Staff Member of the Month

August 2022

posted Aug 31, 2022, 8:46 AM by Swan, Vivian

Michele Henry is the Staff Member of the Month for August.  Michele has been a STEL team member for over 35 years, and manages the Wellsville Community Residence, Treatment Apartments and the Wellsville SRO program. Lynn Calpin stated that Michele continues her dedication to the Wellsville programs, residents and the community with the same energy as she did early on in her career.  She works countless hours to ensure the program is running smoothly and the clients needs are being met.  It is evident that her care for the client's well being, health and happiness is paramount, and she holds herself and her team to this standard. She is an active member of the community sitting on various committees and instrumental in the happenings in Allegheny County. She is well respected by area providers and is a wealth of knowledge in the mental health sector.  Congratulations Michele and thank you for your years of service!


July 2022

posted Jul 27, 2022, 1:48 PM by Swan, Vivian

Jamie Hilliker, ARM at the Gowanda CR is the staff member of the month as she showed exceptional skills in a very difficult situation involving a trial admission to the residence.   During a period of 24 hours the client displayed  behaviors, putting himself in a very dangerous situation.  Jamie was able to provide support and counseling to help the resident remain calm and safe.  Unfortunately the client continued to show behaviors that put himself and others into danger.  Jamie maintained communications with support services.   Jamie will be promoted in September to the Residential Manager position at the Gowanda Supervised residence.  Mary King, RM, is confident that she will continue to implement her many skills.  When there is a decision to make, Jamie shows her managerial abilities to sort through the options and devise a plan of action.  Jamie is very supportive, kind and professional to the consumers at this residence.   Congratulations Jamie!


June 2022

posted Jun 23, 2022, 1:10 PM by Swan, Vivian

Heather Moynihan, RC at GTAP is Staff Member of the Month.  The Gowanda Team is incredibly lucky to have Heather on board. She is always willing to take on any task asked of her and pick up open shifts at any program. Her ability to adapt to any circumstance is nothing less than admirable. Recently, Heather really stepped it up to get “allofthethings” done while staff was out unexpectedly sick for a week. We all know how daunting it can be to come back from time off and have a pile of things to catch up on. Heather made sure her co-worker didn’t have that pile to address while managing her own high needs caseload, and she did so without complaint or compromise in her quality of work. Heather has also been absolutely amazing in managing the cancer treatment of a GTAP resident. She has adapted her schedule as needed to spend hours and days accompanying the client to treatments, communicating with providers and family, and ensuring the resident is safe in their apartment. Everyone who has worked with Heather knows she regularly goes above and beyond for the residents, but she is also known as a true supporter of her co-workers and managers. Thank you for everything you do Snacks!! We wouldn’t be the team we are without you. Congratulations!


May 2022

posted May 31, 2022, 8:58 AM by Swan, Vivian

Jill Owen is the Staff Member of the Month for May. She is the Assistant Residential Manager at the Prendergast CR. Jill not only goes above and beyond the call of duty, she also does everything with a smile and a upbeat attitude. Jill does her job well. Her positive attitude exudes throughout the CR. Jill is approachable and fun. All staff and consumers absolutely adore and respect Jill.  Congratulations!


April 2022

posted Apr 15, 2022, 9:04 AM by Swan, Vivian

Supportive Housing would like to recognize the whole maintenance department for Staff Members of the Month.  There is not one person we would like to recognize because all of them have been a pleasure to work with.  They have displayed patience, flexibility and understanding to staff and consumers. Maintenance has regularly made themselves available on short notice whether it be to change locks in order to make a client feel comfortable to leave for an extended time or cleaning out an apartment last minute.  No job that we have asked them to do, have they turned down. The guys have also provided assistance with being on sight in some of the most dangerous situations we have dealt with in recent years.  They simply have made our lives easier.  Thank you very much to all of you.  Congratulations!


March 2022

posted Mar 21, 2022, 1:09 PM by Swan, Vivian

Gina Ward, Associate Director, is Employee of the Month. Lynn Calpin stated that Gina is an active member of many committees and leadership groups in several counties. She is instrumental in Supportive Housing, Health Home Care Management, HCBS, development of CORE, Workforce, and Compeer. Gina has participated in grant writing, county and Managed Care Organization (MCO) contracts, numerous monthly reports to the State and Counties, strategic planning and development-  A lot of the behind the scene tasks that many don’t know she has had a hand in. Gina is always willing to assist and actively engage in any project, big or small. She is well versed in State and county initiatives and represents STEL in the most professional and knowledgeable way.  She cares deeply for the employees she works with and the consumers that STEL serves.  STEL is fortunate to have Gina as a team member! Congratulations!


February 2022

posted Feb 22, 2022, 6:14 AM by Swan, Vivian

Krissy Lockwood, RC is Staff Member of the Month.  Lori Karalus and Stacey Thomas state that Krissy really stepped up in January, as she helps working three days a week at the JTA Program.  In January, there were a couple of weeks where the staff were all out sick, and Krissy came and worked by herself at JTAP to ensure that everything was running smoothly, and that work was getting done.  Krissy worked long hours, her days off and still went to work at the North Main Program.  Since that time, JTAP has again had some medical issues with staff, and Krissy did not hesitate to offer assistance.  Krissy never complains, but is always right there ready to offer any help she can.  Aside from carrying a case load at her program, Krissy also carries a case load at JTAP, but still offers to help in any way she can.    Krissy has truly been a God sent these past couple of months, and I couldn't think of anyone else that truly deserves this.  Congratulations Krissy


January 2022

posted Jan 31, 2022, 9:29 AM by Swan, Vivian

Amber White, Accountant, is Staff Member of the Month. Melissa Sheffield states that December and January are always the most stressful months in the Accounting Department. We have to make sure all entries are in for our audits for all the of STEL.  Despite the overwhelming amount of work that everyone has to do, Amber consistently finds ways to help her co-workers and the other departments on information with consumer ledger balances, rent payments, and so much more. Amber’s willingness to assist others and her commitment to continuing her education are reasons why I believe she should be the employee of the month.  The  Accounting  department members are so grateful for everything that she does!  Affordable housing department, managers all have noted that Amber is thorough and provides great service, consistently follows-through, and is very patient.  It is with great pleasure that I respectfully nominate Amber to be recognized for all that she does for STEL. Congratulations!


December 2021

posted Dec 27, 2021, 5:53 AM by Swan, Vivian

Jesse Metzler is the Staff Member of the  month.   He began working in August as an RC at OTAP.  Jesse is learning the job quickly and works well with all the clients, even some of the more difficult ones.  He is always able to maintain his composure and complete needed services even though some residents are hostile and aggressive.  Further, Jesse is able to maintain therapeutic relationships and maintain boundaries while also making the residents feel comfortable.  Tina Capito states that Jesse has exceptional active listening skills and also uses skills that are used routinely by licensed therapists.   I am grateful beyond words to have Jesse as an OTAP team member.  Congratulations Jesse!!


November 2021

posted Dec 1, 2021, 10:44 AM by Swan, Vivian

Jill Owen, ARM at the Prendergast CR is the staff member of the month.  Kassandra Miranda states that Jill became ARM at the CR a few months ago and has done a tremendous job at it. Jill has worked overtime hours just to ensure things are getting done here at the CR. Jill makes sure clients have all the meds that are needed and also makes sure the RC's are on top of their caseloads.  Jill also takes time out of her day to interact with the clients and shows them that she cares.  Jill's main focus at this program is to teach the clients the skills needed to become independent. Jill is kind and a very dedicated worker here at STEL.  Jill is good at what she does and I am glad to have her as my assistant.  Congratulations Jill!


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