Past Community Connector Award Winners


Mike Espel has been connecting the under-served of Cincinnati to the pharmacy services they need to meet their health goals for over 40 years. As a former pharmacist for the Cincinnati Health Department, Mike was selected to become the founding pharmacy director of St. Vincent de Paul Charitable Pharmacy in 2006. In this role, Mike opened a second location to increase medication access to neighboring communities. 

Mike recently opened his first satellite pharmacy inside a St. Vincent de Paul thrift store to reach even more people who struggle with limited means of travel. He also developed a program serving undocumented immigrants living in Cincinnati. 

From procuring donated medications and grant funding to managing staff and volunteers, Mike dedicates himself to ensure the pharmacy operations run smoothly. He invests time motivating patients to achieve their health goals and truly believes anyone can make a change to better themselves.

Cheryl Wheeler and Cheryl Jones collectively boast almost 60 years of dedicated service to Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley. Wheeler works as director of Children and Senior Services and Jones is the senior manager of Youth and Senior Services. 

Wheeler is a former consultant and coach for the National Easter Seals Senior and Adult Day Services Network, as well as a member of the National Easter Seals Outcomes Task Force. She is a trainer for Centers Serving Intellectually and Developmentally Disabled and Older Adults as well as for Matter of Balance, an evidence-based program on falls prevention. Wheeler is past president of the Ohio Association of Adult Day Services and is a current member of the American Society on Aging, the National Council on Aging, and the National Adult Day Services Association. She also serves on the Alzheimer’s Association Miami Valley Chapter Board of Directors.

Jones is the former manager of Outreach Services with the Community Action Agency in Cincinnati. She volunteered with the Head Start Program, assisting grandparents who were raising their grandchildren. At Lutheran Social Services, she worked with single parents and grandparents and children to facilitate and provide oversight for family advocacy, education, and community engagement. Jones works with the Miami Valley chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association and will be a panelist for its 2017 Dimensions of Dementia.


Nancy Carterwith more than three decades experience, currently serves as the associate dental director for the Cincinnati Health Department. During Nancy’s tenure, she has helped develop and implement community-wide programs directed to dental education, prevention of disease, and increasing access to dental services for the elderly, low-income, chronically ill, and disabled. In the last 30 years, Nancy has executed a Quality Assurance Program for nine Cincinnati Primary Health Care Dental Clinics and several programs as well as activities in the community and school systems. She also consults and provides training to school nurses and administrators. She is a registered dental hygienist and holds a Master’s degree in public health from the University of Michigan, a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Kentucky, and an Associate’s degree from The University of Cincinnati.

From left to right: Nancy Carter, Dottie Kane,
 Luana  Stan, and Theresa Wukusick

Dorothy Kane's a consultant for the VIP Family Violence Prevention Coalition (formerly Tri-County FamilyViolence ), which raises awareness of family violence prevention. She has nearly two decades of experience in the industry and vast experience in the education field. Dorothy played an instrumental role in creating and managing the Coalition under the direction of the Help Hotline Crisis Center, Inc. In this role, she has developed an award-winning VIP Workplace Program, developed workplace violence prevention training modules, conducted trainings to more than 4,000 participants, provided outreach to the business community, and established meaningful relationships withall local Safety Councils and Chambers of Commerce. For more than 14 years, Dorothy has been a leader in recruiting new partners and growing the Coalition to 41 partners. Dorothy holds a Master’s degree in religious education from Loyola University and a Bachelor’s degree in education from Youngstown State University.


The HealthPath Foundation of Ohio (HPF-Ohio) awarded its 2014 Community Connector Award to Kathy King of ProKids.

The Community Connector Award recognizes an individual or pair of individuals who have dedicated their time and efforts to give all Ohioans the opportunity to achieve their fullest health potential. King, Guardian ad Litem and Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Manager for ProKids in Cincinnati. The award was presented at the Foundation’s annual Community Connections Luncheon on on October 3.

King has served children in the Hamilton County Courts since 1999 and works tirelessly through committees, trainings, and presentations to make a difference. She is on the steering committees of the Hamilton County Family Violence Prevention Project, where she serves as chair of the Children Exposed to Intimate Partner Violence Committee,  and the Hamilton County Domestic Violence Coordinating Council.

She researched, developed, and continues to direct the Steps to Peace Program for ProKids which trains CASAs on recognizing the signs of witnessing domestic violence in children and addressing the issues that arise. 

King’s honor includes designating a grant of $2,500 to a nonprofit of her choice. The nonprofit must work in one of HealthPath’s focus areas and predominantly serve at least one of HealthPath’s 36 counties. King selected ProKids as the recipient of this grant.



HPF-Ohio was proud to present the inaugural Community Connector Award to Cheryl Boyce, retired Executive Director of the Ohio Commission on Minority Health.

A native of East St. Louis, Illinois, her interest in public health was a result of the premature death of her father.  She earned a B.S. in Health Education from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and a M.S. in Health Planning and Administration from the University of Cincinnati.

Boyce has held a number of progressively responsible positions in the health and human services field including Coordinator of the Governor’s Task Force on Black and Minority Health- Ohio and Program Director and Associate Program Director for Advocacy and Protective Services, Inc. She was also employed by the Ohio Departments of Health, Mental Retardation, and Rehabilitation Services Commission.

She has been acknowledged for her work as the recipient of numerous awards including the YWCA Women of Achievement Award for Racial Justice, the Columbus Urban League Award of Excellence, the ONI award presented by the International Black Women’s Congress, the Dr. William J. Hicks Award presented by Columbus African American Cancer Survivors, and the National Black Programming Consortium Health Award. 



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