Zeagler presented with Spirit Award at 22nd Annual Mission Possible conference.

Zeagler presented with Spirit Award at 22nd Annual Mission Possible conference.

On March 8th, at the Mission Possible Conference in Nacogdoches, Buddy Zeagler, retired executive director of the T.L.L. Temple Foundation, was presented with the Spirit Award by the SFA School of Social Work. The intent of the award is to identify and honor individuals who may not be social workers, yet they embody the spirit of social work practice.  Zeagler was recognized because of his undying commitment to helping the community. His recent involvement with the School of Social Work and their projects with Impact Lufkin and the San Augustine community service center…— Read more

Working with Legislators to Improve Psychiatric Inpatient Capacity

Most people I know are disappointed with how divided politics have become. But as the 85th Legislature gets underway in Austin, there is a wonderful example of bipartisan cooperation that should make every Texan proud. Over the last several legislative sessions, lawmakers from both parties have come together to support better, more accessible and more affordable mental health care. I experience this every day as CEO of Burke, the largest provider of these services in East Texas. Whether we are able to serve our clients depends in large part on how the legislature…— Read more

Nacogdoches Woman Recovers Physically and Mentally from Car Wreck

Nacogdoches woman, Jodi Richardson, recently visited with KTRE about her physical, mental, and emotional recovery from a bad car wreck in July of 2015.  Since then, she has dealt with overcoming and managing depression, having her leg amputated, adapting to a prosthetic, and committing to hours of mental health and physical therapies. Check out her story on KTRE’s website, or watch the video below. Jodi Richardson is back on the road to recovery, both physically and mentally. The Nacogdoches woman was in a bad car wreck a year and a half ago. Nerve damage…— Read more

Burke COO, Jake Squiers Named to Special Olympics Texas Board

The Special Olympics Texas board of directors recently named Jake Squiers, chief operating officer of Burke, as a new member. Squiers just finished a two-year term on the nonprofit organization’s President’s Advisory Council and will now serve a two-year term in an at-large position on the board. “Jake has a tremendous eye for detail and was a standout member of the President’s Advisory Council,” said Chad Tywater, SOTX board chairman. “Jake will be a great addition to our board for years to come.” Squiers said he feels “honored and excited.” “I’m very passionate…— Read more

Woman survives thoughts of suicide after being diagnosed with bipolar disorder

Nacogdoches woman, Sally Ellsworth, recently visited with KTRE about her bipolar diagnosis and past thoughts of suicide. In 2012, Ellsworth was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, and the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks. The symptoms of bipolar disorder are severe and differ from the normal ups and downs that everyone experiences from time to time.  Check out her story on KTRE's website, or watch the video below. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death, and the rates are continuing to…— Read more