2020 Award Winners

Congratulations to our 2020 Statewide Award Winners! This group was recognized at the General Session at our 127th Annual Conference & Expo on March 11, 2020.


Outstanding Adult Foster Care: Debra and Michael Michlitsch
 

Past winners:

  • Justin Swanson (2019)
  • Heather and Trent Griswold (2018) 
  • Robin Slothman (2017)
  • David and Vicky Warren (2016)
  • Kathie and Dan Peterson (2015)
Outstanding Child Foster Care: Tracey and Kevin Wieber
 

Past winners:

  • Ann and Dan Full (2019)
  • Dwayne and Myra Purnell (2018)
  • Sarah and Todd Randall (2017)
  • Mary Inwards (2016)
  • John and Margaret Anderson (2015)
Community Collaboration: Connected Kids Initiative
 

Past winners:

  • Kick Cancer to the Curb (2019)
  • Functional Industries, Wright County, Central MN Mental Health Center, and Vocational Rehabilitation Services (2018)
  • Hennepin County Office of Multicultural Services (2017)
  • MN Communities Caring for Children (MCCC) (2016)


Individual Distinguished Service to MSSA: Deborah Pipes
 

Past winners:

  • Linda Giersdorf (2019)
  • Terryl Gordon (2018)
  • Paula Katzenmeyer (2017)
  • Mark Ponsolle (2016)
  • Trudy Eisenhower (2014)
Outstanding Treatment Foster Care: PRL-HCL, Inc.
 

Past winners:

  • Deanna and Scott Solie (2015)
  • Lorraine Holdsworth (2014)
  • Julie Goldman (2013)
  • Chris and Kelly Evans (2012)
  • Lolita Thomas (2011)
Outstanding Retiree: LaRae Gravley, Sherburne County Human Services
 

Past winners:

  • Julie Mayo (2019)
  • Marlys Lemke (2018)
  • Ken Ebel (2017)
  • Theresa Melmer (2016)
  • Barb Doherty (2010) 
Outstanding Volunteer Service: Brooke Hobbs, Beyond Brink
 

Past winners:

  • Susan Byrne (2019)
  • Jo Angell (2018)
  • Mike Scanlan (2017)
  • Reverend Paul Johnson (2016)
  • Anna Smith (2015)
Outstanding Staff Achievement: Beth Mulso, Des Moines Valley HHS
 

Past winners:

  • Ruth Sundermeyer (2019)
  • Marg Schmitz (2018)
  • Sonhui Baker (2017)
  • Rae Zahn (2016)
  • Jay Kleft (2015)
Morris Hursh: Alica Ophelia Lynch - "Miss Alice" (from 2019)
 

Past winners:

  • Fletcher Hinds (2018)
  • Stan Groff (2016)
  • Kari Jo Faulhaber (2015)
  • Linda Berglin (2013)
  • Victor Vieth (2012)