Arny Spahn Community Service Award

When you look around the community, it’s common to see the same friendly, familiar faces at all the community events. Arny Spahn is one of those faces. His spirit and commitment to the community can be seen and felt through Central Vermont and beyond. Spahn has worked on several local town projects and served on many boards, including the Clara Martin Center board for more than 40 years. This award was named in Arny's honor in 2016, to recognize his work and dedication to Clara Martin Center and to our communities.


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Ramsey Papp
2017 Recipient

Arny Spahn, President of the Board of Trustees, presented the Community Service Award to Ramsey Papp of Capstone Community Action. The award was dedicated in his name last year to honor his 40 years of service to the Clara Martin Center Board. Papp was nominated by Clara Martin Center staff who wrote that “If she does not have a simple solution, she never hesitates to take the time to brainstorm what other options there are; sometimes to help a client who she may never have even met…She is the definition of commitment to not only her employing agency, but also to the community she serves.”



Marla Simpson
2016 Recipient

Marla Simpson received the very first Arnie Spahn Community Service Award.  Simpson has been a strong public advocate to support mental health services in Orange County and the State of Vermont. She is a member of the Board Advisory and Local Standing Committee for Clara Martin Center. Members of this committee are involved in the development of the local system of care plans for the various programs at the agency.

Marla was nominated by the governor to be on the committee for the Vermont Governor Council on Pathway from Poverty. This committee provides input regarding the local issues related to poverty.  She strongly advocates and works to educate other committee and community members on the needs of adults who live in poverty and those who have mental health needs.

Marla is also a member of the Vermont Adult Statewide Program Standing committee on mental health. This committee advises the Department of Mental Health on key issues and developments.

Gretchen Pembroke, Director of Adult Service and Primary Care at Clara Martin Center, said Marla is a “bright, compassionate woman who does not shy away from an opportunity to use her voice to help others. Marla has been and will continue to be a passionate advocate for members of the Randolph community and the larger state mental health system.”