VINCENNES, Ind. – Mark Hill is known by his friends and colleagues
to be a humble man. Many comment that he is constantly “doing good
in the community” and “is always considerate to others”.
When he learned that he would be this years’ recipient of the N.
Philip Shelton Humanitarian Award, his modesty was unmistakable. “Phil
Shelton was a friend of mine and a fellow Kiwanian,” stated Hill.
“He embodied the spirit of Humanitarianism and to be associated
with this award is quite an honor.”
Growing up in a supportive family with two wonderful parents in a great
community, Mark understood at an early age the importance of helping others.
“We were always taught the importance of giving back and living
our Christian values,” he stated. “I think there is an emotional
connection fueled through volunteering. It helps keeps me grounded and
I recognize how fortunate I am in some ways with the natural gifts that
God has given me and that service to others is our most important purpose
Born and raised in Vincennes, Indiana, he attended Vincennes University
in 1972 where he received his Associates Degree in Education. Hill later
transferred to Indiana University where he completed his Bachelors in
Psychology in 1974. He also earned his Masters Degree in Social Work from
the University of Kentucky in 1981. During his college career at Indiana
University, Mark met his wife, Marigay Speer, at his twenty-first birthday
party through a mutual friend. The couple will be celebrating their 40th
wedding anniversary this December with their two children. Their daughter,
Amanda, a Kindergarten teacher in Washington, Indiana, is married to Tim
Salters and they have four children: Logan (15), Colette (6), Josie (2),
and Samson (6 months). Their son, Adam, is a Pediatric Oncologist in fellowship
at Riley Hospital. He and his wife Lauren reside in Indianapolis with
their two dogs.
A dedicated employee of Good Samaritan, Mark has worked at the
Samaritan Center for more than 36 years focusing on child and adolescent
services. He also is the Director of the Willows Intensive Youth Services
offices where he supervises a staff of 20, teaches a class each semester
at Vincennes University in Social Work, Sociology or Psychology, and has
served on the Vincennes City Council for 16 years. Friend and fellow Shelton
Award Winner Velma Hendrix commented that Mark “hardly ever stands
still. He is always busy doing good in our community and willing to help
no matter what.”
Looking at the numerous organizations that Hill is a part of clearly illustrates
his passion for helping others. Hill is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker
and is a part of the National Association of Social Workers. He is also
the president of the Knox County Mental Health America and a past board
member of Mental Health America Indiana. Mark is a board member of Knox
County Association of Retarded Citizens, Treasurer and Chairman of the
Finance Committee, Chairman of the Red Skelton Festival since its inception,
board member of the Red Skelton Museum Foundation, board member and secretary
of the Old Northwest Corporation, Marketing Director, active member for
the last 28 years and past president of the Spirit of Vincennes Rendezvous,
MC of the 4th of July Festival and the Vincennes Watermelon Festival Miss
Watermelon Contest for the past ten years, board member of the Watermelon
Drop Committee, past president and board member of Vincennes Kiwanis,
University of Southern Indiana Social Work Advisory board, member and
past chair of the Indiana Council of Community Mental Health Center -
Child and Adolescent Committee, Parish Council secretary and Eucharistic
and Liturgical Minister of the Old Cathedral Parish.
Hill’s impressive list of associations and professional organizations
that he is a part of can make one wonder if the man ever sleeps. Helping
others for so many years and volunteering numerous times is bound to leave
a lasting impression. “It has certainly given me a broader appreciation
of all the wonderful, talented and caring people that we have in our community,”
stated Hill. “There are so many others that contribute more and
without thinking than I have ever been able to do. I think I just attract
attention more than I deserve because I am so outspoken and recognizable
in public.” Trust us when we say that you more than deserve this honor.
Hill will be presented with the Shelton Award on Sunday, November 9 at
2 p.m. in Eva Hill Auditorium at Good Samaritan’s Health
Pavilion. The public is invited to attend.
A family physician in Vincennes, Dr. Shelton lived a life of dedication
to his community and serving others. In recognition of his service, the
Dr. N. Philip Shelton Humanitarian Award was established in 1998. The
purpose of the award is to recognize and promote humanitarian achievement
in our community.
Shelton Humanitarian Award nominees must be Knox County residents who have
demonstrated extraordinary efforts in working to improve the general well
being and happiness of others; worked consistently to meet the physical,
social, economic and/or educational needs of individuals in our community;
and exemplified the spirit of Dr. N. Philip Shelton by actions and deeds.
Past winners include: Siegfried E. Schleicher, Nancy Carie, Jennifer Jones,
John Lyons, Velma Hendrix, Max Renshaw and Judge Sidney Gelb.
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