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The Warren County Foundation 2018 Community Service Awards were presented during the evening of May 10, 2018, at the Manor House in Mason. The recipients are: Mike Schueler – George R. Henkle Philanthropy & Community Service Award; Angie Tapogna – Emerging Leader Award; Warren County Career Center - Outstanding Organization Award; Mason Challenger League -Emerging Organization Award; Atrium Medical Center - Outstanding Large Business Award; and Watkins Heating & Cooling -Outstanding Small Business Award.
Michael Schueler has had a deep commitment to Warren County for many years. If there is an organization involved with improving Warren County, you can bet Mike is or has served in the organization. In 2016, the Lebanon Area Chamber of Commerce presented Mike with the William E. Harmon Award for his longtime devotion, generosity, and service to Lebanon. Other awards include the University of Cincinnati 2015 Distinguished Service Award, ‘Man of the Year’ for United Way of Warren County and the University of Cincinnati OCAS Hall of Fame 2007. Recently Midwest Real Estate News magazine added Mike to its Hall of Fame. He has served on the boards of Warren County Community Services, Warren County Foundation, Mt. St. Joseph University, Episcopal Retirement Homes, ArtsWave, UC Foundation, Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce, along with numerous business and trade organizations. Mike served as President of the Little Miami Conservancy for 30 years. As President and CEO of the Schueler Group, Mike’s many business interests have employed many in the county along with his developments creating thousands of jobs in the county. Mike and Digi Schueler have three children and nine grandchildren.
Angie Tapogna is the Community Relations Manager for the Warren County Board of Developmental Disabilities, a position she has held since 2013. She takes pride in her work to educate the public about the extraordinary capabilities of people with disabilities, and has a passion for helping those who have challenges in their lives. She was previously the Southwest Ohio Hub Director for the Mental Health Advocacy & Addiction Coalition. Angie was the former Vice President of both the Warren County Arts Council and then the Arts Council of Lebanon, as well as former board member of the Lebanon Optimist Club. She currently serves on the Cincinnati Advisory Board of the Ohio Diversity Council, and volunteers for A Brush of Hope. She is a skilled writer who has volunteered her time to write press releases for; Area Progress Council of Warren County, A Brush of Hope, Arts Council of Lebanon, Lebanon Optimist Club, Warren County Community Services, Warren County Foundation, Warren County Veterans Services, and Warren County Judges Robert Peeler and Joseph Kirby. Angie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Alaska Anchorage.
The Warren County Career Center (WCCC) is celebrating 40 years of providing high quality-technical public education to adult and high school learners. WCCC is an integral part of the county’s economic development, responding to employer needs and ensuring that the county has a skilled workforce. WCCC’s mission is to prepare youth and adults to make informed career choices and to successfully enter, compete, and advance in a changing world. The Warren County Career Center offers programs in many areas including: construction, information/cyber technology, culinary, arts/communications, electrical power line, welding, automotive, robotics, advanced manufacturing, engineering, fire training, healthcare, and much more. WCCC changes lives and offers opportunity for personal and professional growth, employment, and further education to all in our community.
Raising a child with a disability can be extremely lonely and isolating. Without individuals like Susan Murdock and the Mason Challenger Board organizing the Mason Challenger League, families with children with disabilities would be left on the sidelines. The Mason Challenger League is in their sixth year, providing something to look forward to each spring for children and families. The League helps to provide a sense of belonging and respect, something all parents wish for their children. Every Challenger game and/or event is a true celebration of human kind and how children and families have many more attributes in common than differences. The community involvement in all events is powerful. The Mason High Baseball and Softball teams contribute their time by organizing clinics for the players. Local businesses sponsor each team at every game by supplying goodie bags and volunteers. This spring there will by eight teams with 91 players, practicing and playing seven games.
As a mission-driven corporate citizen, Atrium Medical Center and its Foundation demonstrates its commitment to improve health and quality of life in communities throughout Warren County in a variety of ways. First and foremost, Atrium Medical Center provides high-quality medical care to the citizens of the region. Atrium encourages healthy lifestyles, sponsoring a new bike park in Lebanon, a walking path on their own campus, wellness programs for women, and begin to swim programs at Countryside YMCA. Atrium Medical Center works to make our communities safer by administering funds from the State of Ohio to reduce traffic fatalities and they led the Warren County Opiate Reduction Task Force to address the health challenges presented by opioid and heroin addiction. Atrium partners with the Franklin, Lebanon and Mason school districts helping with athletic trainers, strength and conditioning specialists and team physicians. Atrium Medical Center, a member of Premier Health, is also a sponsor of the Abuse & Rape Crisis Shelter, Warren County Community Services, and many additional non-profits in Warren County.
Randy and Lisa Watkins have owned and operated Watkins Heating & Cooling for 25 years. They have provided excellent HVAC services to customers across Warren County. There are community-minded people who hire similar-minded people to work in their company. The couple have travelled and performed mission work all over the world. Locally, they formed an alliance with Warren County Community Services (WCCS) Elderly Serviced Program (ESP). Because their technicians visit many homes covering the spectrum of socio-economics, they hear and see a lot. Oftentimes they will see a family or seniors in need of community services. Lisa’s role in the company is to work with her technicians and visit needy families herself and refer people she identifies as “needy” to WCCS. WCCS will then contact the referrals to see if there is a need and offer services to those who qualify.