Starting in 2009, BRIDGES, Inc. began presenting three different awards at the NKY TBI Conference in recognition of an outstanding professional (Lisa Combs Horizon Award), brain injured survivor (Benevolence Award) and a caregiver (Clara B. Hughes Caregiver Award). Criteria and past recipients of the awards are listed below.

Lisa Combs Horizon Award
Professional, paraprofessional, clinician, and/or organization who has excelled within their standards of practice within their work or community environment and went above and beyond expectations for the education, support and/or advocacy of brain injury survivors or caregivers.

Benevolence Award

Brain Injured or Stroke Survivor who has shown perseverance in their own recovery. This person demonstrates a positive attitude and also aided other survivors in their recovery through education, support and/or advocacy.

Clara B. Hughes Caregiver Award

Caregiver who has shown devotion and dedication, not only to their beloved brain injured or stroke survivor, but also to other survivors and caregivers by performing unselfish acts of kindness while encouraging the education, support, and/or advocacy of the survivor.

Past Recipients:

Jennifer Jones (2018)
Melissa Fisher and HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital NKY (2017)
Amy Daniel (2016)
Colleen Gribben (2015)
Bob Stark (2014)
Mindy Ortlieb (2013)
Judy Rouse  (2012)
Jessica Embry & Julie Fronk (2011)
Roger Braden (2010)
Lisa Combs (2009)
Founder of BRIDGES; retired in 2014;
award renamed in her honor

Past Recipients:

Christian Hamilton and Paul Zalla (2018)
Curt Dorsel (2017)
Callie Daniel (2016)
Brad Fritz and Nichole Ortlieb (2015)
Todd Franzen (2014)
Sam Christman (2013)
Tracey Truby (2012)
Tommy Perry (2011)
Tava Schutter (2010)
Lisa Wilson (2009)
(and Will, Lisa’s Service Dog)

Past Recipients:

Tracy Dorsel (2018)
Carlee Clark (2017)
Chris Christman and Lisa Wade (2016)
Russo Family (2015)
Amy Daniel (2014)
Bernard Family (2013)
Amy Christman (2012)
Joyce Ortlieb (2011)
Mike Schutter (2010)
Colleen Gribben (2009)

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