Two OPEA members, Lydia Hilton and Carolyn Mancilla were honored as this year’s recipients of the Pat Hall Volunteer of the Year award. The awards were presented by former OPEA Executive Director Pat Hall at the annual convention held August 26th at the Lodge at Lake Murray State Park.
Lydia has been a member of OPEA for more than 40 years and a state employee for more than 45 years. She is employed by the Department of Mental Health at Central Oklahoma Community Mental Health Center as their Financial Officer. During her years as a member she has served on various committees, Chaired the OPEA Regional Council, served on the OPEA Board of Directors and Election Board Chair. She has served in the capacity of Election Board Chair for over 15 years. Lydia is always willing to step up when needed on any project for OPEA. She is currently employed by the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health at Central Oklahoma Community Mental Health Center as their Financial Officer.
Carolyn is a Lieutenant at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary (OSP) in McAlester. She has worked for the Department of Corrections for almost 14 years, next month, all at OSP. She was promoted to Lieutenant two years ago and has previously served on the Penitentiary’s CERT team, a unit that is called in for tense situations. Despite the working long hours at the prison, Carolyn has attended every OPEA meeting in McAlester for the past three years. She always brings friends and co-workers along and always relays information from the meetings to other members and coworkers. She also provides OPEA leaders with feedback to make our association better.