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2024 Nominations
for the Kelly VanVleck
Unsung Hero Award

In 1993, the first Missouri Drug Court was established in Jackson County (Kansas City). Since that time, over 100 have begun operation around the State. The nominee is someone who has provided extraordinary support or activity within the local treatment court programs. The nominee neither expects nor generally receives recognition for his or her actions. The purpose of the award is to recognize people who have made a significant contribution to the local treatment court programs in Missouri.

Process and Criteria
Any individual, who has made significant contributions to the local treatment court programs in Missouri, is eligible for consideration of the Unsung Hero Award. Recognition is given to practitioners in the adult, juvenile, family, mental health, veteran and DWI court arenas.

Nomination Procedure:
Submit nominations to Stacey Langendoerfer at P.O. Box 104602; Jefferson City, Mo. 65110 or email to

  • No current MATCP Board members are eligible for the award
  • Only one nomination may be submitted by any one person
  • Each nomination must have three (3) signatures of people in support of the nominee.

All candidates with nominations following the proper nomination procedures and that meet the deadline for submission will be presented to the MATCP Board selection committee.

The selected awardee may be notified following the Board’s decision. The formal induction will take
place during the 26 th Annual Conference to be held April 10-12, 2024.

Nomination applications must not exceed 3 pages in length along with the attached nomination form (4 pages total).

Prior Awardees:

2009 Jeanne Huffman
2010 Marilyn Gibson
2011 Milburn Cozort
2012 Dennis Lyons
2013 Stacey Langendoerfer

2014 Connie Alsup
2015 Rhonda Burk
2016 Colleen Talley
2017 Robert Harrison, Sr.
2018 Nathan Fowler

2019 Heather Graham-Thompson
2020 Julie Speilman
2021 Heather Williams
2023 Jene “Bella” Curtis

Submission Deadline: January 31, 2024

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