The Logan Daily News - 12/19/2017
TASC employees honored for hard work
LOGAN — Two workers for Treatment Alternatives to Street Crime or TASC of Southeast Ohio were recognized for their hard work.
Darla Merola was awarded the Outstanding Administrative Staff Member of the Year 2017 and Shelly Neff was awarded Outstanding Clinician of the Year 2017.
Stephen Thomas, CEO of TASC Southeast Ohio, said the awards were presented during the holiday banquet. He explained that the decisions for who received the awards were hard because there were many excellent staff members to choose from.
Thomas said Merola, Performance Improvement Officer for TASC of Southeast Ohio, is from Gallia County but works in all six counties (Athens, Hocking, Vinton, Gallia, Jackson and Meigs).
The CEO said Merola does outstanding work and she goes above and beyond her responsibilities.
“Darla is very caring, loyal and committed to not only the agency but the field in general,” Thomas stated. “She truly cares about all of our clients and employees.”
Merola, who has been at TASC for more than 10 years, said she feels very humbled, honored and blessed to win the award.
“It’s an agency of outstanding dedicated staff and has built excellent rapport in our communities of Gallia, Jackson, Athens, Vinton, Meigs and Hocking counties,” Merola commented. “We continually strive to improve our clients lives and work for the betterment in being an advocate for safer communities.”
She noted that they work with individuals who are mostly court ordered for treatment and their goal is to break the cycle of recidivism.
“TASC of Southeast Ohio supports criminal justice-involved individuals in their efforts to become healthy, self-sufficient and law-abiding citizens. I very proud of what our agency and staff accomplish on a daily basis and continue to work very hard for our communities,” Merola concluded.
Neff, who won Outstanding Clinician of the Year 2017, is a counselor in the Vinton County office.
She said her main job is to provide individuals with treatment services that assist in developing skills to promote and maintain a stance away from substance use.
“Winning the award means the world to me,” Neff stated. “I feel so honored to have received it. I am grateful to work for an agency that recognizes the hard work of its employees. I feel empowered that what I do every day does make a difference.”
Neff said the job is not easy but it is rewarding to watch individuals change their lives for the better.
According to its website, the services provided by TASC include: intervention, assessment, counseling, crisis Intervention and urinalysis. For more information, visit www.tascofsoutheastohio.org.