Federation Member Ambassador of the Year: This award is presented to a Federation member who embodies the core values of the Federation: advocacy, nonprofit status, quality services, strong families and racial diversity. These values provide focus and drive decisions for all Federation involvements transcend treatment methods and are embraced by all members.
Maria Lessnau, Executive Director of Guiding Harbor, is presented with the 2017 Federation Ambassador of the Year award for all of the manners in which she has positively promoted the work of the Federation among her colleagues and within the field of child welfare and beyond. Maria serves as a Member Interest Network (MIN) co-chair for the Residential Treatment group and serves on the Annual Residential Treatment Conference and Senior Management Conference planning committees. Maria has been influential in acting quickly to find answers and attract key speakers and sponsors for these highly rated member events. Maria has shared with colleagues in the field the ways Federation membership has been beneficial to her agency; she has encouraged others to join so they may enjoy the same benefits. The Federation staff appreciates Maria for her willingness to lend a hand with anything and her always positive and cheerful presence!