Connecting for Kids recognizes Westlake resident with board member award

Tish Henry, left, and Connecting for Kids Executive Director Sarah Rintamaki.

Tish Henry, a resident of Westlake and a school counselor at Lincoln West High School in Cleveland, has been awarded The Kathleen Louise Nash Board Member Award by Connecting for Kids. This award is named in honor of the founding president of Connecting for Kids and awarded annually to a board member who exemplifies outstanding leadership and dedication to the mission of the organization.

Tish currently serves as board vice president of Connecting for Kids. Her leadership has changed the culture of the board to be more collaborative and inclusive of staff input. She listens to all members of the committee, both staff and board, and steers the team to the right conclusion.

Tish has also served as the chairperson of the Connecting for Kids Winter Fundraiser for multiple years. Her vision and hard work have led to very successful events that have met their financial goals and allowed the organization to fund new programming.

During the pandemic, she and her team led the effort to expand fundraising in new and innovative ways, working to host a bowling tournament with the Lakewood Elks Lodge #1350 in Westlake. The money raised through these efforts allowed Connecting for Kids to continue its mission of education and support to families concerned about their child, which was in demand as children struggled with changes brought about by COVID-19. Tish's relationship with the Elks has also resulted in the development of a strong strategic partnership between the organizations.

“I have personally witnessed countless encounters between Tish and people she meets in which she sings the praises of our organization and advocates on behalf of Connecting for Kids,” said Sarah Rintamaki, executive director. “Tish is a passionate representative, tirelessly promoting our mission and attracting new donors and board members. She exudes the spirit and enthusiasm intended of a Kathleen Louise Nash Board Member Award winner.”

Lorilynn Wolf

Lorilynn Wolf serves as the Communications Director for Connecting for Kids.

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Volume 13, Issue 15, Posted 9:58 AM, 08.03.2021