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Contact: Carol Serrone
Transitions, Inc.
859-491-4435, x 105 

Heroes Against Heroin Humanitarian Award Winners Announced

Honoring those fighting on the front lines against the heroin epidemic

Bellevue, KY

BB&T. and Transitions, Inc. will honor members of the Greater Cincinnati Community who have been nominated by the community to receive special recognition for their work in providing hope to those individuals, families and the community affected by heroin use. Award Winners will be honored at an Awards Gala Dinner on October 9th held at the Montgomery Inn Boathouse.

A Call for Nominations began on August 17, 2015 and ran through September 4, 2015, seeking Nominations in the following Five Award Categories and an Eight Panel Selection Committee Picked the following WINNERS:


Elected Officials – Individuals working to solve issues related to the heroin epidemic such as: Legislators who drafted or worked hard to pass and enact the new heroin bill; Judges, Jailers, Sheriffs, or any other elected official who is looking for creative ways to help people who use/used heroin and their families.

WINNER – Kentucky Senator Chris McDaniel


Professionals – Doctors, Nurses, Pharmacists, Health Department Officials, Social Workers, Chemical Dependency Counselors, Police Officers, Attorneys, Educators, Journalists or any other professionals who are working on the front lines with people who use/used heroin and their families.

WINNER – Ashel Kruetzkamp – St. Elizabeth Healthcare


Volunteer – Those who are providing education, access to treatment, acting as advocates, volunteers, service providers and those who are in recovery creating help & hope for people who use/used heroin and their families searching for resources.

WINNER – Kimberly Wright, Cold Spring, KY


Nonprofits – Organizations (including churches) that provide funding, education, awareness, harm reduction, advocacy services and support in relation to providing solutions for the heroin epidemic.

WINNER – NKY Hates Heroin


Corporate / Business – Entities that: support individuals in recovery by providing internships, apprenticeships, and jobs – especially to those with felonies who find it extremely difficult to find a job; help to raise awareness about the heroin epidemic and community resources, including harm reduction; shine a light on projects that provide help & hope to people who use/used heroin and their families.

WINNER Focus on Success, Ft. Mitchell, KY


The Heroes Against Heroin Selection Committee received anonymous nominations in each category and assigned a point value to the top 5 nominations in each Award Category. The nomination receiving the highest score in each Award Category was declared the Winner. The eight-member Selection Committee included the following participants:


Trey Grayson, President & CEO, NKY Chamber of Commerce

Ann Barnum, Vice President, Community Strategies. Interact for Health

Perilou Goddard, PH.D., Professor, Northern Kentucky University

James Thaxton, Coordinator, NKY Heroin Impact Response Task Force

Joe Webb, Local 12 News

Mark Hansel, Managing Editor, NKY Tribune

Charlotte Wethington, Recovery Advocate, Transitions, Inc.

Pamela Dimmerman, Community Relations Consultant, Transitions, Inc.


The 2015 Heroes Against Heroin Humanitarian Awards Gala to Benefit Transitions is sponsored by BB&T. The Gala will be held on Friday, October 9th at the Montgomery Inn Boathouse, 925 Riverside Drive, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202. The Awards Gala will begin at 6:30 PM. The event features a gala dinner, video and award presentations, live auction, silent auction, raffles and live music. Proceeds support Transitions’ recovery services and public health programs. For more information please go to or call Transitions’ Main Office at (859) 491-4435.


About BB&T
Building on a tradition of excellence in community banking that stretches back to 1872, BB&T continues to offer clients a complete range of financial services including banking, lending, insurance, trust and wealth management solutions.

About Transitions, Inc.
For 46 years, Transitions has served the Northern Kentucky community by providing men and women a holistic continuum of recovery services comprised of non-medical detoxification, long term residential treatment, intensive outpatient treatment, case managed sober housing and aftercare services. The mission of Transitions is to help individuals transition from the pain of addiction to the gratitude of recovery.


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