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Employee of the Quarter
2016 Employee of the 3rd Quarter – Tiffany Fortune
BAYS Office Location: Corporate
We are pleased to recognize Tiffany Fortune as the BAYS 3rd Employee of the Quarter 2016. Tiffany came to BAYS in 2015 as Executive Assistant for Finance through a temporary assignment. She quickly became a part of the Corporate team but was intrigued by what BAYS does at a circuit level. When she returned from having her son she joined the Circuit 13 team as Administrative Assistant and was an integral part in helping Angela and the whole Circuit 13 crew change their culture and really stabilize the turnover in the circuit making them a contender for Circuit of the Year. She was very active in their Bowl-a-thon Fundraiser as well. Tiffany’s background and passion is Human Resources, when Executive Assistant to Administration opened up this summer Tiffany jumped on this opportunity to put her education to work.
Tiffany quickly became the “go to” person at Corporate while also training a new Administrative Assistant in Circuit 13 and new Executive Assistant in Finance and she did it all with a smile. Tiffany goes out of her way to bring new opportunities and fundraisers to BAYS including organizing monthly yoga classes with donations coming to BAYS and Trades of Hope online fundraiser. She was instrumental in the 2016 Frankenfooter Race Weekend including designing the adorable trophies and maintains the BAYS social media pages. In her short time with BAYS she’s learned multiple rolls and is able and willing to help any area that needs her. Tiffany has quickly learned her latest role of Executive Assistant for Administration and is usually the first person a new employee “meets” from corporate. She sets the tone and culture at BAYS through her positivity and professionalism.
Congratulations Tiffany on being BAYS Employee of the Quarter!
2016 Employee of the 2nd Quarter – DaNisha Wilkerson
BAYS Office Location: Tampa
BAYS is pleased to announce Da’Nisha Wilkerson as the Employee of the Quarter for the 2nd Quarter, 2016. Da’Nisha came to her team as a Consulting Clinician in Circuit 13 less than a year ago, but the impact she has made in that short time has been significant to not only the JDAP team and BAYS organization, but also to her community.
Da’Nisha has demonstrated significant commitment to revitalizing the psycho-educational classes offered by the Circuit 13 JDAP program. She invigorated the Girls Gender Specific Group, creating an effective and empowering opportunity for youth in the Circuit 13 community. Da’Nisha routinely demonstrates her commitment to the youth and families we serve by always making time to support case managers in their duties and provide valuable feedback and direction when needed. But she does not stop there. Da’Nisha commits herself to building strong communities by being an engaged and active participant. She volunteers time with the Girls Court program as well as other local organizations and has committed time to fundraising for BAYS, as well. In fact, Da’Nisha raised the most prizes for the team’s recent fundraiser and has since begun working to organize the next one.
Da’Nisha recognizes the value in ensuring that the Circuit 13 team members feel recognized and appreciated. She ensures that each staff member is recognized on their birthday and for reaching a professional goal or aspiration. She organizes potlucks and contributes to building a strong, positive, and enthusiastic work environment. These efforts are not lost on the team members of Circuit 13 who, thanks to Da’Nisha’s efforts, are often reminded that the work they are doing in the community is valuable and important.
BAYS Florida is made stronger by team players like Da’Nisha. Her commitment and dedication to the children and families we serve, and to providing support and encouragement to her team exceeds expectations and we are so fortunate to have her as part of our professional family.
2016 Employee of the 1st Quarter – Dorie Hanson
BAYS Office Location: Jacksonville
BAYS is pleased to announce Dorie Hanson as Employee of the First Quarter 2016. Dorie joined BAYS as Consulting Clinician for our JDAP in August, 2015. In addition to her Consulting Clinician position, she immediately took on the responsibilities as the head of BAYS Community Care; which includes the hiring and supervising of one contract therapist who is responsible for providing mental health counseling for the youth we serve.
In the short time that Dorie has been with BAYS Florida she has performed her job with great compassion. Dorie addresses each high risk client with an exceptional level of care that cannot be taught. She approaches all situations with a positive and friendly attitude. This allows the client and their families to have a sense of comfort needed when addressing mental health issues. Dorie genuinely cares about the well-being of all the clients that she serves and it is evident in her everyday tasks. She is very resourceful and often times called upon by many colleagues for her expert advice. She is well respected among her peers and is often solicited by others because of her reliability.
In addition to this work, Dorie has been deeply committed to and involved in the local initiative in the Jacksonville area. Since the implementation of the BAYS Community Care program which was launched in February 2015; as a partner to provide individual and group counseling to adolescents and their families residing in Duval County. She sits on the Criminal Justice Reinvestment Grant Task Force and works closely with The City of Jacksonville (in partnership with the Jacksonville System of Care Initiative), The Partnership for Child Health, The Jacksonville Children’s Commission and Gateway Community Services to assure that youth we serve are receiving the appropriate mental health services.
On top of her normal work load, Dorie was tasked with coordinating and facilitating monthly groups for both the Jacksonville and Daytona Beach Area. The Jacksonville Office now offer Anger Management classes that teaches youth cues, impulse control, and positive coping skills. The Daytona Beach Office offer Decision Making Classes that focus on assisting adolescents in learning good decision-making skills. These are just a few ways that Dorie takes the initiative to use her resources to improve the effectiveness of JDAP and the youth that BAYS Florida serves. Dorie’s contributions to BAYS Florida could be summed up as, an individual who champions the movement of building bridges between delinquency and mental health.
Dorie loves people, works hard, and always tries to lift the spirits of those around her. Dorie is adored by Circuits 4 and 7 who came together to nominate her for this award. Congratulations Dorie and we look forward to your continued success.
2015 Employee of the 4th Quarter and 2015 Employee of the YEAR– Craytonya Sanders
BAYS Office Location: Fort Lauderdale
BAYS is pleased to announce that the Employee of the Quarter for the last quarter of 2015 is Craytonya Sanders!
Craytonya was nominated multiple times for this award by her co-workers, and for good reason. She has exemplified the role of Senior Case Manager by being a leader and role model to her peers, by being a strong team member and support not only to her own circuit, but to others, as well, and by being a representative in her community, taking on the role of advocating and fundraising on behalf of the youth and families we serve.
Craytonya provides guidance and support to her team with positive feedback and leads by example. She creates an environment of encouragement by ensuring that all team members receive the training they need to do their jobs with confidence. She takes on additional duties as needed, ensuring that the youth and families being served by JDAP receive the quality services they deserve. When Craytonya recognized another JDAP circuit was in need of support, she did not hesitate to pick up cases in that circuit, even driving up to an hour from her own area. When the supervisor in Craytonya’s circuit was out on leave, she took on the role of supervisor, providing excellent support and guidance to the staff of Circuit 17. Craytonya’s peers describe her as being hard working, calm, respected, positive, motivated, dependable, organized, knowledgeable, supportive, helpful, professional, and wonderful. We couldn’t agree more!
Congratulations, Craytonya! Your dedication to serving youth and families and to being a tremendous BAYS team player is clear and very much appreciated.
2015 Employee of the 3rd Quarter – Cheryl Thornton
BAYS Office Location: Fort Myers
BAYS is very pleased to announce Cheryl Thornton as Employee of the Quarter. Cheryl joined the Fort Myers (Circuit 20) team in February 2014 and has really found her niche in serving kids and families. She enjoys working with youth and families and puts her all into it. She was nominated by her supervisor who describes her as having a gentle demeanor yet firm no nonsense approach that sets her apart and youth respond well to her way.
The youth she works with respect Cheryl and they really see that she wants them to succeed not just with JDAP but in life. She works with a very diverse area of clients from the migrant farms in Immokalee to the more affluent in Naples and Marco Island. Cheryl was really excited to be able to provide donated backpacks to the youth she’s working with especially in Immokalee since she knows they really needed them and would appreciate it. Many of her clients are not fluent in English and yet she preservers and works with the language barriers.
Cheryl is always willing to assist her team in any way she can and they feel confident in her abilities, she is diligent in her work, uses good discretion and her team feels fortunate to have her working with them. Cheryl is making a difference in her community and at BAYS. Congratulations!
2015 Employee of the 2nd Quarter – Christine Thomas
BAYS Office Location: Corporate
BAYS is very pleased to recognize Christine Thomas as 2015 2nd Employee of the Quarter. Christine has been with BAYS for less than a year yet has already proven to be a team player, quick learner and very organized. As our job descriptions put it, “Other duties as assigned”, Christine welcomes additional responsibilities and puts great pride into all that she does. She has worked diligently with the implementation of QUEST and has served as a great lead administrator in the implementation for the new database. She is leading the way with a smile.
Christine exhibits dedication, compassion, honesty, loyalty and professionalism in all that she does. In addition to her role with the Quest Database, Christine does a fantastic job in keeping our training documentation and files up to date, managing the BAYS Scorecards and social media sites and is very actively helping to organize the Corporate Fundraiser, Frankenfooter Race Weekend. She doesn’t hesitate to jump in anywhere she can help out and she is appreciated by Corporate as well as all BAYS employees who she assists. In one of the 2 nominations she received she was called an example to all Administrative Assistants, she is a great example to all employees at BAYS and really exemplifies going above and beyond.
2015 Employee of the 1st Quarter – Elizabeth McKenney
Position: Case Manager
BAYS Office Location: Tampa
BAYS is pleased to recognize Elizabeth McKenney as Employee of the 1st Quarter 2015. Elizabeth originally came to BAYS as a Case Manager in Circuit 6 (Clearwater office) in September of 2013 and joined the Tampa office in the spring of 2014 when a position closer to home became available. She instantly became part of the Circuit 13 (Tampa) team and is stepped in to serve as the Employee Advisory Council representative for her new circuit. She is always willing to help a fellow case manager by making contacts with their clients in the community or follow up with community providers. Additionally, Elizabeth volunteers to assist new case managers and trains them on the JDAP model. Her work ethic is impressive and she takes great pride in all that she does with a smile on her face and a positive attitude. Elizabeth is very passionate about the youth and families she works with and provides them respect and top notch service which is reflected in feedback her supervisors regularly receive from families she’s worked with.
In Elizabeth’s short time with Circuit 13 she has shown that she is a team player and great case manager and quickly became a valuable member of their team.
2014 Employee of the Year – Christopher Deas
BAYS Office Location:OrlandoChris embodies the BAYS values of: Professionalism, Responsibility, Integrity, Dedication, and Enthusiasm. Chris is an outstanding Consulting Clinician who will do anything to work and support the youth and families that are involved with BAYS Florida, Inc. Chris has helped develop and deploy our successful domestic violence classes in circuits 9 and 18. BAYS Florida, Inc. is looking forward to sharing the domestic violence classes with other circuits in need of this service due to the successful outcomes that Chris has had with this. Chris speaks of the families in his classes as if they were his own family and clearly he has true concern for their positive outcomes. Chris is a team player and is appreciated by the case managers, consultant clinicians, and supervisors for all of the hard work he demonstrates on a daily basis. Chris has a genuine gift in his personality and spirit that aligns him perfectly with the population that are served by BAYS Florida, Inc. Chris has more than earned the recognition of Employee of the year. Congratulations!
2014 Employee of 4th Quarter – James Justice
Position: Senior Case Manager
BAYS Office Location: Fort Myers
BAYS is pleased to recognize James Justice as Employee of the 4th Quarter 2014. James started in Circuit 20 (Fort Myers office) in May of 2012. He came with extensive experience working with youth and families and it shows. He is dedicated to the community and compassionate about the work we do. This shows in the QI/Mock QI reviews and monitoring completed in Circuit 20 as well as in his interactions and training of new staff.
James is a networker and problem solver. He was instrumental in getting Circuit 20 fully staffed and referring new employees to BAYS. He has provided Circuit 20 with leadership and constructive feedback and support to new staff members. Most recently James has been serving in dual roles as Senior Case Manager and Acting Supervisor while Jeannine Brown is on leave. James has been able to not just maintain his own caseload, but also held meetings with stakeholders in the area to help increase and/or prevent any possible utilization issues. He continues to build new partnerships in the community. James is currently recruiting r advisory council members and hosting the first meeting in December. Circuit 20 has done an excellent job of fundraising including several in-kind donations and performing arts tickets for youth in their circuit. He is a leader of a great a team effort.
The team environment may have been difficult to maintain while the supervisor is out, but James has been able to hold Circuit 20 together and has excelled at making sure they are successful. In addition to all of his work in Circuit 20 he also assists other circuits and the Regional Manager when called upon. James is a new member of the Employee Advisory Committee and brings a positive attitude to all that he does.
James is a truly valuable member of the BAYS team and demonstrates our core values. Congratulations, James!
2014 Employee of 3rd Quarter – Tomasyne Clark
BAYS Office Location: Sarasota
BAYS is very pleased to recognize Tomasyne Clark as the Employee of the 3rd? Quarter. Tomasyne joined BAYS Circuit 12 (Sarasota office) in September 2013 as the Administrative Assistant. She has been a welcomed addition to the close knit team in Sarasota and truly serves as the backbone of circuit operations. Her team feels they could not accomplish half of what they have over the last year without her support, positive attitude and professionalism.Some may think that in a supportive role you don’t always see the direct impact on the clients being served, but in Tomasyne’s case she has seen firsthand how important she is to her team. The Sarasota team is one of BAYS smallest and each member is an integral part of the team. Recently when her supervisor was on vacation Tomasyne took a call from a youth and family in desperate need for assistance. The youth was suicidal. Tomasyne talked the youth’s guardian through the situation, providing crucial support. She quickly contacted the authorities who implemented the Baker Act process and stayed on the phone with the guardian to ensure everything was OK with the youth and family. She ensured that a CCC report and incident report were completed as well. When her supervisor returned and met with the family, the guardian was amazed at how compassionate, professional and encouraging Tomasyne was in this crisis situation. In the short time Tomasyne has been with BAYS she has assisted her team daily, but this really shows how she has gone above and beyond to not just support for her team but the families as well.Tomasyne has been instrumental in bringing professionals from other agencies to the Circuit 12 Advisory Council as well exceeding the funding raising goals for the circuit in part by selling Macy’s Shop for a Cause saving passes. Tomasyne is fantastic at her daily responsibilities, but always demonstrates a passion to serve our youth and families. She remembers the names and needs of our families and greets them with a smile. When Tomasyne started in Circuit 12 the team was in a time of transition and working on improvements. The Circuit 12 team, with Tomasyne’s assistance has stabilized and is providing high quality service to kids and families in Manatee and Sarasota Counties. Tomasyne is a valuable gem for the Sarasota office and embodies the values of BAYS. It is an honor to recognize her as the Employee of the Quarter.
2014 Employee of 2nd Quarter – Ariana Agar
BAYS Office Location: AlachuaBAYS is very pleased to announce Ariana Agar as Employee of the Quarter. Ariana joined the Circuit 8 (Alachua) team in June 2013 and in the last year has demonstrated her commitment and strong believe in community involvement. She was nominated by her supervisor, Donna Wendt who writes: Ariana is a very focused dedicated individual who strongly believes in community involvement and citizenship. She exemplifies this through leading by example and encouraging youth to get out into their community to not only give back, but to also take advantage of what their community offers. She goes out of her way to not only bring awareness to community functions, but to also attend them with her youth.Ariana has a very creative approach to not only individualized case management, but also in making sure youth have their basic needs met so they are able to focus on attaining goals they hope to reach. An example of her efforts is spearheading a coat and clothes drive this past winter to obtain donations which she keeps in her car. She has an “open trunk policy” which she shares with her youth. If they need a warm jacket, sweatshirt, or polo shirt for school, they can pick from donated items which she keeps in her car so that a youth can have immediate access to the clothing. She hopes this helps to relieve some stress and let them focus on what they need to accomplish to become successful. She hopes this also help parents with their stress, and demonstrate that someone cares about their children. When Ariana learns of a youth in need, she acts immediately and rarely takes no for an answer. She recruits many individuals she meets everyday to help with her endeavors. Her enthusiasm draws people in to wanting to help in anyway they can.Ariana has been invaluable in planning our bowling fundraiser. She has been instrumental in the planning, recruiting, and advertising. Her next project is starting a book club for youth on her caseload to not only promote reading but to also start conversations about barriers and issues youth face in their daily lives. She often reminds youth that if she can overcome barriers in her life, they can too. Ariana’s positive attitude is also infectious with her coworkers, and motivates them to think outside the box. She is able to brainstorm and bring new and improved ideas for all areas of her job responsibilities as a case manager. Ariana continues to impress with her dedication to helping youth creatively express themselves, and expand their knowledge of their local community. She has the potential for making an even more positive and lasting impact, not only at BAYS, but also with our youth and families in our communities. Ariana is a truly valued member of the BAYS team.
January 2014 Employee of the Month – Christopher Deas
BAYS Office Location: OrlandoBAYS is proud to present Christopher Deas, Consulting Clinician serving Circuits 9 and 18, as the Employee of the Quarter (First Quarter 2014).Christopher received 4 nominations from circuit leadership and his peers. Each nomination echoed common themes about how he provides high quality services to kids and families while supporting his colleagues with a positive attitude and flexibility to meet multiple needs. Chris is described as an “outstanding team player” who will do anything to assist his colleagues. He often steps in with little notice to help out, whether it is with a challenging case or a special need in the office. He does not shy away from difficult projects or assignments, but takes them on without hesitation. Chris consistently receives positive feedback about his Life Skills Classes from kids and their families and as described in one of the nominations, “resolves conflicts and handles difficult situations with remarkable patience and admirable tact”. He demonstrates clinical expertise and impeccable follow-up with clients, providers, and his co-workers. He also serves as a positive role model to all who come in contact with him and according to a colleague, “loves people, works hard, and always tries to lift the spirits of those around him”. Chris embodies the BAYS values of: Professionalism, Responsibility, Integrity, Dedication, and Enthusiasm. Congratulations, Chris!
2013 Employee of the Year – Dexter Battle
BAYS Office Location: Tampa
Years of Service with BAYS: 1 year
BAYS takes great pleasure in announcing Dexter Battle as the 2013 Lawrence Siegel Employee of the Year! This annual award provides a special opportunity to honor an employee who embodies the attributes most highly regarded by the agency. These qualities include: dedication, compassion, honesty, loyalty, professionalism, going above and beyond in conducting duties, or performing in an outstanding manner. Dexter is an excellent representative of these characteristics and a shining example of a professional who has truly made a difference in the lives of youth he has served.Dexter received the BAYS Employee of the Month award in July for his exemplary service to program youth and exceptional dedication and support of coworkers and mission of the agency. His commitment to serving youth was described as strong and unwavering, especially in the areas of encouraging their personal development and program success. Dexter was also applauded for supporting fellow case managers by offering ideas on how to help program youth, and stepping in to teach classes on a moment’s notice.BAYS success lies in our staff. Through high standards set forth by senior leadership, supervisors, direct service and support staff we are able to achieve great things. The outstanding work our staff performs is not always formally recognized. However, every once in a while a client or family member takes the time to write a commendation. The parent of a client Dexter served was one such individual. In November, this parent nominated Dexter for Employee of the Month for showing deep concern for her son’s future and helping him back on the right path. She praised the manner in which Dexter encouraged her son to improve in school, focus on goals, and for “showing him that he can be more than society sees in him.” She noted receiving positive calls from her son’s teachers and football coach regarding his improvements in the classroom and on the playing field, and credited Dexter for his positive achievements.BAYS goal is to provide each youth and family served with the necessary interventions to help them improve their lives and achieve their goals. Dexter’s professional skills, dedication, compassion and enthusiasm have truly made a difference in the lives of clients he has served. In the words of the grateful mother who nominated Dexter for Employee of the Month, “I encourage Mr. Battle to stay in this line of work because he is an asset to you agency, to the community, the families of our youth, and single mothers raising young boys. We can use more men with his type of loyalty, commitment, compassion, and dedication to help change the lives of our youth today, especially the young men. The level of his professionalism has to be successful as a youth counselor.” We applaud Dexter for his inspirational service to youth and are honored to bestow him the title of the third annual Lawrence Siegel Employee of the Year. Congratulations Dexter!
November 2013 Employee of the Month – Marquitta Caesar
BAYS Office Location: Orlando
Years of Service with BAYS: 1 YearBAYS is privileged to proclaim Marquitta Caesar as our November Employee of the Month. Marquitta has been a member of the BAYS team in Circuit 9 for a little over a year. She is commended for her excellence in case management, teamwork, and dependability, as well as the positive spirit she bring to her office. She is described as a “shining star” by her coworkers.Marquitta is dedicated to providing the highest quality of services possible to program youth and families. She is also steadfast in committing whatever time is necessary to ensure the support and guidance is available to help them achieve success. Marquitta puts forth great effort in seeking community resources to assist clients that will be helpful during their program and after BAYS services have concluded.Marquitta is an outstanding team member. She provides encouragement to staff and is always willing to assist her colleagues in enhancing their skills. Her coworkers assert that her ideas are always helpful and lead to good solutions. Marquitta also obligingly volunteers to assist fellow case managers in making client contacts and co-facilitating classes. In addition to her work-related support, Marquitta provides her coworkers with special recognition for birthdays, farewells and thank you’s. This helps create the “loving environment” that was described in one of her nominations. In the words of a coworker, “Marquitta is an inspiration reminding us daily how to work together to make a positive impact on the youth and families.”Marquitta is respected and appreciated by the Circuit 9 office for her exceptional skills in serving youth and wonderful camaraderie. She is an outstanding professional who is an asset to the entire agency. BAYS takes great pleasure in honoring Marquitta as Employee of the Month.
October 2013 Employee of the Month – Nina Post
BAYS Office Location: ClearwaterBAYS is delighted to announce Nina Post as October’s Employee of the Month. Nina has held the position of Administrative Assistant in the Clearwater office for only six months, but has proven to be an impressive team member. Her positive attitude and cooperative spirit are appreciated and commended.Nina is always eager to assist case managers with their work responsibilities. Her valuable spreadsheets and other organizational tools have enabled staff to operate more efficiently. These tools have also been instrumental in improving communication between the two Circuit 6 offices. Nina has been credited with increasing her office’s overall productivity since she joined BAYS.Nina is also appreciated for her caring personality. Her congenial disposition has helped to increase employee cohesion and created a more cheerful office atmosphere. She remembers birthdays and always makes sure goodies are available for long meetings. When needs arise, Nina is eager to help directly or will locate other individuals who can provide the necessary assistance.Nina is treasured by her office and the rest of the BAYS family. She is a dedicated team member who gladly does whatever is necessary to help her office function at a high level. We are thankful for Nina’s service and look forward to her long tenure with the agency.
September 2013 Employee of the Month – Susan Skaggs
BAYS Office Location: Lakeland
Years of Service with BAYS: 3 YearsBAYS is pleased to congratulate Susan Skaggs as September’s Employee of the Month. Susan has played an essential role in the success of the Circuit 10 office and greatly impacted the lives of many youth and families over her last three years as JDAP Case Manager. She was also an esteemed member of the Circuit 9 office during her tenure there. Susan is a highly valued and respected member of her office and the entire agency.Susan is described as “remarkable” by her coworkers. She is a conscientious professional who maintains strict compliance to program standards with little need for supervision. Susan has a vast level of knowledge in the criminal justice field resulting from her prior work as a law enforcement officer and her previous service with conditional release youth. Susan presents a straight forward approach, but does so with the deepest of care for youth. She believes in clients taking responsibility for their actions, and requires youth to complete certain activities that they are responsible for all on their own.Susan has been tremendously successful in establishing community liaisons to provide valuable resources for program youth and families. As an example, she sought out and established a location at the Osceola County Poinciana Center for Case Managers to meet with clients without the need for families to travel long distances. She has also established mentoring and community service work sites with churches around the region and Youth for Christ.Susan’s commitment to serving youth is commendable. In one case, a child was expelled from school due to her juvenile charges. As a result of limited alternative school choices, the youth had to enroll in virtual school. Unfortunately, this client did not have a computer. Susan worked with a School Board official and was able to secure a lap top computer for the youth. This is only one example of the many ways that Susan has provided excellent service to her clients.Susan is applauded for her contributions to the youth we serve and for bringing her “A” game to work every day. We are grateful to have her in the organization and happy to celebrate her as Employee of the Month.
August 2013 Employee of the Month – Brandy Canada
Position: Case Manager
BAYS Office Location: Tampa
BAYS is honored to announce Brandy Canada as the August Employee of the Month. Brandy is an outstanding member of the Circuit 13 staff who has earned this award for her exceptional work with program youth. She is commended for her skill and compassion in helping youth overcome adversity and improve their lives.
Brandy’s nomination for Employee of the Month came from a youth that she had the privilege of serving. This youth praised “Miss Brandy” for helping her to get back into school, introducing her to PACE, for getting her off the streets, and for letting her know that she could be anything in the world she wanted and that her life was not wasted. She credited Brandy for helping her to stop running the streets and said she had been a gang member, but now she and her family were free.
This powerful nomination symbolizes why each of us work so hard each and every day. We all want to make a difference in the lives of children and families. Through our programs we are fortunate to have the opportunity to meet individuals who many times just need a little encouragement, some direction, and a few interventions to make their lives better. Brandy provided for this youth and truly made a difference.
We are so proud of Brandy for meeting the needs of this youth and probably countless others. We thank her for inspiring all of us to continue with our important work and giving us an example of how any one of us can impact the life of a child. We congratulate Brandy for her well deserved award of Employee of the Month.
July 2013 Employee of the Month – Dexter Battle
BAYS Office Location: Tampa
Years of Service with BAYS: 7 monthsBAYS takes pride in announcing Dexter Battle as July’s Employee of the Month. Dexter has been a member of the BAYS team for seven months serving as a JDAP Case Manager in the Circuit 13 office. Dexter is commended for his outstanding service to program youth, and for his dedication and support of coworkers and the mission of the agency.Dexter’s commitment to serving youth is strong and unwavering. He is constantly concerned with how he can best assist youth in their personal development and program success. He has a vast knowledge of community resources that not only provides youth and families with valuable services, but allows sustainable support after the conclusion of their BAYS involvement.Dexter is often seen providing assistance to case managers regarding their program youth. He offers insight into possible interventions and often recommends services available in the community. Dexter also maintains regular contact with the BAYS counselor so they can work as a team to provide the best possible service to youth. Moreover, Dexter eagerly volunteers to step in on a moment’s notice to teach classes or assist coworkers with any case needs that may arise.Dexter’s work contributions extend well beyond the BAYS office. He often attends meetings in the community to stay current with available services and develop networks. While there, he represents BAYS with professionalism and pride.Dexter has been a tremendous asset to the Tampa office during his relatively short tenure with the agency. His dedication and commitment to BAYS and the youth we serve is most worthy of the honor of Employee of the Month. Congratulations to Dexter!
June 2013 Employee of the Month – Liana Frazier
BAYS Office Location: OrlandoCongratulations to Liana Frazier for earning the title of June’s Employee of the Month. Liana received a grand total of five nominations for this honor! She is being recognized for her many notable attributes including, dedication, work ethic, positive attitude, team spirit, and creativity.Liana has been an outstanding achiever during her short tenure with BAYS. She quickly became proficient in her duties as Administrative Assistant, and then provided assistance to other offices when help was needed. Liana’s exemplary organizational skills have allowed her to be remarkably efficient. While managing a full workload, she has still found time to offer ideas and creativity to help her Circuit 9 office run smoothly.Liana is appreciated for her cheerful attitude with co-workers and clients. She is described as has having a “beautiful spirit.” Liana is also a wonderful team player who is willing to assist co-workers with any tasks to accomplish agency goals. She has definitely earned the respect and admiration of all of her co-workers.Liana is a great example of the positive impact one employee can make in an office. Liana’s contributions are commended, and we are honored to grant her the title of Employee of the Month.
May 2013 Employee of the Month – Michelle Ricker
BAYS Office Location: Clearwater
Years of Service with BAYS: 8 months BAYS is honored to proclaim Michelle Ricker as May’s Employee of the Month. Michelle has only been a BAYS team member for eight months, but has distinguished herself as a dedicated employee willing to go above and beyond to serve youth and families and address agency needs.Michelle’s commitment to work is evident to her co-workers in Circuit 6. Last December, after having an automobile accident and being cleared by paramedics, Michelle continued her work schedule and kept her planned youth orientation. She carried on in a professional manner as if nothing had occurred. Michelle’s supervisor also indicates her eagerness to accept difficult cases and those in out of the way locations. She is always prepared to overcome barriers to assist youth and families.Michelle regularly takes initiative to support her team members and make service delivery improvements. She is consistently there for her colleagues in providing assistance or covering job responsibilities whenever needed. Through her ingenuity, Michelle also created the “Curfew Call Log” to eliminate gaps in documentation. The form is an excellent tool that is utilized agency-wide.Michelle is an impressive member of the BAYS family who has garnered the respect and appreciation of her office and the entire agency. BAYS is privileged to award Michelle Ricker the title of Employee of the Month.
April 2013 Employee of the Month – Tim Rattanachane
BAYS Office Location: Clearwater
Years of Service with BAYS: 2 yearsBAYS takes pleasure in announcing Tim Rattanachane as April’s Employee of the Month. This is the second time Tim has received this award in the last two years. He continues to represent the character, skill, professionalism, and dedication that define the values of BAYS. We salute Tim for his contributions to BAYS and his excellent service to youth.Tim recently received the accolades of two community partners for his skill in working with youth. He was commended for motivating clients and helping them to stay on track, for thoroughly knowing his cases, and for going above and beyond what was expected. These positive comments reinforce the sentiments of his supervisor and those who have worked with him. Tim’s commitment and care for youth is indeed inspiring, and we appreciate the positive image he projects of BAYS.In addition to his service with youth, Tim is also an outstanding co-worker. He is available without hesitation to provide care and support to his fellow employees, and does so with a cheerful spirit. He also serves as a role model for new employees. An intern once said that Tim made him want to be a better person just by being around him.In the words of his supervisor, “Tim personifies the delivery of premier services at BAYS.” We are fortunate to have Tim as a member of our BAYS family, and are honored to again grant him the title of Employee of the Month.
March 2013 Employee of the Month – Marina Garcia
Position: IDDS Case Manager
BAYS Office Location: Ocala
Years of Service with BAYS: 9 Years
BAYS is proud to proclaim Marina Garcia as March Employee of the Month. Marina is a vital part of the Circuit 5 office and is commended for her outstanding attributes that exemplify BAYS PRIDE. She is the longest serving case manager in her office, and has been an important part of the success of this circuit over the last nine years.
Marina’s dedication to her profession is commendable. Her commitment is to serve the needs of all assigned youth, working tirelessly to provide necessary interventions. Marina’s pursuit of helping high risk girls led to her facilitating gender specific classes on weekends to help with the particular challenges these youth face. Marina is often visited by former clients who wish to stay connected to her as a result of the important way in which she impacted their lives.
Marina has had a great deal of success at BAYS. Over the last year she has maintained a 98% success rate on her caseload which covers two counties, and collected over $6000 in restitution. She has also garnered the respect of local stakeholders through her professionalism, skill, and work ethic. She often receives re-offenders from the State Attorney’s Office due to their recognition of her exceptional abilities in working with high risk youth.
In addition to her other admirable qualities, Marina is a wonderful team player who is always willing to lend a hand. She has mentored new employees, served as a trusted advisor to co-workers, and volunteered for special initiatives such as SAS and the Employee Advisory Committee. She brings enthusiasm to her office and sets an example of quality and commitment to serving youth.
BAYS is fortunate to have such a stellar professional as Marina in the BAYS family. We salute her accomplishments and contributions, and are honored to bestow her with the title of Employee of the Month.
February 2013 Employee of the Month – Angela Kreitz
Position: IDDS Senior Case Manager
BAYS Office Location: Tampa
Years of Service with BAYS: 3 1/2 Years
It is a pleasure to announce that Angela Kreitz has been selected as February’s Employee of the Month. Angela is a valuable member of the Circuit 13 office, providing outstanding service as the IDDS Senior Case Manager. She is commended for her commitment, expertise, and team spirit.
Angela is well respected by her coworkers and is described as “exemplary.” Her consistency and high performance are readily seen by all who know her. Angela’s skills and knowledge within the realm of juvenile justice enable her to serve as a great resource for staff by providing insight and understanding on the most effective youth interventions. Angela’s team spirit is uplifting and has a positive effect on her entire office.
Angela places great importance on the details of her work and maintains high quality regardless of the challenges. Her strong focus and dedication seem rooted in her deep commitment to our clients and families. She is a devoted professional who is making a positive impact on Hillsborough County’s youth.
BAYS is honored to recognize Angela for her outstanding contributions to the mission of the agency and for the way in which she exemplifies BAYS PRIDE. We are pleased to bestow the title of Employee of the Month to Angela Kreitz.