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March 2017

Jesse Gorney

Southern Operations

MMI’s Employee of the Month for March is Jesse Gorney. Jesse is presently the job coach for JCPenney and the Secretary of State Office in Greenville as well as the Montcalm Care Network crews. He began with MMI in a part time position in early 2016. He worked four nights a week with the Montcalm Care Network crew.  Within a few months of starting with MMI, he decided this was a good fit for him and pursued the full time position that he has now.  Jesse has been a great asset for MMI’s southern operations. He brings to the workplace a calm personality and always has a word of praise for the persons served. Jesse is a natural leader and teacher. He is well liked and respected by his crews and co-workers. He never has a problem with rolling up his sleeves and helping wherever needed. Jesse likes any new opportunity and also enjoys learning new things. We are pleased to honor Jesse as the March Employee of the Month.

February 2017

Scott Rush

Mt. Pleasant

MMI’s Employee of the Month for February is Scott Rush. Scott started in MMI’s Mt. Pleasant Community Connections in September of 2016.  He began first as a contingent staff and within three months was hired on full time, working primarily in community based activities.  Scott is kind, caring and compassionate with the persons served at MMI that he interacts with.  He has a genuine heart for what he does and it shows in his interactions with all.  Scott is a team player who doesn’t mind assisting others whenever and wherever he can.  When there are days that are chaotic, Scott helps others with his easy going, calm demeanor.  He also enjoys having fun at work and brings a lot of laughter into the community connections department.  Scott demonstrates excellent customer service both internally at MMI and externally in the community, and everyone that works with him appreciates him and the positive energy he brings to the community connections department. He is delightful!

January 2017

Curt Fetterley

Mt. Pleasant

MMI’s Employee of the Month for January is Curt Fetterley.  Curt has been with MMI since April of 2016 as MMI’s Maintenance person and he has been outstanding in this role.  Curt’s knowledge in the areas of electrical, maintenance, automotive, carpentry and manufacturing have proven to be a huge benefit to the entire organization in both the quality of his work and also by saving the expense of hiring outside contractors.  Curt’s work is done professionally and with pride.  He has a good relationship with the persons served by MMI and assisted in the training of a participant on mowing the lawn with the new lawn mower as well as other outdoor maintenance and yard duties.  He is very knowledgeable in the area of safety and has been a big help in the organizing of building inspections, fire extinguishers and safety lights. Curt is great at building adaptive jigs and aids to assist with manufacturing.  He demonstrates excellent customer service as a whole…he’s friendly, approachable, funny, is a great listener and is good at helping explain the technical side of maintenance issues.  Curt is always busy and productive and is a very welcomed member of the MMI team.


December 2016

Brandy Gorney

Southern Operations

MMI’s Employee of the Month for December is Brandy Gorney.  Brandy has been with MMI’s Southern Operations since September of 2015.  Brandy has been seen as MMI’s Southern Operations Community Employment go to person. In just over a year Brandy has been the coach for crews at Packaging Corporation of America (PCA), Secretary Of State (SOS), JC Penney’s and Montcalm Care Network (MCN). Brandy has provided all the needed transportation for the individuals of the crews she is assigned. She is always willing to help out at a moment’s notice, even though she only wanted, “part time”. Brandy is very level headed and is well liked by her co-staff and crew members. MMI’s Southern Operations had experienced some difficulty in staffing but with Brandy’s willingness to assist, MMI crews did not miss a beat. In October of 2016, she was promoted to full time and presently, Brandy (who now coaches one of the PCA Crews and fills in where necessary) and her husband Jesse (who coaches at SOS, JCPenney’s and MCN Crews) are looking forward to spending time with their oldest son this December. He will be visiting on leave from the service prior to being stationed in Japan. Personally, Brandy is also hard at work going to school to earn a degree in human services.  

November 2016

Sally Felver

Mt. Pleasant

MMI’s Employee of the Month for November is Sally Felver. Sally who is a Connections Coach for MMI in Mt. Pleasant has been with MMI since March 2012.  She was hired as a contingent staff and then was promoted to full time after five months.  Over the years, she has been assigned to both community activities and sensory integration, with her primary assignment for quite some time now being the sensory area.  Sally does a great job in MMI’s sensory area, helping to ensure that the numerous and involved programs for individuals are being followed as efficiently as possible.  She is compassionate, caring and respectful and is a strong advocate for all persons served at MMI.    

Sally has great relationships with her peers and persons served at MMI.  Her co-workers look to her as someone they can trust and depend on to do a good job when they are working with her.  Sally is quiet and unassuming, but that doesn’t fool those who know her.  She has a great sense of humor and loves to make others laugh.  Sally is a team player who is willing to jump in and assist wherever help is needed.  One of her favorite activities outside of her work schedule to help with is the MMI Halloween party.  Sally is also responsible for being an aide and sometimes driver for a MMI van route, where her excellent customer service skills are recognized and appreciated by the home staff and families of the persons served.

October 2016

Sheree St. John


Sheree is extremely active in Community Connections and has taken on many leadership roles. She has become the lead instructor for our Sign Language class that is now offered at Horizon Senior Living Center which everyone enjoys.  She gone out of her way to learn Sign Language and continues to grow in this field. Sheree has also started a Book Club at the UCC and Cooking group at the Clare Moose for Community Connections. Sheree has also been involved in Community Garden, Music Appreciation, Nutrition, BINGO at Prestige Place, Glamour Shots, and is on the Safety Committee. Sheree keeps everyone actively engaged and her colleagues have mentioned how important she is and how much joy she brings to her activities.  She has been incredibly helpful to person served, co-workers, and to the community. Sheree is a very caring person who looks out for the best interest of those she works with. This has also been seen on CCTC as she is a bus aid to two different buses. Sheree is also a team player and is willing to help out where ever she can. She is a pleasure to work with!

September 2016

Katie Howcraft

Mt. Pleasant

MMI’s Employee of the Month for September is Katie Howcroft.  Katie began her employment with MMI in November of 2015. Katie who is a job coach with in the Mt. Pleasant Transitional Employment (TE) Program does a phenomenal job working with the persons served.  She makes a connection with so many people and has a great attitude working with persons served and co-workers alike.  She has also taken on the huge challenge of overseeing the TE training room.  She juggles being a job coach in the shop with spending at least 1-2 hours a day in the training room working with persons served.  Katie trains on subjects like computers, what it takes to work in a grocery store, how to be an office assistant, how to stock shelves, as well as what an employee of a fast food restaurant might do.  She is working on developing a cleaning module which would allow us to train people to clean motel rooms in an actual motel room.  Katie has tackled this with great enthusiasm and gets a lot of joy out of seeing people learn and succeed.  She ends the section by conducting mock interviews for each person served. Katie has recruited supervisors from throughout the agency to help with the interviews.  Now Katie is taking it a step further and setting up tours to business like those they are studying. She is a team player. Katie often helps cover other shops and is also happy to provide coverage for transportation when needed.


August 2016

Amanda Lawson

Mt. Pleasant

MMI’s Employee of the Month for August is Amanda Lawson.  Amanda began her career with MMI in our Southern Operations program as a Job Coach in September 2015.  In April when MMI was looking for a new Job Developer for Clare, Isabella and Gratiot counties, her passion and personality made her a great fit for the position. Amanda hit the ground running and already has increased the amount of people she serves by building a good reputation and trust with our funding sources.  She has been successful in retaining a variety of, “On the Job Evaluation sites” for people to try out their skills.  Amanda has done this by being very creative and enthusiastic in her approach with employers.  She believes in the abilities of the people she works with and is willing to do what it takes to help them reach their individual goals. Amanda is a wonderful example of MMI’s mission and we are pleased to honor her as the August Employee of the Month.

July 2016

Mercedes Moore

Mt. Pleasant

MMI’s Employee of the Month for July is Mercedes Moore. Mercedes has been Job Coach for MMI’s Mt. Pleasant location since September of 2015.  She began as a contingent Job Coach for MMI’s City of Mt. Pleasant Recycling 2 crew and did an excellent job.  In December 2015, she became a full-time MMI staff; serving as our Job Coach for the Hampton Inn, Krapohl Ford/Saturdays, MMI Janitorial and the Vehicle Cleaning Crews.  Mercedes has been a great addition to the MMI team.  She is caring, dependable, and a team player, who is always willing to pitch in whenever we need additional help.  She is enthusiastic about her job, our mission, and helping our customers. Whether it be covering for another crew, or assisting with the training of a new staff; Mercedes does a great job. 

June 2016

Marcella Hilyard

Mt. Pleasant

MMI’s Employee of the Month for June is Marcella Hilyard. Marcella has been with MMI since February 2013. She is presently in the position of Job Coach for the General Grounds 1 crew in Mt. Pleasant.  She is extremely hardworking, helpful, dependable, and flexible.  Her crewmembers and our customers speak very highly of her, and the services that she provides. She is willing to help whenever she can, and in any way that she can.  She has covered other Community Employment crews, in Transitional Employment, and on Transportation.   She has also volunteered her time for the Walk and Roll and Community Employment Picnic events.  We truly appreciate her commitment to MMI, our mission, our customers, and the people we serve.  Marcella has joined the Health and Wellness committee this year and her insight and ideas are greatly appreciated.

May 2016

Kathy Brown


MMI’s Employee of the Month for May is Kathy Brown. Kathy who is a job coach in MMI’s Clare Transitional Employment Program has been with MMI since May of 1992.

Kathy goes above and beyond for the people served by MMI.  She has many good ideas and enjoys sharing them.  Presently, Kathy is responsible for part of the Bucher Hydraulic products and she has done a wonderful job keeping track of inventory and making sure we deliver quality parts. She is also in charge of the Unified Boxes that are completed in Clare.  Kathy shows eagerness to improve and a love of working with person served. She really cares about both and it shows. Kathy is very helpful anytime information is needed on a job or there is a need to expedite a job. She is great with the person served and always has a positive attitude.  Kathy represents what MMI is about. She isn’t afraid to roll up her sleeves and do whatever is needed to get the job done.  Kathy is looked up to as a role model by her co-workers and the people served by MMI.

April 2016

Diane Tilmann

Mt. Pleasant

MMI’s Employee of the Month for April is Diane Tilmann.  Diane has been with MMI as part of our Michigan Works team since September 2005.

Diane works hard to assure that the needs of the participants of the PATH program are met.  She also assures that she provides our partner agencies with any documents and information that they need and she does so cheerfully.  Diane is always willing to assist whenever there are special projects that come up within the Michigan Works programs.  Recently, she adapted many of our forms for use when we had a change in our funding agencies so that we could continue to provide services without missing a beat. Diane is the go-to person for her co-workers regarding policies and procedures.   She has provided most of the initial training for new staff and a student intern over the last year. Diane is very good at following through on anything she is assigned.  When she accepts responsibility, you can rest assure that it will be handled and that it is done correctly.  Diane has a great work ethic and is a good role model for our participants and her co-workers. She is a great asset to MMI and the Michigan Works program.