Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (Banner Imagery) - Go to home page

Outstanding Employees

December 2006

Employee of the Month
December 2006:
Karen Rundall

Karen Rundall has always completed extraordinary work but has recently taken on more responsibility with the retirement of the program coordinator for the Louisville office. She is already the manager of the clinics in Louisville requiring many hours of follow-up to assure that every clinic has all of the supplies and equipment that is needed in addition to making sure that the clinic areas are clean and presentable at all times. She has also had the myelomeningocele caseload that is labor intensive with the number of tests and medications that these children are always going to require.

In addition, Karen has taken the lead with the Medically Fragile Foster Care program in Louisville and was the first to volunteer for the program even though she was already overloaded. When the nurse service administrator for the Medically Fragile Foster Care program needed to take leave for medical reasons, Karen very graciously accepted the responsibility of entering the new referrals for the program and assigning appropriate personnel to the new cases during the administrator's absence. As the administrator for the Medically Fragile Foster Care program, I have received numerous compliments from the DCBS Social Workers about Karen and her ability to resolve medical issues for these medically fragile families. I have been asked b y DCBS social work staff to specifically assign Karen to their cases as they appreciate the thorough assessments that Karen completes on the children assigned to her.

She was also recently assigned the neurosurgery caseload as well and these patients are also very labor intensive with the surgeries and tests that they require. Karen has taken all of this work in stride and even though it has been extremely difficult for her to assure that everything is completed by her deadlines, she has never failed to execute her tasks. She does all of this with a low key calmness that is an example to all of her co-workers. Karen certainly exemplifies excellence in her profession.

Darlene Cain

November 2006

Employee of the Month
November 2006:
Mary Stamper

In my short tenure at CCSHCN, I have observed Ms. Stamper at work and it did not take very long to recognize that this employee makes a wonderful ambassador for the agency. Despite being in a position that makes multiple demands on her simultaneously, and despite her team being short-staffed, Ms. Stamper consistently manages to complete all assigned tasks competently, efficiently and cheerfully. When necessary, Ms. Stamper has worked overtime, due to the volume of the assignments shared by all of the support team. She volunteers for additional work that needs to be done. For example, Ms. Stamper and an employee from another department took the initiative and volunteered to organize the chaotic supply closet used by all staff in the Clinical Services building.

Ms. Stamper's performance evaluations on file are uniformly outstanding, and audit reports reveal few, if any, errors. Ms. Stamper is valued among co-workers for her positive attitude and pleasant demeanor and other supervisors have provided unsolicited positive feedback about her abilities. It is obvious that Ms. Stamper cares about the mission of the agency and the well-being of the clients served. She does not fail to warn me that I am not to bother her with bureaucratic issues when she is in clinic and there are people who need her there, and that they come first. Her optimism and can-do attitude certainly make working at CCSHCN more enjoyable for all who come into contact with her. For the reasons mentioned above, I recommend Mary Stamper for your recognition strongly and without hesitation.

Mike Weinrauch

October 2006

Employee of the Month
October 2006:
Mona Walker

Mona was detailed to the position of Ashland program coordinator effective April 1, 2006, but has worked solo as the only nurse in the Ashland office since March 1, 2006. In addition to learning a new leadership/management role and continuing with all her former care coordination duties, Mona has also had to carry the workload almost single-handedly. The Ashland office support staff have endured many physical health challenges and scheduling around jury duty was an issue. In spite of the tremendous increase in her workload and the stress of learning a new, more challenging role, delay after delay trying to get this position filled and another nurse hired for the Ashland office, Mona has been able to take care of urgent and emergent patient care needs by organizing and motivating her existing staff and borrowed staff from other East region offices.

Even though she has experienced frustrations in trying to keep up with expectations and deadlines under less than desirable circumstances, she has been able to maintain a positive, hopeful outlook most of the time. She is willing to learn whatever it takes to learn more this new role and do a good job. She has demonstrated great perseverance, dedication and patience in accepting and dealing with the additional job duties. Mona deserves this award for truly going the extra mile.

Janet K. Williams

September 2006

Employee of the Month
September 2006:
Pat McKown

Pat McKown has been an employee of the CCSHCN for more than 30 years, and in all those years she has been the program coordinator for the Owensboro office. She has always been an outstanding leader and staunch supporter for the CCSHCN. She built many community relationships for the benefit of the CCSHCN in her many years of service that has garnered her the respect of numerous community leaders as well as everyone in the CCSHCN. There was never a project too daunting for her to tackle or an obstacle too big for her to overcome to achieve the success that she felt was an obvious outcome. Her positive attitude and vision for the future spilled over to her staff and showed in their loyalty and dedication to achieve any task that Pat asked of them.  Not only did her staff recognize her outstanding ability to accomplish what seemed to others as the impossible, so did her peers as they, too, wanted her to be recognized for her achievements and often sought out her advice on complex projects or employee issues.

She was also very generous with giving credit to her staff for their accomplishments. Although her achievements have been many, her most recent major accomplishment has been the pilot program for the Medically Fragile Foster Care Program. Through her leadership, this program is being carried forward statewide and will segue into the Foster Care program which will serve more than 7,000 foster care children. It would be impossible to enumerate all of the programs, presentations, policies and procedures that Pat has affected over the past 30 years, but as the saying goes, the value of those years of experience is “priceless.”

Darlene Cain

August 2006

Employee of the Month
for August 2006: 
Jenny Millay

Jenny has also been a leader in establishing the Medically Fragile Foster Care program in the CCSHCN. Although she was not involved with the pilot program from the very beginning, Jenny worked diligently with the west region manager and the Owensboro Program Coordinator to help establish standards of care for the pilot program. Once the pilot program was established and it was to move into a statewide program, Jenny willingly gave of her time to present to the individual regions to assure that they understood the program and has volunteered to offer her expertise to any staff member or group that feels they would benefit from her experience. She also assisted in establishing the policy and procedure for the Medically Fragile Foster Care program. She continues to volunteer her time to any of the other nurses in the state involved in the program that feels could benefit from her experience with the medically fragile foster care program. This dedication alone proves that Jenny is well deserved to receive this “STAR” program Employee of the Month award.         

Darlene Cain

July 2006

Employee of the Month
for July 2006: 
Peggy Tichenor

Peggy has been a leader in establishing the Medically Fragile Foster Care program in the CCSHCN. She was involved with the pilot program from its inception and worked diligently with the West Region Manager and the Owensboro Program Coordinator to help establish standards of care for the pilot program. Once the pilot program was established and it was to move into a statewide program, Peggy willingly gave of her time to present to the individual regions to assure that they understood the program and has volunteered to offer her expertise to any staff member or group that feels they would benefit from her experience.

Peggy volunteered to express her experiences with the medically fragile foster care program by participating in a CCSHCN home visit video that was shared with all CCSHCN staff and was felt to have encouraged other CCSHCN nurses to participate in the program.  She also assisted in establishing the policy and procedure for the Medically Fragile Foster Care program. She did all of this with the strong belief that this program was worth the extra effort and time that she was spending to assure quality care to the medically fragile population in Owensboro and surrounding counties.    

Darlene Cain

 

Last Updated 1/26/2007