Lifelong community member and leader Tammy Nicholl was recognized by Mary Rutan Foundation as the 2016 Meritorious Service Award recipient at the Mary Rutan Health Association annual meeting. This year marks the 25th year that deserving individuals or groups were recognized by Mary Rutan Foundation. This honor is bestowed to those who have made substantial contributions to the health and well-being of the community, while placing service to humanity ahead of personal gain or recognition.
Nicholl was selected as the meritorious service award recipient for her tireless efforts, commitment and leadership in the implementation of an infrastructure fostering increased involvement and collaboration of area agencies, organizations and community members; focused on improve resources and services for the residents of Logan County. These efforts are targeted to address healthy lifestyle choices, opiate and heroin abuse, mental health and homelessness.
Nicholl was born and raised in Logan County. A 1983 graduate of Benjamin Logan High School, Nicholl obtained a degree in social work in 1987 at Malone University and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration in 2014.
For nearly 30 years, Mrs. Nicholl has served the community, not only through her role with local social service agencies, but through her volunteer efforts and leadership on numerous boards, coalition and committees. Currently Nicholl is the Director of Service Systems for the Mental Health, Drug and Alcohol Board of Logan and Champaign Counties. Some of her volunteer roles include chair of the Health Living Coalition, co-chair of the Coalition for Opiate Relief Efforts, Secretary of the Logan County Continuum of Care Board, Secretary of Discovery Riders, involvement in the local Recovery Housing Planning Team and Suicide Prevention Coalition, as well as a member of the Logan County LOSS and Critical Incident Response teams.
When asked about her service to the community, Nicholl said, “I can’t see myself doing anything else. I see it as mission work, caring about people and making a difference in my community. What gives me fire is seeing people that work together to make a difference. Working with families to get where they never thought they would be to make positive change. For everything I could say, none of it is me, none of the accomplishments are me or about any one person. It is through working together and collaboration that we make a difference.”
Other business of the annual meeting included a report on the past year’s accomplishments and election of five trustees to the Board. Elected to represent the city of Bellefontaine were Joenee Purcell and Scott Shellhaas. Representing Logan County were Judge Doug Chamberlain and Dr. Matt Verbsky and at large, Steve Austin.
Following the meeting, executive sessions of the Mary Rutan Health Association Board and Mary Rutan Hospital Board were conducted.
Submitted by Mary Rutan Hospital.