CHATTANOOGA, TN – (August 20, 2013)
Richmont clinician Anaely (Ani) Hernandez Johnson has been named a finalist for the 2013 Latino Leadership Award and will be honored at the awards banquet on Monday, September 16, 2013.
“Ani is an extremely valuable member of Richmont’s clinical team and this nomination highlights her contributions to the health and growth of Chattanooga’s residents,” said Richmont Graduate University President Bob Rodgers. “We look forward to celebrating Ani and the other nine finalists with La Paz and the rest of the community.”
Hosted by La Paz Chattanooga, the Latino Leadership Award recognizes and honors Latino leaders who are supporting the Chattanooga community in meaningful ways. At the upcoming banquet, La Paz will announce the final two distinguished recipients selected from the finalists for the Latino Leader of the Year award (selected by a special committee including La Paz staff and board members) and Chattanooga’s Choice leader of the year (selected through a community-wide vote). During this year’s banquet, opening remarks will be provided by Chattanooga’s mayor, Andy Berke, and the keynote address will be given by Dr. Julia Perilla of Georgia State University and the National Latino Network.
Since 2010, Ani has served the Chattanooga community as a bilingual Marriage and Family Therapist at Richmont Community Counseling Center. By offering bilingual counseling services, Ani has meaningfully addressed the realized deficit in mental health services accessible to the Latino Community. At present, she counsels children, adults, families and couples, and most of her work is trauma-related in some way. Additionally, over the last couple of years, she has built a collaborative relationship with La Paz Chattanooga by offering reduced fee counseling/mental health services to constituents and staff.
“Ani has become a vital part of the Richmont Community Counseling Center team since her days as a Richmont student,” said Richmont Community Counseling Center Director, Michelle Shelley. “Her heart for the underserved community, especially the Latino community is always apparent. She has been a tremendous asset to the center and to the community as one of the only bilingual therapists serving the Latino community in the Chattanooga area on a sliding scale basis. I am so proud to call her apart of the Community Counseling Center team and am grateful for her unfailing commitment to serving the underserved in the Chattanooga area.”