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Vinfen Employee Receives Excellence in Program Leadership Award

Vinfen attended the Association for Behavioral Healthcare’s (ABH) Salute to Excellence celebration that recognized leadership in community-based behavioral healthcare on October 18 . The celebration took place at the Boston Marriott Newton and Vinfen’s President and CEO, Bruce Bird and other Vinfen staff attended.

“We are proud to be an active member of ABH,” Shared Bruce. “Vic DiGravio and his staff do a tremendous job in advocating for policies and funds which support our work. And we are especially pleased that Heather Ness was honored at the annual ABH Celebration with the Award for Excellence in Program Leadership. Heather really embodies the qualities of competence, dedication to the individuals we serve, and commitment to Vinfen that we value in our front line managers.”

Hitting her 15 year work anniversary at Vinfen in October, Heather Ness is one of Vinfen’s Adult Community Clinical Services (ACCS) Residential Directors in the Cape. Heather’s exceptional leadership has been a driving force behind Vinfen’s successful recent transition to ACCS in Cape Cod. She is a constant resource for her colleagues and has a personal commitment to quality and innovation. In Heather’s personal life, she helps and mentors women that are diagnosed with breast cancer. As a survivor herself, this means a lot to Heather and is a way she gives back to her community.

Vinfen ACCS Team Leaders Kathy Anzola and Leslie Stupakevich nominated her for the award. “For the last 5 or 6 years, Heather has been the team captain for one of Vinfen’s Run-4-Life teams. She coordinates getting the runners ready, she engages local community organizations to sponsor and support our runners and the health and wellness initiatives Vinfen is able to provide to our persons served through donations,” Kathy said. She added “Heather is everyone’s cheerleader, keeping morale up and making sure everyone is having fun and staying safe. Heather is a true leader and someone I respect and hold in the highest regard.”

In the nomination letter, both Kathy and Leslie stated that “Heather is highly deserving of this award and is one of the most hardworking, selfless, and genuine people we have ever had the pleasure of working with in this field.”

Vinfen Director of Service Chuck Tuplin shared, “Heather has always provided the highest quality of services and supports to her programs, clients and staff under the most difficult circumstances. She has touched many lives during her tenure and we are grateful she is a part of our Vinfen family.”

Bruce, Chuck, Heather, and other Vinfen staff were joined by many talented and dedicated individuals of the Massachusetts community throughout the day of celebration. The Keynote speaker was Gary Mendell, Founder and CEO of Shatterproof, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to ending the devastation addiction causes families. Mendell is a leader and advocate for ending the stigma associated with addiction and has received honors for addressing the opioid epidemic that has plagued society in recent years.

ABH’s mission is to be an advocate for community-based mental health and addiction treatment services. ABH believes in promoting recovery and resilience, ensuring access to quality cate and securing resources for a stable workforce. With over four decades of experience being an advocate for community-based mental health and addiction services, ABH has helped countless individuals and families feel supported.