Mary Baran, Head Start/Early Learning Centers
Vikki Chinchar, Catholic Charities of Geauga County
Janet Dulari, St. Augustine Manor
Tess Flannery, Catholic Charities of Summit County
Lisa Gasbarre Black, Catholic Charities Administration
Camille Gill, Migration & Refugee Services
Kristin Graham, Holy Family Home & Hospice
Christine Grozdanik, St. Anthony Center
Joan Hinkelman, Treatment, Prevention & Recovery Services (Parmadale)
Patsy Holian, Catholic Charities Administration
Maribeth Hutchens-Saxer, Catholic Charities of Summit County
Tom Kennedy, Treatment, Prevention & Recovery Services (Midtown)
John Klee, Parish & Community Services
Naquita Lewis, Rose-Mary Center
Jim Mazzagatti, Catholic Charities of Summit County
Christine Picard, Rose-Mary Center
Delma Roman, Arbor Park Early Learning Center
Diana Rosa, Community Services
Marilyn Scott, Disability Services
Bruce Shagovac, Matt Talbott Inn
Jane Thill, St. Augustine Towers
Tami Vajskop, St. Augustine Home Care/Care at Home
Bernadette Washington, Community Services
From Christine’s Nomination:
Christine has been a part of Rose-Mary Center for over 12 years. She has always worked with the budget, keeping in mind the mission of Rose-Mary Center, with declining income. Whenever difficult decisions have to be made (eliminating programs, jobs, etc.), it weighs heavy on her and she always tries to find a way to make it work. She works long hours and is dedicated to her career plus balances her own personal life and family. Christine is pulled in many different directions but is always able to remain focused on Rose-Mary Center. She supports every function that RMC. Technically Christine never gets a day off because she is accessible to us by email at any given time. Even while on vacation time she will correspond. That is a 100% dedicated employee.
From Jane’s Nomination:
Jane is a very spiritual person and carries herself that way. Jane is aware of the resident’s needs and respects each of them and treats them with decency and grace. Jane will sit with a resident and pray with them, comfort them, or listen to them no matter what else she is doing.
Jane runs a non-profit called Michael’s House here in Cleveland. It is a 4 bedroom home and she provides care for men who have just come out of rehab for drug or alcohol abuse. Jane does this out of her own pocket with no other assistance. She serves people who are in the most need who sometimes have a hard time finding help.
From Mariyln’s Nomination:
Marilyn has a great dedication to persons with disabilities. For 23 years she has taken on various roles to assist Catholic Charities to better serve. From her work with children and adults with disabilities Marilyn has expanded her commitment to the poor and the older adult person. She has taken on the mission of Catholic Charities in its widest dimension. Whenever there has been new need, Marilyn has given of her time to acquire the skills to answer the challenge. She has become the voice of Catholic Charities to persons with disabilities who calls in need. She is more than willing work with others in the system to answer the requests, believing that there is “no wrong number.” If the request comes, she follows through. Just ask the hundreds of parents of children with disabilities she has assisted to attend summer programs.
From Naquita’s Nomination:
Nikki Lewis has been an employee of Rose-Mary Center for over 10 years. Nikki always demonstrates the dignity of each individual she works with – both the individuals we serves, her co-workers, and the people she supervises. Nikki always smiles and always makes people feel welcome. Employees say that Nikki is the person that has positively impacted them the most. We recently gathered several Direct Support Professionals together and asked them who their greatest influence on their job was and many specifically named Nikki. She started as a summer camp employee, then Direct Support Professional, then Summer Camp Coordinator, then Assistant Building Manager and finally Building Manager. Her promotions have all been due to her positive attitude, understanding that the children and adults we serve come first, and because she is one of the best mentors and role model. Nikki seems to always “build people up.” She tries to teach by example in everything she does.
From John’s Nomination:
John never fails to open our weekly staff meetings with a prayer and ends them by acknowledging all staff members with gratitude and thanks for their contributions to the mission of Catholic Charities.
John always shares his support. When MRS faced the unexpected passing of a staff member last year, he not only offered support to the staff as we dealt with our grief, he also offered the support of the organization that was needed to continue serving our clients in light of this tragedy. His support to the deceased’s family was immeasurable. We consider ourselves blessed to have John in our midst; working alongside us with an uplifting attitude of humility, compassion and grace.