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Orchard Place Announces Ryan McClure as the Winner of the 2019 Michelle A. Moore Award of Distinction

Winner of the 2019 Michelle A. Moore Award of Distincti

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Pictured Anne Starr and Ryan McClure


During the 2019 Orchard Place Thanksgiving luncheon held on November 25, Ryan McClure received the 2019 Michelle A. Moore Award of Distinction. 

The award, formerly named the Compassion for Families Award, was instituted to recognize outstanding advocates for children in Polk County. The award was later renamed in honor of the lifetime work of Michele A. Moore, who was posthumously awarded in 2003.

 Ryan started his social work career in 1995 when he was hired by the Orchard Place PACE program for the juvenile court tracking and monitoring program.  During that time, he worked with juveniles on probation with Polk County Juvenile Court.  During that time, he was introduced to Greg Gaul, the clinical director of the PACE Program.  Greg was his first introduction to the therapy world and understanding the role and influence a therapist can have with kids and families.  Ryan began working on his MSW through the University of Iowa while working at PACE.

After he completed his MSW, Ryan, Greg Gaul, and John Stanley formed Lifeworks, a counseling agency in Des Moines. In addition to his role at Lifeworks, Ryan worked as a school social worker for DMPS.

John Stanley, who nominated Ryan for this award wrote: "Ryan has consistently demonstrated excellence in working with children at PACE, Des Moines schools and LifeWorks. Ryan has been sought out by courts, schools, therapists, and others to work with children, families, and adults.  Ryan has been a mentor and supervisor to many social workers and therapists.  He volunteers to provide clinical supervision to provisionally licensed social workers and therapists.

John continues, "As I reflect on Ryan, I am proud of the human being he is, his skill with working with people, his kindness and generosity.  I know no person who more closely reflects the values of the Michelle Moore Award.”  

Congratulations Ryan McClure!