Janelle Fick and Becca Strand step up into extended community roles
We delighted to announce two recent staff promotions and soon-to-be familiar faces in the community.
Janelle Fick has been promoted to Employment Specialist, a position that is shared between ODC’s TRF and Warren divisions. She will play a more visible role in working with community businesses to find competitive and integrated employment opportunities for persons served. With an associate’s degree in human services and over ten years of experience working with individuals with disabilities, Janelle is more than prepared for the additional responsibilities of this position.
“In my role, I look forward to being able to assist individuals become as successful and independent as possible within the community and to watch them grow in their journey of employment,” said Janelle. “I enjoy getting to know each individual as they are all unique in their own way and in differing stages of their lives,” adding that it is personally rewarding to be able to assist in the achievements of others.
Janelle, who grew up in Warren and currently lives in Viking, will also be commuting regularly to that division to further employment opportunities for people served in the surrounding communities.
“Janelle began the Employment Services Program at our division, which is successfully serving individuals from Warren, Alvarado, Oslo and East Grand Forks,” said Cindy Gratzek, Warren Division Manager. “I’m happy such a dedicated employee has been promoted and know that she will continue to provide employment services in a professional and proficient manner.”
Becca Strand is stepping into the role of IPS Employment Specialist for the TRF division. Working in conjunction with community mental health partners and area businesses, she will be guiding individuals undergoing significant mental stresses through vocational readiness and identifying ideal jobs that match the strengths and motivations of each person in order to get them back on track.
“My hope is to keep individuals engaged with IPS. I think this program has a lot to give to those who feel like there isn’t hope,” said Becca. “I want to do my best to be there and support them, while teaching them to stand on their own.”
Becca, who has lived in northern Minnesota for over 20 years, has worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant and Direct Support Professional since she was 17. She looks forward to helping people improve their lives, adding she wants to see them go from “I can’t” to “I can!” and is excited to implement creative ideas to aid these individuals in finding success.
“Becca is eager to learn and has jumped right into her new role,” said Stacy McCollum, TRF Program Specialist. “She will be a great addition to our team!”
We are so thrilled with the successes of both Janelle and Becca! Thank you both for your continued hard work.