CSB Employee Awards and Appreciation Ceremony

2013 Awards Ceremony

The second annual CSB Employee Awards and Appreciation Ceremony was held on May 23, 2013.

CSB Spirit of Excellence Award

The day's top award, the CSB Spirit of Excellence Award, recognized an outstanding CSB employee whose performance and actions promote, reinforce, or exemplify the CSB’s vision and mission. This year's recipient was Synathia Wright-Morgan, a day care center teacher at New Generations.

Photo of award winner Synathia Wright-Morgan with CSB staff

New Generations Director Kathy Butler, Synathia Wright-Morgan and CSB Executive Director George Braunstein

The CSB Spirit of Excellence Award recognizes one outstanding CSB employee or team of CSB employees whose performance and actions “promote, reinforce, or exemplify the CSB’s vision and mission.” Award nominations are made by CSB staff and Fairfax County employees, individuals receiving CSB services and their families or significant others, and the Fairfax County community at large.

To be considered for a CSB Spirit of Excellence Award, an employee or team must make a deliberate, obvious, and valuable contribution through actions in Leadership, Customer Service, Innovation, Stewardship and Good Samaritanship. Synathia’s work was cited for three of the five categories:  Customer Service, Stewardship and Good Samaritanship.

Synathia is a day care teacher at New Generations, a residential treatment program for women who have a substance use disorder or co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders and are pregnant, entering services with a child (4 years or younger), or are in a parenting relationship with a child who resides elsewhere. Synathia cares for the children while their mothers are in therapy services.

In addition to her regular job duties caring for the children, Synathia goes above and beyond to help women in the program learn parenting and other life skills. She works with the moms and encourages them to learn by doing – shopping, meal planning and preparation, and house cleaning. She also works with moms to find community resources such as clothes closets and free/low cost medications, and offers guidance on evaluating and selecting their own private daycare as they progress through treatment.

Synathia recently intervened in two potentially life-threatening situations. The first involved a premature baby living at the program. The child had been to the doctor the previous day and all was fine. However, when observing the child, Synathia (with no formal medical training) noticed that the child’s breathing didn’t seem right. She facilitated immediate medical attention for the child, who was in respiratory distress. Due to Synathia’s observant eye, the baby got the necessary medical attention and crisis was averted. In another situation, Synathia noticed an infant with an apparent toe infection. She alerted the nurse at New Generations, who indicated the baby needed immediate medical attention. The child was seen at the Emergency Department and was hospitalized for a Staph Infection. Synathia’s keen eye and attention to detail saved precious moments and ensured the baby received help.

Though it is not part of her job, Synathia works with local charity group to be sure that each mom at New Generations is able to provide holiday gifts for her children, both those who reside at the program and those who live in the community. She also plans baby showers for the moms-to-be, making sure each woman is able to experience her pregnancy as a special time.

New Generations participants see Synathia as a valuable resource when they have parenting concerns through the treatment process and beyond – many continue to look to her for advice even after they’ve graduated the program. Her consistent, positive, nurturing approach is a true asset to the women in the New Generations program.

Congratulations Synathia!

CSB Honors Awards

The event also included the presentation of many CSB Honors Awards, presented in recognition of outstanding CSB merit or non-merit employees (as individuals or as a team) whose exemplary performance exceeds job requirements in Customer Service (CS), Good Samaritanship (GS), Innovation (I), Leadership (L) and Stewardship (S).

This year's CSB Honors Awards recipients were:

  • Natalia Aleksenko, Psy.D, Intensive Community Treatment – (GS, CS)
  • Melissa Anderson, Residential Treatment (L, CS, S)
  • Michelle Basilio, Adult Residential Services – (CS, GS)
  • Kimberly Baucom, County Attorney’s Office – (CS)
  • Lori Bell, Employment Services (L, I)
  • Belinda Buescher, CSB Central Services Unit – (CS, I, L, GS, S)
  • Amanda Carrington, Community-Based School Transition (CS, S, GS)
  • Janna Kirr, Community-Based School Transition (L, CS, I)
  • Cathy Lynch, Youth and Family Services - (L)
  • Ji-Hae Park, Outpatient Services – (CS, GS)
  • Marybel Quant, Adult Residential Services – (L, CS, S)
  • Brittany Reid, CSB Central Services Unit – (CS, L)
  • Joan Rodgers, Workforce Development (L, CS, I, S)
  • Kimberly Sawyer, Acute Care Services – (GS)
  • Barbara Sheard, Community Residential and Contract Services – (CS)
  • Nichelle Staten, Acute Care Services – (CS)
  • Carol Taylor, Administrative Support Services – (I)
  • Dr. John Wilson, Acute Care Services – (I)
  • ADC Integrated Addiction Program: Claudette Wells and Yudy Wiley – (CS, I)
  • Crisis Care Case Management Team: Katrina Brown, Kathy Davis, Nancy Horvatic, Bryan Pashigian, Charlena Reeves, Nichelle Staten and Amy Turner – (CS)
  • Crisis Care EHR Team: Bryan Pashigian and Amy Turner – (I, GS)
  • Crisis Care Outreach Team: Katrina Brown, Katherine Davis and Amy Turner – (CS, L)
  • Crisis Care Team: Gina Bennett, Sharon Benton, Katrina Brown, Doug Caffrey, Katherine Davis, Leilia Elpern-Waxman, Sarah Flores, Blarrie Gibbs, Deidre Gladden, Colin Hall, Ishan Heru, Nancy Horvatic, Nina Howard, Kate Johnston, Emily Jones, Jason Kopp, Rebecca Lakin, Megan Liddell, Sarah Link, Michael McCoy, Monique McPherson, Amy Miller, Melanie Morgan, Lynn Olden, Colleen O’Connor, Bryan Pashigian, Orit Paytan, Sylvester Plater, Charlena Reeves, Kim Riggle, E. Geronimo Robinson, Mary Salehi-Boettler, Kimberly Sawyer, CiCi Spencer, Malinda Steward, Ruth Tedla, Shaquila Thorpe, Barbara Tremper, Amy Turner, Tyrone White, John Wilson and Bradford Wolf – (CS, I)
  • CSB Resource Team: Stephanie Beguin-Howard, Dave Delehanty, Jorjanne Gausman, Doug Healey Lauri Huitema, Sonal Patel and Dan Thompson – (L, CS, GS)
  • Financial Assessment and Screening Team (FAST): Lilian Carreira, Jackie Davey, Mari de Leon, Monica Greene, Leslie Myers, Mehrin Redjaeian, Brittany Reid and Andrew Robles (CS, I)
  • Gartlan Administrative Records Management Team: Patricia Daugett Cooper, Nina Dodson, Ashley Gee, Natasha Haynes, José Turcios Hernandez, Jonathan Lamptey, Makeba Moore and Scott Randall – (CS, I)
  • ITC Administrative Team: Teresa Abbott, Maria Barragan, Laura Fresco, Brian Hine, Eugenia Joya, Yvonne Norwood and Dylan Rodgers (L, CS)
  • Intensive Community Treatment Team – North: William Binney, Michael Britt, Laura Campbell, Joancy Daniel, Sarah Evans, Cordelia Nieketien-Tawari and Ricardo Rius (CS, GS)
  • Patient Assistance Program Team: Mari de Leon, Edem Gumedzoe, MyBinh Truong and Jacob Yoon – (CS)
  • Patrick Street RIC Plus Team: Lauren Baker, Kevin Brown, Gerry Little, Monica Smith, Cherie Spence and Jackie Tyler – (CS, S, L)
  • Residential Admissions Unit: Augustine Aderiye, Michelle Booth, Lauren Kraus, Bill Mims, Jeannie Platos-Johnson and Debra Quesenberry (CS, I, S)

Congratulations to all the award recipients, and to the CSB Employee Awards and Appreciation Committee for putting on a fantastic event!

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