Saturday, March 24th, 2018

Gladys Schutz Award for Exceptional Leadership



In honor of the continued support and unwavering dedication of long standing board member Gladys Schutz, Gulf Coast established the Gladys Schutz Award for Exceptional Leadership.  The award is given to an agency Director who goes above and beyond his or her job consistently and conveys extraordinary leadership in their work.  The first award was recently given to Tania Hamilton, Gulf Coast’s South Florida Clinical Administrator, in December 2012.

Tania has been with the agency for seven years, is a licensed Mental Health Counselor, and oversees 4 mental health programs in Broward County for the agency.  She is an adjunct professor at Nova SouthEastern University and serves on the board of directors at the Mental Health Association of Southeast Florida.  Tania is respected by her colleagues and staff who wrote glowing recommendations for her nomination and described her as committed, highly intelligent, and very motivated.


These are also adjectives that describe Gladys Schutz.  Gladys, whose volunteerism and philanthropy throughout the community are well known, moved to Florida in 1995 and has been supporting the Holocaust Museum, Temple Beth El and Gulf Coast, among others since that time.   Gladys has travelled to both Tallahassee and Washington, D.C. to advocate on behalf of the agency’s refugee and children’s programs, speaking with passion and a belief that these vulnerable populations need a helping hand.  Gladys’ keen intellect, quick wit and unwavering commitment to the agency are all qualities of exceptional leadership that the agency wanted to recognize in its own staff.  In a meeting attended by all agency directors, senior management and a member of the Board of Directors, Gladys presented Tania with the Exceptional Leadership award and commented “This award represents what is best about Gulf Coast and if I can play a small role in that, I am honored and thankful.  I have seen this agency grow and I am proud to be associated with it.”  Thank You Gladys and Congratulations Tania!

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