QUINCY -- Mickie Stull's long career with Transitions of Western Illinois has not gone unnoticed.
Stull was honored Wednesday night with the Williams Award, symbolic of the Transitions staff member who goes "above and beyond" in the performance of his or her duties.
Stull, a 29-year employee at Transitions and its human resources generalist, was presented the award at the agency's annual dinner before a crowd of more than 150 at the Quincy Holiday Inn.
"Transactions is a special place," Stull said. "We work some crazy hours at times, but we love what we do."
Transitions of Western Illinois is a not-for-profit mental health and rehabilitation services provider, with offices at 4409 Maine and 631 N. 48th in Quincy.
Transitions primarily serves residents of Adams County, with youth services provided in nine western Illinois counties. The agency was founded in 1955 as the Adams County Mental Health Center.
Transitions serves approximately 8,500 area residents.
"I've worked at Transitions for 29 years, and I still love it," Stull said. "Helping our consumers live as normal of a life as possible makes it all" gratifying.
Mark Schmitz, Transitions executive director, praised the work of Stull.
"She recently felt like making a job change but wanted to stay with the agency, so she applied to be our human resources generalist," Schmitz said. "She has made the transition to this new job without a hitch, and we are pleased we did not lose this valuable employee. (Stull) is dedicated to the agency and resilient ... and we have witnessed this resilience and dedication over the years. She certainly fits the description of going above and beyond in fulfilling her job responsibilities."
Before taking her new position, Stull worked in data entry and did state reporting tasks.
The Williams Award is named for Dr. Keith Williams, a psychiatrist who served the agency for almost 30 years.
Transitions board members, staff, donors, and friends of the agency attended the celebration. The Williams Award presentation was preceded by annual meetings of Transitions, the Adams County Mental Health and Retardation Association and the Transitions Foundation.
Elliott Kuida of the Blessing Health System was introduced as the new Transitions board chairman.
The night's major Transitions service award winners included:
º 35 years: Ron Prokol.
º 30 years: Linda Mock.
º 25 years: Tami Cain, Karolyn Buss and Mike Rein.
º 15 years: Elaine McKinstry and Diana Miles.
º 10 years: Bret Shevlin, Nancy Weede, Vicki Laack, Danny Will, Jane Derhake, Jame Wright and Eric Sprinkle.
º 5 years: Chris Wood, Brenda Peters, Jim Holtman, Julie Ware, Katie Bakke, Jenny Sheely, Kathy Mowen, Kelle Schlueter and Brad Klauser.