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Caron honors three board leaders for exemplary volunteer service

May 12, 2010
by Gary A. Enos, Editor
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Jasper Chen See awards will be presented at this month’s NAATP conference

Caron Treatment Centers is honoring three individuals from other treatment organizations for their leadership roles in philanthropy, advocacy and other volunteer activities that have advanced the cause of treatment. Board members from New Jersey-based Seabrook House, Tennessee-based Cumberland Heights and Indiana-based Fairbanks will receive the Jasper G. Chen See, MD Award at this month’s National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP) annual conference in San Antonio.

The award winners, who will receive their honors at a May 22 NAATP board function, are Ann M. Budde, who chairs Seabrook House’s board of directors; Robert Masters Crichton Jr., a longtime officer of the Cumberland Heights Foundation; and Christopher Stack, a Fairbanks director and the first board chairman for the Indianapolis treatment organization Hope Academy high school. The late Dr. Chen See was Caron’s board president for 12 years and was a past president of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM).

Among Caron’s criteria for the award selections are length of service and participation in board meetings and related organizational activity, on a volunteer basis. “These volunteer leaders have had a tremendous impact on the treatment industry,” said Caron president and CEO Doug Tieman.

Besides her work at Seabrook House, Budde also serves on the board of South Jersey Hospital and the Cumberland County Board of Health. Crichton has chaired several fundraising campaigns at Cumberland Heights and volunteers his time several days a week in the center’s development office. Stack was instrumental in efforts to convince Indianapolis officials to authorize Hope Academy’s operation as a charter school.

A statement from Caron refers to Dr. Chen See as “the tower of strength in Caron’s transition from a family cause to a nationally recognized leader in the field of addiction treatment,” through board service that spanned more than 20 years.