Congratulations Shannon Matthews

Shannon Matthews

July Employee of the Month

(pictured L to R: Shawn D. Crabtree, Executive Director; Shannon Matthews, Senior Support Services Associate 2, Russell; Jane Jones, Russell Office Manager)


Shannon was selected for—while keeping a positive attitude—coming in early, staying late and completing unfamiliar tasks while her co-workers were on medical leave.



It is important for an organization to acknowledge the efforts of its staff.  In January 2005 the Lake Cumberland District Health Department started selecting an employee of the month.  The candidates are nominated by their peers for “going beyond the call of duty” and selected by the Executive Team by anonymous vote.  From the twelve monthly “Employees of the Month” an “Employee of the Year” is also selected.  Below is an archive of previous “Employees of the Month”.



Employee of the Month Awards for 2014
August - Lisa Anderson, District

Lisa was awarded for quickly and efficiently assisting another employee attend to a substantial, active water leak.

July - Shannon Matthews, Russell

Shannon was selected for—while keeping a positive attitude—coming in early, staying late and completing unfamiliar tasks while her co-workers were on medical leave.

June - Jane Jones, Russell

Jane was selected for effectively helping promote the Kynector Project.  She even came in sick one day to do a radio spot promotion.

May - Angela Dixon, Pulaski

While attending her son’s Project Graduation, Angela responded to another child who was experiencing seizure-like activity.  She not only assisted the child, she accompanied and stayed with the child at the hospital until stabilized.

April - Cathy Haynes, Pulaski

Cathy was awarded for responding to a school request to attend prom so two teens prone to seizures could safely attend. 

March - Tammy Jenkins, Pulaski

Tammy was awarded for braving the snowy weather conditions and placing a notice for the patients about an opening delay for the Pulaski Clinic. 

February - Amy Marcum, Wayne

Amy was awarded for receiving an exemplary testimonial from her school administration in regards to her caring attitude, work ethic, and overall team-work. 

January - Chris West, District

Chris was awarded for all the extra effort he has put into his job while covering for our groundskeeper/mail deliverer during his absence.  During this time, he has had to help manage multiple water damage issues at our clinics as a result of the recent polar vortex. 


Employee of the Month Awards for 2013
December - Donna Farington, Loretta Burke, and Linda Dobbs, McCreary

Donna, Loretta and Linda volunteered their time on November 23rd to drive over 200 miles around McCreary County delivering 178 Thanksgiving meals prepared by the Crossroads Ministries.

November - Jelaine Harlow, Adair

Jelaine was awarded for all the extra effort she put into helping make the Adair County Schools tobacco free.

October - Carol Lane, District

Carol was awarded for working extra hard covering for several of her staff who were off with medical conditions.

September - Angie Simpson, District

Angie was awarded for covering for two of her peers while off sick and for assisting with Breastfeeding Week preparations.

August - Lisa Brown, Casey

Lisa was awarded for keeping a positive attitude and a high standard of performance despite dealing with challenging personal medical circumstances.

July - Debbie Mayberry and Gabby Chambers, Pulaski

Debbie and Gabby were awarded for the extra efforts they made in working with a family and baby who was born with a heart defect.

June - Brandy Rowe, McCreary

Brandy was awarded for spending extra time working with a family and community resources to make sure a student received much needed eye glasses.

May - Roger Young, District

Roger was selected for returning to Columbia to free a co-worker from a locked room.

April - Vicky Albertson, Cumberland

Vicky was selected for her excellent work advocating for child health care.

March - Greta Mounce, Science Hill

Greta was awarded for putting in many hours organizing and coordinating the school’s “Relay Recess” to raise funds for “The American Cancer Society”.

February - Janet Cowherd, Taylor

Janet was selected for her extra efforts in arranging for resources for a needy child.

January - Teresa “Terri” Harrison, Pulaski

Terri was selected for assisting with the Humana Vitality project.  She made door-to-door contacts with school staff thus increasing participation by well over 300%. 


Employee of the Month Awards for 2012
December - Jennifer Harris, Pulaski

Jennifer was awarded for providing monetary assistance to a needy family who couldn’t access community resources due to it being after 4:30 on a Friday.

November - Ashley Curry, Russell

Ashley was awarded for going to a store after hours on a holiday weekend to assure a WIC family in need understood exactly which baby formula to purchase.

October - Victoria Bullock, District

Vickie was nominated for volunteering her own time to spend several days working with the Red Cross in New York on the Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.  She also rescued one of our employees who had gotten locked in the annex basement. 

September - Sherry Sims, McCreary

Sherry was awarded for performing the Heimlich maneuver on a student who was choking. 

August - Carolyn Carman, Pulaski

Carolyn was selected for strongly encouraging a family to take a child experiencing significant weight loss to the doctor for follow-up.  It turns out the child had Type 1 Diabetes and is now being appropriately treated.  Carolyn has also spent extra time educating the child’s family and making needed referrals. 

July - Leanne Eaton, Pulaski

Leanne was selected for, without complaint, assisting work up Well Child and General Clinic patients on a very demanding day. 

June - Kristi Upchurch, Monticello

Kristi was selected for insisting a school employee with high blood pressure seek medical attention.  The employee ended up requiring bypass surgery. 

May - Karen Hall, Pulaski

Karen was selected for the excellent care she gave to a student experiencing a seizure and helping out with various other school activities.

April - Lisa Anderson, District

Lisa was awarded due to all the extra effort she put into assisting in preparations for the Diabetes Health Expo.

March - Rebecca Watson, Adair

On one day Rebecca had to deal with two students who had overdosed and follow-up with their families.  She also assisted the police in an investigation of students having access to illegal substances.

February - Rebecca Brown and Shannon Matthews, Western Counties

Becky and Shannon have been piloting a new approach to completing EPSDT exams on behalf of the agency: they travel into the schools and clinics doing nothing but EPSDT exams.  Their positive attitude and effort are making the new approach successful.

January - Sabrina McGahan, Pulaski

Sabrina was awarded for creating a seizure checklist to provide to school staff to ensure proper response.


Employee of the Month Awards for 2011
December - Judy Heathman, Russell

Judy was awarded for rendering assistance to children involved in a bus accident.

November - Sarah Leachman, Taylor

Sarah was awarded for picking up and taking over the setting up and coordinating of flu clinics when her supervisors were unexpectedly off work.

October - Mindy Wilson, Casey

Mindy was awarded for the extra effort she puts into creating a HANDS Newsletter for the HANDS patients in Casey, Russell, and Cumberland Counties.

September - Valerie Dykes, Taylor

Valerie was awarded for going out of her way to assist a family in finding a veterinarian who would, for an affordable price, prepare and ship an animal for rabies testing; and for transporting said animal to the clinic.

August - Donna Parrish, Clinton

Donna was awarded for coming in on her day off, at the last minute, to assist with completing physical exams.

July - Judy Goforth, Pulaski

Judy was awarded for all the extra effort she took, even while on vacation and over weekends, insuring a patient complied with their required TB medication.

June - Melissa Trammell, McCreary/Wayne

Melissa was selected because of her quick thinking thus scaring away a couple ruffians who were attempting some misdeed at our Wayne Clinic after-hours.

May - Sharon Perkins, Pulaski

Sharon was selected for the extra effort she put into making sure a WIC child on special formula didn’t have to go the weekend without formula.

April - Amy Edwards, Wayne

Amy was awarded for all the extra effort she put into promoting colon cancer awareness.  She organized events and raised money.

March - Norma Trull, Pulaski

Norma was nominated and selected for the excellent care she provided in insuring the safety of some children she serviced.

February - Kristi Irvin, Russell

Kristi was nominated and selected for the extra hours and effort she put into working with a Direct Observe Therapy (DOT) TB patient.

January - Anna Johnson, Pulaski

Anna was nominated and selected for rendering emergency care to a student who was later transported to UK and diagnosed with a serious heart condition.


Employee of the Month Awards for 2010
December - Lisa Harris, Pulaski

Lisa was nominated and selected for paying out of her pocket the fee for a needy patient’s services. 

November - Cathy Haynes, Pulaski

Cathy was selected for the extra effort she put forth in working with two school clubs.  A “riding club” to benefit a student with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma raised over $10,000 dollars.  A “diabetes walk” she was affiliated with raised over $1,000 dollars.

October - Melinda Thomas, Russell

Melinda was nominated and awarded for providing CPR and using the AED equipment on a teacher who had collapsed, probably saving his life. 

September - Shirley Roberson, Russell

Shirley was nominated and awarded for working extra with a cancer patient to find funding for smoking patches and for providing the patient with individual counseling to help her quit smoking.

August - Teresa McFall, Russell

Teresa was awarded after being nominated by her school principal for the outstanding job she does for their school and with their children.

July - Deana Osborne, District

Deanna was awarded for stopping and giving CPR to a woman and helping to calm the grandchild.

June - Lisa Harris, Pulaski

Lisa was awarded for doing extra work to assist a patient secure assistance for cancer treatment.

May - Jarrod Simpson, McCreary/Daniel Bell, Casey

Daniel and Jarrod were awarded for riding their bikes in the American Diabetes Association’s Tour de Cure and raising over $300.00.  They paid their own fees and utilized their own time.

April - Wanda Vanover, McCreary

Wanda was awarded for assisting with a child who was disoriented and aggressive.  She calmed the child and treated minor wounds and called home later to check on child.

March - Thara Terry, McCreary

Thara was awarded for the extra efforts she put in with one particular obese child.  She coordinated access to an array of services and worked with school officials to increase access to exercise time.

February - Amy Marcum, Wayne

Amy was awarded for rendering aid to a collapsed student.

January - Susan Adams, Pulaski

Susan was awarded for securing a donation of fire alarms for the Pulaski HANDS families and for spending her Christmas helping one of her HANDS mothers move out of an abusive relationship into the protection of a spouse abuse shelter. 


Employee of the Month Awards for 2009
December - Greta Mounce, Pulaski

Greta was awarded due to two instances where she rendered first aid at wrecks that occurred near her school, her extra work with the Relay for Life, and her general dedication to her students.

November - Peggy Dancy, Pulaski

Peggy was awarded for meeting a patient at the Health Department after an H1N1 clinic to administer the vaccine.

October - Carol Huckelby, District

Carol was awarded for taking on the extra H1N1 vaccine ordering and database management duties.

September - Sarah Christian, Casey

Sarah was awarded for going the extra mile facilitating meetings on behalf of and advocating for a needy student to insure the student had the best opportunity for success.

August - Donna Farrington, McCreary

Donna was awarded for extra effort in researching and facilitating GED opportunities.

July - Beverly Brockman, Russell

Beverley was awarded for all the extra time she took finding community resources to help a patient and her family find food resources.

June - Kathy Ping, Pulaski

Kathy was awarded for providing a generous amount of extra effort with one of her families that resulted in the mother stopping drinking and the entire family now going outside to smoke away from the new baby.  It took much work by Kathy to develop this level of trust and rapport with this particular family. 

May - Cathy Haynes, Pulaski

Cathy was awarded for all the extra work she put into dealing with the teen pregnancy issues at her school.

April - Cheryl Clark, Taylor

Cheryl was awarded for “going beyond the call of duty” in supporting a co-worker through a difficult personal experience.

March - Sam Price, Pulaski/Jarrod Simpson, McCreary

Sam and Jarrod were awarded for being dispatched to Western Kentucky as part of an Environmental Strike Team to assist with the recovery efforts following the recent ice storms.  Upon arriving our team was transitioned into a “command” capacity.

February - Alisha Risen, Green

Alisha was awarded for providing rescue breathing until EMS arrived to a student having a Grand Mal Seizure.

January - Daniel Bell, Casey

Daniel was awarded for being dispatched to Western Kentucky as part of an Environmental Strike Team to assist with the recovery efforts following the recent ice storms.  Upon arriving our team was transitioned into a “command” capacity.  Daniel served as the “incident commander”.  Daniel represented us well by making good command decisions and coping very well with an extremely trying and stressful situation.


Employee of the Month Awards for 2008
December - Leah Maybrier, District

Leah was awarded for all the help with all the Change Master Teams on their KPHLI Projects.

November - Izetta Sandusky, Casey

Izetta was awarded for working extra hard during a pertussis outbreak.

October - Lori Davis, Green

Lori was awarded for volunteering to stay late and work on the week-end to meet the vaccine needs of a patient.

September - Lois Walker, District

Lois was awarded for donating her time to trim and maintain our flowers at the district.  She also purchases, circulates for signatures and mails “get well” and “thinking of you” cards when employees are sick or have had deaths in their families. 

August - Robyn Sneed, District

Robyn was awarded for all the extra effort she puts forth making the arrangements to have the Kentucky Blood Center on site at the staff meetings.

July - Natasha Bowmer, Casey

Natasha was awarded for carrying an extra workload while a co-worker was off.

June - Lisa Anderson, District

Lisa was awarded for designing a server based employee incentive catalogue.

May - Bridgett Kean, Russell

Bridgett was awarded for coordinating and being inspirational in a local “Biggest Loser” effort.

April - Melinda Thomas, Russell

Melinda was awarded for taking extra measures to keep open communication with one of her student’s doctors.  This resulted in catching a “deficiency” that, if gone untreated, would have likely resulted in the child’s death in a few years. 

March - Allan Ramsey, Wayne

Allan was awarded for being helpful and donating sick time.

February - Kim Kane, Casey

Kim was awarded for taking care of a Boil Water Advisory in the absence of the Environmentalist.

January - Donna Parrish, Clinton

Donna was awarded for organizing collections of necessities and furniture for a family whose house had burned.


Employee of the Month Awards for 2007
December - Angel Hopkins, Pulaski

Angel was awarded for the support she gave her staff when one of their family’s children passed away.

November - Wilda Morris, Pulaski

Wilda was awarded for the support she gave a HANDS family when their child passed away.

October - Bonnie Tucker, Russell

Bonnie was awarded because, despite her recent surgery and ongoing chemotherapy, coming back to work and being very positive and doing several things to improve the building.

September - Kim Kane, Casey

Kim was awarded for helping a patient search for resources to pay for cancer treatment and, when Health Education was in a bind, assisting with their programming.

August - Chasity Patterson, Cumberland/Clinton

Chasity was awarded for working with the community to get a displaced mother clothing and necessities after a neighbor’s meth lab resulted in the lady’s home being quarantined.

July - Joyce York, Adair

Nita was awarded for researching WIC information for a soldier and family getting ready to be transferred to Germany.

June - Ruth Smith, Clinton

Ruth was awarded for working extended hours to provide extra benefit to her HANDS clients.

May - Betty Jo Tomlinson, Pulaski

Betty was awarded due to personal testimony from a patient regarding her positive experience with Betty Joe.

April - Kathy Phelps, Pulaski

Kathy was awarded for carrying the extra load for the HANDS program in Pulaski after major staff turn-over.

March - Danyel Parmley, Wayne

Danyel was awarded for creating a tri-fold brochure on her own time for her HANDS families.

February - Janet Cowherd, Taylor

Janet was awarded as a result of her Vice-principal sending a letter to the Taylor County School Superintendent and School Board thanking them for the school contract and mentioning an instance when Janet discovered a child’s problematic blood sugar level.

January - Vicky Albertson, Clinton

Vicky was awarded for working numerous hours making phone calls finding financial assistance for a needy cancer patient.


Employee of the Month Awards for 2006
December - Brian West, Pulaski

Brian was awarded for volunteering to be Santa for HANDS kids when they had someone cancel at the last minute.

November - Allison Griffiths, Green

Allison was awarded for coming in on the week-end to verify a birth so a family could take a cruise.

October - Karen Branscum, Pulaski

Karen was awarded for stopping and giving a man CPR until the ambulance showed up.

September - Michelle Chumbley, Pulaski

Michelle was awarded due to a patient’s mother’s testimony of appreciation for making a “goody bag” for her child (our patient) who was diagnosed with cancer.

August - Debbie Mayberry, McCreary

Debbie was awarded for donating her hair to make wigs for cancer patients at the Relay for Life.

July - Wilma Munsey, District

Wilma was awarded for creating multiple procedure manuals for the HR Department.

June - Amy Edwards, Wayne

Amy was awarded for writing a “healthy heart” grant, which was approved.

May - Kaylene Bush, Green

Kaylene was awarded for filling out a “PRIDE” application and working with the Environmentalist in helping a client get a septic system.

April - Roger Young, District

Roger was awarded for being helpful in multiple counties with many chores and tasks outside the boundaries of “just keeping the grounds”.

March - Carol Lane, District

Carol was awarded for persevering with Medicare regarding working out payment glitches with flu shots.

February - Lydia Irwin, Wayne

Sue was awarded for doing extra work to get a child an assessment which caught a disease early and resulted in the child getting needed treatment.

January - Teresa Harrison, Pulaski

Teresa was awarded for unstopping a plugged tracheostomy and saving a child’s life.


Employee of the Month Awards for 2005
December - Jelaine Phillips, Adair

Jelaine was awarded for taking several health education tasks beyond the call of duty.

November - Sam Price, Pulaski

Sam was awarded for spending 17 days in Mississippi doing Hurricane Katrina relief.

October - Gwen Keith, McCreary

Gwen was awarded for extra work on the Drug Inventory Pilot Project.

September - Tim Green, Green

Tim was awarded for helping provide excellent service in multiple counties during staff shortages and for being stealthy like a puma.

August - Cathy Haynes, Pulaski

Cathy was awarded for effectively dealing with several complicated MRSA infections.

July - Bonnie Tucker, Russell

Bonnie was awarded for innovations implemented and support given after becoming Office Manager.

June - Natalie True, Pulaski

Natalie was awarded as a result of personal testimony from a Pulaski School Board Member regard her presentation skills.

May - Carol Huckelby, District

Carol was awarded as a result of general testimony from several school nurses about her on-going support.

April - Miranda Bell, Green

Sherri was awarded as a result of personal testimony from a Family Resource and Youth Service Center regarding helping get a perfect Immunization Audit score.

March - Sherry Gibson, Cumberland

Miranda was awarded for exceeding performance requirements and as a result of a personal testimony from a patient.

February - Elizabeth Herndon, Pulaski

Elizabeth was awarded as a result of personal testimony from her school’s principal.

January - Victoria Bullock, District

Vickie was awarded for designing our KPHA web banner.