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Volunteers of the Year

History of the award

The "Wayne Henning Volunteer of the Year Award" was established in 2006 to recognize Old National associates who demonstrate the highest level of community service. Wayne, who in 2006 retired from the position of EVP, chief operations officer, built an extensive list of volunteer contributions and achievements during his 42-year banking career. His devotion to touching lives and building a better community is legendary, and he continues to be an active volunteer today.

Meet our former Volunteers of the Year

2013 - Joe Kenworthy

Terre Haute, Ind., native Joe Kenworthy was Old National's 2013 Volunteer of the Year. In 2013, he logged more than 720 total volunteer hours. Kenworthy has been a member of Honey Creek Fire & Rescue for nearly 40 years. He is a previous firefighter of the year. He has served as a Vigo County Sheriff’s Reserve Deputy for 20 years, earning two Meritorious Sheriff’s Commendations in the line of duty and one Sheriff’s Award for “service above and beyond.” While Kenworthy said he was “absolutely blown away” to be named Old National Volunteer of the Year, he isn’t motivated by recognition. “I really prefer to fly under the radar,” he said. “I’m fortunate to have a ‘hobby’ that helps people, and I really enjoy that."

2012 - Sam Taylor

Sam Taylor, Business Development Executive and champion for financial literacy, was Old National’s 2012 Volunteer of the Year. Sam volunteered more than 360 hours last year in support of numerous community organizations including, Aid the Homeless, Boulware Mission, Daviess County Public Schools Family Resource Council, First Baptist Church of Owensboro, Girls Inc., H.L. Neblett Center, Junior Achievement, Lighthouse Recovery, New Horizons, OASIS, Owensboro Regional Recovery, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, and the United Way. He also serves on Old National's Diversity Advisory Council and helps prepare taxes for low income individuals with the Green River Asset Building Coalition. For Sam, a typical day at the office includes working one-on-one with clients to help them develop a plan to repair poor credit scores. He humbly attributes his award to the support he receives from his fellow associates at Old National Bank in Owensboro, Kentucky.

2011 - Ben Joergens

After devoting 467 hours to volunteer service in 2011, Ben Joergens, was named the 2011 Wayne Henning Volunteer of the Year. Through his volunteer activities, Ben has become one of Old National's strongest and most passionate supporters of financial literacy and economic development. Ben has been an active community leader in a variety of organizations including the Bank On Henderson initiative, an ambassador for the Henderson Chamber of Commerce, and the Downtown Henderson Project, where he serves on their executive board. Ben is also a VITA tax preparation volunteer and capital campaign volunteer for the United Way of Henderson County, board chairman for the Volunteer and Information Center, board member for the Henderson Breakfast Lions Club, and a high school classroom teacher for Junior Achievement. He also serves on the board of the Tri-State Food Bank and worked to bring Big Brothers Big Sisters to Henderson. In addition, in 2011, Ben worked  to help coordinate an annual golf scramble to benefit the young children of a close friend, Kyle Parker, who was tragically killed in an auto accident. 

2010 - Suzanne Hunter

Suzanne Hunter, Wealth Management Investment Modeling Specialist, was selected as the 2010  Wayne Henning Volunteer of the Year for her dedication and leadership in serving her community. As a troop leader and a council chairperson for the Girl Scouts of Southwest Indiana, she generously shares her talents and works tirelessly to benefit the girls and adult volunteers in the 11-county area. Using her skills as a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, she often prepares and donates birthday cakes for patients of VistaCare Hospice in addition to providing items for bake sales to benefit other organizations. Suzanne also donates her time and talent to several other nonprofit organizations including the Vanderburgh Humane Society, 4-H, American Red Cross and Eastminster Presbyterian Church.

2009 - Ron Hagy

Ron Hagy, SVP, talent acquisition manager, was selected as the Wayne Henning Volunteer of the Year for his community leadership and passion for serving. As a board member of the Boy Scouts of America Buffalo Trace Council and district chairman of the Native Trails District, Ron has devoted countless hours to shaping the lives of thousands of young Scouts. He also chairs the Business Advisory Council for the Evansville chapter of Goodwill Industries, is a member of the Castle High School Marching Band Boosters and counsels high school and college students about the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. Ron has exhibited a true ability to inspire others, especially kids, to embrace a mission and strive to achieve their goals.

2008 - Mindy Combs

Mindy Combs, Affinity Relationship Manager, Southern Illinois Region, received the Wayne Henning Volunteer of the Year Award for her dedication to community involvement and volunteer service. Mindy serves as vice president of the Board of Directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Central Illinois, as an advocate for CASA of Williamson County, as vice-president of Carbondale Kiwanis and as vice-president of the Lioness Club of Carterville. She’s also actively involved in the annual American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life in her home county of Williamson and in neighboring Jackson County. She is seen by those in the community as someone with boundless energy, enthusiasm and passion for helping others and is a shining example of the power of volunteerism.

2007 - Patty Avery

Patty Avery, AVP, CRA Community Outreach Officer, was selected as the Wayne Henning Volunteer of the Year because of her outstanding leadership and service as one of Indiana’s most dedicated volunteers. She helped found and served as event director of Girls in Bloom, an annual event to help 5th through 8th grade girls in the Evansville area build healthy self esteem through the arts. Patty also co-chairs the Vanderburgh County Homeless Youth Coalition and serves as Indiana’s lead ambassador for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network. Patty’s commitment to service is truly remarkable and embodies the true meaning and spirit of our company values.

2006 - Barb Cox

Barb Cox, retail banking analyst, Northeast Region, received the first “Wayne Henning Volunteer of the Year” Award. She is county coordinator for Special Olympics Delaware County in Indiana and has served this worthy organization for more than a decade. Barb’s drive, commitment and passion have benefited Special Olympics in many ways, and she has devoted time to scheduling, coaching, planning and even cooking for the awards banquet. She is a true servant leader who puts her hands and heart to work at every level of need within the organization. Thanks to her vision and the many hours she invests, the lives of special athletes and partners in Delaware County are enhanced each year.