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March 10, 2013
Weirton Daily Times

RECOGNIZED: A pair of employees at Family Connections have been recognized by the organization, their peers and the local community for giving their time and talents to those in need.

At the 2012 West Virginia Child Care Association conference in Charleston recently, Ashley Boyce of Weirton received the Children's Service Worker award and Cathy Sobel of New Cumberland received the Champion of Children award.

Boyce is a shift leader at Brooke Place, Family Connections' residential program for adolescent girls. An excerpt from her nomination reads, "While her narrow focus might be one girl at a time, she is able to keep the larger picture in mind. She sets her treatment sights on all the girls. She connects regularly with families, acts as a liaison with the school and mentors the girls about wellness."

Cathy Sobel, a Family Connections board member since 2003, has been a leader on the fund development committee since its inception and, according to the group, embraces the spirit of volunteerism in words and actions. "Active in church and community clubs, the girls at Brooke Place have a special spot in her heart. She is always on the lookout for some activity, community connection or chance for them to give back that will entertain and raise their positive profile," they said.

Family Connections operates as a licensed nonprofit child care agency and behavioral health center. The agency provides residential treatment services for teenage girls at its Brooke Place facility in Colliers, and provides out-patient counseling services at its Weirton Medical Center location. It receives funding from the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Services, Medicaid, Medicare, private insurances, self-pay and contributions.

ADDED?TO?STAFF: Anne Hendershott has accepted a faculty position at Franciscan University of Steubenville, beginning with the fall semester.

She'll be a professor in the psychology, sociology and social work department.

Formerly a tenured professor and sociology department chair at the University of San Diego, Hendershott comes to Franciscan University of Steubenville from King's College in New York City, where she is the Distinguished Visiting Professor of Public Policy.

Hendershott serves as the Pope John Paul II Fellow in Student Development at the Cardinal Newman Society's Center for the Advancement of Catholic Higher Education. She is a member of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars and a member of the board of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists.

Hendershott is the author of numerous scholarly publications, the most recent being "The Hook-Up Culture on Catholic Campuses: A Review of the Literature," published by the Cardinal Newman Society in 2011.

She often writes about Catholic issues for The Wall Street Journal, Catholic World Report, and other religious and secular outlets.

In 2005, Hendershott received a one-year fellowship at Princeton University's James Madison Program in Institution and Ideals. From 1996-1999, she oversaw the Community Outreach Partnership Project, a $450,000 grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

From 1991-1996, she received a $125,000 award from the Hartford Hispanic Health Council for Evaluation of Cuidate Mujer: A Project to Reduce Substance Abuse by Hispanic Pregnant and Postpartum Women in Hartford, Connecticut.

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