I’m pleased to announce the recipients of Walden Behavioral Care’s 2012 Difference Maker Award.  The recipients where nominated by their peers for going above and beyond and making a significant difference in the lives of our patients, families, and staff.

Below we’ve shared their photos accompanied by the acts of thoughtfulness, kindness, hard work, and consideration they demonstrate every day.

Please join me in congratulating Walden’s 2012 Difference Maker Award recipients!

Michelle Felton – Clinician, Adolescent IOP, Waltham

– Established herself as a dedicated professional in the treatment of adolescent ED & also to the growth & improvement of Walden

– Tirelessly works to train new staff, work with clinicians in our satellite clinics, and spearheads quality improvement processes within and between levels of care

– Truly a “difference maker” as both a Walden employee and as a mental health professional

– Keeps patients needs a priority and goes above and beyond every day


Courtney Keeler – Mental Health Counselor, PHP, Waltham

– Always makes my day better

– Keeps calm under pressure and has tremendous patience with our patients

– Kind, dedicated, and encouraging of her team members

– Always motivated to make changes that benefit our patients


Kate Rosenblatt – Clinician, South Windsor, CT Clinic

– Always has a smile on her face while working extremely hard every day

– In addition to the day-to-day activities, she manages a full caseload and is always striving to find ways to help patients in their recovery

– Always stays positive and is very caring with her patients and our staff

– Finds unique ways to problem solve, which encourages her colleagues to do the same


Nancy Vigeant – Registered Nurse, Alcott

– Great leader and takes charge when necessary

– Always a smiling face on Alcott

– Unbelievable nurse who possesses an incredible amount of patience and poise with our patients

– Goes above and beyond every day and is a great role model for all of us


Joe Cooley – Mental Health Counselor, Thoreau

– Great preceptor who helped me in making my transition to Walden through his extensive knowledge and experiences

– Promoted to lead mental health counselor and has since made Thoreau more organized and consistent

– Always does his own work and then some

– Everyone is always pleased when they know they’re working with Joe


Mary Nolan – Nurse Manager, Alcott & Thoreau

– Tremendously dedicated and caring to our patients on Alcott and Thoreau

– Continuously goes out of her way to make everyone comfortable – staff, patients, and families

– Has made a significant difference on both Alcott and Thoreau since joining Walden

– Always there to help staff as well as patients