Medical Mutual 2011 Pillar Award
for Community Service — Columbus
Executive Director of the Year Denise Robinson’s six-plus-year tenure as president and CEO of Alvis House has been marked by her professionalism, hard work, determination and dedication to the organization’s mission of assisting at-risk children and adults with a wide variety of programs devoted to enhancing quality of life. Her traits as a leader are all reasons why she has received numerous awards and recognition.
Robinson is a strategic thinker who sets measurable objectives required to advance the quality and success of the agency’s programs and services. She has an uncanny ability to see emerging trends and view the big picture surrounding a particular challenge. Much of what Alvis House (the DBA name of Alvis Inc.) has achieved is a direct result of Robinson’s vision and ability to assemble key people, bringing out their best attributes in the process.
She is quick to give credit and has imbued the agency with a strong emphasis on professionalism, quality assurance, research-based programming and staff development. Robinson is a leader who works hard to help others ― staff, clients and colleagues ― to succeed.
Robinson’s impact is evident in some of the agency’s recent achievements. In 2008, she spearheaded the process to develop a new strategic plan, intended to take the agency through 2012. The plan envisioned continued growth into services for individuals with developmental disabilities, and providing more services to at-risk individuals and families while still maintaining and seeking growth in Alvis House’s core business of corrections and re-entry programs.
When the plan was developed, Alvis House had seven executive staff members, 25 managers and 200 total staff, operating at 15 locations. By this year, the agency plans to have 10 executive managers, 35 managers and 330 total staff operating at 30 locations.
How to reach: Alvis House, (614) 252-8402 or www.alvishouse.org