EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH
Nicole HaufbauerSouthern Operations
Nicole has been a refreshing addition to the community Connections program in Southern Operations. She has gone above and beyond in the time that she has been with MMI. She is almost always willing to cover extra shifts for her coworkers to ensure quality programming for our participants. She is willing to take on other additional duties when asked., such as finding new volunteer sites for the individuals that she coaches. She is sure to include lots of details and facts when she writes her summaries to assure that services are documented according to agency standards. Nicole has been able to form a bond with a person who waited for some time to have the opportunity to work with MMI. When the manager of the program recently followed up with the guardian of one of our participants, she stated, “We love her. Please let us keep her forever!!!” It is Nicole’s dedication to helping people grow in their independence that has made her such a good fit for the MMI team. Keep up the great work. You are helping lead the way to inclusive communities.
Lexie was hired in February of this year as a contingent Community Coach in Clare.
She hit the ground running and quickly began showing interest in many different areas.
Within her first month she accepted a full-time position with an individual in Clare.
She has worked diligently to assist him in making progress toward his personal goals.
Lexie’s passion for creating inclusive communities has shown in her day to day work.
She is fun and shows compassion with program participants and her teammates. She
is always willing to pick up a transportation shift when needed and has even volunteered
to help a Community Employment Team in Clare three mornings a week. She has a
“Can Do” attitude and is a pleasure to work with.
Congratulations to Lexie on being selected as Employee of the Month for November.
Amanda LawsonMt. Pleasant
Amanda has worked in several roles since starting with the MMI team in 2015. Amanda hit the ground running in her new position as Communication Specialist. She has revised the Cutting Edge to be a better communication tool for our staff. She has made significant changes to the format and content we share on social media. The agency has received many positive comments about the new content and the positive focus of the posts. She also worked very hard to make sure MMI was well represented at the Dow Great Lakes Bay LPGA golf tournament, making sure MMI met the requirements we agreed to and spending long (and HOT) days on the golf course to cheer on our players. This resulted in both a $9000 donation to MMI and some important community connections that raised the visibility of the organization to some important stakeholders. Most recently, Amanda met with the consultant who was hired to create a fund development plan for MMI. They worked together to create a reasonable and effective plan to help generate new revenue for the organization. Amanda’s hard work, positive attitude, and focus on our creating inclusive communities is helping to raise awareness of all the good work that the MMI team does on behalf of the people we serve.
Jean MashueMt. Pleasant
Jean joined the MMI team in 2017 as a Community Employment Coach. She is the regular coach for the CM Life paper delivery as well as the City of Mt. Pleasant Recycling team. Jean is always willing to step up and help, oftentimes covering the MMI Janitorial team and the Social Security Janitorial team. She is unfailingly cheerful, upbeat, and positive despite working some very long days and weekends at times. Jean stepped up for the Grant Township Saturday recycling crew for nearly a year to cover a staff vacancy. Jean is reliable and flexible which makes her a wonderful role model and mentor for her work teams. She is committed to helping the people she works with reach their highest potential. MMI is grateful for team members like Jean who share in our core values. Jean is truly helping lead the way to inclusive communities.
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!!