EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH
Alex was first hired at MMI as a Community Connection Coach. She caught on very quickly and has been a team player since the beginning. While working in Community Connections Alex started a new group at the Farwell Soup Kitchen. This group has been a great success with MMI participants as well as with everyone at the soup kitchen. A Home Provider called to report that she observed Alex with her group at the bowling alley. She said that Alex had excellent rapport with persons served and that she is very patient. During the past year Alex transferred to the Employment Connections program. Alex is working in the Learning Center in Clare and assisting persons served in volunteering and exploring the community to develop job skills that will lead to Competitive Integrated Employment. Alex is an excellent addition to the Employment Connection team, and she is dedicated to teaching persons served skills which will lead them to obtaining independent employment. MMI is fortunate to have Alex on our team!!
Sheila YaneySouthern Operations
MMI’s Employee of the Month for July is Sheila Yaney. Sheila has worked for MMI for several years in the Southern Operations Community Connections Program. Sheila worked very well with one client for many of those years. She was well liked and trusted by the family. Sheila decided to make a transition into serving multiple people with more community-based goals. Sheila has done an outstanding job at adjusting to this new routine. She has been able to assist multiple people in becoming included members of their communities through various opportunities. These opportunities have included the attendance at an all-woman bible study for a young lady who struggled to make friends and an opportunity for a young man to volunteer at a school setting up learning materials for the next day. For the young man setting up learning materials it has helped him to become more interested in the opportunities for growth in his own learning. Sheila continues to assist persons served in looking for new opportunities for growth within their own communities. Sheila is an excellent asset to MMI and the Community Connection Team. She is truly leading the way to inclusive communities.
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.