Clifton
Description: This award is named after the administrator who provided leadership to Christian Care Communities ministry from 1955 – 1985. This award honors a group of supporters that helps raise awareness of Christian Care Communities in their community.
Winner: Morningside Ministries, Inc.
Award: 2010 J. S. Hilton
Description: This award is named after a committed fundraiser for Christian Care Communities in the early 1900s, and honors a volunteer who demonstrates outstanding leadership in a fundraising or an annual campaign effort.
Winner: Gail Iwaniak
Award: 2010 Pauline A. Crawford
Description: This award is named after the benefactress who donated the house that served as Christian Care Communities’ first outreach location, and honors a “behind-the-scenes” volunteer.
Winner: Rosalind B Carter
Award: 2010 Kirk G. Alliman - Ministry Makes A Difference Award
Description: This award is named after former president, Kirk G. Alliman, who served from 2002 to 2009 and was highly regarded for his deep commitment in strengthening Christian Care Communities’ pastoral care program.
Winner: Mickie Modjeski
Friendship and Chapel House, Louisville
In recognition of her personal example of caring and many years of dedicated service, Mickie Modjeski, is the recipient of the celebrated 2010 Kirk G. Alliman Ministry Makes a Difference Award. This award recognizes Mickie’s role in caring for and comforting residents and families.
Mickie Modjeski began her distinguished career as the Volunteer Coordinator with Christian Care Communities in January 1988. Mickie plans and organizes volunteer programs in response to the resident’s strengths, needs and wishes and encourages resident participation in the planning of volunteer services. She liaises with the Louisville Auxiliary, the community, and other volunteer organizations regarding volunteerism, and engages in joint planning and educational programming.
For her dedication and commitment to her work with the residents, Mickie earned the honor of “Outstanding Staff Person” from Kentucky Association of Homes and Services for the Aging in 2000; the “Group Volunteer Award” from the Kentucky Association of Health Care Facilities in 1998; and under Mickie’s supervision of the Louisville Auxiliary, that group received Christian Care’s prestigious Ferris Clifton Award honoring a group of volunteers who have contributed to the cause of Christian Care’s programs in 1994 and again in 2005.
Mickie helps our residents find a way to be an important part of their community and that is one of the best and rewarding gifts they receive. She has the gift of matching meaningful and engaging assignments with the skills of anyone who volunteers. Her dedication in wanting residents to truly experience the best quality of life they can while living at Christian Care is inspiring and truly lies at the heart of our mission. Mickie truly makes a difference!