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KAREN STRAUSS, LCSW

Coordinator of Prevention Services, Henderson Behavioral Health 

Karen has been a devoted employee of Henderson Behavioral Health for 26 years. She has impacted the lives of youth in our community thru her work in case management, therapy, and now in prevention services as the Coordinator of Youth Prevention Services.

Karen began her career in Baltimore as a social worker within the foster care system, which is a passion she continues to hold today. She gained her Master's degree in social work and began her journey into therapy. Her compassion and her willingness for helping others has always been a guiding quality of Karen's. In her current position, Karen oversees and trains new staff to follow in the tradition of putting the person served first; always starting from where they are and helping them to empower themselves to move their own lives forward with respect and positive regard. She also continues to do direct clinical work with individuals and their families in order to keep her skills sharp. This close involvement helps her to keep her finger on the pulse of the community in order to provide relevant and up to date guidance to the many clinicians, case managers, and peers she oversees.

Karen is one of the strongest people we know. During her tenure, she has battled and continues to win her battle against breast cancer. Even on her darkest days when she is tired and worn down from her treatments, Karen comes to work with a smile on her face and never complains. Her dedication to her job, the employees she supervises, and the youth & family she serves is like no other.

Karen is well respected throughout the community for her knowledge, her ability to work well with all, and her character. Karen truly embodies the values representative of the EPIC award. She is an asset to Henderson, staff, colleagues and the families she has the great pleasure of impacting. Karen is highly regarded by everyone who has ever worked with her or been taught and trained by her. In fact, Karen also works as a per-diem Assessor at Smith Community Mental Health and has for the past 16 years. Smith CMH strongly supports this nomination and describes Karen as a "rock-star" in their eyes and fully deserving of this recognition. 

REPRESENTATIVE EMILY SLOSBERG

Florida House of Representatives, District 91

Representative Emily Slosberg is a proud Florida native, a lifelong resident of Palm Beach County, and a dedicated public servant. She represents House District 91, which encompasses parts of Delray Beach, Boca Raton, and Boynton Beach, and she has devoted her career to improving traffic safety and, more recently, to improving access to mental health services for our state’s citizens.

 

As a teenager, Representative Slosberg survived a horrific car crash that claimed the life her twin sister, Dori, and the lives of four others. Since then, both Emily and her father, former state Representative Irving Slosberg, have worked tirelessly to improve traffic safety in Florida.

 

Outside of her work in the Florida House of Representatives, Representative Slosberg is an active participant in organizations around Palm Beach County. Some of the groups she works with are local Democratic Clubs, the League of Women Voters, and the National Organization of Women. She also works closely with the Palm Beach County Sexual Assault Response Team. These connections help Representative Slosberg build close relationships with community leaders and give her first-hand exposure to a variety of issues that affect her constituents and the residents of Florida.

 

Representative Slosberg was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2016, and was subsequently reelected in 2018. Her district, House District 91, encompasses parts of Delray Beach, Boca Raton, and Boynton Beach. During the upcoming legislative session, she is keeping true to her public safety roots by filing a hands-free texting while driving ban, an enhanced seat belt bill, and a number of other initiatives.

KIM SAISWICK

Vice President, Community Health & Well Being, Holy Cross Health 

 

Kim Saiswick serves as vice president of community health and well-being for Holy Cross Hospital. In her role, she leads, develops, and oversees the implementation of policy, system, and environmental change strategies, as well as programs and outreach strategies, in communities throughout the non-profit hospital’s service area. She also leverages resources and partnerships and addresses social determinants of health to ensure that Holy Cross is fulfilling its commitment to optimizing wellness and equity and eliminating disparities in the communities it serves. Previously, Saiswick served as the hospital’s director of community outreach for 22 years. Involved with local and statewide policy-making boards and community networks, Saiswick has worked alongside community peers and colleagues to advocate for change and improvement in regional health-related systems, with a special focus on vulnerable, disenfranchised, and poor individuals and families. Her community involvement also includes serving as chairman of Hope South Florida and as a board director for Light of the World Clinic and the Second Chance Society. Saiswick has a bachelor’s degree in nursing from American University, a master’s degree in mental health counseling, and an educational doctorate in child and youth policy.

RENIESE L. McNEAL, CBHCM

Program Manager, Substance Use Disorder Case Management Program Coordinator of Prevention Services, SunServe

20 years ago, Reniese McNeal met a case manager that would change her life. This was the beginning of her dedication to the chronically homeless community who suffer from mental health illness and substance abuse whom she currently serves. In recovery for 19 years, her commitment to people like herself is steadfast. The journey to be for others what that case manager was to her began when she began working as a behavioral health technician in private substance abuse treatment. After working in this field over a period of 12 years, she began college and obtained a Bachelor of Science in Human Services. Becoming a case manager with Sunserve has allowed her to build and nurture relationships in the field. It’s these relationships that are crucial to helping people learn to navigate the system successfully.

 

Most recently, Broward County launched Florida’s first and only Community Court sponsored by the Centers for Court Innovation. Community Court works to resolve the issues of at-large or homeless petty crime and municipal ordinance offenders by taking a therapeutic approach to criminal justice. Reniese’s involvement is instrumental to the success of the program assisting over 200 participants and walk-ins by connecting them to mental health counseling, substance abuse treatment, and access to on-site social service providers including Sunserve. Her ability to connect with the people seeking the help of the court is one of the many ways she helps the most vulnerable members of our community.

 

Reneise loves being able to spend time with her large family, which includes 13 grandchildren. She loves to go on adventures with them whether that is in the kitchen or outside. She relaxes with her siblings, on yearly family vacations, and is a yoga practitioner.

TIMOTHY G. CURTIN, MBA, MSW, CAP

Executive Director, Community Services Memorial Healthcare System

Tim Curtin has been working with the mental health and substance abuse population for the past 32 years.

 

He started out in the field of prevention working as a Park Service Worker in Harlem and in 1986 developed what was called the “Inner City Olympics” as a way to keep kids busy and off of the drug-riddled NYC streets. 

 

He has been serving Broward County, Florida communities since 1989 as a provider of substance abuse and mental health services. 

 

Tim has been designing, implementing, and directing nationally recognized programs for infant mental health through maternal services, adolescent and adult substance abuse and co-occurring disorders, juvenile diversion, crime prevention, special needs, after-school programs, summer camps and oversees three senior centers for Memorial Healthcare System. 

 

The numerous Boards Mr. Curtin has been on including the Florida Association of Infant Mental Health, the Arts and Cultural Center of Hollywood, Broward Education Foundation, Broward Healthy Start Coalition, Coordinating Council of Broward, Harmony Development Center, South Florida Digital Alliance, and is the Chairman of the Town of Davie Youth Education and Safety Advisory Committee. 



He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, a Master’s degree in Social Work, a Master’s in Business Administration, and is a Florida Certified Addictions professional. 

Mr. Curtin presented Memorial’s tobacco prevention program at the World Health Organization Conference in Chicago and his programs.

ROB CERAVOLO

CEO, Tropic Ocean Airways

Robert Ceravolo is the Founder and CEO of Tropic Ocean Airways, a regional airlift solution based in Ft Lauderdale, Florida. Operating amphibious seaplane aircraft in five countries, Tropic Ocean Airways has become the largest amphibious airline in the world with additional planned fleet and service growth around the globe.

 

Former Navy fighter pilot and winner of the prestigious Ernst & Young Regional Entrepreneur of the Year for 2019, Ceravolo founded the airline in 2009. He is responsible for growing the company from one aircraft and one employee to its current size and an expanding team of more than 100 employees. Offering passenger and cargo flights with both scheduled and charter routes, Tropic Ocean Airways services domestic and international regions including Florida, the Bahamas, the Caribbean, Cuba, Puerto Rico, New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts. The airline received scheduled Commuter authority from the Department of Transportation (DOT) and has a stellar safety record and reputation with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

 

Utilizing his extensive military aviation expertise, Ceravolo places a strong emphasis on training and development personnel. The Tropic Ocean Airways training program is modeled after the procedures and training philosophy of US Navy flight and leadership development training

 

In addition to solving regional travel problems, Ceravolo has made it his mission to be a positive influence in the communities that Tropic Ocean Airways services - leading Disaster Response Operations since 2015. Most recently the company led a multi-organization effort, which resulted in 900 evacuations and 200,000 pounds of relief supplies delivered in the first 10 days following Hurricane Dorian's landfall in the Bahamas, in addition to ongoing rebuilding assistance.

 

Prior to his position at Tropic Ocean Airways, Ceravolo served as an Officer and Aviator in the United States Navy (Active Duty: 2001 - 2011, Reserve: 2011 - Present), where he flew the F-14D, F-18E, and F-5N, deployed in support of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM and ENDURING FREEDOM, attended TOPGUN (2009), and served as his squadron’s Assistant Operations Officer, Training Officer, Public Affairs Officer, Legal Officer, Administration Officer and Maintenance Officer. Additionally, he served as a Coalition Coordination Officer for United States Central Command, where he served as a Liaison to the Coalition and was responsible for coordinating logistical support for foreign allied countries supporting the International Security Assistance Force. 

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Greetings: 

Mental Health America of Southeast Florida is pleased to announce our 25th Annual EPIC Awards, celebrating our 64th year of service to the community. This event honors outstanding individuals who have made a positive impact on the mental wellness of others in our community. EPIC stands for Exceptional People Impacting the Community. I invite you to join us in this opportunity to support the important work of MHA by participating as an EPIC sponsor.


Over the past 25 years, we have honored over 200+ individuals in our community who give of themselves to assist those in need. The 200+ include Commissioners, Mayors, Case Managers, Psychiatrists, Business Professionals, and Peers among so many others.


This year the event will be virtual so this will be a first for us as it has for so many other organizations. The honorees are excited to be recognized for their service to our community. This event is our major fundraiser for the year and we desperately need your support. This past year has been a tremendous burden on our team and on the people we serve however MHA has never stopped providing support and guidance to hundreds of people throughout our community. 


We need your help through your contributions and donations. As a donor, you will be recognized at the event, and depending on your level of support you have the option to be promoted on the MHA web page. 

Proceeds of the EPIC Event support the services and advocacy of Mental Health America including:

Children services reaching more than 12,000 children at over 60 schools;

• Parent training and support for "at-risk" families;

• 9Muses Art Center, a mental health adult drop-in center;

• Our Warm Line and Peer Support Services save dollars and lives by promoting successful community

integration for people with illness;

• Public and Professional education and resource materials that promote mental wellness for a/I.


The 25th Annual EPIC Awards Event is scheduled for Wednesday, May 12, 2021.

To assure its success, we need you! 


Feel free to contact MHA at 954-746-2055 to discuss your level of support. Contributions to MHA are tax-deductible. On behalf of all of us at Mental Health America, please accept our appreciation for your commitment to wellness in Southeast Florida and beyond.


Sincerely,

Paul F. Jaquith, LCSW, CAP President/CEO 

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Event

· Banner in the event

· Logo in the event

· 15-second video about their service on the event

· 10 seats for the event

Journal

· Two full-page ad

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· Logo in the event

· 5 seats for the event

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· Two seats for the event

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· Logo in the event

· One seat for the event

Journal

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Please submit camera-ready artwork. A PDF template will be provided upon payment confirmation. Measurements represent full bleed. Please keep in mind all main artwork should be kept within the safe area listed below. The EPIC Committee reserves the right to assign journal placement and determine the appropriateness of proposed advertising to the scope of our event. All Journal advertising must be paid in full no later than April 23, 2021.

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Full page Bleed Area: 8.5H x 5.5W Safe Area: 8H x 5W

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