2017/2018 Medical Plan & Flexible Spending Account Open Enrollment Meetings

posted Nov 10, 2017, 1:54 PM by Wasiewicz, Mark   [ updated Nov 13, 2017, 5:02 AM ]

2017/2018 Medical Plan & Flexible Spending Account Open Enrollment Meetings

Open enrollment is rapidly approaching, this is the time of year for eligible full time staff members to change their medical plan from single to family or vice versa. Additionally, eligible staff members may start or renew a flexible spending account. All changes are effective December 1st.

We please to announce there are no substantial changes to our medical plan. Single premium will continue at no cost, while family premiums will remain at $200 per month.

There will be a new wellness "initiative" for staff members to learn about. Additional details will soon be released. 

Open enrollment meetings will be held on the following dates/times and locations:

Tues. 11/14 8:30 am Southern Tier Meadows, Fredonia 
Tues. 11/14 10:00 am Admin Office, Dunkirk
Tues. 11/14 11:00 am Park Ave. Community Residence, Dunkirk

Wed. 11/15 11:00 am 97 Forest Ave. Office, Jamestown 
Wed. 11/15 1:00 pm 878 North Main Community Residence, Jamestown

Thurs 11/16 10:30 am Olean Community Residence , Olean
Thurs 11/16 1:00 pm Wellsville Community Residence, Wellsville

Tues. 11/21 1:00 pm Perkins Hall Community Residence - Training Room (downstairs), Gowanda

Additional information and forms will be forthcoming.

James "Hawk" "Jim" Gloff - UPDATED

posted Sep 14, 2017, 12:47 PM by Wasiewicz, Mark   [ updated Sep 18, 2017, 6:56 AM ]

We are sadden to announce the death of our co-worker James "Hawk" Gloff.

Hawk past away late Wednesday, September 13th after a brief illness. Hawk was part of the STEL maintenance team since December 2008. He will be missed by many co-workers and residents throughout STEL.

Driver Safety Training 2017

posted Aug 15, 2017, 10:03 AM by Wasiewicz, Mark   [ updated Aug 15, 2017, 10:18 AM ]

At home or the workplace everyone realizes that driving is an important responsibility. Most people agree that unsafe driving can have serious consequences.  Each year STEL employees log hundreds of hours and thousands of miles on the road; transporting our consumers to various destinations in our communities. It is our responsibility to ensure that our consumers and staff members arrive safely to each and every destination.

We will be conducting  Driver Safety Classes for all staff members who have not successfully taken the Driver Safety Class prior to December 31, 2014. This training is required for all staff members who drive as part of their job duties and responsibilities. This includes all of our Residential/Housing Care Services, Work Force, Catt. County Case Management, Compeer, Maintenance, and Administrative staff. Therefore, staff members who were certified after January 1, 2015 should not enroll in this session. 

Please use the form below to register for this training.

 Good News!

This year STEL will pay for staff members’ insurance certificates (over $35 value). Unfortunately, do to class size restrictions we will NOT be able to  extend an invitation to employee's spouses and other household members to take this course. However JCC does offer classes to the community throughout the year. Please check JCC website for dates and times.

The Defensive Driving Certificate is valid for three years and will provide up to 10% discount on your auto insurance and 4 points off your license.


Driver Safety Training 2017

2016 Retirement Plan Contribution

posted Aug 10, 2017, 7:07 AM by Wasiewicz, Mark   [ updated Aug 10, 2017, 10:29 AM ]

Thomas Whitney announced the STEL's Board of Directors approved a 4.48% contribution to the STEL Employer Contribution Plan for the 2016 plan year. Eligible plan participates received the contribution in their accounts on August 3, 2017. The contribution amount is based on participant's 2016 wage earnings. Participants may view their contribution by logging into their P&A Administrative Services account or their upcoming 3rd quarter statement.

Courier Capital will hold on site meetings this Fall to enroll new plan participants and meet with existing plan participants to perform a retirement plan review. Meetings dates will be released in early September.  

Emotional Labor Survey - Deadline Aug. 2nd

posted Jul 25, 2017, 1:03 PM by Wasiewicz, Mark   [ updated Jul 26, 2017, 10:51 AM ]


Dear Staff Members,


Our organization has agreed to participate in academic research on the topic of emotional labor.  Emotional labor is the occupational requirement of displaying certain emotions in order to meet the requirements of your job. For example – “Service with a smile!” or “Smile like you mean it!”  We believe this is an important topic, especially given the nature and complexity of the work that we do. Please consider participating in this research. This is a confidential study and participation is voluntary.


All employees of every job level and type are eligible to participate.Participation must be done online using the survey link provided below by the researcher. Simply click on the link to participate.





We understand that staff members may be pressed for time. That being said, we want to highly encourage all of our staff (especially those providing direct care) to please take the time to participate in this important research. 


Leadership/Management – Please encourage your staff members to participate and please ensure that they have the opportunity to do so.


Respectful thanks,


Mark Wasiewicz




Dear Employees,


I am a doctoral student with Wilmington University and I am studying the employment experiences of employees that work for not for profit human services agencies that serve disabled populations. The purpose of my research is to examine the relationships between emotional labor and the employment experiences of human services employees.



Your participation in this study is voluntary and is confidential. There are multiple agencies participating in the study, and all of the information collected will be combined to ensure anonymity.


All employees, regardless of job role or position level, are eligible and encouraged to participate in this study.  Participation takes approximately 15-20 minutes of your time.


To participate, please click on the link



If you choose, you may enter a drawing for a chance to win a $50.00 Amazon gift card. Instructions for prize entry will be provided at the end of the survey.  If you need to speak with me for any reason, or have questions, please contact me by email at


Thank you for your time.  I hope to learn information from this study that will be meaningful and beneficial for employees working in the Human Services Industry.



Kind regards,

Helena Costakis, M.P.S

Wilmington University Doctoral Program



Marissa Cussins Appointment to Assistant Residential Manager

posted Jul 17, 2017, 1:41 PM by Wasiewicz, Mark

We pleased to announce the appointment of Marissa Cussins to the position of assistant residential manager for the Park Ave. Community Residence program. Since August 2015 Marissa  has served as an intern and a rehabilitation counselor at the Park Ave. residence. Marissa earned a Bachelors of Science in Social Work and Bachelors of Arts in Sociology from State University of New York at Fredonia in May 2016.

Congratulations Marissa !

NYS Paid Family Medical Leave Payroll Deduction

posted Jul 6, 2017, 12:57 PM by Wasiewicz, Mark   [ updated Jul 6, 2017, 12:57 PM ]

We just want to inform everyone effective July 1, 2017 New York State authorized employers to begin payroll deductions from employees' paychecks for the new New York State Paid Family Leave benefits which is effective January 1, 2018. The deductions made now will pay for the mandated insurance premiums to be paid in the near future.

The amount of the employee deduction varies by how much you're paid in a given pay period. The deduction rate is .126% (or .001263) of your earnings. The maximum amount taken from your pay check will be $85.80/year. This rate is set by the New York State Division of Insurance and may increase over time.

As New York State finalizes the Paid Family Leave regulations over the next several weeks we will establish our policy about this leave benefit. We expect to have our policy in place by December 1st.

For additional information, please see

If you should have any questions about this matter, please contact me 716-366-7792 x 212.

Mark Wasiewicz
Human Resources Director

Retirement Plan Meetings Spring 2017

posted May 1, 2017, 3:05 PM by Wasiewicz, Mark   [ updated May 1, 2017, 3:08 PM ]

Sign up today to schedule an appointment to meet with a representative from Courier Capital Group.

Our retirement representatives can assist you with the following services:
  1. Determine "How Much Do I Need to Save for Retirement"
  2. Evaluate Investment Risk Tolerance
  3. Choosing Investment Funds (Asset Allocation)
  4. Profit Sharing and 403 b(7) Plan Enrollment
  5. "Do I Qualify for the Savers Tax Credit?"
  6. Create or Change Beneficiary Elections
  7. Answers ALL of Your Retirement Questions
Materials to Bring to the Meeting
Please bring Social Security Statements, 403 b (7) and profit sharing statements and other important retirement plan materials to the meeting.

Can't Make a Meeting....
Call or email Mark Wasiewicz at 716-366-7792 x212 or to make alternative arrangements.

Meeting Schedule & Sign Ups - Please contact Vivian Swan at 716-366-7792 x 210 or to make an appointment.

Retirement Plan Individual Meetings w/ Courier Capital - Jamestown, NY
When: Tue, May 16, 12:30pm – 4:00pm
Where: 97 Forest Ave, Jamestown, NY 14701

Retirement Plan Individual Meetings w/ Courier Capital Gowanda, NY
WhenTue, May 16, 12:30pm – 4:00pm
Where: 14190 Taylor Hollow Rd, Gowanda, NY 14070 Perkins Hall - Training Room (Basement)

Retirement Plan Individual Meetings w/ Courier Capital - Dunkirk, NY
When: Fri, May 19, 1pm – 4pm
Where: 715 Central Ave, Dunkirk, NY 14048, Administrative Office

Retirement Plan Individual Meetings w/ Courier Capital - Olean, NY
When: Wed, May 24, 9:30am – 11:30am
Where: 144 S Union St, Olean, NY 14760, Olean Community Residence

Retirement Plan Individual Meetings w/ Courier Capital - Wellsville, NY
When: Wed, May 24, 1:00pm – 3:30pm
Where: 99 Madison St, Wellsville, NY 14895, Wellsville Community Residence

Retirement Plan Individual Meetings w/ Courier Capital - Jametown, NY
When: Thu, May 25, 12:00pm – 3:30pm
Where: 878 N Main St, Jamestown, NY 14701, North Main St. Community Residence

More Information...
For more information see important information below.

Heartsaver First Aid Course Thursday, May 18th

posted Apr 28, 2017, 2:23 PM by Wasiewicz, Mark   [ updated Apr 28, 2017, 2:34 PM ]

Attention All Direct Service Staff:

If you first aid is certificate expired or expires before August 31st please register for this class.

We will be holding a First Aid Course as follows:

Thursday, May 18th
10:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Perkins Hall Community Residence
Training Center (basement)
14190 Taylor Hollow Rd.
Gowanda, NY 14070

To register for this class, please sign up below. If you should have any questions, please contact Mark Wasiewicz at 716-366-7792 x212 or email.

First Aid Training Class May 18, 2017

Katie Oakes Appointed to Assistant Residential Manager

posted Apr 11, 2017, 6:04 AM by Wasiewicz, Mark   [ updated Apr 11, 2017, 6:04 AM ]

We pleased to announce the appointment of Katie Oakes to the position of assistant residential manager for the Prendergast  Community Residence program. Since July 2015 Katie has served as a rehabilitation counselor at the residence.

Congratulations Katie!

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