From left: Ami Cole, president of Molina Healthcare of Ohio, and winners: Bob Nance, Cecil Ahad, Brian Pierson, Phyllis Slusher, Chelsie Hornsby, Adam Troy and Tim Harrington accepting for Renee Wood.
Molina Healthcare of Ohio recently honored the leadership, advocacy and volunteerism of seven heroes from across the state at its 12th Annual Community Champions Awards. During the awards ceremony, each honoree received a $3,000 grant to “pay forward” to a nonprofit of their choice. This year’s extraordinary Community Champions included:
- Adam Troy (Columbus): Missions & community development for the Community of Caring Development Foundation, where he facilitates affordable housing and helps feed families.
- Cecil Ahad (Columbus): Director of strategic initiatives at IMPACT Community Action; formerly incarcerated and long reformed, Cecil now volunteers 160 hours per month helping others transform their lives as he did.
- Brian Pierson (Columbus): Regional director of community health & wellbeing at Mount Carmel Health, where he provides medical services to vulnerable populations through mobile medical clinics.
- Bob Nance (Cleveland): Coach of the Bob Nance Basketball Academy, where he provides a positive, safe environment for kids, even if their families can’t afford to pay.
- Chelsie Hornsby (Cincinnati): Senior development officer for HelathSource of Ohio, where she makes the time to support and volunteer for 15 different organizations.
- Phyllis Slusher (Cincinnati): Board member and volunteer for Dress for Success. As a former VP of corporate communications for U.S. Bank, she now puts her communications skills to work helping women achieve their goals for self-sufficiency.
- Renee Wood (Toledo): Disability advocate and chair of the Ohio Olmstead Task Force. As a person with a disability and a cancer survivor, Renee’s volunteer efforts revolve around developing inclusive communities for others with varying disabilities.
“It’s an honor and a privilege to celebrate some truly remarkable people who give selflessly of their time and talents to support others,” said Ami Cole, plan president of Molina Healthcare of Ohio. “Today, more than ever, our communities need Champions and I’m proud of each of this year’s seven deserving recipients.” The dinner reception took place at The Columbus Athenaeum and 175 attended the awards banquet with Ami Cole, plan president of Molina Healthcare of Ohio, hosting the evening.