Each month, we recognize a volunteer who goes above and beyond to assist our patients and their families.
Staff nominate our volunteers for this well-deserved recognition. Each Volunteer of the Month is eligible for Volunteer of the Year recognition.
Are you a staff member who wants to recognize an amazing volunteer? Email Volunteering@NationwideChildrens.org to nominate him or her.
June Volunteer of the Month: Stephen Johnson
More than 4,089 hours of service
Stephen Johnson began volunteering in 1997 and has given more than 4,089 hours of service. Stephen currently volunteers in the Emergency Department and Activity Group, and he is also a Nationwide Children’s Hospital employee. “He is great with all families and since he knows the hospital so well he goes the extra mile to help parents or other relatives who are having a child admitted, to go through the necessary steps to be able to get up to the room and even escorts them to the room,” shares fellow volunteer Beth Devine. “Steve is a superstar… he’s the shimmer to our shine,” shares Sibling Liaison Lead Kyle Lemstrom.
May Volunteer of the Month: Karen Fleshman
More than 5,800 Hours of Service
Karen Fleshman began volunteering in 1997 and has given more than 5,800 hours of service. Karen is a retired Nationwide Children's employee and volunteers on the Hematology/Oncology unit. “Karen walks into the volunteer office every week happy, encouraging and ready to help," shares Volunteer Support Specialist Janet Henry. "Before her volunteer shift on H12, she makes rounds to greet her many staff friends who look forward to seeing her every week.” Charge Nurse Diane Flowers adds, "It is apparent this place and people mean so much to her.”
April Volunteer of the Month: Jim McKee
More than 100 Hours of Service
Jim McKee began volunteering in 2019 and has given more than 100 hours of service. Jim started volunteering with the Family Advisory Council and is currently a Connecting Families parent mentor. “Jim is a highly dedicated volunteer who has given back to the hospital consistently in numerous ways over the past three years," shares Clinical Social Worker Program Coordinator Amanda Kennedy. "Jim and his family have provided support to other parents and patients as Connecting Families oncology mentors." “In his time on the council, he has demonstrated a dedicated and warm approach to working with the other parents and staff council members," shares Family Resource Center Program Coordinator Laura Rohde.
March Volunteer of the Month: Lisa Wade
More than 400 Hours of Service
Lisa Wade began volunteering in 2008 and has given more than 400 hours of service. She began volunteering as part of the Family Advisory Council and is currently volunteering both a Family as Faculty (FAF) parent speaker and a Connecting Families parent mentor. "Lisa is a highly dedicated and engaged member who recently took on the chair responsibilities of the group for the second time," shares Director of Family and Volunteer Services Donna Trentel. “She’s such a delight and staple of FAF; I can imagine she’s equally as powerful in her other volunteer roles, too!," adds Senior Learning and Organization Development Consultant Amber Luna.
February Volunteer of the Month: Harvey Doremus
More Than 575 Hours of ServiceHarvey Doremus began volunteering on NICU C4C in 2015 and has given more than 575 hours of service. “Harvey always has a positive attitude when he comes to the unit," shares Nurse Clinical Leader Kelly Kennedy. "He greets the staff and is ready to hold the patients. Harvey is especially helpful when it comes to holding the fussier babies. It is apparent that he takes his volunteering seriously and is very dedicated."
January Volunteer of the Month: Jennifer Tatz
More Than 880 Hours of Service
Jennifer Tatz began volunteering in 2011 and has given more than 880 hours of service. “Jen brings her wealth of kindness, desire to help others, experience, patience, nurturing, creativity and guidance to the patients here on C5B," shares Unit Coordinator Lora Walker. "Jen loves to snuggle with little ones who are feeling lonely and scared. She is happy cleaning toys if all of the patients on the unit are not in need of her direct care during her visit.”