Turner-Kiesling Awards

KIESLING & TURNER 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.

2019 Herb Kiesling Award Recipient

Brittany Grenier

Helping youth in the justice system has always been a passion for Brittany Grenier, who serves as a Juvenile Probation Officer for Monroe County.  She is committed to improving the lives of at-risk youth in our community and strives to ensure that every child she interacts with is met with the best possible outcome. Brittany represents the Probation Office on the Monroe County Child Safety Protection Teams and has previous experience working with the Office of Family and Children.  Despite an often heavy caseload, Brittany ensures that she approaches each youth with care and concern.  Without thought of praise, she dedicates herself to going above and beyond the call of her work, which most would find stressful and overwhelming.  Brittany perseveres and does not become discouraged or disgruntled, only more determined.  Due to her efforts, Monroe County has become a safer, better place to live.  Brittany has enhanced the lives of youth across our community and gives hope to the community through her commitment to restorative justice.

 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.

2019 Haines Turner Recipient

Diane Legomsky

As a senior mediator and community mediation case manager, Diane’s impact can be felt not only at CJAM, but throughout the entire Bloomington community.  Her extensive experience as a mediator has allowed her to serve as a mentor and guiding light for those following in her footsteps.  All who meet her attest that Diane has an infectious energy that inspires those around her.  Prior to becoming involved with CJAM, Diane worked as the Executive Director and trainer for a community mediation center in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Here in Bloomington, Diane has been a stalwart of both the League of Women Voters and the Bloomington Refugee Support Network.  In every aspect of her life, Diane is dedicated to fostering a peaceful and just community.  A colleague admires how Diane “gives of herself as easily as she breathes” and acts purely out of her belief that everyone should act in a way that will create a fair environment for all.  There is no greater champion for the Bloomington community.