Staff Member of the Month

June 2021

posted Jul 7, 2021, 11:27 AM by Swan, Vivian

Allie Perez, ARM at North Main is the Staff Member of the Month. Rachael Weaver stated, Allie has been such a blessing at the North Main CR for the past 4 years. She has worked tirelessly to keep residents and staff safe throughout the whole pandemic; all while holding down 3 essential jobs and being part of the volunteer fire department as well as an EMT. Allie gives of herself completely to help those in need. She shows up for every single shift ready to tackle the day with a smile on her face. She encourages our residents to be the best versions of themselves and always tells the truth, even when it’s difficult to hear. She spends countless hours reviewing medications and completing paperwork to ensure every “i” is dotted and every “t” is crossed.  Allie has an excellent rapport with all the residents, staff and service providers and is in constant contact with them. Allie goes above and beyond every single day and we are so happy to have her on our team!  Congratulations Allie!


May 2021

posted May 20, 2021, 12:27 PM by Swan, Vivian

Sharon Metzler, RC at OTAP is staff member of the month.  She has been a dedicated member of the OTAP team for 13 years.  Sharon has been working 6 days per week for two months because one of us was out on medical leave.  During that time, OTAP was not only short staffed, but we had five openings, and she took the lead on numerous client moves and flipping apartments.  Sharon worked with residents and maintenance staff to coordinate and prioritize repairs and shopping, all while working with her own caseload and the additional residents she was assigned during her co-worker's absence.  Furthermore, Sharon spent hours assisting her manager with auditing files in preparation for our upcoming OMH recertification.  Also during this difficult period, OTAP had numerous incidents with residents and their drug and alcohol use, and two break-ins at OTAP.  Sharon stepped in to take on additional tasks in order to ensure OTAP continued to run smoothly during a time that was very chaotic and stressful.  Sharon is always happy to help her co-workers, and goes above and beyond for the residents.  Tina Capito would like to commend her on behalf of the OTAP team and our residents.  Her dedication to the program is truly appreciated.  Congratulations!


April 2021

posted Apr 29, 2021, 1:26 PM by Swan, Vivian

Kristen Lockwood, RC at North Main is the March Employee of the Month.  Stacey Thomas states, I can't tell you how much help this girl provided to JTAP when COVID hit and the manager was out on medical leave.  Krissy thought nothing when asked, about coming to JTAP and helping out due to the circumstances.  Krissy never hesitated and never asked a single question as to why or how come, she just showed up ready to work.  On top of helping out here at JTAP, Krissy still carries a full caseload at her job at North Main Street CR.  Krissy shows up with a positive attitude and a smile, ready to start her day.  Krissy is also very good with the clients, and many clients have made mention of how they hope Krissy stays with JTAP after all is said and done.  I just think that Krissy has earned this and deserves this, as this is not her first time running two programs, or working two programs, and carrying a caseload at both.  Krissy does whatever needs to be done and whatever is asked of her.  Krissy is definitely a team player and deserves to be recognized for all her hard work and the love she has for the clients as well as her job.  I simply think she has gone above and beyond!   Congratulations!


February 2021

posted Mar 1, 2021, 12:32 PM by Swan, Vivian

Steven Bennett became a full time counselor over a year ago at the Prendergast CR. His dedication to our consumers shows how grateful we are to have him as an employee. During these tough times during the pandemic, Steve worked as many hours as the CR needed him too. The loyalty Steve has for our consumers is unbelievable. He is always trying to empower our consumers and always looking out for their best interest. Steve works long hours to make sure these consumers have what they need. Steve  is the true definition of a hard dedicated worker, and Kassandra Miranda is happy to have him a part of the Prendergast team. On behalf of the Prendergast staff and consumers Steve deserves this award. Let's not forget to mention that he also deserves a perfect attendance award as well as Steve is always here on time for his shift on a regular basis!  Congratulations!


January 2021

posted Jan 29, 2021, 7:21 AM by Swan, Vivian

Kim Pierce, RC at Perkins Hall is the Staff Member of the Month.. She has been extremely helpful during the staff changes lately at Perkins Hall and works very hard to do everything she can to help both staff and clients. Kim handles the natural stresses of the job with ease and helps to ensure that everything is going smoothly. Kim treats the clients like they are her family and she cares for each person that walks through our doors. Kim takes on additional responsibilities and tasks to do what she can to contribute and is always a team player. Kim is a true asset to Perkins Hall and to STEL. I can’t thank her enough for the time and work she puts in every single day. Congratulations!


December 2020

posted Dec 22, 2020, 12:44 PM by Swan, Vivian

Tina Capito is the Staff Member of the Month for December 2020. Tina manages our Olean Treatment Apartment Program as well as the Olean SRO.  She has developed close working relationships with area providers and is well respected for her knowledge and practical approaches with clients.  Her positive rapport with the local Mental Health and substance abuse providers has aided in getting needed services for our clients. Tina does exceptional work with clients, especially in the area of addictions. Her understanding of the disease and compassion for those struggling with addictions has helped many clients reach their recovery goals. Tina appreciates and values her team at OTAP and recognizes that together they make a great program. Her compassion, knowledge and sense of humor has been appreciated over the years and STEL is fortunate to have her!  Congratulations!!


November 2020

posted Nov 30, 2020, 1:08 PM by Swan, Vivian

Jodie Slaugenhaupt, RC at OTAP is the staff member of the month.  Tina Capito states that she is an incredibly hard worker who goes to great lengths to ensure her clients are safe and that their needs are met.  Jodie is very proactive with treatment and has amazing insight into our dually diagnosed residents.  On 10/24, one of the Affordable Housing tenants passed away.  Jodie spent three hours with his distraught partner, comforting her and making sure she was safe until her family arrived to help her.  Jodie facilitated the tenant's interaction with police and EMT's, and also spoke to her family to provide needed information and make sure they brought food and other needed items for the tenant, she could not yet enter her apartment.  Jodie was not required to do any of these things for someone who is not a STEL client.  It is a testament to her empathy, and what a kind person she is, that Jodie took the time to comfort this individual and work with first responders to make sure that the deceased tenant was cared for.  Jodie also facilitated informing OTAP residents of the tenant's death as all in the program knew him.  I want to personally thank Jodie for handling this difficult situation with confidence and grace, and for all of her hard work at OTAP.


October 2020

posted Oct 29, 2020, 7:07 AM by Swan, Vivian

Jamie Hilliker is the staff member of the month.  She has been employed at STEL since 2017.  Jamie began her position as a Rehabilitation Counselor at the Gowanda CR where she demonstrated commitment to the program, staff and especially the clients.  Her personality is an attribute that makes it very easy to communicate with her.  Jamie demonstrates understanding to both clients and staff.  Jamie has a very strong work ethic which is very valuable and difficult to find in staff.  Jamie is currently the Assistant Manager, and she continues to grow and show strength in this position.  Recently the program manager was out for a substantial amount of time and Jamie assumed the responsibilities of the position and carried them out with professionalism.  Jamie is a role model for staff in that she demonstrates the skill set an exceptional employee who daily goes above and beyond the expectations of the program.  Congratulations Jamie from all of the staff and clients at the program.


September 2020

posted Sep 21, 2020, 10:06 AM by Swan, Vivian

Scott Edwards, Supportive Housing Manager, is staff member of the month.  He’s being recognized by his staff for his impeccable leadership skills, supportive nature, and the motivation he gives his staff during the most challenging and stressful times.   Ina wroteScott embodies the most important skill a Manager should have.  Scott’s strong leadership and guidance along with the support and dedication he show’s his team, has earned him much deserved respect and admiration. Scott is more than a Manager, he’s a leader and a true inspiration.  Scott takes the time to listen and provide us with immediate feedback. Scott also has an amazing ability to bring out the best in you especially when we’re facing the toughest situations. Scott makes tough decisions for staff and for the clients of our program, but he always puts the well-being of his staff first to ensure we are all safe.   As a team of Supportive Housing, we just want to show everyone how grateful we are to have such a wonderful boss like you!  Shannon: Starting a new job during a global pandemic should be difficult, but with the support from Scott, it made the transition easier. Scott has helped me learn and understand my position as a counselor. Scott shows strong leadership qualities, especially during this pandemic. Scott supports the Supportive Housing staff and goes above and beyond to make sure that his staff is safe and appreciated. Scott has been in many positions where he needs to make a difficult decision, and every decision is made with compassion.  I am excited to be part of the Supportive Housing family, but I am more excited to work under an exceptional boss. Thank you for all that you do Scott!!  Amanda:  Scott has gone above and beyond to provide support to us during these difficult times. Scott has worked with each of us to ensure that we feel comfortable meeting with clients since the COVID-19 outbreak. Scott has navigated this situation with our best interest in mind, leaving us feeling safe and secure in our role as Supportive Housing Counselor. Scott has done a tremendous job keeping us informed and up-to-date on all important information and changes as and when they arose. Not only has he been a support professionally, but he has been a support to us personally, checking in to ensure that we are doing well. His hard work and dedication to the Supportive Housing Program consumers and staff has been greatly appreciated by all.   Jen: Scott has always been a great leader. He is always there to help you work through stressful situations. He has shown great leadership, especially throughout this COVID-19 pandemic. Scott has been a great mentor to me, and I am so glad to be working next to him as his assistant manager.   Willie: Working during this pandemic has been stressful, and having Scott there for me as a support has been amazing. Scott has shown concern for not only me, but my entire family. Scott's leadership should be commended. Scott sets the tone for our team, and our team is solid.   Congratulations Scott!


August 2020

posted Aug 26, 2020, 7:40 AM by Swan, Vivian

Stacey Thomas of JTAP was promoted to Interim Residential Manager  while Lori Karalus  is on temporary leave.  Lynn Calpin stated Stacey has shown her strength and commitment to the program, staff, and clients through her continued hard work and determination to fulfill her duties as an Interim Residential Manager while continuing her duties as a Rehabilitation Counselor.  Her compassion for the JTAP clients is  evident in her daily efforts to ensure their happiness and health.  Stacey worked diligently to assist in a challenging situation that required hours of her time each day, all to ensure the safety and services of one of her clients.  She truly went above and beyond to find services and shelter for this individual and sought out numerous resources in the community to assist in securing his and the community's safety.  The entire JTAP team has rallied and worked cooperatively together to ensure the operations of the program are uninterrupted.  Congratulations Stacey!


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