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Trish Brown

Position: Counselor / Department Chair
School: Mercy High School
School District: Archdiocese of Detroit
City, State: Farmington Hills, MI

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Trish Brown was nominated by her principal, Patricia Sattler.

"When I first heard of this award criteria, I immediately thought of Trish’s expertise, outstanding contributions to our community, and fearless advocacy for others. Additionally, Trish’s dynamic leadership imparts a positive systemic change making a difference in the lives of our students," said Sattler.

Ms. Brown continually champions for process and policy improvement. She proactively develops excellent programs and structures. She is adept at collecting and analyzing data to determine needs, and she follows through to ensure effectiveness when implementing or adjusting strategies.

"I believe what contributes to Trish’s success is that she enters into courageous conversations with enormous diplomacy," said Sattler. "She is a leader, a facilitator, a coach, a mentor, and an undeniable team player. Notably, she is a persistent advocate for others. The extent of her contributions in the three short years in which I have worked with her are incredible."

Ms. Brown identified a need for students in crisis, so she developed a grief counseling program and spearheads mental health awareness initiatives for both students and staff. She is intentional in her programming in being sensitive to students who struggle to make social connections. She forged a partnership with the Athletic Department to teach coaches peer mediation skills, and she created a seminar for character and team development of student athletes acting in leadership roles. Previously, Ms. Brown introduced the Link Crew peer mentoring program to her school. She has now developed it to such a professional caliber that she currently trains local school facilitators, as well as trainers across the nation.

Although providing social-emotional support is an integral part of school counseling, Ms. Brown makes a difference for students by helping them develop their voices as they learn to self-advocate. This is an imperative skill to impart as she supports these young women in becoming independent adults who can articulate their needs to various audiences. Ms. Brown revised the academic probation protocol to ensure students have a voice in the process by identifying obstacles to their learning, and she works in partnership with teachers and parents for resolution. This focus on student ownership has empowered students to take control of difficult situations and enact measures needed for success. Ms. Brown has done a great deal of work with an inclusion and equity coach to redesign student diversity workshops so they are more relatable and impactful. Her work with students on conflict resolution in situations concerning peers, parents, and teachers has been widely successful. She has worked passionately to implement restorative practices to ensure students treat each other as Mercy sisters and with respect and dignity.

Ms. Brown recently assumed leadership of the Counseling Department, which has been pivotal in enhancing rapport with families. She publishes monthly newsletters to share resources and strategies with the community for guiding and inspiring students in college preparedness, mental health awareness, and self-appreciation. She developed an evaluation process to encourage and challenge her team to continually grow in professional practice and community partnerships. Ms. Brown was instrumental in guiding the Counseling Department’s strategic improvement plan, outlining goals and objectives that she continues to accomplish and monitor.

"As an administrator, I am enormously appreciative of Trish’s willingness to openly communicate and work in partnership for the good of the school," said Sattler. "Most importantly, I trust her professionalism and outstanding expertise, and I'm grateful for her unwavering leadership. These characteristics resulted in a robust e-Counseling program for our Mercy students during this COVID-19 crisis."

As school communities reacted to quickly adapt to e-learning, Ms. Brown championed the creation of a digital counseling support model. This platform enables remote continuity of counseling responsibilities to maintain the high quality of excellence that students and parents expect of Mercy.

The adjustment to online learning, the grief of not fulfilling expected milestone events, the void of personal connections, and the fear associated with this pandemic is challenging to students. Ms. Brown led her team to create an online program that offers expanded individual attention to students’ social and emotional needs. This effort is in addition to simultaneously balancing the complexities of scheduling remote courses for returning students and holding video conferences for the registration of incoming students. Being the team player that she is, Ms. Brown has already offered to extend her work into the summer as necessary to be available for students who might continue to experience crisis from this pandemic. This appreciated offer is yet another example of how she continually prioritizes the wellbeing of her students. 

"The details provided in this nomination only cover a small portion of Trish’s many contributions throughout her twelve years of service with Mercy HS," said Sattler. "All Mercy counselors are exceptional in making a difference for their students and families. Trish's efforts are unique in making a difference for the entire community."



Comments (104)


Ann Fitzsimons Posted over a year ago

Trish Brown doesn't have a job at Mercy High School--it's a vocation and something she does with every part of who and what she is. She navigates tough waters for the girls at the school with dignity and grace, all the while building the girls own sense of self worth of who they are and what they can do. She lets the girls she works with "drive the bus", but is there with them every step of the way. The girls, and the parents, would be lost without her and her boundless energy, spirit, compassion, understanding, and caring for all those in her care at Mercy. We are blessed!

Jessica Koehler Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Brown is always so supportive and nice. She is there whenever you need her and cares about everyone.

Lizzy Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Brown is so supportive and never stops believing in us. She’s a very kind person. I just started going to Mercy and she’s made the transition to high school so much easier.

Katie Posted over a year ago

There are so many different characteristics that I could share in regards to Trish Brown. What I find to be the strongest with her professional and personal life, would be that she is an active listener. When in a conversation with Trish, she will make you feel as if you are the only one in the room. She is engaged. She is taking it all in and hearing you. Not judging, not pretending. Listening. And then she will deliver her advice, her expertise, her experience. And she delivers that in a way that is endearing and real. With all of the changes and isolation that 2020 has brought to our world, Trish remained dedicated and inspiring in staying connected with her students and clients. She did not let the hurdles slow her down. She pursued and brought her positive vibes to share with all. She is incredibly inclusive and believes in encouraging rather than dispiriting. She will find the good in all without dismaying the truth. Hands down, Trish Brown deserves this honor.

Grace Combs Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Brown is always inclusive of all students and is ready to support us at any time.

Emily Gates Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Brown has always been an incredible advocate for her students. She is unbelievably passionate about her work and always lends a hand to everyone in need- student and staff alike. She was such a positive influence during my high school career and is the reason I pursued social work. Though counseling and social work have their differences, I work effortlessly everyday to be half the person Mrs. Brown is. She is undoubtedly deserving of this award.

Karen Posted over a year ago

There are no words to describe the impact Mrs. Brown has had on my daughter’s life. The transition to high school was a turning point for my daughter. She had attended a small Montessori school her entire academic career. Additionally, she was diagnosed with a learning difference at age 8. I was anxious when she started high school. Would she get lost in the shuffle? Would her learning challenges be ignored? Would this impact her emotional well-being? Mrs. Brown was the answer to all of those questions. Mrs. Brown never let her feel lost or ignored. She went above and beyond to help my daughter advocate for herself with teachers and administration. She made my daughter feel heard and valued. It is clear Mrs. Brown’s focus is the mental, emotional and academic wellbeing of her students. With her support, my daughter is thriving at this school. I attribute much of my daughter’s high school success to Mrs Brown. She is invaluable to her students.

Anita Fereshetian Posted over a year ago

Ms. Brown is one of the jewels of Mercy HS! She does an incredible job in helping young girls adapt to the high school environment, and supporting them as they navigate through the many challenges of being a teenager during these difficult years. As a mother of 2 Mercy students, I was most impressed by Ms. Brown's effort and ability to define the particular student's challenges, identify unique, personalized ideas to address the challenges, and personally help execute those plans with the student. There are many reasons why a Mercy education is invaluable, and Ms. Brown's contribution to the Mercy experience is immeasurable!

Sophia Posted over a year ago

I’m a junior at the high school where Ms. Brown works. She is such a positive energy in our school, always bubbly and kind-hearted. She does such an amazing job of making the students feel included and welcomed. Her ability to understand and assist students definitely makes her worthy of this award.

Isabelle Smith Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Brown was always an amazing source of support I knew I could rely on. I was involved in a program with Mrs. Brown, and she taught me how to find a community anywhere and especially at Mercy High School. I would often go to Mrs. Brown just to talk and ask questions, and she would always make time to meet with me. I can confidently say she changed my life and outlook on high school.

Meredith Hunt Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Brown always made me feel so heard and understood. She constantly showed empathy and positivity in everything that she did. Five years after graduating high school and I still remember her amazing energy all day, every day!!! Can’t think of a more deserving human being!

Morgan Posted over a year ago

She really made me feel welcome and at home coming to a new school. I felt like I could tell her anything, and she really helped me feel like I wasn’t alone. She is so deserving of this award!

Jeremy Brown Posted over a year ago

I've known Trish for almost half my life now and she has always been a life changer. When Trish and I started dating when we were 20, she was studying Psychology at Michigan State University. She came off as the most kind and caring person I'd ever encountered (one of the many reasons I knew she was the one for me). As I learned more about her, I found out while she was attending MSU that she was also a Big Sister in the BBBS program, a care aid for 2 people, and was also working a part time job all at the age of 20. Helping people has always been Trish's calling and has never stopped to this day. She is so special to so many people in her life and deserves this recognition for her beautifully selfless and compassionate contributions in and outside of work. You will often find Trish pulling the car over on a rainy day when she see's someone walking without an umbrella so she can get out and give her ours (All the time). Little things like this make Trish incredible.

Emily Gates Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Brown has always been an incredible advocate for her students. She is unbelievably passionate about her work and always lends a hand to everyone in need- student and staff alike. She was such a positive influence during my high school career and is the reason I pursued social work. Though counseling and social work have their differences, I work effortlessly everyday to be half the person Mrs. Brown is. She is undoubtedly deserving of this award.

Brittany C Posted over a year ago

Trish Brown is the role model and mentor every human needs! Mercy is beyond blessed to have her welcoming and guiding their community of women through the high school experience! I graduated in 2013 and still implement the teachings and advice given to me by Trish in my high school years. I absolutely would not be the woman I am today without the positive influence of Trish Brown. She radiates an energy that immediately makes every person in the room feel understood and comfortable. She fiercely advocates for her students and works to create an environment for them to succeed in all areas of their lives (academically, mentally, socially, etc). Trish Brown is a Life Changer every day, in both small and big ways. Thank you for being you, Trish!!! :)

Paige Spender Posted over a year ago

Trish Brown is so inclusive, optimistic and strives to make a difference in every person she meets. It was an honor to have her as a role model during my high school years. She truly touches every person she talks to!

Holly Markiecki-Bennetts Posted over a year ago

I work with Trish and am truly blessed to do so. I was ready for a change in my life, after working at the same school for 17 years and I was led to Mercy and Trish. When I joined the Mercy counseling team, my life changed - Trish continues to positively impact my life every single day. I am inspired by watching her work with students, family, and staff. She has helped me grow as a professional. As a counselor, Trish uses evidenced-based, well-researched practices to shape her work. She supports my professional development goals as well, which is extremely important to me. Trish is skilled at seeing and considering multiple perspectives. As a parent, I am grateful for Trish's work with 9th-grade students and mentoring our Link Leaders. Finally, not only does Trish change lives, she actively looks for ways to continue to grow and change herself.

Kumkum Posted over a year ago

Mrs. brown is such an amazing counselor, and very easy to talk to. She made this year a bit easier even with everything going on. She truly the best!

Sierra Wangler Posted over a year ago

It’s pretty hard to sum up into a few sentences the true impact Trish had on me while I was at Mercy & beyond! As a transfer student, she was so integral in helping me get acclimated to a new environment, while balancing all the craziness of school, sports and beyond. In the midst of such a fast-paced environment, she was always so sincere and intentional, which truly helped make Mercy feel like home to me. Some of my favorite memories of high school were times spent with our Link Crew or just sitting in her office chatting about about anything and everything. Trish is one of the most kind-hearted and resilient individuals I know - I truly believe she is and will continue to be a life changer!!

Peyton P Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Brown is the most deserving of this award. She continuously welcomes students and makes them feel at home. I am from the Class of 2015 and appreciated Mrs. Brown’s guidance and encouragement from my freshman year until I graduated. I had the opportunity to be part of Link Crew and support her mission of unity in the school. She is amazing and one her lasting quotes on me is: “Be the best for the world, not in the world.” Mrs. Brown is truly the best for every community she is part of, always leaving it fuller, more of love, and better than when she first came to it. Wishing her and her family all the best and hoping she is awarded because she is the most deserving.

Carissa Hodges Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Brown is truly so amazing and the perfect example of a life changer. Her kindness and love for everyone around her shines bright! She is someone that has changed my view on highschool and helped me grow tremendously.

Mary Bullis Posted over a year ago

Trish is an amazing person whose compassion for others is truly remarkable. She is someone who truly listens to what a person is saying. I can’t think of a better title for someone who goes above and beyond for others.

Julia Holt Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Brown really is amazing. She has made high school less overwhelming and overall created a great environment. For me, knowing that she will be there even just to talk, means so much. She has opened up opportunities for me and I know she wants the best for every student! Mrs. Brown truly deserves this award!!

Grace Combs Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Brown is always inclusive of all students and is ready to support us at any time.

Jessica Koehler Posted over a year ago

She is so caring. Always there for me when I need it and always listens. Handles every situation with ease and is more than approachable.

Riley Condon Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Brown is the MOST deserving person I know for this award! She is always so optimistic and never fails to help someone even during hard times. Mrs. Brown makes everyone feel so welcome! She always offers a safe and cheerful space to chat and is there to help whenever needed. Mrs. Brown offers so much support and never fails to brighten my day. Mrs. Brown is an extraordinary leader and I am so lucky to know her!

Julia Holt Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Brown really is amazing. She has made high school less overwhelming and overall created a great environment. For me, knowing that she will be there even just to talk, means so much. She has opened up opportunities for me and I know she wants the best for every student! Mrs. Brown truly deserves this award!!

Garrett K. Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Brown had a HUGE impact on both of our daughters high school experience and their teenage years. She was there #1 go to for all issues in high school and she always had time for them. We can't thank her enough for all she has done.

Riley Condon Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Brown is the most deserving person I know for this award! She is always sharing her optimistic outlook with students and never fails to cheer me up each day. Mrs. Brown works so hard to make everyone feel welcome and she always offers a safe and cheerful place to chat. Mrs. Brown is an amazing leader and example of what everyone should strive to be. I am so lucky to know such an extraordinary person who has changed my life for the better:)

Elise Brown Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Brown is nothing but a life changer. She has helped me so much throughout my high school career, but specifically this year. I know that if I am ever having trouble with something or simply just need to talk to someone, Mrs. Brown is the one to go to. She is the kindest, most hard working person I know and is always looking for ways to help in any way that she can. I don’t think there has ever been a time where I walked out of her room without a solution to my problem. Mrs. Brown makes the world a better place. She’s amazing.

Abbey Bentley Posted over a year ago

Trish is a golden ray from the Sun itself! Her vibrant enjoyment for life’s unparalleled, her fierce strength to stand for what’s right is inspirational and her natural warmth can be felt from miles away. Trish keeps this wild world spinning around!!

Isabelle Smith Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Brown was always an amazing source of support I knew I could rely on. I was involved in a program with Mrs. Brown, and she taught me how to find a community anywhere and especially at Mercy High School. I would often go to Mrs. Brown just to talk and ask questions, and she would always make time to meet with me. I can confidently say she changed my life and outlook on high school.

Emma Dismondy Posted over a year ago

I know Mrs. Brown is a life changer because she has changed mine. As a counselor, Mrs. Brown goes beyond her job description. Not only does she truly care about the students, but she puts in the effort to help them in a way which suits them best. She is kind and calm, while also having the fire and drive to fight for you when necessary. I have seen her drop everything—even her lunch—to help a student who had unexpectedly broke down in the middle of the school day. Mrs.Brown also runs several counseling groups, including one for grief. The grief group has helped me a lot and, without it and without Mrs. Brown, I don’t think I would have reached the point where I could process my emotions and work through the pain. She never pretends to know what the students are going through (unless she has actually experienced it), but she always seeks to understand and back us up. Mrs. Brown is an amazing person as well as an amazing counselor and anyone who meets her is better for it.

Chloe Kilano Posted over a year ago

I cannot think of anyone who is more deserving of this award than Mrs. Brown. Though she is the freshman counselor and I am a senior, Mrs. Brown has continually made herself available to me over the past 4 years. She has guided and comforted me through various personal experiences, and has encouraged and praised me in my character development. Her words and actions, which are rooted in deep kindness, motivate me on my harder days. She is more than a counselor: she is a therapist, a friend, and a source of light and joy in the lives of countless people. She empowers her students and the people around her to define and become the best versions of themselves. She loves and cares about people recklessly, and never hesitates to lend a shoulder to cry on, a therapy session, a tip of advice, a career reference, or anything one may need that she can provide. I would not be the student and the young woman I am without Mrs. Brown; I hope that one day, I can be half as compassionate, inspiring, empowering, and optimistic as she is. Mercy would not be Mercy without Mrs. Brown.

Alaina Hatcher Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Brown helped me so much last year. She was an amazing counselor and I always knew I could go to her for anything. She was willing to help me with whatever I needed and welcomed me with open arms. She is a caring and amazing person and I’m so glad I got to have her as a counselor.

Olive Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Brown always has a contagious smile she is there no matter what even if you don’t think you need her she is able to help out and support you. No matter if it was my freshman year or senior year she is there to lend a hand to say a positive comment or just a smile. Countless times I have seen her not only touch my life but the lives of others being able to be personable and dedicated to her work. Life changers is only one of the many words I would you to describe Mrs. Brown she truly deserves this!

Julia Posted over a year ago

Ms.Brown is seriously amazing.

Alexandria Wyroba Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Brown works extremely hard with full effort to make a change in our school! She takes time out of her day to consider student’s mindsets and how to help them. Mrs. Brown makes sure every student is understood and heard. She checks up on students weekly, assuring they are worthy. Mrs. Brown is one of the kindest, and most caring people I have ever met.

Sophia Posted over a year ago

I’m a junior at the high school where Ms. Brown works. She is such a positive energy in our school, always bubbly and kind-hearted. She does such an amazing job of making the students feel included and welcomed. Her ability to understand and assist students definitely makes her worthy of this award.

Jules Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Brown is phenomenal, she treats every student and faculty with the utmost care, even when she herself is busy and stressed.

Caroline Turco Posted over a year ago

My freshman year was one filled with lots of surprises, one being the most of my second semester taken away by COVID-19. It was a difficult time for me due to extenuating circumstances as well as the pandemic, and on multiple occasions, I reached out to Ms. Brown for help, guidance, and support. Every time I needed her she took all the time I needed to discuss, work out any issues, or just listen. She is a genuinely kind, empathetic, and selfless human. Her impact on me throughout the year and a half, I have known her has been immense. She’s a role model for my peers and I and she leads by example. Ms. Brown is a beacon of light at Mercy.

Morgan Posted over a year ago

She really made me feel welcome and at home coming to a new school. I felt like I could tell her anything, and she really helped me feel like I wasn’t alone. She is so deserving of this award!

Sarah Posted over a year ago

She is a truly exceptional person that I have had the pleasure of receiving guidance from. She has helped me stand up for change within Mercy High School and personally connects with all of the students. I never see her without a smile on her face or without time to talk.

Madeleine Surowiec Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Brown has always been a friendly face at school, and guide and an inspiration. Having her as my counselor freshman year was incredible because I was able to confide in her and feel safe and comfortable while doing it. She encouraged me to write my own path in high school, take risks and meet new people. I remember this everyday and now I am a senior and feel my high school experience would not have been the same without her advice and guidance.

Anna Rimatzki Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Brown is always a warm and welcoming presence at Mercy. My freshman year I had a heavy course load and I was particularly stressed the day of a counseling meeting. The first thing she told me when I walked into her office was how impressed she was and that I had been doing a wonderful job, and she made my day. She is there to help with whatever anyone needs and she is truly a shining light in the Mercy community.

Sabrina VanAcker Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Brown is the definition of the light that fills the dark room. She is a positive role model to all of those she surrounds. When I wake up for Link Crew Monthly Meetups, she is dancing at 7:30 am with the biggest smile on her face. When I see that smiles it reflects on not only myself but everyone else. She has changed so many girls lives with her warm-hearted personality. She sees the best in everyone before they even see it themselves. She is such an important part of what makes our school such a positive place which is why she deserves this award.

Elle Borys Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Brown is always someone you can reach out to or ask a question. She is always encouraging and positive. Mrs. Brown is an amazing person and I cannot wait to get to know her even more throughout my time at mercy.

Isabelle Z Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Brown is a true life changer in more ways than just one. She has inspired me to go above and beyond the limits, encouraged me to be a leader, and guided me in every way I can imagine. Her willingness to aid every single student in any way possible truly embodies a life-changer. Mrs. Brown helped me embrace many new leadership positions that I could have only taken on with her guidance, resources, and encouraging spirits, and it has made me put my own life in a better perspective in terms of my capabilities and limits that I would have never seen without her help. She is so inspiring and willing to help every single person reach their highest potential and had touched every single student with the programs she provides for students of every aspect at Mercy. Mrs. Brown has truly changed my life for the better, and I can say with confidence that she has done so for every single person around her as well, making her indescribably deserving of such an award.

Sofia Santana Posted over a year ago

Mrs.Brown has made my freshman year a little less stressful every since i met her. She has help me become a better learner, and taught me how to study and take notes. She is a joy to be around and very caring.

Julianna Tague Posted over a year ago

I echo the sentiments of many who’ve already commented: there is no one (and I mean NO ONE) more deserving of this title than Mrs. Brown. I transferred to Mercy as a sophomore after having experienced some of the darkest moments of my life. It was Mrs. Brown who opened the line of communication with my mom and I to introduce us to the Mercy community. It was Mrs. Brown who connected me with LINK leaders and other transfer students in an effort to make me feel as at-home as possible. It was Mrs. Brown who jumped at the opportunity to talk with me about potential mental health-related clubs and groups for the Mercy community. She is the very definition and embodiment of genuine, intentional, down-to-earth, and kind. She gives more fully of herself than anyone I’ve ever met — anyone who interacts with her leaves feeling as if they’ve spoken to her very soul. I can attest to the fact that Mrs. Brown is indeed a life-changer, as she has changed mine. Whether it’s been by meeting with me over the summer to support my needs as well as she could, recommending therapists she was confident would meld with my personality, or spearheading Mercy’s Peer2Peer campaign and reaching out to ask as to whether I’d want to step into a student leadership role, Mrs. Brown can and has influenced my life, both personally and at Mercy, in a way no other school counselor I’ve worked with has. I’m honored to speak on her behalf and so proud of all she’s done to be nominated with this award. It’s with a smiling heart that I write these words...because that is just what Mrs. Brown does: she sees, hears, and loves so hard that everyone she meets leaves her with a smile not just on their face but in their very heart.

Gano Micallef Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Brown is if not the one of the most amazing, caring, and generous people I have ever met in my life. Everything and anything she does she puts so much joy and compassion into. She not only cares about every person she meets but leaves an impact on them that will be there for the rest of their lives. I know that without Mrs. Brown my own path would be a lot different. She helped me learn to love myself and overcome so many battles that without her I truly believe I would’ve lost. Everyone needs someone like Mrs. Brown in their life and I’m forever grateful for getting to be blessed by her.

Grace Combs Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Brown is always inclusive of all students and is ready to support us at any time.

Maddie Raetz Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Brown is the most supportive counselor I have ever met. I just met her this year and I immediately felt like I could tell her anything. I did just that and she listened to me the whole time. She understood me and that was very special to me. She helped me with what I needed and made me feel welcome to my new school. I go to her whenever I need something or I just need to get something off my chest. She is always willing to listen to me and help me in any way. Another beautiful characteristic about Mrs. Brown that I noticed right away, was that she always has a smile on her face. Every time I pass her in the halls, she smiles and says hi. That simple gesture makes me feel immediately happy every morning or afternoon.

Grace Roberts Posted over a year ago

As a current Mercy student, I have nothing but good things to say about Mrs. Brown! She was my counselor and helped me out tremendously when I was struggling academically. She listens to everything you have to say and offers all of her help to everyone around her. She is truly a life-saver!

Anna Rimatzki Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Brown is always a warm and welcoming presence at Mercy. My freshman year I had a heavy course load and I was particularly stressed the day of a counseling meeting. The first thing she told me when I walked into her office was how impressed she was and that I had been doing a wonderful job, and she made my day. She is there to help with whatever anyone needs and she is truly a shining light in the Mercy community.

Lily Fadool Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Brown has changed my life. She’s helped me through the darkest times. She never fails to send out nice emails that bring a simple to my face every day. She’s a loving and sweet women, and the best counselor!!!

aubrey etue Posted over a year ago

Ms. Brown has always supported me and helped me to put myself out there. She never fails to make me smile and offer good advice when needed. My high school experience would not be the same without her.

Eleasha Tarplin Posted over a year ago

Trish Brown is AMAZING and I enjoy working with her every day. Trish not only changes the life of each freshwoman who walks through the door at Mercy, she has changed my life and the lives of many other faculty and staff members at Mercy. Over the 12.5 years that I have known Trish she has become more than just a co-worker, she is a friend. As a school counselor her job is to be an advocate for the students, however, she extends that support to everyone in the building. Trish is an incredible team player and she generously offers her time to anyone in need. The positive energy that she exudes makes anyone in her presence want to be the best version of themself. Life Changer of the Year is such a befitting title for Trish as it describes her perfectly. I am honored to be able to say a few words on her behalf.

Colleen McMaster Posted over a year ago

Mercy High School has been blessed to have Trish Brown as the 9th grade counselor for the past 12 years. Trish is truly a life-changer not only for students and families but for our staff as well. She has a pulse on so many aspects of Mercy life. She truly gets kids. She understands the angst ninth graders have transitioning to a new school and whole-heartedly believes all students can learn. She cheerleads for not only her counseling staff but for all of our staff. She has an endless supply of energy and creativity to start new programs. Additionally she goes the extra mile by doing things such as volunteering to be part of crazy dance routines to encourage students to sell raffle tickets, driving all over town to deliver special treats to incoming students during a pandemic while always making time to meet with a student in crisis. As Trish's administrator my life has been enriched having her in it. Working in partnership with her to improve our registration and scheduling process, creating a new school schedule, evaluating data to guide decision making about new programs and policies has been professionally stimulating but also with Trish downright fun. With her bubbly personality, ability to see from many perspectives and stick to it determination she is a great team player. As a friend and a colleague she has also been there to pick me up when the going got tough, not only professionally but personally, with a listening ear, gentle guidance or warm hug. She is a rock star in my book and so deserving of this honor!

Jennifer Burek Posted over a year ago

I’m not sure anyone exemplifies the term “life changer” as much as Trish Brown. I have had the pleasure of working in the counseling office with Trish for many years and have always been amazed with her abilities to counsel, coach and lead so many people. Each year, our new ninth graders could not be more lucky to have someone who advocates for them, helps them acclimate better and teaches them how to become self-sufficient, all while having an open door, a caring heart, and a willing ear no matter what. She goes above and beyond as well in her family life, personal life and outside work roles. She truly is a life changer for many!

Abbey Bentley Posted over a year ago

Trish is a golden ray from the Sun itself! Her vibrant enjoyment for life’s unparalleled, her fierce strength to stand for what’s right is inspirational and her natural warmth can be felt from miles away. Trish keeps this wild world spinning around!!

Stephanie Acho-Tartoni Posted over a year ago

It is a pleasure to write on behalf of Trish Brown. As a mom of three, I have encountered many school counselors at many different schools. However, none have stood out more exceptionally than Mrs. Brown. She has a true gift that allows her to extend herself to each student and ensure they feel loved, supported, and their best.

Jennifer Burek Posted over a year ago

I’m not sure anyone exemplifies the term “life changer” as much as Trish Brown. I have had the pleasure of working in the counseling office with Trish for many years and have always been amazed with her abilities to counsel, coach and lead so many people. Each year, our new ninth graders could not be more lucky to have someone who advocates for them, helps them acclimate better and teaches them how to become self-sufficient, all while having an open door, a caring heart, and a willing ear no matter what. She goes above and beyond as well in her family life, personal life and outside work roles. She truly is a life changer for many!

Laura Everett Posted over a year ago

Remember the movie, Mean Girls and how horrible they treated everyone they came in touch with? Well Trish is the complete opposite! Trish is one of the most understanding, empathetic and caring persons I have ever met. I truly am honored to work with her and watching her work is even better. She treats everyone with kindness. On top of that her style is just impeccable. I feel her magnetic personality and heart make her more than deserving of this award. Congrats!

Brandi Lavely Posted over a year ago

I have gotten to know Trish over the last six years of working together. Whenever I have an issue whether it's personal or professional, Trish always helps me. She never hesitates to invite me in for a chat or answer a text message on the weekend. Most recently I messaged her because I was about to have a difficult conversation with a student and I wanted some advice and resources. Even though I chose to help a student "after hours" it was by no means Trish's obligation to help me. She promptly responded with great tips. Professionally, Trish is always advocating for students. A strong concern that Trish has for our students surrounds mental health. Trish doesn’t just come forward with problems, she also offers potential solutions. She has created a Mental Health Club for students, organized Wellness Wednesdays, sends a monthly Counseling Corner newsletter and has an interactive bulletin board. I’m sure she has done many more things, but those are the things that immediately stand out to me. She also leads Link Crew for Freshwomen and transfer students. She helps make new students feel welcome and gives them a support network to help set them up for success. On a more personal note, a little over four years ago I suddenly lost my 8-week-old son. As you can imagine there was a lot that I was going through. After I returned to work, Trish checked in with me and always let me know she was there for me. One day I had a really rough time and she came to my office and chatted with me until I was calm enough to leave for the day. Additionally, she knew that I was really struggling with not being able to take the “month pictures” that show what your baby has learned that month and show how they’ve grown. She bought me Chinese lanterns and labeled them with his name and the month that he would have been so that each month I could write him a note and “send” it to him. As you can see, Trish tries to help in any area her strengths may be beneficial. She is a very warm and loving person. She truly is a life changer.

Colleen Byrn Posted over a year ago

If I had to describe Trish in one word, it would be life-changer. Every interaction I have had with her personally or professionally has been one that is life-giving, uplifting, and filled with care. She has the innate ability to meet people where they are, helping them to feel heard and understood. I have been truly inspired by words that she wrote for our students talking about her relationship with our school--she acknowledged that there would be some days and years that might be better or easier than others, but ultimately she chooses to be committed for the long haul. She shared with all of us that she vows each day before walking into the building to let today be good. I have never forgotten that. It changed me. Her dedication to our students and willingness to pour into all those around her is what makes her so deserving of this award.

Brian Posted over a year ago

I have witnessed firsthand Trish's role in raising young women to be leaders in the world. She was a positive role model for my daughter during her high school years and beyond, and I have seen the difference she makes in others, too. In addition to making a difference in the lives of countless students, she is a leader among leaders - making the environment and culture at Mercy better through the programs she leads. Trish is very deserving of this LifeChanger of the Year Award, and I'm happy her contributions are being recognized in this way.

Shelleyann Keelean Posted over a year ago

The great Fred Rogers once said “look for the helpers” and when I met Trish over a decade ago this quote truly came to life, I had found a someone who helps others find the good in every situation. I have had the privilege of working with Trish as a coach for the boomerang project for 10 years and each time I work with her I see the hope, kindness and endless support she gives to others. Trish’s ability to reach people and willingness to listen and guide them through difficult situations is so unique in this world. She finds a way to help people see their worth and believe in themselves. She is truly the definition of this award.

Ashley Miller Posted over a year ago

I’ve been working with Trish for almost a year now and I can’t sing her praises enough. Trish truly listens and provides excellent guidance, compassion, and empathy that has helped me work through many tough moments. One of things I’m most thankful for, especially this year, is having met Trish. I cannot thank her enough for the he positive impact she’s having on my life.

Stephanie Acho-Tartoni Posted over a year ago

It is a pleasure to write on behalf of Trish Brown. As a mom of three, I have encountered many school counselors at many different schools. However, none have stood out more exceptionally than Mrs. Brown. She has a true gift that allows her to extend herself to each student and ensure they feel loved, supported, and their best.

Matthew Rossana Posted over a year ago

Trish has been one of my best friends for over 20 years. She is the most sweet, thoughtful, and caring person I know. I’m so lucky to have known her for so long and it’s been an honor to watch her grow from a powder-blue-loving pixie punk into an amazing wife and mother. My life drastically changed at the start of this year when my dad lost his battle with cancer. The day after his funeral I was feeling lost and really needed someone to talk to, and without hesitation I turned to Trish. She knew the right times to listen, to offer advice, and to offer support. She’s truly an incredible counselor. The world is a better place because she does what she does, and I know she’s changing lives every day. Trish deserves this award not only because she should be recognized for accomplishments, but also because we need to elevate people like her so others know that these skills are valued and celebrated. The world needs more Trish Browns. Congratulations, Trish! You earned this.

Angela Segars Posted over a year ago

Bravo Trish Brown!! You are an exemplary counselor,administrator, student champion and the finest example of Mercy leadership that I’ve encountered! Mrs. Brown’s steadfast commitment to my daughter and her pursuit of academic excellence has been an extraordinary blessing. We even asked if it was possible to keep her as a counselor after freshwoman year! Although Mrs. Brown’s counseling duties officially ended, her work with Raquel was far from over! She has helped Raquel navigate course selections, summer programs, term papers and most importantly helping my daughter find her voice to advocate for herself and the Mercy community. I wholeheartedly support the nomination of Life Changer Award because that is exactly what you’ve done for my daughter and family! You are and have been the guiding light for Raquel’s Mercy Girl years. Words or awards cannot express the gratitude we have for all of the advice and words of wisdom she has imparted. There have been some extremely challenging situations in school that Trish has tirelessly and seamlessly helped navigate. Trish’s unyielding commitment to Raquel and her path never ceased. Her energy and grit is palpable. Thank you Trish Brown for being your authentic self and giving so selflessly when it was no longer required or even encouraged! May God continue to bless you in all of your endeavors and his good works. You’re an absolute gem Trish Brown. -Angela and Darryl Segars

Andrea Richard Posted over a year ago

I cannot think of anyone who deserves this award more than Trish Brown. She is such an amazing friend, mother, counselor, volunteer and all-around human. She is always there when I need her. Always offering words of encouragement and acts of kindness. She is willing to just sit and listen to me get stuff off my chest but will also kindly direct my thoughts back to a better place. She is creative, funny and a joy to be around. I have known Trish for almost 3 years and I thoroughly enjoy our friendship. Anyone who meets Trish is surely to feel the same way!

Laura Posted over a year ago

Every time I’m going through a milestone in my life from college graduation to marriage and recently pregnancy, I find myself reflecting back on my high school experience and thinking of the pivotal role Trish Brown played to help me get to where I am today. I truly believe the impact she had on helping me develop my emotional skillset and learning to care for myself has shaped me into the adult I am today. As I bring my own kiddo into this world soon, I cannot thank this incredible woman enough for showing me the compassion she did during a time I needed it most.

Alanna Smiddy Posted over a year ago

You rock!

Margaret-Ann Wommer Posted over a year ago

When I taught at Mercy, it was always a pleasure to see Trish in action. She started many initiatives, but my favorite was Mindful Mondays - a focus on the mental health of our students. She is a shining example of a true student advocate, but as I teacher, I always felt supported as well! I whole-heartedly believe that Trish is VERY deserving of this award!

Annette Brown Posted over a year ago

Trish is our beautiful daughter! Her heart is so filled with love for family, friends, co-workers and her students. Trish is such a hard worker and is always there for anyone who needs a helping hand or shoulder. Her students are such a big part of her life and she treats them all with such a caring heart. She is an amazing wife and mother! Trish is such a hands on mom and her daughter Quinn reflects that. Her dad and I are so proud and agree that Trish is an awesome pick for nomination and hope you know how much she deserves this! Trish. We love you very much ??

Olivia Mulhern Posted over a year ago

I was so lucky to have been involved in numerous programs along with Mrs. Brown during my time as a student at Mercy, and I have nothing but good things to say. Entering Mercy my sophomore year as a transfer student had me extremely anxious, however Mrs. Brown had already developed a full orientation program for all of us transfers that was nothing but welcoming and exciting. From my first day at Mercy, I knew I wanted to see more of Mrs. Brown. I was able to work with her on a few projects my junior year developing a mental health awareness program and preparing to become a Link Leader. I was not appointed a position as a Link Leader my junior year, but Mrs. Brown encouraged me and helped me to grow and prepare myself to apply again. Come senior year, I was officially a Link Leader and it was one of my highlights of my time at Mercy. Mrs. Brown is so full of light, promoting joy and passion everywhere she can. I have told Mrs. Brown on a couple occasions how amazing I think she is, but I don’t think I will ever be able to fully convey how much she impacted me as a person. She truly cares about each and every student, which is a thing you don’t see in every teacher. With my passion in Psychology and my attraction to helping people, I have told my Mercy friends on multiple occasions, “When I grow up I want to be Mrs. Brown”. I swear I’m not exaggerating! Mrs. Brown is incredible and I could not think of anyone more deserving of an accolade such as this.

Meg Makarewicz Posted over a year ago

Trish Brown is the epitome of a compassionate, fierce, and inspirational leader. She strives to effect meaningful change, and she has devoted her career to helping girls navigate the complexities of becoming a woman. She tackles the toughest of challenges with grace, charisma, and grit, and she serves as a role model that young women strive to emulate. During my time in high school, Mrs. Brown supported me through a very uncomfortable situation. Throughout it all, Mrs. Brown made me feel validated, heard, and at ease, and her guidance helped me restore confidence in myself. When Mrs. Brown identifies a problem, she immediately takes action and implements solutions to make a difference. She radiates kindness, and her dedication to her students is unparalleled. I cannot think of anyone more deserving of this award. Mrs. Brown has already made a tremendous impact on countless students' lives, and I am confident she will continue to do so in the years ahead. Her accomplishments merit commendation.

Mikayla K Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Brown absolutely changed my life. Link crew freshman year gave me a circle of friends to walk into the first day of school with. Later freshman year I found myself in a really dark place, and Mrs. Brown was the first one to reach out and talk me through everything on my mind when I was scared to talk to anyone else. Mrs. Brown sent me emails to brighten my day and met with me weekly to chat and have check ins. Mrs. Brown inspired me to join Link Crew as an upper class-man and I’m glad to have contributed to such a beautiful community she builds at Mercy. No matter how busy Mrs. Brown was managing hundreds of 9th graders to all of her work behind the scenes, to rapping Macklemore in 4 inch heels while about to have a baby ??, she ALWAYS had time for anyone that knocked on her door. Mrs. Brown, I cannot thank you enough for the love and laughs you brought me through High School and beyond!

Olivia Mulhern Posted over a year ago

I was so lucky to have been involved in numerous programs along with Mrs. Brown during my time as a student at Mercy, and I have nothing but good things to say. Entering Mercy my sophomore year as a transfer student had me extremely anxious, however Mrs. Brown had already developed a full orientation program for all of us transfers that was nothing but welcoming and exciting. From my first day at Mercy, I knew I wanted to see more of Mrs. Brown. I was able to work with her on a few projects my junior year developing a mental health awareness program and preparing to become a Link Leader. I was not appointed a position as a Link Leader my junior year, but Mrs. Brown encouraged me and helped me to grow and prepare myself to apply again. Come senior year, I was officially a Link Leader and it was one of my highlights of my time at Mercy. Mrs. Brown is so full of light, promoting joy and passion everywhere she can. I have told Mrs. Brown on a couple occasions how amazing I think she is, but I don’t think I will ever be able to fully convey how much she impacted me as a person. She truly cares about each and every student, which is a thing you don’t see in every teacher. With my passion in Psychology and my attraction to helping people, I have told my Mercy friends on multiple occasions, “When I grow up I want to be Mrs. Brown”. I swear I’m not exaggerating! Mrs. Brown is incredible and I could not think of anyone more deserving of an accolade such as this.

Sarah Schrimscher Posted over a year ago

Trisha truly has changed my life. When I was a student at Mercy there where many different times that I turned to Ms. Brown. She truly cares about each student and actively advocates for everyone. She and among us put on mental health awareness programs through her time at Mercy. Even after I graduated Ms. Brown always someone I could reach out too. When I was going through the hardest moment in my life she listened and made me feel so much better. She has impacted my life and has inspired me to make a difference in other peoples lives. Ms. Brown always make you feel welcomed, safe and heard. She is making impact on so many students. When my older brother wanted advice about schooling she was the first person to say if he needs to talk I am here. She is always there for her students, and friends.

Lisa Schrimscher Posted over a year ago

Trish is amazing. She treats every student with dignity. She assumes every student can be successful and works hard to show them how.

Kendall Reid Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Brown is the true heart of Mercy! I’m a 2016 graduate and former link crew member. Mrs. Brown has truly shaped Mercy into a welcoming, supportive and fun environment. From freshwomen fiesta to participating in every Mercy event, she goes above and beyond for every student. She truly changes lives every day. I wish there were more people like Mrs. Brown in the world.

Leslie Posted over a year ago

Trish has been one of my dearest friends for almost two decades (!!!) now. She is truly one of the beautiful hearted people I have ever known. She is an amazing wife and mother and strong career woman. She is genuine and honest and always goes beyond the extra mile for you, and so many many people everyday. I love her to pieces and I hope she wins! She deserves this and more!

Trish Marie Brown Posted over a year ago

Personally, I am a love filled, dedicated wife, mother, daughter, sister, and friend. I give my all to those I love. I am a care taker and find joy in being helpful to others. I truly believe in making a difference every day, as a personal and professional philosophy. I always smile at others, as my warm greeting may be the only one they receive that day. I pause every morning, before leaving the car (or I guess, these days, before I sign on remotely!), and remind myself of why I do what I do professionally. I believe our gifts exist to be shared and that living a life dedicated to helping others succeed is a fulfilling one. I would have never thought to call myself a "Life Changer", but wow, what a beautiful title that is. I'm a School Counselor and Therapist. Counselors are incredible people. We are human-being supporters, curriculum guidance masters, data collecting kings and queens, experts in coping skills, college counseling pros, and champions in multi-tasking. We provide a one-stop-shop for client, student, and parent needs. Counselors are indeed awesome, and by trade, we are also selfless human beings, rarely tooting our own horns or owning our own greatness. It is for this reason, that I, Trish Marie Brown, am going to comment here in support of my own nomination as a Life Changer. I am currently in the middle of my fourteenth year as a School Counselor. I spent one year working in a partnership position with Oakland Schools and Michigan Rehabilitation Services, and have enjoyed the last twelve school years with Mercy High School in Farmington Hills. I was hired at Mercy High School in June 2008 as the Ninth Grade Counselor; a brand new position. Upon starting at this all female, college preparatory school, I asked: “So, what does the 9th grade Counselor program entail?” to which I was told: “We don’t know! What do you have in mind?” Over time, I have created what is a very successful high school transition program and in 2018, I was promoted to Department Chairperson, allowing me to tap into my leadership skills and have a hand in all facets of Mercy’s Counseling Curriculum. I am responsible for instituting many other effective Counseling interventions and programs at Mercy as well, and would love to tell you a bit about a few of my notable professional successes, in addition to what I have shared in my award application. Prior to 2008, Mercy High School’s Counseling Department did not offer group counseling (which happens to be one of my favorite modalities). During the first year at my school, I created CHAT (Caring, Helping, Acting, Talking), a group counseling program that I am still running today. Mercy’s CHAT program has offered groups focused on social skills, managing anxiety, children of divorce, adoption, and grief and loss. What I love about group counseling is that we can create not only a space that is safe, but a rare space where students can relate to each other in experience and emotion. Often, our group space is the only space where our students find this relatability and understanding. As a professional, this process is most moving and so fulfilling. In 2010, my research led me to an Orientation and Transition program called Link Crew, by The Boomerang Project. I knew that this program was exactly what Mercy High School needed. Our school is full of many beautiful traditions and historical practices. One not so beautiful cultural practice that I aimed to change, was how our community treated our youngest students and my primary focus; our 9th graders. After attending an information session, consulting with a local Link Crew Coordinator, and requesting guidance from the founders of The Boomerang Project, I prepared a presentation for our Administrative Team, explaining why this research based program was absolutely necessary at Mercy. This was risky-the cost for attending the necessary Link Crew Coordinator Training was expensive and implementing such a program would require replacing another (ineffective) program that had been a Mercy High School “tradition” for decades. After I finished my presentation, our President handed me her school credit card and with a smile, instructed me to register for the Coordinator Training. Our school is now entering into our 10th year of Mercy Link Crew and our program is identified as a model, top-notch, by-the-book program, even hosting a Link Leader Conference, attended by 10-12 other Link Crew programs, each Fall. As proud as I am to share the recognized success of Mercy Link Crew, I am most proud of the positive culture shift this program has caused within our students. We are now a school community who celebrates 9th graders in a big way and the leadership skills and personal development our Link Leaders receive are extremely valuable and effective. Our program is one that Junior and Senior students want to be a part of (we had 126 applicants for 36 spots this year!) and one that is an absolute joy to coordinate. I love my job. It is not an easy one and it is often a thankless one. With that said, it is also impactful, fulfilling, exciting, and no two school days are the same! My job provides me with more than a paycheck; my job makes me feel valuable, knowing that each and every work day, I have made a positive difference in at least one young person’s life. I spend much of my work day encouraging others to be brave, love themselves, and to know their worth. For this reason, I am taking this moment to buy a little bit of what I sell each day; I am making a brave move, out of love for myself, and promoting my own worth as a "Life Changer". I am such a proud member of my community and personally proud of myself for taking this opportunity to comment on my own profile. It is with pride and excitement that I enthusiastically recommend myself, Mrs. Trish Marie Brown, for Life Changer of the Year. Thank you for your consideration and for creating such an amazing opportunity for so many caring, hard working human beings!

Carolyn Hill Posted over a year ago

Trish has been a part of the Boomerang Project's team for 10 years and during that time has been a part of changing educators' lives. She provides insight, compassion and leadership for all who participate. Trish is the first to show up and the last to leave. In her gentle way, she is a force; with her huge smile, she welcomes people to change; she leaves a mark in every room she enters. Trish Brown is something special.

Katie Posted over a year ago

It's been over 5 years since I was in high school and I still reflect on how hard of a worker Trish Brown was (and is). I dontkniw a single person more dedicated to making her workplace that of inclusion, optimism, and opportunity. I became close to her when I was at my lowest of lows and without her, I don't think I would have been able to get myself back up. She deserves this more than anyone in the world

Kristen Casey Posted over a year ago

Trish is so deserving of this award!! She makes our school community a better place. I am in awe of her positive energy and enthusiasm.

Heather Boji Posted over a year ago

I am so excited to have the opportunity to finally be able to talk about Mrs. Brown how much of an enormous impact she has had on my family. As a mother of three girls who have been and are part of the Mercy community she has been there for all my girls in different ways. She is an amazing counselor, mentor and most of all human being. She has been instrumental in changing and guiding these young girls not only as freshman, future leaders, but becoming young women who are aware of themselves and are conscious of the world around them. For me, and especially my daughter Grace I feel like she was not only a major part of her academic growth, but her personal growth as well. She has been there during times when Grace has been her most successful but more importantly always available during her times of need. I feel that Mrs. Brown has been one of the most influential women in Grace’s life. I am so grateful that she was part of my children’s lives and will forever be thankful for her.

Christin Schmitt Posted over a year ago

There is no mistake that Trish Brown was put into my life on purpose! Trish changes my life for the better one day at a time and she does it without effort or self realization. Trish and I are friends, neighbors, coworkers, and mothers of two little besties in the second grade. The amount of love and devotion that she puts into each of those roles is unparalleled. Trish spoke so passionately about Mercy High School, the work she does there, and the students she interacts with, that when she told me about a job opening there I couldn't pass it up. The chance to work with Trish and see her in action has been amazing! She sees a need for something, gets perspective from those involved, and immediately sets up a plan to solve that need. She is like that with her friendships as well. I know she is just a phone call away or a walk down the street with help whenever my family or I need it. Trish truly is a life changer because she does the little stuff on a daily basis which adds up to huge changes.

Madison Flyte Posted over a year ago

I had a wonderful high school experience with Trish Brown! When I was a freshman at Mercy High School I was welcome with open arms by our Link Crew she ran! I never felt more at home and began making friendships right away due to the program. It made me want to be apart of it my Junior and Senior year. Trish always wanted everyone to feel accepted, cared for and heard while at school. She is an amazing mentor, counselor and even now as a mom too! I loved my time at Mercy and she definitely helped make it a better place and continues to do so!

Julie Ivers Posted over a year ago

I have been working with Trish for the past six months, and I can say, already, that she has had an incredible impact on my life. She is thoughtful, kind, and an amazing listener. Trish welcomed me with open arms and has supported my growth from day one. Without a doubt, I would not be where I am today--as comfortable in my own skin and as confident in handling whatever comes my way--without her. She has given me the tools to work through my emotions and has allowed me to strike the perfect balance between taking things seriously and letting things go. I feel that Trish truly understands me; she has the gift of connecting with others, and while I know she juggles helping many people, she is always intentional in her time with me. Through her, I've gained not only peace of mind, but friendship! On top of wearing many hats and excelling in her work, Trish such a fun, goofy, intelligent, complex, and unique individual. I am so lucky to have Trish in my life, and I'm sure many others feel the same way.

Sandy Mals Posted over a year ago

Congrats, Trish! The title of this award fits you perfectly - thanks for all you do for the students of Mercy High School!

Daniel Posted over a year ago

Trish is hands down the most caring, understanding, and selfless person I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. She truly cares about those around her and in her community and does all she can to help them with their individual issues or needs. She consistently goes above and beyond what's expected of her without hesitation or complaint and does all she can to help people take the steps they need to in order to better themselves. She pushes people to see and recognize themselves and their own self-worth but in a caring nurturing way without judgment or callousness. Her efforts should not go unnoticed or unrecognized, her humble caring nature has been a massive influence to all those around her whether it is professionally, personally, socially, or in the community as a whole. Her efforts, knowledge, and attitude have been a benefit to sooo many people around her, all of whom, I am sure, have nothing but the most respect and gratitude to her for everything she's done.

Carly Posted over a year ago

There is no one more deserving of this award than Trish Brown!!! I absolutely hated the fact that my parents got to decide where I went to high school and resented even thinking about going to school there.... until I met Trish. From the very beginning she made herself approachable and friendly. She would check-in to make sure my transition was going well and never failed to ask if she could help me in any way. Turns out she because my go to girl all throughout high school. She sat and read every English book with me that I had to read since reading comprehension was something I struggles so hard with. She involved me, trusted me, and helped me grow. Trish is continuing to do this for hundreds of more ladies year after year. She empowers every single person she comes across and makes them feel love no matter who they are. Trish Brown is more deserving of this award than anyone I have ever met before.

Abby Bartes Posted over a year ago

Have you ever met a human you thought for sure was an angel, sent to you to guide you on life’s journey, laugh with you and simply bring the best out of you? This is Trish Brown. If you know her or even have the chance to meet her, consider yourself blessed ??

Shawndra Hernton Posted over a year ago

Dear Life Changer Award Committee, It is with great pleasure that I type the following comment on behalf of Mrs. Trish Brown. I have had the good fortune of partnering in education with Mrs. Brown, as principal of Beechview Elementary School. Mrs. Brown faithfully served our learning community as a PTA Board Member. Her parent leadership in this role positively impacted the school experience of our students, staff and families. One example of her exemplary leadership was her organization of our Beechview Fun Run. Organizing this important school fundraising event was a monumental task. Mrs. Brown rose to the occasion and successfully facilitated this event with excellence. Her superb communication skills, collaborative teamwork and creative problem solving were priceless and truly contributed to the success of this special PTA event! Thank you for affording me the opportunity to share a comment in support of Mrs. Brown. Please feel free to contact me if I can be of further assistance in this process. Together in Education, Shawndra Hernton

Hilary Meehan Posted over a year ago

Trish is a neighbor who quickly turned friend. Her personality lights up any room she enters. In addition to her full-time job as a counselor, part-time job as a counselor, and being an amazing mom to her daughter, I have had the opportunity to watch Trish excel as a volunteer. On the school PTA board, Trish put on what has been described as the most organized and successful Fun Runs. This event helped raise money for the school. She was also the social chair on the neighborhood pool board. Both kids and adults excitedly participated in the many events she put on. Even this past summer during the pandemic, she could have easily said the club would not have events, but she got creative and put on some of our all time favorite events. She did all this with the additional challenge of keeping people socially distanced. It has been great having Trish as a friend, especially through this pandemic. Trish helped put on socially distanced "mom walks" through our neighborhood and brought smiles to neighbors faces with encouraging sidewalk designs. When the weather became colder and people were starting to get discouraged, Trish left surprise little packages on people's porches. Trish is an encourager to others and always willing to listen. It has been a blessing to have her as a friend!

Ebon Wilkins Posted over a year ago

Trish has been super instrumental in our daughters success and mental well being at Mercy. We are truly grateful for her.

Nanci Hambrick Posted over a year ago

While Trish's accomplishments leading the counseling department at Mercy are captured well by Mrs. Sattler in the nominee profile, I want to share a more personal story about how Trish has made a difference in my daughter's life. My daughter was a reluctant transfer student to Mercy High School halfway through the 2019-2020 school year. My husband and I were fairly vague about the reasons behind the transfer request, fearing a rejection from Mercy if we were transparent. It was very clear that our family was in crisis when we met with Trish to discuss scheduling and other transfer student details. We later learned that our daughter told Trish about some of the challenges she faced at her old high school as well as a recent mental health diagnosis during that initial interview meeting. Trish handled the situation with grace, empathy and patience, and created a path for our daughter to view transferring to Mercy as a positive new beginning. Unbeknownst to us, Trish hand selected students in leadership to connect with our daughter and reached out to teachers about our daughter's transfer status. Trish reached out to our daughter regularly to check in and consulted with our daughter's therapist to provide additional information and support. Trish embraced our daughter and normalized her mental health struggle in a profoundly life-changing way. Trish saw our daughter at her hardest point and embraced her as she was. As a parent, I could not ask for a greater or more necessary gift during that hard time. Fast forward almost a year and our daughter is actively engaged at Mercy and is comfortable sharing her past and her struggles with other students. During suicide awareness month, our daughter contributed to the school-wide discussion about suicide organized by Trish and feels proud of her ability to give back. Our daughter has done a lot of hard work to learn and grow and Trish's support has been part of that process. Parenting often feels like an adventure- it is fun when you know where you are going and scary when you feel lost. Trish is like an unexpected guide that you stumble across when lost, who helps you find the way back to your path. Trish is the person you hope your child has the opportunity to cross paths with in life.

Shelleyann Keelean Posted over a year ago

The great Fred Rogers once said “look for the helpers” and when I met Trish over a decade ago this quote truly came to life, I had found a someone who helps others find the good in every situation. I have had the privilege of working with Trish as a coach for the boomerang project for 10 years and each time I work with her I see the hope, kindness and endless support she gives to others. Trish’s ability to reach people and willingness to listen and guide them through difficult situations is so unique in this world. She finds a way to help people see their worth and believe in themselves. She is truly the definition of this award.

Stephanie Bellisario Posted over a year ago

I believe Trish Brown is an excellent example of a life changer award recipient because she is exactly what the title says-a life changer. All three of my daughters have had the pleasure and privilege to have had Trish Brown as their counselor. She was a great source of support and helped navigate them through freshman year. I personally feel she is a life changer. Several years ago when I needed help getting my youngest daughter the accommodations she needed to show her true academic skills she was in on every email and most importantly came to the meeting we had with several members of the Mercy staff. She goes above and beyond her job description. She has been a blessing to my family and the many Mercy students that she has helped throughout the years.

Sue Roeske Posted over a year ago

Her dedication to helping others is so admirable. She listens better than any other woman I know. She listens for understanding and support and truly cares. She steps into roles that are challenging but knows she can make a lasting impact. She sacrifices herself so that others can be lifted, loved and supported.