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15th Annual Jerry Cline Employee Recognition Celebration

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Personal Care Home Director Heather Filson, left, stands with 2013 Distinguished Service Award winner Joyce Tresler. Filson nominated Tresler for the award.

Personal Care Home nurse Joyce Tresler was honored as the 2013 Laura Wallerstein and Jerry Cline Distinguished Service Award winner, highlighting the 15th annual employee recognition Celebration at the Bel-Aire Conference Center Tuesday morning.

Over 80 employees and guests attended the breakfast to honor 60 employees who passed five, 10, 15, 20, 25 and 40-year milestones. Together, these employees have accumulated 600 years of service. Special congratulations went to Bill McCarthy, Stairways President and C.E.O., for 40 years of distinguished service as well as Brenda Hampton, a rehab technician at the Residential Treatment Center for Adults (RTFA), and Tresler, who have each completed 25 years of dedicated service.

Tresler became the 23rd recipient of the Distinguished Service Award since its inception in 1996. The award, named after Stairways founder Laura Wallerstein and the late Jerry Cline, a longtime human resources director, is bestowed upon the employee who best exemplifies the mission, vision and values of Stairways.

A licensed nurse since 1962, Tresler has maintained an active license for over 50 years and has focused her continuing dedication over the years toward the treatment of substance abuse. Stairways is blessed to have had the benefit of Joyce’s experience and education for over 25 years. During her tenure at Stairways’ Joyce has had a profound impact on numerous lives, including that of a client who expressed their gratitude in this account:

“When I started my journey to recovery, frankly it was an impossible dream. One of the most difficult parts of my recovery was taking ownership of my past (the dark side). Then came “Sergeant” Joyce…(This was meant in a positive way.) You asked me if I would put my past problems down on paper. That was the easy part. The next part was the most difficult, having to take full ownership of them. What I understand now but could not understand then was taking ownership of my life is the main key to recovery. Stairways needs to be proud of having your ability and talent on their staff. (Joyce you were blessed with a quality that could have only come from God). I feel blessed to have you as part of my new life. No matter what I will face in my future with GOD’S help, my recovery will stand firm.” 

Board Chairman Wayne Koble, Jim Ryan, board treasurer, and Andrea Hoffman, board member and Human Resources and Quality - Compliance Subcommittee chairperson, joined in the celebration and helped present the awards. Also in attendance were David Howell and Joan and Walter Harf, several original volunteers who helped founded Stairways in a space located above Nobil Shoe Store 53 years ago.

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