Lakemary Staff Make a Career of Helping Others
The work we do with children and adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities can be challenging; however, as any Lakemary staff member will tell you, it is extremely rewarding. So much so that many of our employees have worked here more than 15, 20, even 40 years! Our staff have a such passion for helping others and the positive impact of our work can be seen in the lives of so many children and adults here.
Read on to meet some of the amazing staff members who work here and find out what makes Lakemary so special to them!
Tawnya has worked at Lakemay for 16 years and facilitates group art therapy sessions with the children and adults we serve. Unlike traditional talk therapy, art therapy focuses on improving communication, expressing feelings, working together as a group and/or working on coping skills. “Art can be a powerful mode of expression. Children will sometimes put into their artwork what they aren’t willing or able to express in words.” Tawnya loves helping others find joy in the creative process, especially those that don’t consider themselves artistic.
Senior Accountant, Payroll Administrator
Nichole has worked at Lakemary for 19 years. She keeps the organization’s financial flow in check and processes payroll for all of our hardworking staff. Nichole enjoys working with great people and doing what she loves for an organization with heart. “Lakemary is more than a name; it’s all about the faces behind the name that work, help serve and give time to make Lakemary everything it is today and in the future.”
Recreation Coordinator and PBS Mentor
Mark has worked at Lakemary for 19 years and runs the Special Olympics Team for Adult Services. He also helps plan and organize vacations for adults, provides support for behavioral issues and leads trainings for staff members. Mark enjoys getting to see the adults we serve succeed and seeing their practice pay off when they compete in Special Olympics. “Lakemary is an ever-changing and evolving organization. We’re always trying to be on the cutting edge of services for those we support, adding or adjusting services to meet the need.”
Adult Health Services Administration Assistant
Dawn has worked at Lakemary for 19 years and helps coordinate healthcare for the individuals we serve. At times, she also has the pleasure of advocating for them and assisting with appointments. Dawn enjoys the relationships she has formed with individuals and their families over the years and being in a position where she can help others on a different level. “The people we serve at Lakemary are the best people in the world! Through all of the hard knocks they experience in their lives, they are able to continue to smile, and trust, and enhance the lives of those around them. Lakemary not only provides opportunities for our individuals to live their best lives, but they also provide opportunities for their employees to have their lives enriched by being a part of something beautiful.”
Adaptive Physical Education Teacher
Beth has worked at Lakemary for 20 years and her job is to have fun playing sports with the students! While they can be challenging at times, Beth sees how caring and sweet the students can be once you earn their respect. “Helping a student succeed at something is truly rewarding. Their faces light up and they are so excited about what they have accomplished.”
Jean has worked at Lakemary for 22 years and supervises the clinical team in our PRTF and Outpatient Therapy programs. She enjoys teaching and guiding new therapists to be confident and skilled clinicians. Jean also provides outpatient therapy and loves using play therapy to help children overcome trauma issues. “Lakemary is constantly adapting and improving services to be the best at providing care for children and adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities. We serve children from all across the nation due to the high quality of treatment we provide.”
Med Tech Supervisor/Paraprofessional
Keri has worked at Lakemary for 23 years and oversees the medication dispensed to the children we serve. She assists with any medication changes that need to be made, helps input timesheets and supervises the other med techs in PRTF and nursing. “Lakemary is a very rewarding place to work and I enjoy seeing the people we serve successfully achieve their goals.”
Krystal has worked at Lakemary for 24 years and is the intake classroom teacher. All new students begin in her class, and when they become comfortable, they move to their permanent classroom. Seeing the growth and achievements of all the students is what Krystal enjoys the most. “Each and every person who works here truly enjoys their job and being a part of the Lakemary family.”
Miami Co. Assistant Community Living Director
Stacey has worked at Lakemary for 24 years and assists with the day-to-day oversight of the Adult Residential Program. She supervises team leads and direct support professionals and ensures the adults are happy and cared for. Stacey enjoys working with the residents and seeing them accomplish their goals. “Our individuals have the biggest hearts. They always want to help and they don’t want to disappoint anyone. They are capable of accomplishing anything they set their sights on.”
Special Education Transition Teacher
Donnia has worked at Lakemary for 25 years and teaches students useful skills like how to cook, complete household chores and exhibit healthy behaviors. She enjoys getting to know all of the students and discovering how to work effectively with each one. “Our students are unique! Working at Lakemary is hugely rewarding and we all make the dream team a reality!”
Doug has worked at Lakemary for an incredible 30 years! He handles the maintenance of the Brotherton, Clemens and Craig dorms and also helps out any other place where he is needed. Keeping things safe for the individuals we serve is his top priority. “Once the individuals meet you, they remember you and your name. They greet you every time they see you.”
Kitty takes the cake for working at Lakemary for 42 years! She keeps the Clemens dorm safe and clean for the residents there and also keeps the Dole Center tidy for visitors and staff. “I love when residents ask me for a hug! Many have come from not so ideal situations, so when they ask for a hug it means they feel safe and trust me.”
If you’re looking for a rewarding career where you an make a positive difference in the lives of others, browse our open jobs and apply today!