EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH
Becky OverfieldMt. Pleasant
MMI’s Employee of the Month for June is Becky Overfield. Becky has worked in MMI’s Community Connections program as a coach in Mount Pleasant since March of 2018.
She works primarily with groups of persons served in a variety of activities in the community but has also stepped up when additional coverage has been needed for CC 1-1 services and does a great job in both areas. Becky is enthusiastic and makes things fun for the persons served and her coworkers. She displays a kind caring heart when working with others. Becky made a point early in her employment with MMI to spend time getting to know everyone that she was going to be working with to provide the best service she could for them. It didn’t take long for her to form some great relationships with persons served, which is evident in her daily interactions. Becky is a great advocate for the individuals that she works with and does an outstanding job of promoting their independence. She is very encouraging when she is working with people. Becky also stepped up to cover some transportation routes for MMI that opened and have now been added to her weekly schedule. She is also quick to cover other routes at the last minute which is greatly appreciated.
MMI’s Employee of the Month for May is Jessica Turley. Jessica who is a Youth Employment Specialist (YES) has been with MMI since October 2017. She started as part youth staff and part employment specialist for Clare county. That lasted about three months. When youth services began to boom, and Gladwin county was added, she then became a full-time youth staff. Since then she has been very instrumental in the expanded growth of MMI’s youth program. She has supported her fellow YES’s with training, coverage and as an ear to listen when needed. Last summer she coordinated the Evart youth project and assisted with Isabella and Gratiot summer programs as well. She fills in for the Alma program when needed and is very good at organizing. She has helped develop many systems that are used for youth services including our program outcome data collection tool. This school year started off a bit slow for Jessica, but it ramped up very quickly. She added several new schools, some new duties and she will be transferring to the Isabella/Gratiot YES position. It takes a team to make MMI’s youth services a success, but it takes people with dedication like Jessica’s to make up that team.
Brian TriselMt. Pleasant
MMI’s Employee of the Month for April is Brian Trisel. Brian began his career with MMI in February of 2000 as an Employment Coach for the Central Michigan University grounds crew. In July 2003, he was promoted to the position of Program Specialist. In this role, Brian provides coverage in all the different counties that MMI serves and takes on a 7 day on-call float rotation at least once a month. Right after the first of this new year, one of MMI’s Employment Coaches became extremely ill. This position requires someone with a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL). Due to staffing changes, Brian was the only staff person with a CDL. At first it was expected that this would be for a few weeks, but those few weeks turned into two months that, Brian worked to cover this contract. Besides working full time providing coverage, he also had his regular job responsibilities to attend to. So, he came in on Saturdays to do catch up on the mandatory items of his Program Specialist position. The two months that he kept this schedule were extremely stressful. As we know here in Michigan, the weather has not been the best for our recycling crews and Brian was a trooper working in the extreme conditions. Brian has been a real team player throughout this time and is commended for his efforts. MMI is proud to name Brian as the April Employee of the Month.
Nick WojciechowskiMt. Pleasant
MMI’s Employee of the Month for March is Nick Wojciechowski. Nick has been with MMI since October of 2010. He began working in MMI’s Mt. Pleasant Community Connections Department and for the last several years has been providing individualized services for a person served. Nick has done a great job working with his assigned person and recently with Nicks support, the individual was able to start working on an MMI Community Employment crew at a local business. With Nick’s guidance and support the person has been very successful and has been willing and able to work almost any day they are needed. Nick’s willingness to take on new challenges will hopefully open many more doors for this individual in the future. Nick is a terrific team player; he is well liked by the persons served at MMI, his co-workers, managers, the home staff and funding sources. He demonstrates this support by taking on additional assignments at the last minute. Nick is a joy to work with. He is kind, gentle and cares a great deal for all the persons served by MMI. Nick is willing to help in any situation. He is a very dedicated employee and a great asset to the MMI team.
MMI’s Employee of the Month for February is Sara Miller. Sara has been with MMI since November of 2013. She began as a substitute for MMI’s Clare branch where she covered in almost every department including filling in for our office associate. It wasn’t long before she became a full-time community coach and then recently became an employment coach for the Clare Learning Center. Sara’s bubbly personality, dedication, organization, and creative spirit makes her a good fit for the Learning Center. Sara is very flexible and is willing to cover other program areas when needed, including transportation at the last minute. She is kind and caring to everyone she meets. Sara goes out of her way to greet everyone every day. She is truly a team player and when she’s around you can’t help but be in a good mood. She is well liked by staff and persons served and is a wonderful role model for anyone who is fortunate enough to be around her.
Deb SteereMt. Pleasant
MMI’s Employee of the Month for January is Deb Steere. She began her career at MMI as an Office Associate in April of 2002 in Mt. Pleasant. In February of 2005, Deb was promoted to her present position of Accounting Specialist. Deb has a very complex and constantly heavy workload handling MMI’s staff and persons served payrolls. She conducts these responsibilities very efficiently and is still always willing to take time to answer questions and explain payroll procedures with a smile on her face. Her knowledge of MMI’s policy and procedures and her understanding of cause and effect within the software systems of MITC and Great Plains programs make her a great resource for MMI’s leadership team when they are trying to figure out how to handle unusual timekeeping situations. Her commitment to providing great internal customer service is really appreciated. She is appreciated for her attention to detail and her willingness to be helpful. Deb has wonderful internal customer service and MMI is pleased to name her as the January’s Employee of the Month.
Cindy KolhoffMt. Pleasant
MMI’s Employee of the Month for December is Cindy Kolhoff, Executive Assistant. Cindy has been with MMI since 2011. She began in MMI’s Mt. Pleasant office as the Office Associate and then was promoted to the position of Executive Assistant in 2013.
Cindy is helpful to staff whatever their needs are. Cindy is very responsive to our persons served and makes them feel important through one on one communication. She is very professional and has embraced the duties of her position. Some of the numerous projects Cindy has assisted with include, creating spreadsheets and answering numerous Excel questions; developing forms at a moment’s notice and producing lists for reports with very short time lines. She is also instrumental with the planning of MMI’s annual Night of Celebration, the Employment Recognition Event, and the United Way activities for Isabella County. Cindy also coordinates all the orders for MMI-logoed apparel several times a year. Recently, Cindy spent many hours organizing the documents needed for MMI’s CARF survey, making sure that all the materials the surveyors needed were available and easy to find. Cindy is a very good listener and an excelled problem solver. She is very knowledgeable in many areas of the agency and is a great resource for all.
Marlaina KigginsMt. Pleasant
MMI’s Employee of the Month for November is Marlaina Kiggins. Marlaina has been working in MMI’s Mt. Pleasant Community Connections 1-1 program since July of 2017. She is a very dedicated, hardworking and dependable staff. Marlaina is well liked by the individuals and their families that she provides supports for. Marlaina works full time and attends Central Michigan University where she is studying to become a special education teacher. Even with this very full schedule, Marlaina will adjust her calendar whenever possible to help in Community Connections and in MMI’s Learning Center when there is a need. Her co-workers at MMI, speak very highly of her and complement her on her enthusiasm and how she can step in and get the job done, whatever the task is. She is a wonderful team player and is greatly appreciated by her manager and co-workers alike.