Longtime Bert Nash case manager never lost passion for the work

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Diane Werner has been doing case management work at the Bert Nash Center for 22 years. And no two days have been the same. Which is one of the many things she has liked about the job. “There’s no typical day,” Werner said. “It varies from day to day. It’s never dull.” Werner’s last day at Bert Nash is June …

Client working at not only being physically fit, but emotionally fit

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When Susan Murphy, a Bert Nash peer support specialist, talks about her client, who chose to be identified by her initials KT, she couldn’t be prouder. “The progress she has made, it makes it all worthwhile, to see the results, to see her happy,” Murphy said. As a peer support specialist, Murphy provides support and shares her personal recovery story …

2019 recipient of the Bert Nash Pioneer Award

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Steve Maceli (right), owner of Maceli’s Banquet Hall and Catering, is the 2019 recipient of the Bert Nash Pioneer Award. He is pictured with his husband, John Connolly. The award was presented April 22 at the annual Bert Nash Pioneer Celebration. Steve represented Bert Nash at the Transformations Charity Gala in January and was the winning contestant, earning $10,000 for …

Parent support specialist uses her own experiences to help others

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When Jennifer Sherman was at her wit’s end, she received the help she desperately needed. Now, in her role as a parent support specialist at the Bert Nash Center, she helps other parents who are in similar situations. It wasn’t that long ago, Sherman was one of those parents who was struggling. Her daughter, who was 13 at the time, …

2018-19 Margo Award for Exceptional Performance in MSW Clinical Practicum

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Congratulations, Erin Walker, for winning the University of Kansas School of Social Welfare’s 2018-19 Margo Award for Exceptional Performance in MSW Clinical Practicum! Erin has been a WRAP (Working to Recognize Alternative Possibilities) intern at Liberty Memorial Central Middle School. WRAP is a Bert Nash school-based mental health program, which is a partnership with Lawrence Public Schools and Eudora Schools. …

2019 recipient of the Sandra Shaw Spirit Award

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Brad Cook, Bert Nash Community Support Services program manager, is the 2019 recipient of the Sandra Shaw Spirit Award. The award, named for the late Bert Nash CEO, is the highest honor a Bert Nash staff member can receive. Julie Berndsen, last year’s recipient, when making this year’s award presentation, said, “This person strives to bring everyone together to accomplish …