Unsung heroes of the workplace honored for good character

There’s one in every workplace – the colleague who you can count on to be honest and fair, compassionate and trustworthy. United Way of Martin County’s CHARACTER COUNTS! program and the project’s sponsor, Cleveland Clinic Martin Health, believe that these unsung heroes of the workplace should be recognized and recently honored seven exceptional people with an Employee Pillar of Character Award.

During the past 16 years, CHARACTER COUNTS! has recognized dozens of high character people for their work, outstanding work ethic and for exemplifying the Six Pillars of Character, the character traits that are the cornerstone of the CHARACTER COUNTS! program – Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring and Citizenship.

“CHARACTER COUNTS! established this awards program for employees who consistently set good examples,” said Holly Laiben, director of CHARACTER COUNTS!. “Many employees have strong work ethics and go above and beyond their job description on a daily basis without expecting or receiving adequate recognition and these awards help fill that void.”

Nominations from the private, public, governmental and nonprofit business community were received and seven exemplary employees were surprised at their place of work and presented with an award certificate and gift certificates to a local restaurant, frozen custard shop and movie theater, provided by Cleveland Clinic Martin Health.

2018 – 2019 Employee Pillar of Character Award Winners:

  • Dep. Sheriff Crystal Duncombe, Martin County Sheriff’s Office
  • Andre Glover, Hibiscus Children’s Center
  • Ann Mehling, Helping People Succeed
  • Michael Merker, Martin County Board of County Commissioners
  • Tera Riva, Indiantown Middle School
  • Mary “Libby” Snider, Coalition for Independent Living Options
  • Christopher Wright, Crystal Lake Elementary

Others nominated this year are: Amy Bottegal, CenterState Bank; Jeanette Gore, Water Pointe Realty; Genaris Haston, Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County; Rebecca Lourie, Suncoast Mental Health Center; Marie Mahovetz, The Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast; Kelly McIntyre, Cleveland Clinic Martin Health; Vanessa Muto, Pinewood Elementary School; Dillie Nerios, Treasure Coast Food Bank / Whole Child Connection; Ariel Pena, The Hope Center for Autism; Matthew Warren, Whiticar Boat Works; and Susan Whittington, Morgan Stanley. Although highly identified with schools, United Way of Martin County’s CHARACTER COUNTS! program is an initiative for people of all ages and walks of life. The program is embraced by government, law enforcement and businesses in Martin County. For more information regarding United Way of Martin County’s CHARACTER COUNTS! program , please visit www.unitedwaymartin.org.