Staff Member of the Month

September 2021

posted Sep 23, 2021, 11:47 AM by Swan, Vivian

Joan Wesolowski is the staff member of the month for September. She is an Associate Counselor at the Olean CR.  Joan has been a great team player on the OCR staff throughout the years she has been employed with STEL. Joan was hired to work PT overnight shifts, but continues to work a variety of shifts to fill in gaps with staff shortages. Joan is self-motivated and is very conscientious when given specific work assignments. Joan has stepped in and has been doing case management tasks for a resident who has expressed he is “happy” working with Joan because she is “so nice”. Joan especially deserves recognition for her diligence, but mostly for the rapport she has with the all the residents in the OCR.  Joan has a special talent in treating the residents with a friendly manner and encouragement, motivating the residents to feel they can accomplish goals in their lives.  Congratulations Joan!


August 2021

posted Aug 25, 2021, 11:09 AM by Swan, Vivian

Pam Mescall is the staff member of the month. She as been a Rehabilitation Counselor at the Gowanda Supervised Residence for many years. She started as a Full time RC and is currently working on a part time basis. Pam brings a very high degree of understanding and compassion to all whom work with her clients and staff alike. She is always looking out for the best interest of everyone. Pamela also is extremely gifted artist/craftswomen and brings creativity to this residence. She also organizes activities in house for the clients to participate and benefit from. All of us at the Gowanda Supervised Residence are very thankful for Pam.  Congratulations!


July 2021

posted Aug 2, 2021, 9:17 AM by Swan, Vivian

Bruce Clarkson-Hendrix, RM of DTAP, is the staff member of the month.  Ebony Crawford states that Bruce navigated a promotion to manager during a pandemic, and now we have had experienced unprecedented transition in the DTAP program. Bruce has handled this all with professionalism and grace. Bruce has modeled strong leadership skills for the DTAP team. He continues to demonstrate resiliency and efficacy during challenging times. Bruce treats the DTAP team with the utmost respect and goes above and beyond to mentor and assist everyone. Congratulations Bruce!


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.


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