Employee Spotlight: Gina Curry

Gina Curry

ADC/IP Job Coach

Q: How long have you been working at St Madeleine Sophie’s Center?

A: My first day at St. Madeleine’s was August, 12, 2003

 

Q: What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

A: I like spending time with my kids, walking, cooking, shopping, and

watching documentaries

 

Q: What’s your favorite TV show, music artist, or book?

A: I enjoy 70’s music, singers and songwriters  

 

Q: If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?

A: Jerusalem and Germany, home of my ancestors

 

Q: What brought you to SMSC?

A: The students; also the hours and work days are great for a working mother

 

Q: What is your favorite thing about working at SMSC?

A: The students are very friendly, accepting people and the staff are very kind as well.  I think that SMSC is the most dynamic program around.

 

Q: What advice would you give to new SMSC staff?

A: Welcome new employees and hope that they enjoy our students as much as I do. There is so much to learn, just give yourself time.

 

Q: Tell us about a mission moment that you have experienced at SMSC?

A: When I figure out what a non-verbal student wants, and what they are trying to communicate to us. Once I understand, I can share it with other staff and it works.  I also enjoy coaching a student that has been placed in a job that pays well with benefits. 

Volunteer Spotlight: Jonathan Woods

VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT

JONATHAN WOODS

How long have you been volunteering at St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center?

Jonathan has been volunteering at SMSC since he was in high school, about 7 years now.

Why did you decide to become a volunteer?

Originally, when Jonathan was younger, he took swimming lessons for several summers at the SMSC’s pool, as did 2 of his brothers and 2 cousins. Jonathan always hoped to play for the San Diego Padres or Los Angeles Lakers (they still haven’t called J) or work for SMSC’s pool when he grew up.  Jonathan is very happy the pool did say “yes”. 

What are your favorite things about volunteering?

Jonathan loves getting up and coming to the pool each day.  He enjoys working with friends and meeting new ones.  He looks forward to helping SMSC students with their workouts in the water. He likes helping to keep around the pool cleaned up and neat.  Jonathan is so happy he was able to grow up and have his dream job!

Employee Spotlight: Mark Stone

Employee Spotlight 

MARK STONE

ADC Job Coach & Bus Driver

 

Q: How long have you been working at St Madeleine Sophie’s Center?

A: 16 years and 3 months

 

Q: What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

A: Walking, reading and family time  

 

Q: What’s your favorite TV show, music artist, or book?

A: I enjoy Mozart, Steely Dan, and National Geographic

 

Q: Do you have a cool story to share about something you did or that happened to you?

A: Every year I have so many cool thoughts, ideas, and good stuff happen here.  It would fill 2 or 3 volumes!

 

Q: If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?

A: Hawaii and Fiji

 

Q: What brought you to SMSC?

A: Several people from ARC Lexington came here and told me to join SMSC

 

Q: What is your favorite thing about working at SMSC?

A: My son is disabled and I seem to click with this population!

 

Q: What advice would you give to new SMSC staff?

A: Just remember that Tom and Debra are with you on and off the property.  You are representing SMSC at all times!

 

Q: Tell us about a mission moment that you have experienced at SMSC?

A: At Lindo Lakes, years ago, I was sitting with a couple of consumers on a bench under a tree.  I was able to have a peaceful, reflective moment.  I felt good about my life.

Employee Spotlight: Fay Chargualaf

Fay Chargualaf
Transportation Assistant

Q. How long have you been working at St Madeleine Sophie’s Center?

A. I have been working at St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center since 2002

Q. What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

A. Reading, walking, and hanging out with my grandchildren

Q. What’s your favorite TV show, music artist, or book?

A. I enjoy a variety of books and music.  I don’t really have a favorite

Q. Do you have a cool story to share about something you did or that happened to you?

A. We were on a family trip to Sea World and my daughter started marching with the band that was performing, so our entire family marched along with my daughter.

Q. If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?

A. Italy

Q. What brought you to SMSC?

A. I came to the Center with my sister to fill out job applications.  We were both hired!

Q. What is your favorite thing about working at SMSC?

A. The consumers and all of their different personalities

Q. What advice would you give to new SMSC staff?

A. Be flexible and enjoy the diverse work environment