Dr. Brewster Martin Award

Dr. Brewster Martin Award

This award is dedicated in the name of a caring country doctor whose support of the Clara Martin Center, and more importantly, the citizens of the greater Orange County area, was strong and will always be remembered.

Dr. Brewster Martin was a man who lived each day and enjoyed his life. Dr. Martin served on our Board of Directors since the passing of his wife Clara Martin. He was full of humor; telling stories of his love for the stage or a loving story of his family and friends. He always asked “How are you?” and would quickly make you feel the bright light of the day in whatever you presented to him. He was proud of everyone and lived to promote happiness and strength in each person. His demonstrated love for life penetrated the very essence of the community and this organization.

Dr. Martin believed in the mind-body connection to physical and spiritual health. He lived this philosophy in his practice as a physician and in his support to the agency. Dr. Martin was one man who contributed to the spirit of the Board of Directors, all of whom support the mission of a caring and responsive community of providers.

It is the commitment of the Board of Directors to keep the strength of the organization focused on our future and to hold true to the spirit of those who helped to create this solid foundation in which we all stand on today. The commitment of the Board of Directors is to the community and the staff who serves our community with courage and strength, all of which is essential to the success of each citizen.

Current Dr. Brewster Martin Award Recipient:

Linda and Michele

Michele Boutin
Health Info Coordinator
2017

Michele Boutin came to the agency in 2005, joining the agency IT Department and was quickly promoted to be our Health Information Coordinator.  Her level of expertise and knowledge has benefited the agency and helped many staff to solve problems one day at a time.  Michele is a foundational member of the teams that planned, reviewed, choose and implemented the electronic health record in 2012. She has been instrumental in the development of the system and its continual evolution of improvements.

  • Michele is a consistent source of support for staff
  • Michele is behind the scene, always willing to jump in at a moments notice
  • Michele is an expert in all things related to the clinical record system
  • Michele is grounded and establishes strong trusting relationships with staff
  • Michele is able to work with the most difficult problems and helps to create solutions with success
  • Michele is respected by all staff and is an excellent listener
  • Michele is honest, dependable, loyal, compassionate and professional
  • Michele is able to translate her skill across multiple groups of people and settings
  • Michele is a creative fast thinker and is always willing to challenge herself to grow
  • Michele is always friendly even in the face of difficult situations
  • Michele is respected and has great relationships with many, both in the agency and in our community
  • Michele is able to balance her home and work life and has mastered the concept of “one day at a time” while keeping a positive outlook everyday
  • Michele is bright, fast thinking and a clever detective
  • Michele is able to focus, monitor, and make other people’s jobs easier  
  • Michele exemplifies quality, commitment and excellence
  • Michele is able to learn, develop and help others to be able to take on difficult new learning experiences

Michele expertly manages all of the clinical records in the agency, including monitoring, reviewing, teaching and identifying concerns.  She is an expert in figuring out methods to make documentation sensible and easier for clinical staff. She is an expert in finding ways to collect information, create user friendly reports and find just about anything in the dark hole of achieves. Michele’s skill, creativity, dedication and expertise as well as her ability to take on challenging issues in a supportive manner with her colleagues makes her an excellent choice for the Dr. Brewster Martin award. The agency service systems have improved over the years and Michele has helped in many of these initiatives. Michele is deserving of the honor and respect this award stands for and she is an excellent model of the Clara Martin Center motto “People Helping People”.

 

Past Dr. Brewster Martin Award Recipients

AdamBindrumAdam Bindrum
Restorative Justice Case Manager
2016

Adam Bindrum came to the agency in March 2006 as a C/F Case Manager part time as he was enrolling in his master’s program & would be starting an internship in May of that same year. He left CMC in September to finish his MA program.  Adam returned to CMC in June 2007 as a full time Restorative Justice Clinician in our child and family program. He received his LCMHC in 12/2009 and his LADC in 2/2011. Today he regularly leads the week long Adventure program, supervises interns and crosses program lines by seeing adult clients as well as transition age youth.

  • Adam is a consistent source of support for new staff.
  • Adam shows leadership in everything he does.
  • Adam is a teacher of skill and professionalism.
  • Adam is able to balance being personable and establish strong trusting relationships with clients.
  • Adam is able to work with the most difficult populations of clients with success.
  • Adam is respected by all staff and never passes judgement.
  • Adam is honest, dependable, loyal, compassionate and professional.
  • Adam is able to translate his skill across multiple settings in the office and community settings.
  • Adam is able to develop a strong trust with clients which creates an environment for them to recover.
  • Adam always has a smile on his face and greets you with a cheerful “hello” or “good morning”.
  • Adam is respected and has great relationships with our community partners.
  • Adam is warm, engaging and positive in his everyday outlook.
  • Adam has a clear vision as to what he wants to do and what he does not want to do.
  • Adam is able to focus his energy on what he is doing.
  • Adam exemplifies quality, commitment and excellence.
  • Adam is able to inspire and train new providers with some of the most difficult populations we serve.

His supervisor says it all in his last evaluation “Adam is a skilled, dynamic clinician who brings a great deal of creativity, enthusiasm, dedication and energy to the C/F team.  Adam is eager to take on challenging cases and is supportive of his colleagues.  He is eager to help out in any way he can.  He is an instrumental cheerleader amongst his colleagues.  When the team is faced with difficult situations, he is the first to look at the optimistic side & offer levity to the situation.” Adam is friendly, pleasant, professional and fun loving. The agency services have improved over the years and he has helped in many of these program initiatives. Adam is deserving of the honor and respect this award stands for and he is an excellent model of the Clara Martin Center motto “People Helping People”.


A Special Note From Adam -

After several days of reflection on winning the Brewster Martin Excellence award, I wanted to write and e-mail to those I work with who have supported me and directly contributed to my success at Clara Martin.

This is what I wish I had said when I was giving my impromptu speech - if my cerebral cortex had been firing at all and being drowned out by my emotional (limbic) system that was lit up like a Christmas tree struck by lightening.

Our TAY program is based on the resiliency model of fostering success with the clients we work with. Primary pillars of the resiliency model are; caring relationships, opportunity to succeed, and supportive environment. Look at those pillars for a second. That is exactly what Clara Martin does for me in my professional life.

There is no way that I could do the work I do if I did not feel supported and cared for by my peers in the agency. There is no way that I could be effective in my job if the environment was not flexible, encouraging,  open minded and sensitive to my needs as well as the needs of the populations I serve. When I wake up in the morning I am fired up to go to work with people I care about in an agency that inspires me and allows me to work outside the traditional “sit on a couch and  have clients tell you how they feel” box of treatment (My band of Merry Young Men would last exactly 1 to 2 sessions with that approach).

 If you as my peers and supervisors think I’m a success at my job please know that it is because of you all and the agency culture. I am a piece in the puzzle of the work I do, but this puzzle is way bigger than one piece.

They say “it takes a village to raise a child”. Well it takes and agency to grow and nurture an effective therapist.

Of note- In our job we often work with clients in a pure unfettered emotional state. Often those states are with very difficult and what some would call “negative” emotions. On Thursday night (those who were there) got to observe a pure emotional state in me. It was Pride/honor (sprinkled with some stunned disbelief). You all got to observe a career highlight of mine and were part of a memory that I will take out and turn over and savor for years to come (I’m betting my whole life). Thank you all for this honor and your part in it.

 

Joy AppletonJoy Appleton
Administrative Assistant
2015

Joy Appleton came to the agency in 2000 as a support staff for the Bradford main office site. This is her 15th year of service to her community. Joy is dedicated to the mission of the agency and is always willing to help either by supporting a client, the agency or a staff in any way she can. She is a pleasant, kind and a strong anchor all in one bundle. The agency systems have improved over the years and she has helped in all these initiatives. We are honored to have her as part of the Clara Martin Center team.

  • Joy is an incredibly compassionate individual.
  • Joy is the backbone of the Bradford site.
  • Joy inspires others with her patience and willingness to support everyone.
  • Joy’s kind words are heard many times of day “how may I help you?”.
  • Joy is honest, dependable, loyal, compassionate, patient & steady.
  • Joy is a resource to staff and is able to guide them to a solution.
  • Joy is known to all our customers and has left a positive lasting impression on thousands of staff, parents and children over the years.
  • Joy is a supervisor and trainer of staff.
  • Joy is an amazing woman who is tireless in her extraordinary devotion over time.
  • Joy’s contributions are so significant; I would rate her as first class.
  • Joy’s cheerful smile and helping hand shows the kindness in her soul every day.
  • Joy makes us all look good.
  • Joy is known throughout the agency and always with positive phrase.
  • Joy serves as a role model and mentor for many staff.
  • Joy treats both staff and clients with utmost respect.
  • Joy cares about every person she meets and the Clara Martin Center community. 
  • Joy is tender, compassionate, nurturing, and a joy to work with.

Joy is one of the grounding forces here at the agency. She has demonstrated unfailing dedication, compassion, patience and professionalism to the Clara Martin Center, her colleagues and to the clients and community we serve. Joy is deserving of the honor and respect this award stands for and she is an excellent model of the Clara Martin Center motto “People Helping People”.

 

Jeanne CrowleyJeanne Crowley
CVSAS IOP & Adult Coordinator
2014

Jeanne Crowley began her journey with the Clara Martin Center in 1995 and while here she acquired her Master Degree and became a Licensed Drug and Alcohol Counselor. Her professional career includes positions at CMC as a clinician with the outpatient and intensive out-patient program, Access, Community Support Program and the Emergency Team.  In 2006 she joined Central Vermont Substance Abuse Services where she is the IOP/ OP Coordinator, a member of the management team, a project CRASH clinician and an excellent clinical supervisor. She has dedicated her life to help improve the quality of life for so many persons in her professional service.

  • Jeanne is compassionate, empathetic, knowledgeable, and has a quick wit sense of humor.
  • Jeanne is willing to work hard to provide services and supporting staff.
  • Jeanne never gives up on people when they have to get up again and again.
  • Jeanne nurtures, validates and embraces each client and meets them where they are at.
  • Jeanne is a committed and demonstrates courage and strength.
  • Jeanne is devoted and dedicated to cultivating strong staff, teaching them how to integrate their own personalities into the approaches they have learned in academia.
  • Jeanne uses humor to help with change and challenges. She is known to parade around the office with her Kermit the frog puppet and belting out into song singing “MY Girl”.  
  • Jeanne has a solid commitment to self-learning and teaching others.
  • Jeanne has been formally recognized by state leaders for her work and clinical interventions in complex cases

Jeanne has an amazing ability to guide people to understand very quickly, that regardless of the circumstances, they matter.

 

Sarah Crosby
Child & Family Clinician
2013

Sarah Crosby came to the agency in 1999 as a master level Clinician. This is her 24th year of service to her hometown community. She has dedicated her life to help improve the quality of life for the most vulnerable and high risk children in our community. She is a counselor, a teacher, a mentor, a supervisor, an author and an incredibly compassionate individual. The agency has grown over the years and she has helped the agency to grow and thrive, we are honored to have her as part of the Clara Martin Center team.

  • Sarah is tender, compassionate, nurturing, validating and embracing of her clients.
  • Sarah is a publisher of her work in the field.
  • Sarah is devoted and dedicated to her children and families she works with.
  • Sarah job is a vocation not a “job”.
  • Sarah is highly skilled at what she does and is a great asset to the agency.
  • Sarah has left countless lasting impressions on thousands of parents and children over the years.
  • Sarah is an amazing woman who is tireless in her extraordinary devotion over time.
  • Sarah cheerful smile, thoughtful demeanor and sense of humor are felt throughout the entire office daily.
  • Sarah is a hands on teacher and is able to bring others into her learning’s.
  • Sarah is known both agency and statewide for her specialty in Attachment work and interventions. .
  • Sarah continues to learn new clinical treatment Strategies.
  • Sarah serves as a role model and mentor for many other clinicians and interns.
  • Sarah has a wonderful sense of humor and a great story teller.
  • Sarah valuable consults are always given gracefully and professionally.
  • Sarah is generous in sharing her knowledge with other both in the team and in the community.
  • Sarah represents the best in a child and family therapist.
  • Sarah cares about the communities at large and the Clara Martin Center community. 

Sarah is one of the grounding forces here at the agency. She has demonstrated unfailing dedication, compassion, patience and professionalism to the Clara Martin Center, her colleagues and to the clients and community we service. Sarah is deserving of the honor and respect this award stands for and she is an excellent model of the Clara Martin Center motto “People Helping People”.

 

Gretchen LintonGretchen Linton
Administrative Services
2012

Gretchen Linton came to the agency as the administrative assistant to the Executive Director in 1989. The agency has grown over the years and she has taken on many different roles and duties needed to keep the agency moving forward. She still assists the Executive Director in many key duties that are essential to the agency and is currently the Administrative Assistant to the Community Support Program of the agency.

  • Gretchen always treats consumers and staff with kindness and respect.
  • Gretchen is very dedicated to the Clara Martin Center, the staff and the consumers we serve
  • Gretchen is always willing to listen and help others.
  • Gretchen is a hard worker and never complains.
  • Gretchen makes the Clara Martin Center a wonderful place to work.
  • Gretchen is the amazing woman behind the front desk!
  • Gretchen is always patience and kind even when performing the most stressful duties of her job.
  • Gretchen always puts the needs of others first.
  • Gretchen will always stop to help other and put her other task aside if others need her help.
  • Gretchen is an absolute bright star in a sometimes chaotic day.
  • Gretchen is always ready to help.
  • Gretchen is a fabulous baker and will surprise you with treats on any given day. That is going the extra mile!
  • Gretchen has a warm and friendly smile every day!
  • Gretchen does a million little jobs every day for everyone and with a smile.
  • Gretchen helps consumers feel safe.
  • Gretchen cares about the communities at large and the Clara Martin Center community. 

Gretchen is one of the grounding forces here at the agency. She has demonstrated unfailing dedication, compassion, patience and professionalism to the Clara Martin Center, her colleagues and to the clients and community we service. Gretchen is deserving of the honor and respect this award stands for and she is an excellent model of the Clara Martin Center motto “People Helping People”.

 

Rachel EmersonRachel Emerson
Clinical Services
2011

Rachel Emerson came to the agency as a co-manager of the clubhouse that served our Community Support program and later took on the role of client case manager. In 2003 Rachel moved into the role an Emergency services provider. Over time she took on added responsibility as the backup manager of the afterhour’s system of care.   She currently is a senior Emergency services provider at the agency.

  • Rachel is always willing to listen and help others this includes all people she comes in contact with.
  • Rachel demonstrates outstanding dedication to the agency, our staff and the consumers we serve.
  • Rachel is an hard worker
  • Rachel always puts the needs of the clients first.
  • Rachel is always available to find and access service needs for the clients we serve.
  • Rachel is always ready to help and care for clients.
  • Rachel always goes the extra mile, staying late to handle an emergency or taking the time to sit with staff in need of support.
  • Rachel is a genuine warn and emphatic person.
  • Rachel is a huge asset to the agency.
  • Rachel is willing to go above and beyond to meet the needs of the people and communities we service.
  • Rachel brings warmth compassion and humor to her job each day.
  • Rachel can work with humor in an unpredictable job.
  • Rachel is an excellent listener; one always feels better after talking with her.
  • Rachel has given a lot to staff and clients over the years.
  • Rachel knows the system of care and is not afraid to ask for help herself if it is needed.
  • Rachel knows everyone.

Rachel is one of the unsung heroes here at the agency and has demonstrated unfailing dedication, compassion, teamwork and professionalism to the Clara Martin Center, her colleagues and to the clients and community we service and have done this over a long period of time. Rachel is deserving of the honor and respect this award stands for and she is an excellent model for others to aspire to in the field.

 

Amanda HigginsAmanda Higgins
Clinical Services
2010

Amanda Higgins came to the agency as a caseworker in our tutorial program which at that time was called “Challenger” today the program is an independent school; East Valley Academy. She then took a position in our Bradford site as a child and family case worker and then was promoted to the Access team as the first point of contract for the agency for client services. She was recently promoted again holding the role of assistant to the director of system operations for the agency.

  • Amanda is always willing to pursue new opportunities and learn new ideas to help others.
  • Amanda demonstrates outstanding dedication to the field, the agency, the people and communities we serve.
  • Amanda is an incredibly hard worker
  • Amanda always puts the needs of the clients first.
  • Amanda is a mentor and a friend.
  • Amanda is always available for staff support and clients.
  • Amanda always demonstrates her love for the job.
  • Amanda overflows with care for clients.
  • Amanda always goes the extra mile, staying late to handle an emergency or taking the time to sit with staff in need of support.
  • Amanda is a team player-a genuine warn and emphatic person.
  • Amanda is always looking for ways to improve the agency system and her skills.
  • Amanda is a huge asset to the agency.
  • Amanda is a model for others to follow at the agency. She leads with enthusiasm and is passionate about the care that is delivered.
  • Amanda is an exceptional person
  • Amanda is a motivator with incredible energy and is willing to go above and beyond to meet the needs of the people and communities we service.
  • Amanda will take new staff under her wing and help guide and coach them on understanding the in and outs of the agency and services we provide.

Amanda Higgins has demonstrated unfailing dedication, compassion, teamwork and professionalism to the Clara Martin Center, her colleagues and to the clients and community we service. Amanda is deserving of the honor and respect this award stands for and she is an excellent model for others to aspire to in the field.

 

Sara BrownellSarah Brownell
Clinical Services
2009

Sarah Brownell came to the agency as an intern to provide outpatient counseling services to the adult population in 2004.  She was hired as a case manger in the child and family service program following her internship and today is the regional Director for the child and family team in the Bradford region.

  • Sarah is always willing to pursue new opportunities and learn new ideas to help others.
  • Sarah is dedicated to the field, the agency, the people and communities we serve.
  • Sarah leads with enthusiasm and is passionate about the care that is delivered in the program she is responsible for.
  • Sarah is an exceptional person, therapist and supervisor.
  • Sarah is truly gifted when it comes to making relationships with clients, as well she embraces the responsibly of care delivery with unfailing support of the staff and clients as a whole.
  • Sarah, an excellent multi-tasker. and sets an excellent example for other to follow.
  • Sarah is a motivator with incredible energy and is willing to go above and beyond to meet the needs of the people and communities we service.
  • Sarah is incredibly caring and compassionate.
  • Sarah is dedicated to the agency, the staff and the clients we serve balancing these at all times so the best can come out of every situation.
  • Sarah is always professional and has an ability to listen to others while has demonstrating empathy and care even in the most stressful situation.
  • Sarah is willing to look for advice by all members of the agency and the system.
  • Sarah is a teacher and will take new staff under her wing and help guide and coach them on understanding the in and outs of the program and services we provide.
  • Sarah has demonstrated unfailing dedication, compassion, teamwork and professionalism to CMC, her colleagues and to the clients we service.

Sarah Brownell is deserving of the honor and respect this award stands for and she is a model to all those in the field.

 

Nancy DuranleauNancy Duranleau
Clinical Services
2008

Nancy Duranleau was hired as an outreach specialist in 1989 and Nancy served over the years as coordinator of the third branch club house, the housing coordinator, transportation coordinator and supervisor of support staff.

  • Nancy is always willing to pursue new opportunities and learn new ideas to help others. She brings the teamwork attitude and spirit to the table
  • Nancy has transitioned over time from the more traditional care delivery models by embracing the new recovery models and concepts. Nancy is a key member of the dual diagnosis team.
  • Nancy is truly gifted when it comes to making relationships with Clients- she has a “tell it like it is “attitude and she demonstrated unfailing support of the people she services.
  • Nancy is a teacher and a “mother Hen” and she is able to do all this with an incredibly caring and compassionate nature. Today Nancy is still a hard working member of the team bringing her skills to other thru supervision and thru her mentoring of new staff.
  • Nancy has served as an anchor for many people who struggle through the stormy seas of Mental Illness.
  • Nancy has consistently demonstrated and provided empathic, respectable, knowledgeable services to the persons she works with.
  • Nancy has a great work ethic. She always show up fro work, on time or even early, during the worst Vermont Blizzards and ice storms. Nancy is always willing to go the extra mile for consumers and for other staff members
  • Nancy is looked to for advice by all members of the CRT team
  • It takes a true commitment to an organization and to consumers to maintain a position over time.
  • Nancy is quick to take new staff under her wing and help guide and coach them on understanding the in and outs of the program
  • Nancy is instrumental player, which helps the CSP team operate on a day –to day basis.
  • Nancy is willing to go the extra mile.
  • Nancy stands out as an example in her field for the consistency she has provided to a population of people who rely on consistency as part of their care.
  • Woman who can wear many hats and does an incredible job at managing these various tasks.
  • Nancy brings to the agency dedication, respect and a high level of professionalism.
  • The compassion, knowledge, experience, teamwork and attention to detail that make her an invaluable asset to CMC.
  • Nancy has demonstrated and unfailing dedication to CMC, her colleagues and to the clients she services. These qualities are a true measure of her character and of her commitment to the people we serve.
  • Nancy is deserving of the honor and respect this award stands for and she is a model to all those in the field.

 

Patricia Manion
Clinical Services
2007

  • Pat has clearly demonstrated the compassion, knowledge, experience, teamwork and attention to detail that makes her an invaluable asset to CMC.
  • Pat provides guidance and support to colleagues.
  • Pat is a great teacher and has taught many staff and clients about medication.
  • Pat takes time in her busy schedule to answer questions from others.
  • Pat makes everyone feel welcomed.
  • Pat is respected for her work and long time commitment to the agency.
  • Pat has a gentle way with gaining trust with Clients, regardless of their functioning ability.
  • Pat is able to encourage and educate clients to be involved with all aspects of their treatment
  • Pat has been an advocate and educated various primary care doctors with regards to clients needs.
  • Pat has the respect of community physicians.
  • Pat provides support to family members.
  • Pat makes numerous home visits in an effort to promote clients wellness and that of the family.
  • Pat is a long time dedicated employee of the Clara Martin Center.
  • Pat has been a stabilizing influence thru all the times of growth and changes.
  • Pat’s maturity, dedication and wisdom make her an integral part of the agency.
  • Pat spearheaded clinical programming at the agency.
  • Pat is a leader in times of change and is an inspiration to many of the staff.