Four Oaks staff members receive awards

November 12, 2010

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(Cedar Rapids) Two Four Oaks staff members have recently received recognition for their work.

Leshia Nagel, a remedial service provider, was recently recognized by the Coalition for Family and Children’s Services in Iowa. Nagel received the Tom Lewis Award, a statewide annual recognition for a staff member who has shown outstanding service, dedication, longevity and diversity in duties to children and families.

Carla Nauman, a youth counselor at the Bertram facility, was recognized by her Four Oaks colleagues with the Jim Hoel Award. The award is given annually to a staff member who embodies the true mission of Four Oaks by supervising clients through safety and security, managing and reinforcing program structure, building productive relationships with the child and their family, and working as a team member.

The Jim Hoel Award is given annually to a staff member who embodies the true mission of Four Oaks by supervising clients through safety and security, managing and reinforcing program structure, building productive relationships with the child and their family, and working as a team member.

Previous recipients of the Jim Hoel award are Carlyne McGill, Julie Kurtz, Mike Zaiser and Terry Becker.

Jim Hoel, for whom the award is named, was an innovative force in the human services field. During his tenure at Four Oaks, from 1987 until his sudden death in 2003, Hoel developed a number of programs, including supervised community treatment, the sexual offenders program, the chemical dependency program, and the John McDonald Residential Treatment program in Monticello.

Four Oaks, which is headquartered in Cedar Rapids, is one of the state’s largest child welfare, juvenile justice and behavioral health agencies. It employees nearly 650 people and serves more than 14,000 children and families throughout the state.