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Back row: Otterbein President/CEO, Jill Hreben; Provider of the Year - Ottawa County Transportation Agency (OCTA) with Transit Director, Bill Lowe; OCTA Transit Manager, Diane Schimming; ONS Employee of the Year, Rock Sherer; Regional Executive Director, Tom Keith; Front row: Philanthropist of the Year, Art Soderberg; Resident Volunteer of the Year, Ruth Muntis; Community Volunteer of the Year, Bob Martin Back row: Otterbein President/CEO, Jill Hreben; Provider of the Year - Ottawa County Transportation Agency (OCTA) with Transit Director, Bill Lowe; OCTA Transit Manager, Diane Schimming; ONS Employee of the Year, Rock Sherer; Regional Executive Director, Tom Keith; Front row: Philanthropist of the Year, Art Soderberg; Resident Volunteer of the Year, Ruth Muntis; Community Volunteer of the Year, Bob Martin

Otterbein Homes President and CEO Jill Hreben, along with Regional Executive Director Tom Keith, recently bestowed special recognition to individuals and companies who have supported the mission of Otterbein North Shore in an exemplary manner.

Port Clinton resident Rock Sherer was named Employee of the Year for going above and beyond every day. His nominator asked residents what they thought of Sherer and they replied that he’s dependable, can always be counted on to get the job done, and do it with a good attitude and a smile.

Since 1998, not a year has gone by that resident Art Soderberg, Philanthropist of the Year, hasn’t made a charitable contribution to Otterbein North Shore. He is passionate about benevolent care and has supported it through regular giving. He has supported Otterbein partners through appreciation giving, and has made countless memorial gifts for friends and neighbors who have passed away.

Art was a strong advocate for Otterbein’s efforts to raise funds for the nursing beds, which resulted in the No. 1 Ohio ranked Jane Baker House. His personal donation was a lead gift and he assisted in with acquiring other gifts, including from The Gypsum Company where he was employed for many years. The Gypsum Foundation also made a matching gift on Art’s behalf.

Ruth Muntis was honored as Resident Volunteer of the Year for playing the piano at the Wednesday church service and during meals.

Catawba Island resident Bob Martin, was named Community Volunteer of the Year for being available to help with transportation, driving the Otterbein bus to church services and outings.

Provider of the Year was the Ottawa County Transportation Agency (OCTA) for their help in assuring Otterbein North Shore elders remain independent. Their nomination by Director of Nursing Jen Lenthe said, “whether traveling to a doctor’s appointment or taking a trip to the local store, OCTA offers ease of scheduling, unlimited availability, affordable fares, quality service, and a driving staff that truly treat the Otterbein family like their own.”

Otterbein North Shore is located at 9400 North Shore Boulevard, in Danbury Township.  For more information contact Robyn Karbler at 419-798-8254.  Additional information regarding Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Choices is available on its web site at www.otterbein.org.

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