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Great Circle Honors Volunteers for Service on St. Louis Campus

(St. Louis, April 14, 2017) – Eight individuals and one company in the St. Louis area were recognized recently for their volunteer service at Great Circle’s St. Louis campus.  Great Circle is a statewide behavioral health nonprofit organization that served more than 30,000 individuals, families and children in 2016 through its 18 locations across Missouri.

Volunteers receiving the 2017 Circle of Caring Award are:
Brice Adamson, of Ladue – Adamson, senior executive vice president for Enterprise Fleet Management, has been a member of Great Circle’s Board of Directors for four years. He was honored for his efforts to foster new partnerships and collaborations between the nonprofit and many organizations, companies and people. 
Rachel Andreasson, of Sullivan – Andreasson, CEO of Wallis Companies, was honored for her efforts on behalf of Great Circle’s Campaign for the Path Ahead, her participation in the Changing Prisms program for young women, and her commitment to the annual Elves on the Run holiday promotion in Wallis’ convenience stores.
Ted Armstrong, of Creve Coeur – Armstrong, who is retired from Angelica Corporation, was honored for his deep and long-standing commitment to Great Circle, which includes serving as a member of the Board of Directors for 30 years, and providing financial guidance that has enabled the nonprofit to grow and maintain strong fiscal stability.
BSI Constructors, Inc., of St. Louis – BSI has served as the general contractor for renovations and new construction on Great Circle’s Webster Groves campus for the past three years. In presenting the award, Great Circle recognized BSI for its “extra effort” to connect with the children who reside and go to school on campus. On-site BSI staff can regularly be seen answering questions about their work from children and staff, which Great Circle applauded as “helping us not only transform our campus but giving of themselves to help our kids.”
Amy Inman, of Kirkwood – Founder and owner of MemoryBox Films, LLC, Inman was honored for using her videography and storytelling talents on multiple occasions to help Great Circle to share powerful messages of strength and resiliency throughout the region. She also has been an active volunteer with the agency’s Starry Starry Night gala, and is serving as its chair in 2017.
Dawn Kotva, of Clayton – Kotva, a vice president for Express Scripts, was honored for her ongoing involvement with Great Circle’s Changing Prisms program, which focuses on building self-esteem and empowering young women by connecting those served by Great Circle with positive female role models.
Doris Meglitsch, of Crestwood – Meglitsch has volunteered for two years at Great Circle, and received the award based on her involvement with the children who attend the Great Circle School. She helped organize the school’s Fall Fling Dance and the annual holiday party, and also volunteers in several classrooms during the school year.
Mike Swoboda, of Kirkwood – Swoboda, associate professor of digital media and graphic design at St. Louis Community College at Meramec, was honored for several collaborations on the Great Circle campus. He facilitated a project with Meramec interior design students for renovations to Great Circle’s cottages, participated in Great Circle’s career week, and created a unique outdoor sensory garden and playscape as part of his master’s thesis.

This year’s Youth Spirit Award was given to Katie Hill, daughter of Jim and Kelly Hill, of Webster Groves. The award was created in 2015 to recognize a dedicated student volunteer. Hill is 18 and a graduate of St. Joseph’s Academy, who began volunteering at Great Circle her junior year. Now attending the University of Alabama, she continues to volunteer during school breaks, and says her decision to major in social work was influenced by her work at Great Circle.

At the volunteer awards reception, John Munich, chair of Great Circle’s Eastern Regional Advisory Council, noted that more than 1,500 people volunteered at the St. Louis campus last year. He said the efforts of those being honored were indicative of the overall impact that volunteers have on Great Circle’s efforts to meet the needs of children and families every day. “Whether reading to the kids, playing games with them, working to beautify the campus, serving on board or work groups, or managing special events, our volunteers make Great Circle stronger,” Munich said. “Their contributions of time and talent help us deliver on our mission to strengthen families and rebuild lives.”

Great Circle’s mission is to reshape vulnerable lives through a community of partners, teachers and leaders that strengthen families and give children confidence to create brighter futures. Great Circle provides specialized behavioral health services, 24-hour care, respite programs, and education and day treatment programs, including for children on the autism spectrum. It also delivers a broad spectrum of community-based services, including parental support programs, foster/adoptive care, assessments, crisis management and family stabilization.

To become a Great Circle volunteer, contact Ann Rexford, 314.919.4710. For more information about Great Circle, visit www.greatcircle.org.