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Victim Services Statewide Training and Award Recipients

Victim Services Statewide Training and Award Recipients

The Office of Victim Services held their Annual Statewide Combined training in Columbus, Ohio.  A presentation of our newly released victim-related programming video highlighted the positive impact our programming has on survivors and inmates.   Kimberly Williams, was the keynote speaker.  Kim shared her journey of survival through child abuse, family violence and homicide.

The annual training also allows the chance to recognize the hard work and dedication of our Victim Coordinators.  Director Mohr and Cynthia Mausser presented the John B. Culp Jr. Victim Coordinator of the Year Awards for 2017 to the two winning coordinators; one representing the APA and the other representing the Institutions. 

The 2017 Institution Award Recipient this year is Tracy Lamb, Ohio State Penitentiary (OSP). For 11 years Ms. Lamb has loved her role as Victim Coordinator.  She truly enjoys aiding and assisting victims of crime and educating fellow staff and the public about victim issues.  Aside from attending regional meetings and summits, she also attends training to stay current on issues affecting crime victims. During Child Abuse Awareness month she works with the Mahoning County Children Services Agency to collect Donations such as teddy bears, hygiene items, pajamas and school supplies.  She also conducts Victim Awareness classes for inmates, arranges victim offender dialogues and assists with cease and desist orders.  Her involvement at OSP extends even further, as she is a PREA first responder and Chairperson for OSP Women in Corrections. 

The 2017 Adult Parole Authority Award Recipient this year is Kimberly Cummings, Cleveland APA office. Ms. Cummings supports the OVS Mission of working together to make a positive difference in the lives of crime victims.  Staff recommending Kimberly spoke of her willingness to assist with Victim Conference Days and violation hearings, facilitate Victim Awareness classes, and serve on the ERC and Institutional Talent Show committee.  Displaying her typical can-do attitude, she recently volunteered to educate a group of county-based advocates when there was a need.   Kimberly will offer her support to victim causes whenever possible, and if for some reason she cannot personally do so in the moment, she will find someone who can. 

Pictured l to r:  Tracy Lamb and Kimberly Cummings



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