MBCH Children and Family Ministries

2017 Annual Employee Awards

Employee of the Year

This recognition, given to two employees in client-facing roles (one from Residential and one from Community-Based Services), highlights performances which had the greatest impact in helping MBCH Children and Family Ministries achieve its mission. Prior “Employee of the Quarter” recipients are automatically considered. Additional nominations may be made and submitted to the President’s administrative assistant.

Community Based Ministries

Adam Strieby

Jason Wead had the privilege of being Adam Strieby’s direct supervisor for the last nine years. During that time he has seen Adam grow tremendously in his clinical thinking skills as well as his self-confidence in handling complex situations.

Adam is consistently the guy you can count on to do whatever is needed in getting the job done. He would stay late, come in early or worked long hours to make sure kids and families are supported. His love for kids and dedication to families is a tremendous asset to this agency.

“It has been a privilege for me to see Adam grow and develop professionally and to see him take on supervising Treatment Foster Care in the southwest region,” Wead said.

Residential Ministries

Erin Phelps

Erin lets God’s love show through her by loving others on a daily basis. She does this with kindness, caring, and humor while teaching and assisting our residents at Country Haven Group Home. Erin works to communicate any issues with our clients (both medical and behavioral) to their families in a kind and caring manner. She goes out of her way to help both residents and staff at Byrne Campus in all types of situations.

Erin is quick to assist with coverage when there is a staff shortage at either Country Haven or the boys’ home, often giving up her own personal time off and working on her week off when needed. While on campus, Erin is always willing to help in a crisis situation when one of the boys, at the boys’ home is having a crisis. Staff at the boys’ home know they can call her to assist with de-escalation when one of the boys is having a difficult time. She is also there to listen and assist when staff is having a difficult time, whether it be work related or personal.

Erin also is very involved in summer camp. She spends a lot of her own time planning and preparing for her duties as camp director in the summer. Erin is creative and fun loving and uses these traits to assist with teaching others the importance of showing a Christian attitude towards others. Erin was Christ’s Ambassador these last few months when our youngest resident at Country Haven attempted to take his own life while on a home visit. Erin spent countless hours at the hospital with him and his family while he was in the critical care unit. During this time, Erin exemplified what MBCH is all about. She was a living example of the MBCH mission statement.

Expressions of Faith Award

Andrea Burrow

This recognition is for the employee who has displayed the most evident Christian witness across all MBCH corporate affiliates. It is meant to highlight our most important employee characteristic.

Andrea has been an outstanding Youth Care Specialist (YCS)with a servant leaders heart. Andrea has been single-staffed for the past six months on campus, but has still been one of our strongest YCS on campus. Through all the ups and downs that come with the job, Andrea handles each situation thrown her way with confidence and grace.

Andrea goes above and beyond at the workplace for the clients and the coworkers she serves. She is always willing to stand by their door until they fall asleep so they feel safe and sharing the love of Christ in everything she does.

Andrea desires to make one-on-one time happen with each client and you can see how meaningful that is when the client talks about how important Andrea is to them. Andrea’s love for the Lord radiates in the house. She prays with each client every night, is always open to answering the tough questions and cultivates a culture in the house where Jesus is the center of all she does. She lives out the MBCH mission statement and has made the greatest impacts with the clients she serves.

Best Supporting Role Award

Patty Mark

This recognition, is made to employees specifically from “behind the scenes” service/support areas and crosses over all MBCH corporate affiliates (Food Service, Maintenance, Business Office, Human Resources, Public Relations). The recognition is meant to highlight the person who did the most in his/her role to support the achievement of the agency mission.

Patty Mark is the Office Manager for the Joplin Office. She efficiently completes all of her regular duties and still is able to complete tasks for staff that need assistance. Anytime we ask Patty to do something extra she is more than happy to complete the request. Patty cares about our success and helps simplify a list of needed items to improve our file checks.

Patty could very easily fill the shoes of several super heroes. She is speedy like the Flash, as she completes extra tasks in the blink of an eye. She has the brain power of the Professor, as she comes up with solutions to problems without being asked. We are all amazed by how great a job Patty does. If I had a superhero cape I would definitely give it to Patty!

Leadership Award

Kristi Theriot

This award is open to all MBCHCFM employees who manage people and celebrates a leader who excels at motivating, leading, encouraging and growing their staff.

Kristi has a gentle, yet firm approach, and is never afraid of challenges. She takes obstacles and turns them into opportunities.  Often wearing several hats, she is a great example of giving your best no matter what is in front of you to do.

Kristi gives credit to her staff and celebrates them openly. Any good leader knows the importance of the team they are graced to lead. Kristi does not take her team for granted and works as a unit to accomplish the goal of their program. She is also an amazing Therapist and works hard to assist front line workers in effectively caring for residents and clients in both Community-based and Campus-based programs.

Employee of the Quarter – East Missouri

Katie Roam

Katie is a storyteller and she loves telling stories about Jesus. While some clients might moan and groan when it’s devotional time, Katie’s girls look forward to it. They sit and listen carefully while she tells of Jesus healing a bleeding woman or look curiously at one another when she tells of Jesus turning water into wine. Katie has the ability to make the story come to life for her hearers as she helps them to know Jesus.

Her ability to share a personal and real Jesus leaves her girls wanting to hear and know more. This summer she was personally asked by one of her residents to be a witness at her baptism. Katie did not hesitate to say ‘yes’ and drove to St. Louis on her off week to support and cry with the resident as she made her commitment to Jesus public.

Katie not only cares about her ministry at MBCH but also cares about the other ministries on campus. She recently joined a CQI (Continuous Quality Improvement) team to help find volunteers for the residents in our various programs. With her past knowledge of recruiting and training volunteers, she has been able to add valuable input and has created outlines that will help MBCH with this task. Katie does not just come to work to do her job but she comes with an open heart to help and serve wherever she see she can.

Employee of the Quarter – West Missouri

Angela Gentry

Angela has gone above and beyond to utilize the agency’s new technology to assist the Kansas City Office with STARS training. Several staff, when they were approached about including a KC family in their STARS training with use of the Mondopad (teleconferencing), seemed very hesitant and for various reasons did not see it as a possibility. However, Angela jumped in and offered to help and figured out the technology piece.

She has been great at keeping her supervisor aware of how the class is going and has offered feedback on the family’s progress in training. The family loves the training and is enjoying it tremendously.

Angela was willing to think outside the box to make this remote training work so MBCH did not have to find a way to train just one family in KC. It saved the agency a great deal in staff and financial resources.

Thank you Angela for thinking outside the box and learning something new.

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