Genesis recognizes outstanding persons in our community who have made a difference through volunteer service. - Genesis HealthCare System - Zanesville, Ohio

Community Service Award

Each year, the Genesis HealthCare Foundation recognizes an outstanding person in our community who has made a difference through volunteer service. Nominations are accepted from the public, and a committee selects the recipient, who doesn’t need ties to Genesis but should exemplify the Genesis values of compassion, trust, innovation and excellence.

2018 Award Winner

Michele Blackburn is active in her community of McConnelsville and has been for many years. Michele’s community involvement started in 1982 with Twin Community Jaycees, an organization she credits for teaching her to give back to others. She is currently employed at Miba Bearings in McConnelsville, as a human capital representative. Michele’s current community involvement includes:

  • Xi Zeta Omicron Sorority
  • Malta & McConnelsville Ladies Fire Auxiliary
  • Morgan County Chamber of Commerce
  • Malta & McConnelsville Kiwanis
  • Outdoor Extravaganza community fundraiser co-organizer
  • Key Club leader
  • Morgan Behavioral Health Choices Board
  • Genesis HealthCare System Advisory Board
  • McConnelsville Village Council
  • Eagles Auxiliary and Legion Auxiliary
  • Morgan Education Foundation

Michele has been the recipient of several service awards at the state level for her involvement in various organizations. A resident of McConnelsville since early childhood, Michele is a member of Malta United Methodist Church. She and her husband, Drew, raised two daughters. They have one grandson.

Previous Award Winners

2017 - Maryanna Fenton

2016 – Tom Sieber

2015 – Shirley McCollister

2014 – Bud & Audrey St. Clair

2013 – Becky Archibald

2012 – Caribeth Legats

2011 – William (Buzz) Benson

2010 – Bob Melsheimer

2009 – Carol Kohler

2008 – Eva Sieber

2007 – Geraldine Zylinsky

2006 – Robert E. Titko

2005 – Fred & Bebe Grant

2004 – Van Vannelli

2003 – Dr. & Mrs. Charles Cerney

2002 – Mark Watson

2001 – Bill Factor

2000 – Alice Mauk