New vice president
for regional agency
Skills of Central Pennsylvania Inc. has hired Cathy McFee as regional vice president to lead and oversee Skills' programs in Centre, Clinton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Lycoming and Mifflin counties. The programs include residential services, adult day programs, behavior support services and employment services for people with intellectual disabilities and mental health diagnoses.
"Cathy's experience coupled with her commitment to enhancing the lives of people with disabilities makes her a wonderful addition to our Skills team," said Becky Aungst, Skills chief operations officer.
McFee brings more than 30 years of experience working in social services that provide supports to people with intellectual disabilities. Before arriving at Skills, she served at Family Services, Inc. in Altoona in positions including director of training and compliance for all operations as well as director for the intellectual disabilities programs.
In addition to her supervisory and leadership roles, she spent much of her career working one-on-one with people with disabilities to help them learn skills that assisted them in meeting their social, economic and physical needs.
"I am so very excited to be with Skills of Central Pennsylvania where I can continue to be passionate about what I love to do: support others through person centered efforts," said McFee.
McFee also has a passion for music. She has been a lecturer of music at Penn State Altoona since 1998 and is the director of music at her congregation.
Skills' services extend to 17 counties throughout Pennsylvania. Skills is a nonprofit organization that provides programs and supports that promote independence for people with intellectual disabilities and mental illness. Skills is committed to creating opportunities, providing choice and support, and promoting recovery to enhance all aspects of people's lives.
Beach Creek woman, Tioga man honored
Each year UniqueSource Products and Services hosts an evening filled with inspiration and celebration during the Nettie Mann Achievement Awards Dinner, when outstanding Pennsylvania workers are honored for the exceptional character they demonstrate in living and coping with disabilities, particularly in the workplace.
On June 16, UniqueSource recognized 34 people. Sandra Boob, of Beach Creek, and Walter J. Warren, from Tioga, were recognized during the dinner, held at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center.
Boob, a news release said, is a steadfast and reliable employee for Hope Enterprises, Inc. She works at the Photo ID site in McElhattan and never misses a day of work - even driving through blizzards to make sure the site is open on time. When the company acquired the Williamsport Photo ID technician location, she drove an extra hour to work to provide coverage at that location until a new technician was trained. According to the Custodial Services Supervisor Thomas A. Reid, Boob was instrumental in helping those employees at the Williamsport location feel comfortable with Hope Enterprises by answering their questions from a tech standpoint.
Warren currently provides janitorial services at a Pennsylvania Welcome Center, where, despite daily transportation challenges, he continues to be one of Partners In Progress' most dependable employees - never missing a shift and always showing up early to help others.
Larry Becker, Welcome Center supervisor for Partners In Progress, commented that aside from being an inspiration to fellow employees, Warren goes out of his way to help the traveling public and many truck drivers that stop at the Welcome Center. And he continues his acts of kindness in the community, where he is often seen shoveling snow or mowing grass for elderly neighbors, as well as performing public service by shoveling sidewalks and raking leaves for the Borough of Tioga.
"To be a part of recognizing and celebrating the career achievements of 34 Pennsylvanians is a great honor for me," said Vince Loose, president and CEO of UniqueSource. "Adding the Exhibit Hall event this year enabled attendees to learn about our Members and their Nettie Mann Achievement Award Recipients as they explained their work and to see their pride in the resultant products and services. This event provides our customers with a unique opportunity to learn more about the benefits of employment to thousands of Pennsylvanians with disabilities, fueled by their purchases with UniqueSource."
District office names
Troy Kotulka, information technology generalist, has been named the state Department of Transportation district office Employee of the Month for July 2014.
Kotulka joined PennDOT in April 2010 as a transportation technician. Six months later he was assigned temporarily to the information technology unit, after which he was promoted to transportation construction inspector. According to a news release, he excelled at that position, but his experience in IT proved helpful to the district when the CADD (Computer Aided Drafting and Design) support unit found itself unexpectedly shorthanded. Kotulka assisted the CADD unit until March 2013 when he joined IT full time as an IT technician.
He has been an asset to the IT unit from the beginning. He quickly learned what he needed to know and strived to become better at his position. His unique perspective and experience with both CADD and IT has helped each better serve PennDOT and District.
Kotulka's affable personality and quiet approach to IT support, along with his enthusiasm, has been greatly appreciated by his peers, the news release said. He always is willing to help when an issue arises, greets every employee with a smile and always has a positive attitude, according to the news release. He displays great knowledge in his field and always is willing to provide an answer to any question.
He served in the Navy and is a veteran of the first Persian Gulf War. He enjoys hunting, fishing and spending time in the outdoors.
Kotulka, a five-year PennDOT employee, lives in Mansfield with his wife Stacey and children Hayley, Mallory, Landry and Ryley.