Seated L to R:Sarah Harvey, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Employee of the Year; Melvin Ray, Region 8 Commissioner – Madison County; Gloria Ball, 10 Years; Standing L to R:Jo Smith, 15 Years; Joanna Lyles, Employee of the Year – Madison County; Dee Willis, Professional Excellence Award; Not Pictured: LaShonda Johnson, 5 Year Tenure; Ronda Williams, 10 Year Tenure
Seated L to R:Sarah Harvey, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Employee of the Year; Melvin Ray, Region 8 Commissioner – Madison County; Gloria Ball, 10 Years; Standing L to R:Jo Smith, 15 Years; Joanna Lyles, Employee of the Year – Madison County; Dee Willis, Professional Excellence Award; Not Pictured: LaShonda Johnson, 5 Year Tenure; Ronda Williams, 10 Year Tenure
Region 8 Mental Health recently held their 2016 Annual Awards Ceremony at the Hinds Community College Muse Center in Pearl.  Employees were honored for outstanding performance, professionalism, and 5, 10, 15, 20 and 35 year tenure.

Among those awards was the Commissioners’ Award of Excellence, presented to an administrative employee that exemplifies, through their actions, a model of leadership and whom has made significant contributions through their giving spirit to the Region 8 Commission, its employees, and citizens served by the agency.

The Professional Excellence Award was given to the most dedicated to their profession and has the interest of every individual as their number one priority.  They exemplify integrity, compassion and commitment, while also consistently striving to go above and beyond to meet consumer and family needs.

The Milinda Clark “Power of 8” Memorial Award was given to a Region 8 employee that embodied the true “Spirit and Heart” of Region 8.  The specific criteria for this award were the true, undeniable characteristics of former employee, Milinda Clark.  She motivated others to achieve and always led by example.  Region 8 was honored to have her family in attendance to present this award.