- Title: Supervisor, DMM
- Hometown: Taylorsville, OH (near Hillsboro)
- Current home: Eastgate area
- Proudest life accomplishment: My kids, of course; but also being a “Nana” to 4 wonderful grandkids.
- Favorite local hangouts: Padrino’s, Scene 75
Sometimes life presents you with moments when you have a unique opportunity to do something of extreme importance in service to someone else. That opportunity presented itself to Michelle McNeal and her family on Sunday, June 14, 2020.
Returning home from a lake vacation, the McNeal family pulled into their subdivision and saw the police standing at the door of their neighbor’s house. Soon they found out there had been a horrific domestic violence incident resulting in the death of both parents. The three kids now had no mother or father and no family in the area, since they had moved to the U.S. from Cameroon, Africa nearly sixteen years ago.
“I couldn’t help but think, ‘If that was my children, who would be there to help them?’” Michelle said. They offered to take the kids in and within two weeks had legal custody.
It was this act of generosity during that moment of extreme need that earned Michelle the Pamela D. Sibcy Community Service Award for 2021. Michelle was presented the award on September 10 at Sibcy Cline’s annual “Celebrate” awards event.
Michelle, who is the supervisor for direct mail marketing and has been with Sibcy Cline for 20 years this year, credits the flexibility of being able to work from home during COVID as one of the things that has made the transition to her new family life go smoothly. In addition, she values her co-workers who help create a supportive work environment that “overall, feels like my family.”
The feeling of family is something that Michelle knows well—and has a gift for creating, not just at work but in her own home. Within a few months, the counselors the family worked with reported the kids were very comfortable at the McNeal home and had adjusted well to the change. “They are all happy to be under one roof together…they call it ‘home’,” Michelle said.
In the video below, Michelle shares her story:
“Michelle is so very deserving of this award. She has changed the lives for three young people! After working closely with her for many years, her kindness and generosity are very evident. I was honored to have the Community Service Award given to her in my name,” said Pam Sibcy.
This is the first year the community service award has been named for Pam Sibcy. Over her 40-year career with Sibcy Cline, Pam has been involved with numerous charitable organizations including the American Red Cross, American Diabetes Association, Kidney Foundation, Good Samaritan Hospital, Summit Country Day School, Cincinnati Zoo (Zoofari), Cincinnati Bicentennial Salute to Our Stars, Aronoff Center’s grand opening, Dress for Success, The Children’s Home of Cincinnati, and many others. Pam (and Rob Sibcy) endowed the Sibcy House at The Lindner Center of HOPE as well as co-chaired the capital campaign.
Pam is the VP of Marketing for Sibcy Cline, married to Chairman of the Board Rob Sibcy, and is the mother of the company’s president, Robin Sheakley. She places a high value on giving back to the community and initiated the Sibcy Cline community service award many years ago to recognize agents and employees who are doing outstanding work to serve others.
“Pam is the most compassionate and caring person and she makes working with her feel like family,” Michelle said. “I’m incredibly honored to be recognized for this award, but the fact that Pam is so respected in the community for her commitment to service makes it even more special.”