The Horace Mann Awards Night, 2016, at the Keene Country Club, was a special one for the Department of Clinical Psychology as we honored Carmela DeCandia, PsyD, 1999, one of this year’s recipients of the Horace Mann 2016 Spirit of Service Awards.
In Dr. DeCandia’s work with children and family, from an individual clinical level to the societal and policy level, she has devoted herself to improving the life of our most vulnerable populations. Her political advocacy for homeless children and families has helped to raise awareness of the work that needs to be done in this area. Dr. Lorraine Mangione, who nominated Carmela along with Dr. Kathi Borden, was honored to introduce her, and to also recognize her dissertation chair, Dr. Susan Hawes, who was in attendance. In Carmela’s acceptance comments, she singled out three areas that have helped her in her quest to achieve her vision: her family, the Antioch community (including “the big class”), and her current colleagues, and in fact she had a representative from each of those realms there to celebrate with her. Dr. DeCandia has worked at several non-profit agencies and now has her own clinical and consulting practice in the Boston area.
Each year donations from this Antioch fundraiser benefit the Horace Mann Spirit of Service Scholarship Fund which is awarded to students who demonstrate, through an essay, their (small or large) victories for humanity through work or volunteerism in the areas of community service, diversity, lifelong learning, sustainability or social justice. Two of our current fourth-year students, Kristen Lauer and Lauren Weisberg, are recipients of the scholarship this year.