Mark Hill Receives N. Philip Shelton Humanitarian Award

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 in life.”

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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