Volunteer of the Month :: Nationwide Children's Hospital

2015 Volunteers of the Month

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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