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Janet E. Williams Humanitarian Award 2022 Recipients and Nominees

Each year the Dr. Janet E. Williams Humanitarian Award is given to a DCF staff person who has demonstrated a strong passion for children and families, shown an unyielding concern, and taken action towards the advancement and betterment of those on their caseload, or within the Black community.

Dr. Williams served as the agency's Medical Director for several years prior to her passing.  She left a legacy of devoted and compassionate service to Connecticut's children and families. 

Dr. Williams was also an active presence in her local community, utilizing her knowledge and skills to give back in unique ways. 

Congratulations to Anthony Gay for being awarded the 2022 Janet E. Williams Humanitarian Award! Anthony is a 20-year veteran of the Department currently working as a Social Work Supervisor in the Torrington Office. 

The Department also posthumously provided this award to Mary Brantley who passed away last year after a 32-year career with the Department. Mary was a FASU worker in Bridgeport. We were honored that her family was in attendance at the award ceremony. 

Congratulations to all of the nominees:

Darline Pearsall - Social Worker out of the Milford Area office

Bridget Elliot - Social Worker Case Aide out of the Norwalk Area Office

Christine Wagner Morella - Social Work Supervisor out of the New Britain Area Office 

Lorraine Thomas - Social Worker Supervisor out of Norwich Area Office 

Dr. Nicole Taylor - Director of Pediatrics                   

Marlene Graham - Intake Social Worker out of New Haven Area Office

T'eairez Atunbi - Social Worker out of the Norwich Area Office 

Samantha Rodrigues - Social Worker out of the Norwich Area Office

JoShonda Guerrier - Administrator for the Clinical and Community Consultation Support Division

Yolanda Chapman Smith - Norwalk Office Director

Crystal Williams - Program Supervisor currently under the Community Mental Health Division in Central Office and recently transferred from Meriden Area Office 


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