Former CARE leader receives Athena Award

By: Alex Szwarc | C&G Newspapers | Published September 17, 2020

 Monique Stanton, the former president and CEO of CARE of Southeastern Michigan, received the Athena Award Sept. 3 at an event in Clinton Township.

Monique Stanton, the former president and CEO of CARE of Southeastern Michigan, received the Athena Award Sept. 3 at an event in Clinton Township.

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP — A woman who played a part in establishing one of the largest peer recovery programs in Michigan was recently recognized for her work.

The Athena Awards Garden Party was held Sept. 3 at the Italian American Cultural Society and Banquet Center in Clinton Township.

The international award recognizes individuals who actively assist women in realizing their full leadership potential.

Monique Stanton, the former president and CEO of CARE of Southeastern Michigan, was selected from the nominees by a committee of past honorees.

“It was such an honor to be recognized by the Macomb County Chamber Foundation, along with so many outstanding women that have contributed to their workplaces and community,” Stanton said. “It was truly humbling to be honored with so many other women locally and nationally.”

Her biography states that Stanton dedicated her life to improving the child welfare system, helping open a literacy center for Leaps and Bounds Family Services, and has increased community involvement.

CARE’s mission is to strengthen resiliency in people and their communities through prevention, education and services that improve the quality of life.

Stanton, who now lives in St. Louis, Missouri, worked at CARE from 2008 until the beginning of July. She was promoted to CEO in 2012.   

Stanton serves on many councils and committees across Macomb County, specializing in recovery programs for young people.

“My legacy with CARE is the significant expansion of programs, but in terms of the types of services CARE provides and the geographic reach of programming,” she said. “Specifically, I was able to launch and grow CARE’s peer recovery coaching program, add new prevention services and expand the parenting program.”

Due to COVID-19, for the first time in 20 years, the awards ceremony was held outdoors and limited to 100 guests.

“The Athena Program is a way to honor and celebrate the contributions individuals in our community have made to the cause of women’s leadership,” Macomb Foundation CEO Kelley Lovati said. “When you look at the history of Macomb County, you see how much of how our community is shaped today as a result of female leadership. We want to celebrate and continue that work.”

In addition to lunch and an award presentation, there was a garden party, shopping, silent auctions and the opportunity for social networking.  

Other nominees who were also recognized at the ceremony were: Kathy Crockett, managing director at UHY Advisors; Cvetana Cindy Golusin, CEO of Silver Pine Medical Group; Drema Isaac, CEO of FreeStar Financial Credit Union; Tonya McNeal-Weary, founder and managing director of IBS Global Consulting Inc.; Martha Moceri, property manager at Manor at Knollwoods/Moceri Management; Karla Orlando, business development officer at Huntington National Bank; Liza Parkinson, president of the Utica Education Association; Kristen Pursley, managing partner at the Dobrusin Law Firm; Patricia Shall, president of Creative Benefits & Insurance Solutions; Karen Wood, CEO at MyCare Health Center; and Jill Yore, director of faith & community health at Henry Ford Macomb Hospital.

The Macomb Foundation has presented the Athena Award in Macomb County since 1999. 

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