ACF Region VI is Honored at the Regional Director's Awards Ceremony

Last week, we participated in the Health and Human Services (HHS), Region VI, Regional Director’s Award Ceremony.  Everyone attending the ceremony was encouraged to wear their sunglasses to show their support for the award ceremony theme, Today’s Vision:  A Brighter Tomorrow.  The Regional Director, Marjorie Petty, gave heart-felt opening remarks about the importance of celebrating the accomplishments of the individuals and teams who have contributed greatly to the success of HHS this past year.   We were fortunate to have special guest speaker Donna Richardson.  Ms. Richardson is a nationally known fitness expert and member of the President’s Council of Fitness, Sports and Nutrition.   She got the crowd “pumped up and powered up” with a brief workout before delivering an inspiring and motivational message to “believe it, speak it, and act on it” to live a healthier life.

Four ACF teams were awarded Regional Director’s Leadership Awards:

  • The Office of Child Care Team - for their leadership, guidance and promoting coordination of services to improve the quality of early care and education and child care.
  • The Children’s Bureau Team – for demonstrating exemplary commitment to our mission and to provide excellent customer service to our states and tribal grantees.
  • The State Team - for improving communication within ACF and to states and stakeholders, while improving regional interoperability, and supporting the department’s “Region’s Together” approach.
  • The Grantee & Community Roundtable Planning Team - for planning a series of Roundtables that brought together community leaders in key Region VI communities that advanced ACF and HHS initiatives, including fatherhood, assets, Affordable Care Act, veteran services, and human trafficking.

Carolyn Meier, ACF Region VI, Deputy Regional Administrator, received one of the highest awards given at the ceremony, the Regional Director’s Award of Excellence, for her leadership and guidance to not only ACF but to all of HHS Region VI.  Carolyn Meier is pictured here (middle), along with Donna Richardson (left), and Marjorie Petty (right).