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January 2019

Deb Steere

Mt. 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.

December 2018

Cindy Kolhoff

Mt. 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.

November 2018

Marlaina Kiggins

Mt. 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.

October 2018

Birgit Roat


MMI’s Employee of the Month for October is Birgit Roat. Birgit began her career with MMI on March 1, 1989, in the Clare Branch as a Connections Coach in Transitional Employment. Birgit has been with MMI for many years and has recently transitioned from being a manufacturing job coach to being a Learning Center Coach. She was apprehensive about the recent changes that have taken place throughout MMI and even though this change was not something that Birgit would have chosen to do, she has faced every day with a good attitude. And all though we are still working out the details, things seem to be going smoother all the time. Birgit often goes above and beyond to offer assistance and support to her supervisors, co-workers, and new staff. She is always willing to do whatever it takes to provide quality services for our participants. Birgit is a very caring person, who treats the persons served at MMI with the utmost dignity and respect. She is dedicated and a good role model for the staff and persons served. We are pleased to have her on the Clare team.

September 2018

Mary Casner

Mt. Pleasant

MMI’s Employee of the Month for September is Mary Casner. Mary has worked in Community Connections in Mount Pleasant since October of 1994. She began her career at MMI as a substitute, quickly becoming a permanent full time staff. Over the years Mary has worked in MMI’s community groups, manufacturing areas and provided one to one support for variety of people. Mary has worked with one individual for many years now and does a fantastic job in this position. Mary provides excellent customer service & active treatment to the individual she is working with. She has a great relationship with the entire support team for this person. Mary is a strong advocate for all the persons served at MMI, and especially for the person she works so closely with. She does a great job of supporting and promoting MMI’s mission. She is quick to anticipate the needs of the person she works with and is good at troubleshooting any issues they face. Mary can be counted on to do what’s best for this person in any given situation.

Mary is great about honoring commitments she makes to others. She works well with her team and other co-workers at MMI. She can be counted on to pitch in and help whenever she is able to. She loves to promote fun at work and is very encouraging to others who might be having a tough day. As you can tell by her picture, she loves the holidays. We especially look forward to Christmas when she busts out her many holiday cd’s and can be heard singing along to them. Mary is a positive, enthusiastic person who brings a lot of energy and laughter to the department.

August 2018

Stephanie Sinclair


MMI’s Employee of the Month for August is Stephanie Sinclair. Stephanie started with MMI in 2014 as a Mentor for Project Search, then became a Job/CLS Coach. In 2015 Stephanie was promoted to Connection Coordinator for MMI’s Southern Operations Office. With each position, Stephanie has always done a great job and does her best to advocate for the people we serve. Besides her coordinator duties, Stephanie provides back up support for almost any service location that MMI’s Southern Opperations has. Stephanie is seen as the go to person for the Southern Operations office. She is often reminded that she is only one person, as she is too willing to take any and all projects as they come up. She is the ultimate team player. Staff in MMI’s Southern Operations cannot imagine having a team without her.