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CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2022 ANNUAL CONFERENCE AWARD RECIPIENTS: Emily Henry, LCSW, CADC, SAP-Qualified and Ernie Ward

They are very deserving, and it has been our honor to recognize them for all their great work this year!

EAPA Member of the Year Northern Illinois Chapter Award

This award acknowledges a member for their outstanding contributions to the field of Employee Assistance. The recipient is chosen by past recipients. Congratulations, EMILY HENRY of Aetna/CVS.

Emily Henry, is a native Californian but has called Chicago home for the last decade. She has been a member of NIEAPA since 2018 and is a LCSW, CADC, and SAP-Qualified, employee assistance professional with Aetna/CVS serving client company, American Airlines. Having experience working inside treatment facilities she was soon introduced to the EAP world and the important value it brings to a client’s recovery journey. Emily has collaborated on presentations and speaking engagements for American Airlines about substance use, diversity and inclusion topics, and mental health awareness on all levels of the organization. When Emily is not working, you can find her exploring the city through food, chasing the ice cream truck in the summer, and being with her family outside.This award acknowledges a member for their outstanding contributions to the field of Employee Assistance. The recipient is chosen by past recipients.  Congratulations, GLORIA BLOODSAW of Gateway Foundation. 

John Sheridan Labor Award 

The Labor Award is an integral part of NIEAPA and a tradition. Each year a member is selected who has made a significant contribution to employee assistance programs. The person to receive the award this year is ERNIE WARD who has been instrumental in developing relationships with Labor Assistance Professionals around the country, especially in the Northern Illinois/ Midwest region. Congratulations Ernie!

Ernie has been with Cumberland Heights Foundation in Nashville, Tennessee, for the last eight and half years as an Outreach Coordinator in Business Development. He has been instrumental in developing relationships with Labor Assistance Professionals around the country, especially in the Northern Illinois/ Midwest region. Ernie has also worked directly with several corporate Employee Assistance Professionals. Before his time with Cumberland Heights, he was with Gulf Guaranty, a software and insurance company working with community banks in Tennessee and with Gulf Guaranty for 34 years. Ernie’s hobbies are golf, fishing, and pickleball. He is also very active in the recovery community in Jackson and Memphis, Tennessee. Ernie has recently retired as of January 1st, 2022, and lives in Jackson, Tennessee.

Conference Committee Chairperson

With sincere appreciation, we recognize the time, energy, and creativity that our Conference Co-Chairs, Emily Henry, Aetna and Lauri DeGiacomo, Trinity Sober Living have put into the planning and preparation for the 2022 NIEAPA Conference. 


Northern Illinois Chapter Employee Assistance Professionals Association (NIEAPA)

Address: 400 E. Randolph #2305, Chicago. IL 60601
Phone: +1 (312) 756-7756
Email: nieapa@corpevent.com

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