The Johnson County Library Foundation celebrates four outstanding individuals as winners of its annual Pinnacle Award: Angel Mercier, Mark Schweizer, Carol J. Carroll and Judge Kathleen Sloan. Pinnacle Award honorees are selected because they demonstrate excellence in their professional fields or philanthropic pursuits.
The 2010 Pinnacle Awards Recognition Dinner raised more than $32,000 to support the Foundation’s mission – making it the most successful Pinnacle Award event yet.
The Johnson County Library Foundation hosted the Pinnacle Awards Dinner on Thursday, Oct. 28, 2010, in the Regnier Center at Johnson County Community College.
Congratulations to the winners of the 2009 Pinnacle Awards! Many thanks to all attendees, sponsors and donors for making the recognition dinner an enjoyable evening!
Angel MercierExcellence in the Arts
Angel Mercier, Overland Park, has served since 2000 as Director of the Performing Arts Education program at Johnson County Community College. Engaging more than 150,000 students, Mercier has designed and implemented programs for all ages and ability levels –– including lecture demonstrations, master classes and workshops. Using money received from grants, she reaches low-income and at-risk people that may not have access to live performances. Mercier is a liaison between JCCC and professional artists and teachers, developing teacher workshops that tie the arts to the core curricula and state academic standards in both Kansas and Missouri. She serves on the National Endowment for the Arts Dance Panel, Kansas Arts Commission Grants Review Board, the Committee for the Kansas Department of Education Dance Standards, and also represents JCCC as an Endorsing Institute for National Dance Standards.
Mark SchweizerExcellence in Advocacy & Public Engagement Mark Schweizer, Fairway, is a UMB Bank Asset Manager renowned for his strong volunteer leadership in many area nonprofits. Schweizer currently chairs the board of directors of the Kansas City Symphony Chorus, in addition to being a member of the chorus. He served as President of Literacy Kansas City from 2006 to 2009 and also as treasurer for the Kansas City Chorale. In addition, Schweizer is a current member of the Rotary Club of Lee’s Summit and has been instrumental in fundraising campaigns for SAVE, Inc., Heartland Men's Chorus, Good Samaritan Project and Kansas City Free Health Clinic. Along with his volunteer work, he has performed or continues to perform with the Kansas City Civic Opera, KC Metro Opera, Leawood Stage Company, Kansas City Symphony Chorus, Bach Cantata Series of Immanuel Lutheran Church and as tenor soloist for Faith Lutheran Church.
Carol J. CarrollExcellence in EntrepreneurshipCarol J. Carroll, Overland Park, is founder and CEO of Grafton Staffing Services, Inc. and TSC3, LLC. For more than 22 years, Carroll has helped to create prosperity for companies and employees – and ultimately, for civic, cultural, and charitable organizations. Her company was ranked “#1 Staffing Firm” by the Kansas City Business Journal and has been recognized among the Inc. “500 Fastest Growing Companies in Kansas City” and Ingram’s “100 Fastest Growing Companies in Kansas City.” Carroll herself has been recognized as a Woman Who Means Business and Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year and with an Emerging Entrepreneur Award from IBM and Price Waterhouse. She serves on the boards of the Independent Staffing Alliance and the Entrepreneurial Exchange of Kansas City and is involved with the American Heart Association, the Women’s Capital Connection and Women Who Mean Business.
Kathleen SloanExcellence in Literacy & EducationKathleen Sloan, Overland Park, has created two programs to ease the anxiety of children appearing in her Tenth District Courtroom – “Stuffed Toys for Scary Times” and CARE (Court Assisted Reading Encouragement) project, the latter a partnership with the Johnson County Library and the Johnson County Library Foundation. Upon leaving her courtroom, each child is invited to choose a stuffed toy from dozens donated by the community and to select an age-appropriate book, read it and then discuss it with her in the next visit. In addition, Judge Sloan volunteers for the Changing Lives Through Literature (CLTL) program, talking with teens on probation about books they are reading that raise life issues. CLTL is co-sponsored by the Johnson County Courts, Corrections Department, and the Library. Judge Sloan also volunteers with many area organizations that further children’s and victims’ causes.
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