The Resource Center honored 144 employees and board members when the agency held its 33rd annual Employee Service Recognition Luncheon.
The event, held at the Lakewood Road and Gun Club, paid tribute to people who, during 2017, completed milestone years of service with The Resource Center, which has been supporting people with disabilities and their families in Chautauqua County since 1958.
The longest-serving employees at this year’s event have been working at TRC for 35 years. Those five employees were Kathy Field of Jamestown, associate executive administrative assistant; Mary Jo Hamilton of Frewsburg, director of intellectual and developmental disability services; Angela Kae Lachiusa-Kent of Jamestown, residence manager; Kathy Peterson-VanHorn of Ashville, habilitation specialist; and Trudy VanDette of Jamestown, residence manager.
In appreciation for their years of service, those employees were given a monetary gift and a crystal clock.
Honored for 30 years of service were Elaine Adams of Jamestown, licensed practical nurse; Michele Albaugh of Warren, director of learning and development; Lisa Covey of Lakewood, activity leader; Barney Davis of Jamestown, assistant residence manager; Sandra Davis of Jamestown, habilitation specialist; Mary Ginley of Dunkirk, residence coordinator; Kim Greco of Falconer, administrator; Debbra Grossman of Kennedy, cook; Sheila Hyde of Ashville, third-shift supervisor; Gary Lawson of Jamestown, driver; Stephen Lindquist of Jamestown, director of information systems; Kathryn Pope of Russell, habilitation specialist; James Prince of Jamestown, behavior support professional; Melissa Rasmussen of Jamestown, lead manufacturing supervisor; Joan Scalise of Bemus Point, assistant finance director; Wendy Stimson of Falconer, residence manager. Each of these employees received a monetary gift and a crystal paperweight.
Completing 25 years of service were Dennis Bergmann of Orchard Park, social worker; Heather Courtney of Jamestown, care coordinator; Linda Knight of Jamestown, self-determination assistant; Donna Lee of Jamestown, driver; Lisa Mattoon of Jamestown, direct support professional (DSP); Angela Oakes of Jamestown, supervising nurse; Michelle Rizzardi of Russell, service coordinator; David Steed of Jamestown, DSP; Cheryl Thompson of Dunkirk, habilitation skills instructor; and Sue Woods of Ashville, cost accountant. Each of these employees received a monetary gift, a pen and a letter opener.
Recognized for 20 years of service were Edith DeJesus of Dunkirk, DSP; William Dorman of Jamestown, industrial specialist; Catherine Ensminger of Jamestown, assistant executive administrative assistant; Lawrence Feeney of Union City, PA, physical therapy assistant; Laurie Moretti of Jamestown, DSP; Valerie Propheter of Jamestown, secretary; Beth Ray of Fredonia, vocational skills instructor; Tracy Swan of Warren, DSP; and Richard Tuzzo of Jamestown, telecommunications coordinator. Each of these employees received a monetary gift and a fleece jacket emblazoned with The Resource Center’s logo.
Honored for 15 years of service were Alissa Biancamano of Jamestown, service coordinator; Jennifer Capitano of Falconer, supervising pharmacist; Rosemarie Carlson of Jamestown, DSP; Anna Dubej-Phillips of Frewsburg, secretary; Trevor Ellis of Jamestown, service coordination supervisor; Linda Ernewein of Celoron, driver; Deborah Glover of Ashville, DSP; Stephen Hauck of Jamestown, marketing specialist; Kelly Jacobs of Jamestown, DSP; Shawn Kane of Bemus Point, medication technician; Dr. Mumtaz Karimi of Lakewood, physician; Melinda Larson of Jamestown, DSP; Jennifer Magee of Jamestown, housekeeper; Wanda McBride of Jamestown, DSP; Michele Merwin of Dunkirk, certified occupational therapy assistant; Patricia Organ of Dunkirk, nurse; Susan Pugh of Jamestown, DSP; Vicki Smith of Frewsburg, DSP; Christin Sweat of Frewsburg, assistant residence manager; Dr. John Vona of Silver Creek, dentist; and Autumn Walters of Jamestown, medical support professional. Each of these employees received a monetary gift and a fleece jacket.
Recognized for 10 years of service were Kevin Anderson of Falconer, assistant director; Dawn Beardsley of Jamestown, licensed practical nurse; Patti Eckberg of Jamestown, shipping and receiving clerk; Ashley Eckstrom of Jamestown, patient access specialist; Michael Haddad of Jamestown, maintenance and construction specialist; Andrew Heggerty of Jamestown, DSP; Megan Holt of Jamestown, activity leader; Rhonda Johnson of Sinclairville, job coach; Patrick Kent of Jamestown, driver; Rachel Kephart of Jamestown, DSP; Melissa Klenke of Jamestown, service coordinator; Holly Lange of Jamestown, DSP; Cynthia Learn of Randolph, supported living specialist; Richard Meek of Dewittville, residence manager; Bobby Morris of Jamestown, site supervisor; Charlene Nieder of Gerry, dental assistant; Nancy Simmons of Westfield, DSP; James Stanford of Jamestown, DSP; Peggy Stingel of Jamestown, DSP; Allyson Swan of Jamestown, licensed practical nurse; Deborah Swanson of Jamestown, registered nurse; Ellen Vellia of Lakewood, transportation supervisor; Doug Vetillaro of Dunkirk, assistant residence manager; Wendy Wilcox of Jamestown, behavior support specialist; and Chad Wilson of Jamestown, DSP. Each of these employees received a winter jacket.
Completing five years of service were Desteny Badgley of Jamestown, DSP; Jonathan Barlow of Jamestown, DSP; Troy Barton of Ashville, supervising nurse; Lea Benedetto of Dewittville, DSP; Kylie Brandow of Kennedy, DSP; Ashley Brown of Jamestown, DSP; Allison Chitester of Frewsburg, DSP; Patricia Clark of Jamestown, site supervisor; Jennifer Conti of Jamestown, DSP; Mary Jane Depew of Jamestown, manager; Mynet Feinburg of Jamestown, adaptive equipment coordinator; Diana Fodero of Gerry, self-determination assistant; Kelly Dimitri of Fredonia, chief financial officer; Janice Ganey of Dunkirk, DSP; Sierra Greenman of Bemus Point, care coordinator; Karen Greiner of Falconer, resident benefits clerk; Gregg Guichard of Jamestown, DSP; Rosemary Hand of Randolph, DSP; Tracie Howard of Jamestown, DSP; Julia Johnson of Lakewood, DSP; Karen Johnson of Bemus Point, DSP; Connie Juul of Frewsburg, DSP; Kelsey Kilmartin of Jamestown, DSP; Ann Knee of Jamestown, registered nurse; Christina Lanphere of Falconer, DSP; Tina Larson of Sugar Grove, administrative assistant; Darlene Lascola of Russell, DSP; Kimberly Lombardo of Jamestown, DSP; Tracey Luce of Jamestown, case manager; Michelle Lutgen of Jamestown, DSP; Nekeisha McAdoo of Jamestown, registered nurse; Tasha McFaul of Jamestown, DSP; Dr. Megan McKinley of Frewsburg, physical therapist; Margaret Meek of Westfield, DSP; Michelle Miller of Lakewood, accounts payable clerk; Mary Mizner of Clymer, medical support professional; Alan Monfort of Lakewood, DSP; Kelley Morton of Jamestown, residence coordinator; Kristia Nowak of Falconer, DSP; Carol Paddock of Jamestown, speech pathologist; Tasha Poirier of Jamestown, DSP; Tasha Pollaro of Jamestown, DSP; Jilliane Quigley of Jamestown, DSP; Amy Rickerson of Jamestown, population health manager; Kristen Rodgers of Jamestown, DSP; Marlene Sirianno of Bemus Point, board member; Michelle Smouse of Panama, housekeeper; Christine Southwick of Randolph, DSP; Marah Stroebel of Jamestown, DSP; Cynthia Summerford of Mayville, DSP; Katherine Swerdon of Frewsburg, residence coordinator; George Tanti of Cassadaga, supported living specialist; James Walsh of Jamestown, driver; Crystal Ward of Jamestown, DSP; Lori Watson of Jamestown, administrative assistant; Barbara Wilson of Mayville, DSP; Dana Wright of Jamestown, DSP; and Mirna Zanetti of Dunkirk, service coordinator. Each of these employees received a fleece jacket.
The invocation was given by The Reverend Timothy Hoyer, a longtime TRC advisory committee member. Welcoming remarks were made by executive director Denise Jones and R. Michael Goldman, the president of The Resource Center’s board of directors. Jones and Goldman presented the awards to staff.
Those honored for 25 years of service included, from left, David Steed, Angela Oakes, Heather Courtney, Sue Woods, and Donna Lee.