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Title: 11th Annual CDHS Employee of the Year Reception


1
11th Annual CDHS Employee of the Year Reception
  • October 16, 2008
  • Governors Residence

2
Colorado Department of Human Services Karen Beye,
Executive Director
  • I am amazed on almost a daily basis by the
    great work done by the staff of the Colorado
    Department of Human Services. Today is even more
    special.

3
Adult, Disability, and Rehabilitation Services
Employee of the Year for Customer Service
  • Olivier De Smedt
  • Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Oliviers job performance is a wonderful example
    of how an outstanding employee performs. On top
    of being a model employee, Olivier also excels in
    providing all customers, both internal and
    external, with appropriate information, data
    requested and various program performance
    reports. Olivier has received numerous emails
    acknowledging his exemplary customer service
    performance.
  • Olivier makes every one of his customers feel
    like they are his one and only customer, when
    behind the scenes he is actually working with
    many different people each week.
  • It is very rewarding to work with someone who can
    be approached with a request and know that you
    will be provided a quality product that is well
    researched and accurate.
  • For this, Olivier De Smedt is most deserving of
    an EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR CUSTOMER SERVICE AWARD.

4
Adult, Disability, and Rehabilitation Services
Employee of the Year for Customer Service
  • Shawna Roberts
  • Division for Developmental Disabilities
  • Pueblo Regional Center
  • One of the supervisors at the Regional Center was
    injured and out of the office for approximately 6
    months. During this time, Ms. Shawna Roberts
    stepped up and assumed this supervisor
    responsibilities! Although Shawna was not the
    most senior staff person in the Home, she
    volunteered to make schedules, inventory
    warehouse orders, attend never ending senior
    staff meetings, all the while attending to the
    needs of her clients as well as the supervisors
    clients during their absence.
  •  
  • Shawna demonstrates the qualities of a great
    supervisor she is efficient, bright,
    considerate, and compassionate.
  •  
  • For this, Shawna Roberts is most deserving of an
    EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR CUSTOMER SERVICE AWARD.

5
Adult, Disability, and Rehabilitation Services
Employee of the Year for Direct Service Worker
  • Leonard Ladue
  • Division for Developmental Disabilities
  • Grand Junction Regional Center
  • Leonard, or Len as we like to call him …has a
    reputation for doing an excellent, caring job on
    the Skilled Grand Mesa North unit! Len not only
    cares about the people on his unit that he
    supports and serves, he also has genuine concern
    for how the work goes in general for the entire
    unit.
  •  
  • We can all count on Len as he maintains a
    professional demeanor, however not letting go of
    his kindness and interest that makes him very
    easy to work with.
  •  
  • Len produces quality work and expects the same
    from his peers. Lets just say, This keeps
    everyone hopping!
  •  
  • Len in very involved in the agency as a whole,
    championing causes to make sure our agency is
    growing not just for the clients, but also for
    all the hard-working staff at the agency.
  •  
  • Len Ladue is most deserving of an EMPLOYEE OF THE
    YEAR DIRECT SERVICE WORKER AWARD.

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Adult, Disability, and Rehabilitation Services
Employee of the Year for Leadership
  • Jennifer Scilacci
  • Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
  • I have four nominations right here that praise
    Jennifer Scilacci for being an exceptionally,
    awesome boss and for really being there!
  •  
  • Jennifer has successfully developed the Mountain
    District Team for the Division of Vocational
    Rehabilitation (DVR). This involved the opening
    of 3 new offices and managing a total of 5
    existing offices from Steamboat to Frisco to
    Glenwood Springs.
  •  
  • As a leader, Jennifer not only believes in
    teamwork, but also demonstrates this through her
    direct participation on the teams that she leads.
    Although geographically disperse, Jennifer has
    brought the Mountain District offices together,
    functioning as a single, cohesive team. She
    provides information, education, mentoring, and
    of course, fun!
  •  
  • Jennifer is an excellent example of what she
    wants us to be she values her employees and
    continues to be a very positive force that
    enables all of us to provide services to our DVR
    clients.
  •  
  • The Mountain District Team would not be afforded
    the success they have today without the
    leadership of Jennifer Scilacci and for this,
    Jennifer is most deserving of an EMPLOYEE OF THE
    YEAR LEADERSHIP AWARD.

7
Adult, Disability, and Rehabilitation Services
Employee of the Year for Leadership
  • Patty Wagner
  • Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Patty is simply put, the best lead teacher a
    person could have. Patty is the Orientation and
    Mobility/Vision Rehabilitation Therapist Lead
    Teacher for the Division of Vocational
    Rehabilitation in Colorado Springs…but ask anyone
    and they will tell you that she is so much more
    than that.
  •  
  • Patty is a leader who you can consult with, get
    assistance from, obtain guidance about anything
    basically, Patty is there when you need her!
  •  
  • Patty demonstrates a profound sense of caring for
    both her clients and colleagues, delivering
    quality instruction to her clients, and expert
    guidance to her fellow teachers teachers whom
    she values and respects.
  •  
  • Best of all, even in the busiest and most
    stressful moments, Patty can make a person smile
    and put them at ease.
  •  
  • Everything aside, Patty always puts the clients
    first and provides them with the instruction and
    adaptive tools they need to be successful and
    independent.
  •  
  • Patty Wagner is most deserving of an EMPLOYEE OF
    THE YEAR LEADERSHIP AWARD.

8
Adult, Disability, and Rehabilitation Services
Employee of the Year for Leadership
  • Teresa White
  • Division for Developmental Disabilities
  • Grand Junction Regional Center
  • Teresa has worked for the agency for 18 years and
    during this time she has demonstrated dedication
    to the people we serve.
  •  
  • In the past year, Teresa was promoted to a Health
    Care Technician II position on Fir Dorm. In this
    same year, Teresa also assumed an Acting Health
    Care Technician IV position off and on throughout
    the year. Through this transitional year,
    Theresa consistently made sure that everything
    related to the person receiving services and the
    living site was organized and met all current
    needs. Teresa also participated in an audit of
    the living site, which was found to be out of
    compliance in several areas. Teresa, along with
    all other duties assigned and assumed, took it
    upon herself to fix these deficiencies with
    minimal direction or assistance from upper
    management.
  •  
  • Teresa is a dedicated employee who thrives on
    organization and continuity to provide the best
    possible care and supervision for the persons
    receiving our services.
  •  
  • Teresa White is most deserving of an EMPLOYEE OF
    THE YEAR LEADERSHIP AWARD.

9
Adult, Disability, and Rehabilitation Services
Employee of the Year for Ongoing Contribution
  • Patricia Boone
  • Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
  • In October 2004, Patricia Boone joined a task
    force to completely revise Division of Vocational
    Rehabilitations self-employment program. Pat has
    crafted such training to include case studies
    that enable her peers to learn from and to assist
    them in learning the self-employment process. Pat
    also developed curriculum on the Business
    Exploration Agreement and the Individualized Plan
    for Self-Employment, and put together examples
    from actual service records.
  •  
  • Through substantial mentoring, coaching, and
    training, Pat has sought to assure that her
    colleagues have a comfort level in
    self-employment.
  •  
  • If you couldnt tell, Pat has a passion for
    self-employment. Pat was able to line up
    mentoring with a SCORE representative and the
    customer was able to realize her self-employment
    goal. With the right customer perseverance
    coupled with suitable and meaningful community
    resources and supports, this individual has
    achieved notable success.
  •  
  • With Pats involvement, guidance, analysis,
    positive attitude and overall passion for
    self-employment, this program continues to enjoy
    great success stories such as this.
  •  
  • Pat Boone is most deserving of an EMPLOYEE OF THE
    YEAR ONGOING CONTRIBUTION AWARD.

10
Adult, Disability, and Rehabilitation Services
Employee of the Year for Ongoing Contribution
  • Karen Ferrington
  • Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Karen Ferrington has been a vital leader in the
    development and revision of the current
    self-employment program with the Division of
    Vocational Rehabilitation.
  •  
  • Karens organization, focus, and determination
    was instrumental in finding ways that
    self-employment could be streamlined to be a
    viable vocational goal for consumers. Karen
    researched regulations, organized groups to
    research other states, and helped staff pull
    together information gathered from workforce
    agencies, Small Business Development Centers, and
    other community resources for entrepreneurs.
  •  
  • Additionally, Karen assists the RCEs to build
    skills through the presentation of workshops,
    organized presenters, and ensuring an
    understanding of sound policy decisions. Karen
    promotes the program by speaking to other groups,
    other states, and our administrative staff.
  •  
  • Karen continues to lead by example and has built
    an optimistic team of individuals who are excited
    to offer and support self-employment as a viable
    choice for consumers.
  •  
  • Karen Ferrington is most deserving of an EMPLOYEE
    OF THE YEAR ONGOING CONTRIBUTION AWARD.

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11
Adult, Disability, and Rehabilitation Services
Employee of the Year for Outstanding Achievement
  • Jo Kammerzell
  • Division for Developmental Disabilities
  • While maintaining her day-to-day operational
    services, Jo assumed duties that included HCBS-DD
    emergency requests and allocations, transfers of
    individuals from one service area to another,
    foster care transitions, special needs requests
    and adult/children waivers.
  •  
  • Jo maintains a very positive attitude, an
    attitude that has endured through substantial
    Divisional management and system changes.
  •  
  • Through it all, Jo continues to collaborate with
    the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation to
    provide regional employment training
    opportunities chaired a sub-committee of the
    Waiver Steering Committee that developed provider
    qualifications chaired a group to deal with a
    very contentious issue related to the use of
    summer camps for SLS supervision services and has
    chaired the Employment Committee.
  •  
  • Without Jos unsurpassed willingness to take on
    all these extra duties the ongoing operations of
    HCBS-DD services would have been greatly
    diminished.
  • Jo has been asked to go way above and beyond
    expectations and she has risen to the challenge
    and excelled. The effort and quality of work she
    has exhibited is most deserving of an EMPLOYEE OF
    THE YEAR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD.

12
Adult, Disability, and Rehabilitation Services
Employee of the Year for People Who Help People
  • Scott Hertneky
  • Division for Developmental Disabilities
  • Pueblo Regional Center
  • Scott Herneky always goes above and beyond his
    job description!
  •  
  • Scott delivers charts, medications, or anything
    that needs to be delivered. He de- escalates
    clients. He saves lives…
  •  
  • Recently, Scott rescued a group of clients from
    their house when utility workers cut a gas line
    right outside their home. The clients could not
    use their bus for fear it would cause a spark and
    ignite an explosion. Scott was able to get a bus
    from a nearby home and proceeded to park the bus
    as close to the house as the Emergency Responders
    would allow. Scott and some of the other house
    staff carried the clients, many of which had to
    be carried in their wheelchairs due to the rocky
    and grassy terrain out back, to the waiting bus.
    Thanks to Scotts commitment to the clients he
    serves, all were moved to safety.
  •  
  • For these heroic efforts, Scott Herneky is most
    deserving of an EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR PEOPLE WHO
    HELP PEOPLE AWARD.

13
Adult, Disability, and Rehabilitation Services
Employee of the Year for Support Staff Worker
  • Nancy Cordova
  • Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Ms. Nancy Cordova, in May 2007 took on new
    challenges, new staff, new supervisor and new
    geographic territory. Nancy moved from the Metro
    Rehab office to a new home office in Northglenn
    working in Region III with five relatively new
    Supervisor Ones and a really green Supervisor II.
    She took on many new people, new ideas, and new
    problems that she had never faced before.
    Essentially overnight, Nancy became responsible
    for over 80 employees to help six supervisors to
    manage, get in the right place at the right time,
    with the right tools. Nancy has taken the
    leadership role in improving case management
    activities with each office in file organization,
    documentation, accountability, improved bill
    paying, enhanced communication activities, and
    perhaps most importantly with team work. Nancy
    consistently serves a high number of staff while
    she balances her additional contributions to this
    Agency by volunteering for work groups, serving
    on committees and always asking what she can do
    to make the work unit run with more efficiency.
  •  
  • Nancys most significant contribution has been
    her attitude.
  • For her dedication and commitment to this agency
    and for her unending support of the agency each
    and every day, Nancy Cordova is most deserving of
    an EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR SUPPORT STAFF WORKER
    AWARD.

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Adult, Disability, and Rehabilitation Services
Employee of the Year for Support Staff Worker
  • Laurie Frances
  • Division for Developmental Disabilities
  • Wheat Ridge Regional Center
  • By ordering milk directly from a local dairy
    instead of the grocery store, Laurie helped save
    8,000 per year for taxpayers. Working with
    management, Facilities and housekeeping, Laurie
    located a storage room on campus, remodeled the
    room, and helped develop a milk pickup and
    cleaning schedule.
  •  
  • Laurie also realized that renting formula pumps
    for clients that are tube fed and purchasing
    necessary equipment ourselves rather than from
    the rental company will result in a cost saving
    of approximately 5,000 per year.
  •  
  • Laurie has spent many hours analyzing the fiscal
    year 2008-2009 budget, streamlining spreadsheets,
    looking for duplication requests and
    troubleshooting.
  •  
  • Laurie has an extraordinary ability to identify
    what can be done to improve practices and
    procedures, save money and help with the
    day-to-day workload to improve efficiency.
    Laurie is knowledgeable, cheerful, and
    demonstrates a can-do attitude. We are very
    fortunate to have her in our department and for
    this, Laurie Frances is most deserving of an
    EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR SUPPORT STAFF WORKER AWARD.

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Adult, Disability, and Rehabilitation Services
Employee of the Year for Support Staff Worker
  • Shannon Lee
  • Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Much of Shannon Lees work is performed behind
    the scenes so this nomination did not entirely
    capture how much she contributes to our office.
    It seems that she prefers to do her good works
    without anyone knowing which makes her, in all
    of her excellence, even more impressive. Her
    humility has demonstrated that her motivation to
    perform her work so well is not to bring
    attention and credit to herself but to improve
    the quality of life of those she serves. She
    truly cares for the needs of others more than her
    own.
  •  
  • In her role as Administrative Assistant, Shannon
    demonstrates initiative, skill, professionalism,
    resourcefulness, integrity, and a strong work
    ethic, taking the term hard-working to an
    entirely new level. She goes out of her way to
    assist all staff, including those she is not
    assigned to.
  •  
  • Shannons colleagues have described her as kind
    and patient, motivating and inspiring. Her
    positive attitude and spirit consistently
    surpasses all expectations.
  •  
  • We would definitely say that Ms. Lee is the
    complete package!
  •  
  • For this, Shannon Lee is most deserving of an
    EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR SUPPORT STAFF WORKER AWARD.

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Adult, Disability, and Rehabilitation Services
Employee of the Year for Team / Teamwork
  • Krista Dann
  • Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Krista Dann knows what teamwork is! In the nine
    months since the Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
    Program relocated to Division of Vocational
    Rehabilitation Services (DVR), Krista welcomed
    this team with her warmth and learning spirit at
    the very first Rehabilitation Leadership Team.
  •  
  • Krista builds teams as she does her front of the
    room work. Amidst a very busy schedule, Krista
    also agreed to build DVRs Veterans Initiative
    under the guidance of Nancy Smith. With Kristas
    efforts, the first meeting of the Boards for
    the world of brain injury in Colorado was held
    and before that first meeting was complete, under
    Kristas guidance, Colorados Brain Injury
    Collaborative was born - ready to find ways to
    work together to maximize the limited resources
    for a population experiencing great needs. Krista
    was instrumental in building and facilitating
    annual retreats for both Colorados Brain Injury
    Advisory Board and the TBI Trust Fund Board.
  •  
  • Hats off to Krista Dann! She teaches us about
    gratitude by being such a terrific team member
    and for this, Krista Dann is most deserving of an
    EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR TEAM / TEAMWORK AWARD.

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Adult, Disability, and Rehabilitation Services
Employee of the Year for Team / Teamwork
  • Active Treatment Facilitators
  • Thomas Blackburn, Jillian Dennis, Connie Eussin,
    Daria Evangelista, Rebecca Miller, Marybeth
    Thompson
  • Division for Developmental Disabilities, Wheat
    Ridge Regional Center
  • Teamwork is exemplified when the results exceed
    what the same individuals working independently
    could have accomplished. The Wheat Ridge Regional
    Center Active Treatment Facilitators are a true
    team in every sense of the word. They
    re-established active treatment as a consistent
    expectation that enriches the lives of the people
    that live at Wheat Ridge Regional Center, and
    they have also been the leaders in establishing
    Person Centered Thinking as part of

the Centers culture. Using their unique
individual skills in art, leadership,
communication, ability to motivate, work ethic,
etc., they were able to sell the vision of
continuous active treatment and person centered
thinking to over 350 employees from highly varied
backgrounds and wide ranging experiences in the
field of human services. Because of the
teamwork, the dedication, and fervor of the ATX
Team, active treatment and Person Centered
Thinking will be part of Wheat Ridges future.
For this, the Active Treatment Facilitators team
is most deserving of an EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR TEAM
/ TEAMWORK AWARD.
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Behavioral Health and Housing Employee of the
Year for Direct Service Worker
  • William R. Oritz
  • Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo
  • William Ortiz has worked at to Colorado Mental
    Health Institute at Pueblo (CMHIP) for the 26
    years. Bill is extremely reliable and hard
    working, often volunteering to work extra shifts
    when the hospital is short staffed or in need of
    additional security personnel on particularly
    difficult units.
  •  
  • Bill teaches therapeutic verbal de-escalation
    skills and safe application of physical
    management techniques for violent behavior all
    of which he exemplifies through his day-to-day
    treatment of, and therapy sessions with, his
    patients.
  •  
  • Bill is President of the Colorado Psychiatric
    Technician Association, an organization that
    represents a group of frontline treatment staff
    who provide the bulk of clinical care at CMHIP,
    an organization that advocates for training,
    career advancement and high quality community
    education for entry-level positions. In support
    of this, he works hand in hand with nursing
    educators at Pueblo Community College to recruit
    students to the Psychiatric Technician program
    and advises on curriculum issues.
  •  
  • Bill is a shining example of what frontline
    psychiatric staff should be like. For this, Bill
    Ortiz is most deserving of an EMPLOYEE OF THE
    YEAR DIRECT SERVICE WORKER AWARD.

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Behavioral Health and Housing Employee of the
Year for Innovation / Creativity
  • Roger Lucchesi
  • Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo
  • Roger is a registered nurse with a degree in
    computer information systems who provides a rare
    combination of talent, energy, and both clinical
    and automation expertise.
  •  
  • This includes the automation of the Institutes
    personnel management and budgeting process,
    automation of HR-2 creation and tracking
    development of a staffing inventory system for
    precise reporting of the utilization of all
    Institute FTEs by discipline and work area.
    Roger is also currently developing a Nursing
    scheduling system, a Recovery Measurement system
    for capturing patient and staff assessments, and
    in his spare time, supports the Colorado Mental
    Health Institute at Pueblo (CMHIP) web site.
  •  
  • Roger recently completed a system for tracking
    the progress of patients referred to CMHIP for
    court-ordered evaluations and restorations a
    system that tracks the patient from the time of
    the judges order through patient admission,
    treatment, formal evaluation, discharge and court
    concurrence. The system was instrumental in
    greatly reducing the waiting list for admission
    to CMHIP and was a key component in the
    Institutes ability to avoid costly outcomes
    presented in a lawsuit settlement.
  • For this, Roger Lucchesi is most deserving of an
    EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR INNOVATION / CREATIVITY
    AWARD.

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Behavioral Health and Housing Employee of the
Year for Innovation / Creativity
  • Sharon Pawlak
  • Division of Behavioral Health
  • Sharon Pawlak served as the project manager for
    the first CDHS/State Judicial integration project
    that allows real-time data sharing between these
    two agencies using web services. This project was
    completed on time, under budget and will help
    keep Colorado roads safer, improve data
    integrity, eliminate redundant data entry and
    reduce DUI recidivism.
  •  
  • The Judicial Interface project was successful
    in part because of Sharons hard work, ability to
    successfully conduct interagency collaborations,
    innovative approaches to customer service and her
    ability to convert user needs into business
    solutions through brilliantly designed systems
  •  
  • Bob Roper, CIO for State Judicial, proudly
    exclaims that this project was an example of how
    Colorado leads the country in inter-agency data
    transfers.
  •  
  • Sharon blazes new trails by designing new systems
    that will expand on her current achievements. For
    this, Sharon Pawlak is most deserving of an
    EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR INNOVATION / CREATIVITY
    AWARD.

21
Behavioral Health and Housing Employee of the
Year for People Who Help People
  • Michael George
  • Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo
  • Michael George has exemplified a consistent
    leadership role at Colorado Mental Health
    Institute at Pueblo (CMHIP) in moving the entire
    hospital to a Recovery oriented, patient and
    family centered operation. He has taken the
    conceptual model of Recovery and brought the key
    elements of hope, healing, building alliance,
    consumer empowerment and community connection to
    the practices of staff at the CMHIP. While there
    are many people that have contributed to the
    noted success, he has been the consistent
    facilitator, organizer, director, taskmaster,
    trainer, supporter and conscience for the
    implementation of the principals.
  •  
  • Michael has trained staff and patients at all
    hours of the day and night with the philosophy of
    inclusion and adaptability. Michael has received
    recognition by the National Alliance for Mentally
    Ill and advocate forums. Other institutions are
    in awe of the efforts and successes of the
    Recovery model.
  •  
  • Michael has dealt with and resolved concerns of
    staff as the hospital moved from a maternalistic
    and paternalistic role with our patients to one
    of partnership and patient responsibility. For
    this, Michael George is most deserving of an
    EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR PEOPLE WHO HELP PEOPLE
    AWARD.

22
Behavioral Health and Housing Employee of the
Year for People Who Help People
  • Kathy Jensen
  • Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo
  • Kathy Jensen has a passion for good food and good
    health and she brings these passions to work at
    Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo
    (CMHIP)! Due in part to the metabolic side
    effects of newer medications that are otherwise
    very helpful to CMHIP patients, weight gain has
    become a focal issue at CMHIP. Kathy, along with
    Susan Fosdick, Director of Nutritional Services,
    implemented a healthy living diet for CMHIP
    patients and CDOC residents.
  •  
  • Kathy and Susan revised daily menus to reduce
    salt, unhealthy fats, and sugar, while
    maintaining an excellent food product advocated
    for increased funding to allow the menu upgrades,
    and tirelessly campaigned for support from both
    patients and staff. Kathy also serves as our
    liaison with the CDOC Nutrition Services staff,
    serves as liaison to the Business Enterprises
    Programs on-site café at CMHIP and is co-chair
    of the Café oversight committee working with
    each agency to skillfully improve relationships.
  •  
  • If Kathy sees a need, she studies the subject and
    available options proposes realistic solutions
    and successfully implements those that are
    approved and assigned to her - all in addition to
    the job of managing a kitchen workforce that
    produces and delivers over 1000 meals per day.
    For this, Kathy Jensen is most deserving of an
    EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR PEOPLE WHO HELP PEOPLE
    AWARD.

23
Children, Youth and Families Employee of the Year
for Leadership
DYC Management Team Al Estrada, John Gomez, Caren
Leaf, Ted Trujillo Division of Youth Corrections
One situation involved a DYC youth with serious
medical issues who lapsed into a coma. The DYC
Management Team went above and beyond their
normal job duties to find difficult to locate
family members, stayed at the hospital around the
clock, regularly and thoroughly briefed Karen
Beye, the Departments Executive Director
concerning her obligations and responsibilities
as this young man was in State custody. In
another situation, when a former employee
threatened existing
  • DYC staff, the DYC Management Team put in
    thoughtful security precautions and immediately
    briefed staff on both the threat and how they
    should protect themselves.
  • And most recently, this team provided tangible
    support for the staff at the Adams Youth Services
    Center following the tragic death of the
    directors daughter in arranging for facility
    coverage so that staff who wished to do so could
    attend the memorial services without concern for
    a disruption to facility operations.
  •  
  • This DYC Management Team consistently goes above
    and beyond what is expected in taking care of
    clients as well as supporting their staff and for
    this Al, John, Caren, and Ted are most deserving
    of an EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR LEADERSHIP AWARD.

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Children, Youth and Families Employee of the Year
for Outstanding Achievement
  • Tyler Fittz
  • Division of Youth Corrections
  • Tyler Fittz, a Client Manager in the Weld County
    area, a member of the DYC Colorado Juvenile Risk
    Assessment Oversight Committee, and a statewide
    Colorado Juvenile Risk Assessment specialist has
    championed the implementation and application of
    the nationally recognized instrument, Colorado
    Juvenile Risk Assessment (CJRA), not only in his
    Region, but Statewide. Tyler has trained
    Northeast Region private providers and other
    community partners including Regional Senate
    Bill-94 committees, the Weld County House Bill
    1451 IOG and Community Review Boards to better
    understand the instrument and gain improved
    perspective of the clients that come before them.
    His mentorship with other Client Managers in the
    Region in the use and interpretation of the CJRA
    to better provide the right service at the right
    time has improved service delivery and community
    safety. His work has helped advance the alignment
    of services to needs, the core principle in the
    Divisions Continuum of Care strategy.
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  • Tyler is an assertive advocate for the youth who
    are committed to the Department of Human
    Services. Tylers can do attitude, creativity
    and sense of humor set an example for excellence
    in Northeast Region and for this, Tyler Fittz is
    most deserving of an EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR
    OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD.

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Employment and Regulatory Affairs Employee of the
Year for Ongoing Contribution Mary Young Human
Resources
Ms. Mary Young distinguished herself through
ongoing contributions impacting the people of
Colorado, internal and external human resource
customers of the Department of Human Services
Southern and Western Districts, and to her
immediate staff, through high-level, unwavering
support for what is right! Mary Young
demonstrates the highest level of integrity in
dealing with customers and staff at all levels
with selfless dedication to her work.
  • Mary is a mentor…a trait that she exhibits daily
    with pride and professionalism. Heres a key
    indicator the only turnover of staff in
    Southern and Western District Human Resource
    offices were through long-service retirements.
  • Mary Young is the real deal. She exemplifies
    the whole person concept needed as a Human
    Resource Administrator. Marys HR savvy makes
    CDHS a better place to work. She demonstrates
    tremendous patience, tact, diplomacy, and concern
    for doing what is right while also offering
    concern, support, and appropriate empathy for all
    who are involved. Mary provides superb
    leadership, continuity, and thinks out of the
    box she is also an extraordinary coach. For
    this, Mary Young is most deserving of an EMPLOYEE
    OF THE YEAR ONGOING CONTRIBUTION AWARD.

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Self Sufficiency and Independence Employee of the
Year for Customer Service
  • Ruth Potter
  • Disability Determination Services
  • Last spring, Disability Determination Services
    (DDS) was notified of an impending influx of
    Wounded Warrior cases due to our proximity to Ft.
    Carson and Buckley Air Force Base. Ruth Potter,
    a Disability Examiner, demonstrated her
    leadership by stepping up to the challenge of
    expediting these cases. Ruth has a professional
    commitment to serve these cases, but more
    importantly, Ruths husband is retired military
    and she also has a personal passion for these
    cases as well.
  • Ruth was instrumental in developing a network
    with SSA and other DDS teams to assist with these
    cases. This included getting the appropriate
    medical evidence to document the severity of the
    disabling condition and tracking down medical
    records. Ruth was vigilant in watching for
    indicators of "hidden" Post Traumatic Stress
    Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury a diagnosis
    that makes a difference in whether the soldier
    receives benefits from SSA or not. Ruth also
    worked with DDS Information Technology staff to
    develop a confidential, secure process to access
    the soldiers medical records stored on a
    Department of Defense Gold CD a process that
    expedites the receipt of medical records into the
    electronic disability folder.
  • Ruth set the tone on behalf of CDHS that each
    soldier deserves the best service we can give
    him/her, in return for what they have done for us
    and for this, Ruth Potter is most deserving of an
    EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR CUSTOMER SERVICE AWARD.

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Self Sufficiency and Independence Employee of the
Year for Leadership
  • Pauline Burton
  • Director of Self Sufficiency and Independence
  • Pauline models strong leadership and empowerment
    skills. Redefining roles and organizational
    commitment has inspired the team to improve
    occupational knowledge supporting the
    Departments vision to be the nations leader in
    providing human services. Pauline provided the
    vision and guidance to make Colorado's Child
    Support Program a national leader in innovation,
    program performance and customer service.
  • Pauline has shepherded and supported the Food
    Stamps Director through series of very
    complicated federal corrective actions to resolve
    federal-state partnership and accountability
    issues.
  • Pauline has successfully guided the Food
    Distribution Program integrating CDHS goals and
    mission into day-to-day business protocols
    through encouragement and support she instilled
    a forward thinking and solutions oriented
    business base-building philosophy because of the
    building block of perseverance and utmost
    customer service, Food Distribution has become
    one of the top commodity distribution programs in
    the nation.
  • Pauline encourages her team, as leaders, to
    participate over-and-above just doing their jobs,
    thus empowering them to be community leaders.
    They have each benefited from this unique
    leadership style that encourages professional
    best resulting in better program services and
    controls and for this, Pauline Burton is most
    deserving of an EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR LEADERSHIP
    AWARD.

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Self Sufficiency and Independence Employee of
the Year for Outstanding Achievement
  • Marty Frey
  • Division for Developmental Disabilities
  • Marty Frey demonstrated leadership, vision,
    solution orientation and customer based focus of
    the operations at the Disability Determination
    Services (DDS) which has resulted in DDS becoming
    a regional and national leader.
  • Through Martys leadership, DDS met or exceeded
    all FY 2007 federal funding source goals and
    objectives, resulting in the current 145,321
    beneficiary/constituents receiving 1.24 billion
    in annual benefits.
  • Marty also included the development and
    improvement of the best triage units in the
    nation, a program that is being emulated by
    Social Security Administration (SSA) to better
    serve hardship and vulnerable clients.
  • Marty was involved in many other projects which
    led to national recognition regarding ongoing
    priority for Military Causality Cases oversight
    of the Colorado DDS Homelessness Initiatives
    leading and oversight of the Cooperative
    Disability Investigations units Denver
    initiatives which was recently recognized in
    conviction and recovery rates in the millions of
    dollars this fy alone.
  • As a result of Martys efforts, leadership and
    vision, DDS received the SSAs highest service
    award, the Commissioners Citation, given to only
    15 top DDS offices across the nation for 07-08!
    For this, Marty Frey is most deserving of an
    EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT
    AWARD.

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Self Sufficiency and Independence Employee of the
Year for Team / Teamwork
  • Richard Batten and Ruth M. Glenn
  • Colorado Works
  • The Department received a federal Promoting
    Responsible Fatherhood Grant. Rich and Ruth
    worked together to develop protocols and training
    programs for collaboration between the domestic
    violence community and the fatherhood programs.
    Rich familiarized himself with the domestic
    violence programs and Ruth with the fatherhood
    programs, both worked tirelessly to help these
    programs understand why the programs established
    by this Grant were necessary challenging
    antiquated thinking and service delivery
    practices and really opening some eyes. Rich and
    Ruth became a visible duo to those that needed
    the most molding around the new concepts and took
    a serious dual gendered look at the issue of
    domestic violence in Colorado.
  • Ruth is an advocate for the need to change our
    way of thinking about the male role in the effort
    to end domestic violence and Rich recently
    developed and is on the Colorado Dads website, a
    place for men to sign a pledge against domestic
    violence and bring their shoes to the Domestic
    Violence Awareness Month rally at the state
    Capitol.
  • Bringing awareness to domestic violence from a
    male perspective is powerful and this road
    traveled by Rich and Ruth was met with much
    resistance but because they knew it was the
    right thing to do for Colorado families to be
    safe, Rich Batten and Ruth Glenn deserve to be
    recognized for an EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR TEAM /
    TEAMWORK AWARD.

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State Veterans Nursing Homes Employee of the Year
for Direct Service Worker
  • Judith Smith
  • Trinidad State Nursing Home
  • Judith Smith demonstrates creativity, drive for
    excellence and a genuine love for the
    participants in the STAR CLUB program a program
    that is the only certified Adult Day Care
    program in Las Animas County. STAR affords
    citizens in the community the opportunity to
    receive economical, quality care in a safe and
    structured environment and still live at home.
    Financial limitations never stop Judith from
    achieving her goals with this program. Judith
    organizes fund raisers and always goes over and
    above for her participants…she really cares.
    Judith truly is a good friend to these
    participants.
  • The STAR CLUB is surveyed by the Department of
    Public Health and Environment and has received
    zero deficiency surveys. What do participants
    like best about STAR CLUB? Judith Smith.
    Judiths work saves us all money…the STAR CLUB is
    a cost effective alternative in the medical
    continuum of care offering transportation,
    socialization, education, medical monitoring,
    nutritious meals and snacks for about 59 per
    day. This compared to 100-300 per day for
    nursing home care and home care. But more
    importantly it gives this community of
    participants the freedom to continue to live at
    home longer.
  • Judith is not only an excellent employee she is a
    wonderful human being. She is an asset to the
    Trinidad State Nursing Home, the Division and the
    State of Colorado and for this Judith Smith is
    most deserving of an EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR DIRECT
    SERVICE WORKER AWARD.

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State Veterans Nursing Homes Employee of the Year
for Innovation / Creativity
  • Barbara J. Moore
  • Bruce McCandless Colorado State Veterans Nursing
    Home
  • In April of 2006, Barbara Moore made a commitment
    to see a dream of transforming the Bruce
    McCandless Colorado State Veterans Home into a
    more homelike atmosphere. There were many people
    involved in this transformation including our own
    staff, Pinon Management and most importantly, our
    elders and their families.
  • Barbi put together a plan for the evolution of
    the Eden Philosophy for our Home. Through the
    Eden Philosophy, our staff has learned how to
    minimize and even eliminate our elders feelings
    of loneliness, helplessness and boredom. Barbi
    asked staff and elders what they would like to
    see our home become and how to achieve it. She
    has empowered our staff and especially our elders
    to make more decisions and has encouraged
    personal growth for virtually everyone living or
    working here.
  • With Barbara Moores guidance, the dream was
    realized in July 2008 when our home became Eden
    certified. The Bruce McCandless Colorado State
    Veterans Home is the only state veterans home in
    the nation to be Eden certified! Barbi shows
    leadership through compassion, hard work, and
    goes the extra mile for the elders and staff.
    Barbi gives of herself to help our nursing home
    and other state nursing homes to be a leader in
    health care.
  • Barbara Moore is most deserving of an EMPLOYEE OF
    THE YEAR INNOVATION / CREATIVITY AWARD.

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2008 Colorado Department of Human Services
Employee of the Year Nominees
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2008 Colorado Department of Human Services
Employee of the Year Nominees
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2008 Colorado Department of Human Services
Employee of the Year Nominees
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2008 Colorado Department of Human Services
Employee of the Year Nominees
Congratulations to all the Nominees!
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Thank You Employee Of The Year Committee Members
for All Of Your Hard Work on This Event!
  • Kelley Eich
  • Information Technology
  • Bernadette Hisel
  • Behavioral Health and Housing

Michael Gallegos Children, Youth and
Families Genie Hurt Adult, Disability, and
Rehabilitation Services
Liz McDonough CDHS Communications
Director Diane Roybal Operations and Financial
Services Anna Sandoval Self Sufficiency and
Independence Jessie Sweet State Veterans Nursing
Homes
All Photographs were taken by David Hurt
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