Lakemary Celebrates Award-Winning Staff and Stakeholders


Throughout our 50+ year history, Lakemary has been recognized at various times by several different organizations for the work being done across all services. In 2020 alone, there have been five different awards received by members of the Lakemary family. Here are the highlights of the year so far:

Direct Care Worker of the Year

Alethea CoxAlethea Cox, Behavioral Specialist at Lakemary, was selected as Direct Care Worker of the Year by The National Association of Private Special Education Centers (NAPSEC). She works with some of the most vulnerable and high-needs children that come to us from all over the country, helping them achieve their behavioral, educational, and treatment goals. Learn more about Alethea and the important work she does on our blog.

Excellence in Teaching Awards

Patricia WolfePatricia Wolfe, Special Education Teacher at Lakemary, infuses agriculture into her curriculum to teach children healthy skills by interacting with plants and animals. Patricia was one of eight teachers selected as the 2020 National Excellence in Teaching about Agriculture Award winners. She was also named the 2020 Janet Sims Memorial Teacher of the Year by the Kansas Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom (KFAC). Learn more about Patricia and the work she does for Lakemary Ranch on our blog.

Outstanding Volunteer Award

Carolyn Jacobs has served on Lakemary’s Board of Directors for many years, holding numerous leadership and committee chair positions. She was nominated by Sally Beyers, Development and Grants Officer, and selected as the recipient of InterHab’s Outstanding Volunteer Award for significantly contributing her time and talents to a community program that serves individuals with disabilities.Carolyn Jacobs

“Carolyn has devoted countless volunteer hours in nearly every aspect of Lakemary’s services,” says Beyers. “One of her most meaningful and impactful contributions is sending a personal, congratulatory, handwritten note to each student in Lakemary’s graduating class. Along with attending the graduation ceremony and celebrating with each graduate, she makes a point to personally congratulate each student and their family on the student’s accomplishments. Watch this video to learn more about Carolyn.

Inspirational Family/Guardian Award

Jim Huber is the father of an adult served by Lakemary. He was also nominated by Beyers and selected as the recipient of InterHab’s Inspirational Family Award for significantly contributing his time and talents to Lakemary and the individual we serve.Jim Huber

“Jim has been an integral part of the Lakemary family,” says Beyers. “A dependable and tireless volunteer, a friend and cheerleader to the staff, an encouraging and informative peer to other parents, an engaged and relentless community advocate, and a loving and supportive dad to his son.” Watch this video to learn more about Jim.

Staff Artist Award

Interhab AwardEach year at the Annual InterHab Awards, recipients are honored with artwork created by persons served or from staff members. Chris Hickman, Marketing Specialist at Lakemary, won the Staff Artist Award for his charcoal piece.

The InterHab award winners will be featured in a professional video and publicly recognized at a special Awards Luncheon during InterHab’s Annual Conference in November in Wichita.

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