On October 16, 2013, Montgomery County Juvenile Court, Judge Nick Kuntz and Judge Anthony Capizzi hosted the 10th annual Natural Helper Recognition Banquet. As one of the first Reclaiming Futures sites, this year’s celebration was significant as Montgomery County was celebrating its 10th year of our Natural Helpers Program. Volunteers and community partners that have made this initiative a success were recognized for their achievements. This year’s event was held at The Salvation Army, Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in Dayton Ohio. Over 100 community leaders, partners, natural helpers and juvenile court staff were in attendance.
The evening also showcased the talents of many students from two local high schools. Kettering Fairmont High School Acapella Group, Eleventh Hour, and Stivers School for the Arts Jazz Ensemble provided entertainment for the evening. Special guest speaker Scott McGohan, CEO of McGohan Brabender provided an inspirational message for all in attendance. Judge Nick Kuntz and Judge Anthony Capizzi gave special recognition to 12 natural helpers for their years of service, assistance on advisory projects, and for their distinguished services to the youth of Montgomery County.
Mike Garrett began his career with the Court 14 years ago as a Youth Leader in Detention Services. Throughout his tenure with the Court, Mike has served as a Youth Leader, Receiving Specialist, Court Service Officer, and a Traditional Probation Officer. He was promoted to a specialized Probation Officer with the Juvenile Cognitive Alternative Rehabilitation Effort supervising felony offenders and was later promoted to Probation Services Supervisor with the Resource Planning Program. Mike is extremely passionate about working with families, volunteers and the community. Mike received training from the University of Cincinnati on the use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in 2008. He has over five years experience delivering and implementing CBT strategies into case management. Mike holds a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice Administration from Columbia College and a Master’s Degree of Science in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati. He is happily married to his wife of ten years and has two daughters.