EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH
MMI’s Employee of the Month for July is Deb Price. Deb has held a variety of positions over the past 25+ years in both MMI’s Mt. Pleasant and now Clare offices. She began as an Activity Aide/Transportation Aide in 1992, and then became a Rehabilitation Group Leader II in the Adult Activity Adjustment Program. This position’s title changed to Connections Coach in 1997. As a Connections Coach, she worked in MMI’s Transitional Employment Programs and in 2015 her title changed to Job Coach.
Deb has recently transitioned from being in MMI’s manufacturing area to working on skill building in the Clare Learning Center. The transition was not something that came easy as Deb had been in manufacturing for many years. As time has gone on, she has become more optimistic, and has witnessed some successes with the people served by MMI. She is excited about the things that she gets to present each day. Deb is a genuine and caring person who goes out of her way to ensure the best services possible for the people served by MMI.
MMI’s Employee of the Month for June is Cassidy Myers. Cassidy has been with MMI since October of 2017 as a Coordinator in MMI’s Southern Operations office. Cassidy has been diligent at working with MMI’s funding sources to assure that new referrals are coming in more completely from the beginning so that there is not a delay in time as to when the services can begin. She has been instrumental in working with her supervisor to come up with a new plan for MMI to be invited more regularly to Person Centered Planning (PCP) meetings for the people served by MMI. Because of her passion to improve the Community Connections (CC) group experience and her unwillingness to take “no” as an option the newest activities for CC group have been phenomenal. Most recently Cassidy was able to secure a huge cost savings for the participants on a CC activity at the Soaring Eagle Waterpark, Free Griffon Hockey Tickets, and believe it or not Free Detroit Tiger Tickets not only for one game that the group has already attended, but also for a second game in August. Cassidy’s dedication to the people she serves is an inspiration.
Dennis EdwardsMt. Pleasant
MMI’s Employee of the Month for May is Dennis Edwards. Dennis first began with MMI as an evening janitorial crew Job Coach in May 2017, and then after a brief hiatus returned in August of 2017. Presently, Dennis is one of MMI’s Job Coach Floats, who are trained to cover a wide variety of contracts, and work on other special projects. Dennis learned the requirements of the job sites very quickly. Besides providing contract and crew coverage, he also spends time completing performance measurements so that the people served by MMI are paid correctly. Dennis also travels throughout the MMI offices completing assigned tasks as needed, such as hard floor care and carpet cleaning. He is very flexible with his time and helps out whenever and wherever possible. No matter what he is faced with Dennis always has a smile, a joke, a teamwork attitude, and a positive outlook. He is well liked by his co-workers, contract customers, and the people served by MMI.
Christy BaughnMt. Pleasant
MMI’s Employee of the Month for April is Christy Baughn. Christy returned to MMI in August of 2015 as a Connections Coach after a six year hiatus. She previously worked in our Alma Branch as a coach for 13 years. Christy is a hard worker who does a great job helping MMI’s persons served to connect with the community. She works with a variety of groups and does an excellent job with them all, but has a couple that stand out. Christy does an outstanding job with the individuals that go to the Farmer’s Market, Isabella County Restoration House’s day shelter for homeless individuals and collecting donation canisters at local businesses for the Isabella County’s Soup Kitchen. She is great at promoting independence with the individuals she works with. Christy is encouraging, and offers people many different opportunities to participate in activities that have a positive impact on the community. She is well liked by the persons served she works with and goes out of her way to get to know them as individuals, which help make their experiences at MMI positive. Christy is a team player who can be counted on to jump right in and get things done. She is also a driver for one of the MMI van routes, but doesn’t hesitate to cover other routes if she is available. With her experience & knowledge, she’s a great resource for all staff but especially the new employees that come into the department appreciate her guidance. MMI is proud to acknowledge Christi Baugh as the April Employee of the Month.
Judy JefferyMt. Pleasant
MMI’s Employee of the Month for March is Judy Jeffery. Judy is a long time staff in MMI’s Transitional Employment Program. 28 years of providing service to individuals and treating everyone with dignity and respect is one of the reasons why Judy was selected as the Employee of the Month. Judy has done a wonderful job with MMI’s recent transitions. She has been relocated several times and has done well adapting to whatever space she is given. The individuals with whom she works are often seen with a smile on their face and seem to really enjoy working with her. Judy is willing to help out in any area at MMI that she is asked. She is constantly on the go and always helping persons served in one area. All while providing excellent services for the participants. Judy often has conversations with her participants asking questions such as, “Would you like to work in the community?” Or “What do you think you would be good at?” which helps them identify areas that they may be interested in working in the future.
During her career at MMI, Judy has worked with many people and she makes a point of getting to know each person as individuals and tries to understanding their own personal aspirations. Judy is a strong advocate to find meaningful work that each person can do. The family members and guardians of the people we serve have been known to speak her praises as she not only is a trusted MMI staff, but to some she has been “one of the family
MMI’s Employee of the Month for February is Annette Nedved. Annette is a Job Coach for MMI’s Southern Operation Community Employment (CE) program. She is a critical puzzle piece for Southern Ops, as she is dependable and reliable. Annette is the job coach, five days per week for the crew that covers the Secretary of State office and the JC Penney in Greenville. This crew starts their day very early in the morning at 5:30 am and since Annette provides transportation for the crew, her day begins even earlier. Annette is a strong advocate for the people that she works with. She assists them when they need to problem solve issues that arise, not only in the work environment, but also with personal issues. Annette is also a Community Living Supports (CLS) coach in the afternoon for a few days a week. The guardian for the ladies she supports has asked if Annette could be cloned because she is so good at what she does. Annette is truly an asset to MMI and our Southern Operations with all that she does to enhance the lives of those that she serves by developing inclusive communities and meaningful connections.