Kathryn Mathes, PhD, CRI’s VP of Evaluation and Research, was recently honored with the 2015 Howard T. McClung Memorial Award for Excellence in Leadership, which recognizes her leadership excellence in the face of immeasurable challenges. The Howard T. McClung Memorial Award is given each year to a CRI employee who demonstrates leadership and professional excellence.
As VP of Evaluation and Research, Kathryn provides leadership, management and oversight for 23 program evaluations and three clinical research projects in Tennessee and Indiana.
Kathryn embodies CRI’s leadership-centered culture with her commitment to building a strong team and pushing beyond the boundaries of their work. As a result, she spearheaded the commercialization of CRI’s evaluation services, which has seen great success in the first two years. Even more, her willingness to listen to ideas and engaging staff in decision making generates a positive environment of value and validation. Kathryn’s outstanding leadership and guidance is evidence by the numerous nominations received and her team’s dedication to success.
Under Kathryn’s leadership, CRI has secured more than $265,000 in contract work with academic partners including Indiana University.
“Winning the Howard T. McClung award is one of the greatest accomplishments of my career,” Kathryn said. “Howard’s legacy of impactful leadership qualities – accountability, empathy, honesty and optimism – lays the foundation for our organization, and I am incredibly honored to be recognized for helping to advance CRI’s mission and excellence in research and evaluation.”
The late Howard McClung was CRI’s Director of Technology Services from 2008 to 2012. He joined CRI at a time of transition when the Indiana clinics became affiliated with Centerstone. During a time of change and uncertainty, he brought the Tennessee and Indiana organizations together to form one team that could capitalize on the opportunities presented. He was a mentor to his staff and was successful in forming relationships with everyone he touched. The Howard T. McClung award was established in his memory to honor employees who show the same excellence and dedication that made Howard an invaluable part of the CRI team.
Kathryn is the fourth recipient of the award since its establishment in 2012.