CSB employees honored for work with county partners


To carry out its mission, the CSB relies on strong partnerships in the county. Our partners rely on us as well. Collaboration enables all of us to broaden our reach and better serve our community.

In May, three CSB staff members were recognized by our county partners for their outstanding efforts.

On May 18, the Fairfax Association for School Psychology (FASP) honored two CSB employees – Dr. Philip S. Smith, a psychiatrist at the CSB’s Merrifield Center, and Laura Yager, the CSB’s Director of Partnership and Resource Development, with the Jim Annicchiarico Award. Named for a former director of psychological services for Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS), the award is presented annually to individuals in the school or local community who have provided exemplary support to students.

Dr. Philip S. Smith was nominated for his work with children and youth who experience significant mental health challenges. He has provided exemplary direct support to the students, parents and staff of the Kilmer Center, an FCPS facility for students between the ages of 5 and 22 with significant developmental disabilities. Recognizing that these students had difficulty accessing appropriate psychiatric care, Dr. Smith worked with Kilmer Center staff to establish a monthly clinic at the center to provide a more effective and less disruptive way to treat this special population of his patients. Since September 2012, Dr. Smith has faithfully provided these services each month at the Kilmer Center, where he often sees ten students and families in a day. He treats each student with kindness, dignity and a caring sense of humor. He encourages parents to call him during the month if they have any questions or concerns and often helps families find affordable medication and lab work options. 

In a letter supporting his nomination, three teachers affirmed: "Dr. Smith gives people in the Kilmer Center community a sense of everyone being there for each other."

Photo of FASP President Doug Lipp and CSB's Dr. Philip Smith

FASP President Douglas O. Lipp and CSB's Dr. Philip Smith.
Photo courtesy of Windi Ohms, FCPS.

Laura Yager was nominated for her significant contribution to the prevention and early intervention work that influences the health and well-being of FCPS students and families. Ms. Yager has worked to develop evidence-based programs that have received national recognition. She was instrumental in procuring the Signs of Suicide (SOS) program for Fairfax County and training FCPS personnel. She also brought Mental Health First Aid and Youth Mental Health First Aid programs to the CSB and to FCPS.  Recently, thanks to her collaborative spirit and efforts, funding was identified to bring Kognito’s online, interactive "At-Risk Training" suicide prevention training to all FCPS middle school, high school and central office staff. She also made sure that the training is available free of charge to all residents of Fairfax County, and the cities of Fairfax and Falls Church.

"We say 'Relationships Count,'" says Dr. Dede Bailer, FCPS coordinator of psychological services. "This nomination is testimony to that saying."

Photo of FASP President Doug Lipp and CSB's Laura Yager

FASP President Douglas O. Lipp and CSB's Laura Yager.
Photo courtesty of Windi Ohms, FCPS.

On May 19, the Fairfax County Department of Housing & Community Development (HCD) presented Jeannie Cummins Eisenhour with the "Friends of HCD Award" for her outstanding work with HCD in preparing the county’s Five-Year Consolidated Plan for FY 2016-2020. The Friends of HCD Awards program recognizes individuals, agencies, organizations and teams that have gone above and beyond in working with the Department of Housing and Community Development to achieve its mission.

Ms. Cummins Eisenhour, the CSB’s Residential and Facility Development Manager, was the "go-to" person for important data and narrative information included in the plan regarding assessing non-homeless special needs in the County, special needs facilities and services, the service delivery system for special needs populations, and special needs activities. She gathered critical information relating to these areas, providing HCD staff with responses to requests for information in a timely and professional manner. Additionally, her analysis of statistical tables in the draft plan enabled HCD to refine the document and provide accurate information to the public.

Photo of HCD staff and CSB's Jeannie Eisenhour Cummins

Kurt Creager, HCD Director; CSB's Jeannie Eisenhour Cummins; Robert Easley, Deputy Director, Operations, HCD;
Hossein Malayeri, Deputy Director for Real Estate, HCD.
Photo courtesy of Navneet Sohi, HCD.

Congratulations to these three exemplary CSB employees whose contributions have earned such respect and gratitude from our county partners.

May 20, 2015


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