Staff Member of the Month

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!


October 2021

posted Nov 1, 2021, 12:38 PM by Swan, Vivian

Sonia Ortiz, RC at the Dunkirk Treatment Apartment Program is the staff member of the month.  Ebony Crawford states that Sonia goes above and beyond the call of duty on a daily basis. Sonia is an exemplary employee and connects with the consumers. Sonia was my go to person to assist in creating activities and keeping holiday fun alive for the consumers during the most isolative times of the pandemic. Sonia is always ready to lend a helping hand and get involved and for that I am extremely grateful. She models strong work ethic, empathy, and team work. Sonia is an asset to the STEL agency. DTAP is stronger for having her on the team.  Congratulations Sonia!


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!


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