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STAR SPIRIT AWARD WINNER

MMI Star Spirit Award Winner

The Star Spirit Award is the MMI equivalent of an Employee of the Year award.   Nominations are submitted to the President and he selects an individual who contributes in unique ways to MMI’s mission of “Enriching Lives through Employment, Training, and Community Access”. At MMI’s “Employee Recognition Event”, held in April, staff are recognized for their longevity and dedication for the previous year.

 

MARIE MOGG – 2015

marie mThe Star Spirit Award is the MMI equivalent of an Employee of the Year award.   Nominations are submitted to the President and he selects an individual who contributes in unique ways to MMI’s mission of “Enriching Lives through Employment, Training and Community Access”. At MMI’s “Employee Recognition Event”, held on April 8th, staff were recognized for their longevity and dedication. It was during this event that the Star Spirit Award winner was announced as Marie Mogg.  

Marie has worn many hats during her time with MMI. She has been employed with MMI for almost three decades.  During that time she has worked in a variety of departments, even sometimes all at the same time. But no matter where Marie is assigned to work, she is always one of the first staff to arrive to the office in the morning.  She shows great respect, compassions and dedications for the persons served and her co-workers at MMI.  Marie is truly a team player that fills in, in so many different areas and does so without complaint.  She is always positive and professional, looking out for her department and MMI as a whole.  Marie keeps calm in any situation and has many great ideas of how to help things run smoothly.  Her attitude and enthusiasm is contagious and she always makes those around her more comfortable doing any job assignment. Marie exemplifies the mission of MMI, by enriching people’s lives through employment, training and community access on a daily basis.  She goes above and beyond her assigned duties and does this with integrity and a smile on her face.  Marie is a positive advocated and role model for co-workers and persons served and never makes anyone feel that their opinion isn’t respected.  Co-workers have said they are grateful when they get to work alongside Marie, and have even compared her to Batman.  Marie is behind the scenes doing good deeds and does not ask for any credit. She is dedicated, Encouraging and not afraid of hard work even outside in the bitter cold of Michigan. MMI is proud to honor a deserving Star Spirit Award Winner: Marie Mogg!

 

DEB STEERE – 2014

deb s 2014The Star Spirit Award is the MMI equivalent of an Employee of the Year award.   Nominations are submitted to the President and he selects an individual who contributes in unique ways to MMI’s mission of “Enriching Lives through Employment, Training and Community Access”. At MMI’s “Employee Recognition Event”, held on March 20th, staff was recognized for their longevity and dedication. It was during this event that the Star Spirit Award winner was announced as Deb Steere.  

Deb began her employment with MMI in 2002 as an Office Associate. She has seen many changes at MMI as her own responsibilities have changed and grown with the organization.  In 2003 Deb accepted the position of Accounting Associate and now is responsible for processing a weekly payroll, one week for MMI staff and the next for MMI consumers. 

Many of the consumers served by MMI through the Transitional and Community Employment Programs receive a bi-weekly pay check. Deb not only processes the payroll, she also maintains their demographic information for taxes, direct deposit, and reports earnings to Social Security.  She maintains the official documentation for every job and task to support consumer wage payments. 

Deb has been instrumental in implementing MMI’s new staff timekeeping system, MITC. Her persistence in researching software set up as well as testing and retesting to assure the desired outcomes has been remarkable. 

Payroll processing has tight recurring deadlines. Deb consistently deals with all of us at MMI with grace and patience to comply with those deadlines.  She adjusts her schedule as needed to deal with short work weeks and keep paychecks on time.  Deb organizes multiple streams of input and paper to produce each payroll and makes it look easy, although it is not.  She prompts staff for tracking, time tickets, merit reports, and other items all the while being respectful.  She assists consumers and guardians on a regular basis treating each with patience and dignity.  Deb truly supports the uniqueness of each individual, whether it is a MMI staff or consumer. MMI is proud to honor a deserving Star Spirit Award Winner: Deb Steer!

 

GARY GOFFNETT, SR – 2013

Gary GThe Star Spirit Award is the MMI equivalent of an Employee of the Year award.   Nominations are submitted to the President and he selects an individual who contributes in unique ways to MMI’s mission of “Enriching Lives through Employment, Training and Community Access”. At a recent MMI event, staff was recognized for their longevity and dedication. It was during this event that the Star Spirit Award winner was announced as Gary Goffnett.

Gary has worked for MMI since 1998. Although he has worked in the same department and in the same position for the past 15 years, he is known and admired by MMI staff across the agency.  In July 1999, Gary was named Employee of the Month for his dedication and flexibility, for maintaining a positive attitude when his schedule was switched at the last minute, working split shifts and working in some unpleasant environments. In 2001, Gary was nominated for the John f. Kennedy Jr. Award for Excellence as a Direct Support Professional.  Some of the adjectives noted in the support letters for Gary’s nomination included:  positive, focused, promoting independence and community inclusion, great role model, dedication, genuine, and caring. In 2002, Gary gladly took on the tedium and time consuming task of obtaining a Commercial Driver’s License, so that he could be a backup for MMI’s recycling contract. In 2003, he showed his dedication further by completing the course to become a certified Employment Training Specialist. 

Gary was not only nominated by his peers, but also by some of the people served by MMI, who stated that Gary helped them when their regular job coach moved on from MMI. They said he has a positive attitude, works well with others in a fun but professional manner and goes out of his way to make sure things get done.  They noted he has good communication, uses his time wisely and passes on his knowledge to others. Many of the Community Employment Employers ask for Gary to work on their contracts because of his quality of work on the job and with the crew. MMI is proud to honor a very deserving Star Spirit Award Winner: Gary Goffnett!

 

SANDY HECKERT – 2012

SANDY H 2012The Star Spirit Award is the MMI equivalent of an Employee of the Year award.   Nominations are submitted to the President and he selects an individual who contributes in unique ways to MMI’s mission of “Enriching Lives through Employment, Training and Community Access”. At a recent MMI event, staff were recognized for their longevity and dedication. It was during this event that the Star Spirit Award winner was announced as Sandy Heckert.

Sandy first began her career at MMI as a Connections Coach in the Clare Branch in January 1998. Sandy demonstrates a positive attitude and upbeat personality whether it’s while riding the bus, working in MMI’s Sensory area, playing games with senior citizens at Northwoods or Tendercare, or spending time in the Art program where she works with individuals who need more hand over hand practice and gives them quality attention while making it fun to be creative. She also inspires the group from Horizon Senior Center with fitness and has even gotten an individual to play the piano for them who hadn’t played it for years. Sandy has a knack for knowing what individuals need and how to get them involved. She is a true team player and her coworkers appreciate her for everything she does. Sandy has a way of bringing out the best in everyone and if anyone is down or feeling depressed she will say, “Look around you! If you can make at least one person smile a day, you have accomplished something.” Every day she has something encouraging to say. Guardians, the homes, and the community have commented on her optimistic attitude and her strong commitment to providing excellent quality service. MMI is lucky to have Sandy touching the lives of so many people, for her helping hand and for her unconditional commitment to making others smile. MMI is proud to have Sandy Heckert as the Star Sprit Award Winner.