Awards and honors for Lehigh Valley residents

Kelsey Carney of McCormick Bros. Professional Dry Cleaning Services was chosen as the Professional Support Person of the Year for 2013 by the Pennridge Chamber of Commerce and was honored April 24 at the annual luncheon at the Indian Valley Country Club, Telford.

Beginning as a part-time evening employee while attending business school in 2007, Carney worked her way up to become a leader in McCormick Bros., with 11 employees reporting to her. Her leadership has led to greater productivity and higher morale. Her kind and gentle demeanor have earned her the respect of other employees and customers alike. She has been a mentor to those under her, training competent leaders for the evening team, and now managing that team through those leaders.

Customers often go out of their way to express how impressed they are with Carney. To route customers, Carney is the voice of McCormick Bros. To many store customers, she is also the face of the company. Exceeding customers' expectations is her goal. A trusted employee who cares about her fellow employees, customers and the owners, Carney has made McCormick Bros. a better place to work each day.

Matthew Carlson, a 2009 graduate of the School of Graduate Studies at Chestnut Hill College, has earned the distinction of diplomate status in the field of clinical psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology, the primary organization for specialty board certification in psychology.

While a doctoral student at Chestnut Hill, Carlson co-presented the workshop, "Using Personality Tests to Answer Challenging Referral Questions" along with Joseph Micucci, professor of psychology, and three classmates at the Pennsylvania Psychological Association annual convention. Carlson wrote his doctoral dissertation on "A Qualitative Investigation of the Resolution of Adolescent Problem Behavior: The Perspectives of Emerging Adults."

After graduating, Carlson completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Intermediate Unit 20 in Easton and earned certification in school psychology, receiving his license in 2011. He previously was a clinical psychologist and faculty member in the Counseling and Psychiatric Services Department at the University of Georgia in Athens, and is currently working as a psychologist in Parkland School District.

Heidi Markow, founder of The Beginning Over Foundation in Easton, has been selected as a 2012 Annual Local Lady Godiva honoree.

The Lady Godiva Program celebrates inspirational women around the world who embody the attributes of Lady Godiva through selflessness, generosity, leadership and the spirit of giving back to their community.

Markow was among several thousand woman nominated and 40,000 votes were cast, according to a news release. Nine nominees across the country were chosen with Markow earning the top spot in the Northeast.

Markow started The Beginning Over Foundation in 2005 after the death of her sister Robin Schaffer to domestic violence.

She will receive a $10,000 grant from Godiva to help support her cause in addition to the $1,000 that she was gifted as an honoree.

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