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Tidewater Trader June 9, 2021 Page 44 GOOD NEWS PAGE Newsworthy Notes From You The Readers Virtual Awards Ceremony Honors Mid-Shore Behavioral Health Champions Mid Shore Behavioral Health, Inc. (MSBH) hosted the 23 rd Annual Caliber Awards on May 21 st as a virtual celebration. This annual event honors theworkof local com- munity champions for their contri- butions to the behavioral health system in the mid-shore region. Approximately eighty local com- munity members attended in this year’s ceremony,which recognized 33 individuals and organizations for their honorable work improv- ing the behavioral health and well- ness of the mid-shore community. Rachel Stoyanov, CFPS and Early Childhood Engagement Lead with Maryland Coalition of Families (MCF), received the Child and Adolescent Award for her leader- ship in MCF’s new Early Child- hood Engagement program. A group of Wellpath Mental Health Coordinators working in mid- shore County Detention Centers received Forensic Mental Health Awards, presented to Bill Rhodes, LCPC; Angela Ricketts-Mur- ray, LCSW-C; Colleen Kennedy, CAC-AD; Jenna Haines, LMSW, and Stephanie Hewitt, LCSW-C. Cindi Boone, Housing Program Administrator for Queen Anne’s County, and Lynn Keckler, M.Ed., Executive Director at His Hope Ministries received the Round- table on Homelessness Award for their dedication to ending home- lessness in the mid-shore region. Community volunteer and busi- ness owner Linda Austin ac- cepted the Special Recognition: Transitional Aged Youth, Latino Population, Volunteers, Employ- ment & Education Award for her assiduous work improving the lives of many youth in Queen Anne’s County Public Schools. There were several awards given in the Special Recognition: Unsung Heroes category, including Shirelle Brookes, Correctional Officer with Queen Anne’s County Detention Center and Beth Brewster, Super- visor of foods with Caroline Coun- ty Public Schools and Founder of Chesapeake Culinary Center. Oth- er awardees in the Unsung Hero group included Eric Knapp, Prop- erty Maintenance Inspector with Denton Planning and Codes; Katie Theeke, Vice President of Market- ing and Communications with For All Seasons; Operations and Training Director Heather Brown, MS, PsyA, with Eastern Shore Psy- chological Services and Director of A.F. Whitsitt Center Joe Jones, LCADC, RPS. These nominees have demonstrated laudable work in their respective fields, bringing health and mental wellness sup- port to the mid-shore community. The Achieving Excellence through Effective Programming Award was presented to Director Tina- Marie Brown, LCSW-C, accepted on behalf of Affiliated Santé’s Child and Adolescent Program. The Achieving Excellence through the Empowerment of Consum- ers Awards were presented to all five mid-shore School Mental Health Coordinators: Cara Callo- way, LCSW-C, in Caroline County; Megan Pinder, LCPC, and Stirling Ward, MS, Queen Anne’s; Kawa- na Webb, LCSW-C in Dorches- ter County; Rob Schmidt, Ed.D, in Talbot County, and Vandrick Hamlin, MS, in Kent County. This year, the Achieving Excel- lence through Interagency and Community Collaboration Award was presented to the Kent County Sobriety Treatment and Recov- ery Team (START), with special recognition to the implementa- tion team: Cassandra Richard- son; Peer Specialist; Carmelyn Bauchman, Department of Social Services caseworker, and supervi- sors Mattie Meehan, Kami Mor- ris, and Lindy Schrader. START is an evidence-based intervention program providing peer support to families with a substance ex- posed newborn. Implemented in 12 counties, the program has been exceptionally successful in Kent County and is a positive example for other counties in Maryland. The Mary Beth Brennaman Award recognizes an outstanding individ- ual who demonstrates an uncondi- tional commitment to, and passion for, the mission and vision of his or her organization. This year’s recipients were Rosalind Hynson and Kathy Langrell. Hynson is the former Administrative Specialist at Mid Shore Behavioral Health, and is remembered fondly for her sincerity, spirit, and kindness. Lan- grell serves as the Client Services Supervisor with For All Seasons, bringing positivity and a welcom- ing presence to the workplace. As the Core Service Agency for the mid-shore, MSBH’s mission is to continually improve the pro- vision of behavioral health ser- vices for residents of Caroline, Midshipmen from the United States Naval Academy will come to Easton Airport this summer to participate in the academy’s Pow- ered Flight Program. The training program, conducted by Trident Aircraft, is one of the most com- prehensive curriculums in the country. COVID-19 grounded courses in 2020, but with restric- tions lifting and a backlog of stu- dents ready to fly, Trident instruc- tors will train one of the largest classes in recent years. Trident Aircraft President John Galdieri has worked with the U.S. Naval Academy to facilitate the Powered Flight Program since 2014. As a Naval Academy alum, he understands the need for im- mersive flight training for Mid- shipmen at the early stages of their military career. The courses con- ducted at Easton Airport help stu- dents understand the nuances and challenges of piloting an aircraft in real world situations. “Trident is extremely proud to be able to provide flight training to the future defenders of our na- tion,” Galdieri said. Trident Aircraft’s Easton flight training operation has instructed over 1,500 Midshipman since the program’s inception. Over 90% of the students that participate are able to conduct a flight as the sole occupant of the aircraft within two weeks of the start of their instruction. Easton Airport’s proximity to the academy and robust infrastructure provides an ideal location to con- duct the summer flights. “EastonAirport offers the location, facilities, and staff needed to gain the support of USNA in bringing their flight school to the Eastern Shore,” Galdieri said. “Easton Airport is the perfect location for this intensive training due to the friendly and supportive Air Traffic Control Tower staff, the intersect- ing runways allowing students to have favorable winds, and expan- sive training airspace.” This summer’s program will host nearly 200 Naval Academy Mid- shipman and Officers in Trident Aircraft’s home base at EastonAir- port. The Powered Flight Program creates approximately 20 seasonal jobs each year. Easton Airport is prepared for as many as 1,000 daily operations between June and August. That amount of air traffic would make Easton Airport one of, if not the most, active airports in Maryland during that period. “It’s an honor to host the Navy’s Powered Flight Program here at Easton Airport,” Easton Airport Manager Micah Risher said. “As a Navy Veteran myself, it makes me proud that we are playing a small role in defending our country and laying the foundation for our fu- ture naval aviators” The U.S. Naval Academy’s Powered Flight Program Returns to Easton Airport Trident Aircraft President John Galdieri (shown ledft) with Easton Airport Manager Micah Risher. Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s, and Talbot Counties through ef- fective coordination of care in col- laboration with consumers, their natural support systems, provid- ers, and the community at large. For more pictures from the event, please “like” them on Facebook or to view a recording of the ceremo- ny, please visit www.tinyurl.com/ MidShoreCaliber2021. 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