Turner-Kiesling Awards


At its heart, CJAM’s work is based on connecting people with others, with their communities and with themselves. We acknowledge the importance of the work we do together as on-the ground peacemakers within our families, in our schools and workplaces, and in our community.

Each year we honor the legacy of two important CJAM supporters by recognizing the significant and tireless contributions of others who make Bloomington and Monroe County a healthier, more just, and caring community.

 About Herb Kiesling 

Herb Kiesling’s passion was that every child and young person would have an equal opportunity to develop his or her talents, and focused his life’s work on activities that would remove “risk” for children in our schools. He helped to develop a method to identify elementary school-aged children who were most at-risk for dropping out, and supported efforts to provide mentors and additional supports.

2017 Herb Kiesling Award Recipients

Compass Early Learning Center  - Tina Burress and Traci Mehay

Traci Mehay, Childcare Director at MCUM, and Tina Burress, Education Coordinator, have risen to the challenge to create more high-quality slots for low-income children.  Both personally dedicated to the belief that all children, regardless of income, deserve a fair start in life, they have worked together for fourteen years to create an environment for families, children, and staff where all children are encouraged, accepted and loved. With the opening of the new Compass-Downtown site this fall, they have more than doubled MCUM’s capacity to server our community’s most at-risk children. With high standards and commitment to training, they have brought best practice models to their work as exceptional early childhood educators.

 About Haines Turner 

Social activist, Haines Turner, prodded the community conscience in his efforts to improve treatment of citizens in trouble with the justice system. Through this work and his advocacy for restorative alternatives to incarceration, he founded Citizens for Jail Improvement, an organization that later developed into CJAM and our Victim Offender Restoration Program.

2017 Haines Turner Recipient

Flo Davis

Flo Davis has spent a lifetime in service to others, both professionally and as an active civic leader and community volunteer.  For forty years she served our community as a nurse and a nurse practitioner. It was under her leadership that the Ivy Tech nursing program now sees more than 1000 new nurses graduate every year. She served on the Bloomington City Council and the Utility Service Board. Her life has been filled with moments where she has stepped up and taken responsibility on issues that matter especially for women, as a member of Planned Parenthood and a board member of Local Council of Women. She is currently on the Opportunity House Advisory Board and is the driving force for St. Mark’s Methodist Church tea and style show that supports MCUM.  She, like Haines, is guided by focused perseverance and concern for others.