On June 27, 2012, the Clinical Social Workers Association of Savannah proudly recognized Ms. Ann Hartfield as our Social Worker of the Year. Ms. Hartfield received her bachelor's degree from the University of Mississippi in 1959. She later completed her Master of Social Work degree at Rutger's University. She lead a purpose driven life as an organizer, advocate and counselor for some of the most vulnerable populations of people in our community. This includes the edlerly, runaway youth, inmates in correctional facilities, and families inflicted with HIV/AIDS. Her most recent work was in the medical field in the capacity of educator for liver and kidney transplant patients at Piedmont Hospital. Ann is fondly admired and respected for her genuine sense of caring and ability to see the positives in all people, reguardless of their circumstances. Sadly, she passed away on June 5, 2012. Her daughter, Ms. Stephanie Johnson, accepted this award on her behalf. In addition, we are grateful to Dr. Zayas and Jan Lorentz from Piedmont Hospital, and additional family and friends who attended this event and shared their memories of how remarkable of a social worker Ms. Ann was. She will remain in the hearts of all that were fortunate to be touched by her.
Our new slate of officers was also nominated and elected. Congratulations to our incoming President, Michael Mack, our new Treasurer, Mandy Miller, and our Secretary, who returns for a second year of fun and adventure, Deana Wakefield-Hagan. Outgoing President Edward Parks will serve as Interim Vice President.
Thanks to everyone who could be in attendance, and to everyone who donated their time and efforts to make this such a great year.