Volunteer of the Month :: Nationwide Children's Hospital

2015 Volunteers of the Month

Diane Gates

September Volunteer of the Month: Diane Gates, More than 185 hours of service

Diane became a PACU volunteer in 2013 and has dedicated more than 185 hours of service. Sherri Massey and Aimee Jones, who nominated Diane, describe her as a smiling individual who's always willing to jump in and help and who comforts patients of all ages. "Diane is very helpful with distracting our children with stickers, toys and conversation when they are upset," share Sherri and Aimee. "Our Tuesdays would be much harder without her!”


Fatima Bube

August Volunteer of the Month: Fatima Bube, More than 130 hours of service

Fatima is a Family Resource Center (FRC) volunteer. She began volunteering two years ago and has dedicated more than 130 hours of service. Staff describe her as very dependable, organized and cheerful: three essential qualities when dealing with patients and their families. “Fatima always comes into the FRC on Wednesday evenings with a smile and doesn’t hesitate to ask a family if they need help," shares Vicki Compton, a Family Liaison. "She loves to see the patients and help them out in any way possible to make their stay a little more pleasant." 

John Cole

July Volunteer of the Month: John Cole, More than 1,200 hours of service

John has volunteered for more than 21 years and dedicated more than 1,200 hours of service. In the Sibling Clubhouse, the children love John’s enthusiasm and see him as a buddy. “John always takes interest in every child he meets and understands what it’s like to be a child amidst the chaos of a hospital admission. He seems to know just how to make it easier for children to cope,” shared Lisa Bendler, a Sibling Liaison. “We are truly fortunate to have someone with John’s genuine desire to give back." 


Taylor CockerillJune Volunteer of the Month: Taylor Cockerill, More than 150 hours of service

Taylor has been volunteering for more than a year and has dedicated more than 150 hours of service. Currently a student at The Ohio State University, she is studying to be an Occupational Therapist. You can find Taylor doing everything from folding linens to taking on more difficult tasks. “Upon meeting Taylor, I immediately knew her energetic personality would be infectious on C4A,” shared Laura Gambill, an early childhood teacher with Family Volunteer Services.


Chris JusticeMay Volunteer of the Month: Chris Justice, More than 90 hours of service

Chris has been volunteering for more than a year and has dedicated more than 90 hours of service. As a volunteer on H12, he takes the initiative to build a rapport with patients of all ages. “His radiant personality is genuine and those who interact with him feel a sense of comfort,” shares Elizabeth Pastorek, nurse on H12.


Kaitlyn EssigApril Volunteer of the Month: Kaitlyn Essig, More than 85 hours of service

Kaitlyn has been volunteering for more than a year and has dedicated more than 85 hours of service. While balancing her college career, majoring in biology, premedicine, Katie is always there. “Katie is consistent, dependable, and always ready to help where needed on the unit,” shares Megan Hall, a Child Life Specialist on H12.


Lauren ValdesMarch Volunteer of the Month: Lauren Valdes, More than 50 hours of service

Lauren is an occupational therapy/smart group volunteer. She began volunteering in June 2013 and has more than 50 hours of service. “Lauren is a self-starter and always initiates interactions with our most challenging patients,” shares Elizabeth White, an occupational therapy aide. As a student balancing school and other responsibilities, volunteering with Nationwide Children’s makes her happy. Lauren has truly proven to be an asset to the occupational therapy team.


Jason BrownFebruary Volunteer of the Month: Jason Brown, More than 90 hours of service

Jason has been a volunteer at Nationwide Children’s since January 2014 and has dedicated more than 90 hours of service. Hollie Johnson, a child life specialist, says, “Jason has been observed to be a superb volunteer from not only myself, but from the patients and families too!” Jason has shown a great level of comfort, allowing him to connect with patients and families that extended into various age groups. “Most college-aged men may be hesitant to hold and interact with babies; however Jason stepped up to the challenge and thrived,” adds Hollie.

Melissa PettogreassoJanuary Volunteer of the Month: Melissa Pettograsso, More than 100 hours of service

Melissa has been volunteering for more than a year and has dedicated more than 100 hours of service. Melissa serves as a mentor with Connecting Families and volunteers alongside the diabetes Social Workers. She has been the long term mentor for five different families whose children are newly diagnosed with diabetes, connecting them with one another for support. “She has been an invaluable member and without her the program would not be where it is today,” shares Bethany Glick and Meredith Brink.

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