Prevention Awards of Excellence
Each year at the Prevention Summit, professionals, community members, youth, and Coalitions are recognized for their exemplary contributions to substance abuse prevention, mental health promotion and the health of their communities.
The Prevention Awards of Excellence:
Recognize outstanding community partners, including youth engaged in prevention efforts.
Focus statewide attention on exceptional prevention work.
Identify exemplary substance abuse prevention programs with exceptional outcomes that can be adopted or adapted by others.
Youth Leadership - Chloe Connors
Prevention Professional - Kathy Deschner
Prevention Professional - Liz Wilhelm
Organization, Business, Agency - Washington Poison Control
Special Washington State Service Recognition - Mary Segawa and Julia Havens
Youth Leadership - Mary Walker
Youth Leadership - Hannah Stewart
Prevention Professional - Deb Drandoff
Prevention Leader - Jorge Bazaldua
Tribal Prevention Professional - Kate Ahvakana
Organization, Business, Agency - David Horn, Washington State Attorney General's Office
Lifetime Achievement - Nancy Fiander
Youth Leadership - Rachel Darch
Prevention Professional - Terrie Austin
Prevention Professional - Chris Hendrickson
Prevention Professional - Dianne Swanson
Outstanding Contribution - Brian G. Dirks
Tribal Prevention Professional - Steven Dorland
Community Coalition - PREVENT!
Community Coalition - SE Seattle Peace Coalition
Lifetime Achievement - Kelly Matlock
Youth Leadership - Grace Brunke
Youth Leadership - Students Taking Action and Responsibility Coalition
Prevention Professional - Peggy Needham
Tribal Prevention Professional - Ann "Miss Ann" Penn-Charles
School-based Sector - Barbara Hawkings
Outstanding Contribution - Paul Davis
Outstanding Contribution - Robert "Rusty" Fallis
Lifetime Achievement - Julie Bartlett
Youth Leadership - Zebbie Castilleja
Prevention Professional - Joe Fuller
School-based Sector - Dawn Tarzian
Law Enforcement Sector - Tim Bennett
Community Coalition - WellSpring Community Network
Collaborative - Committee of Okanogan County Community Coalition
Lifetime Achievement - Carla Huyck
Lifetime Achievement - Alan Zeuge
Interested in nominating someone who has made an impact in your community?
Nomination packets are released in the Spring and the deadline to submit is in the early Fall. The 2018 nomination packet can be found here.
Examples of award categories include:
Professional and/or Community Prevention Leader
Tribal Professional and/or Tribal Community Leader
Community Coaltion and/or Tribal Community group
Contributions by an Organization, Business, or Agency
Implemention of a Prevention Program
Interested in being part of the award process? The Washington State Prevention Awards of Excellence review team is looking for more members! Duties include determining award categories, reviewing nomination packets, and voting on awardees. Contact Martha Williams at Martha.Williams@hca.wa.gov for more information about volunteering.