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Meet The Staff - Brendan

January 04, 2021

What is your title and role?

I am the City Futures Coordinator overseeing the City Futures program within the Workforce Development Department.

Brief description of what you do and the program you are in?

City Futures is a workforce development program serving the residents of the City Heights neighborhood of Covington. We assist individuals with pursuing their education and career goals while helping them tackle or eliminate any barriers that may impede their success.

What inspires you about the work that you do?

Having an opportunity to walk alongside our customers on their journey towards self-sufficiency and witnessing the incredible transformations they make.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I like bike riding, cooking, and spending time with my dogs.

What are you passionate about?

I am passionate about inspiring those around me to live up to their potential and encouraging them to empathize with those who aren’t there yet.

What is your personal motto?

Don’t be sorry, be different.

Meet The Staff - Rachel

December 21, 2020

What is your title and role? 

I am the Phase II Case Manager for Brighton Recovery Center for Women (BRC). My role consists of helping our residents create a transition plan for off-site living as they complete the program, as well as managing our Sober Living facility in Covington. 

  

Brief description of what you do and program you are in: 

 At BRC we work with women who are recovering from Substance Use Disorder. I have the privilege of helping these wonderful, strong women write the next chapter of their lives by working with them through the final phase of our program as they transition into off-site living. I also get to work with some of our women after they complete BRC and move into our Sober Living facility. 

  

What inspires you about the work that you do? 

 It’s inspiring to watch our residents grow and develop their ability to be self-sufficient as they work the 12 steps and utilize the skills they learn in our program. 

  

What do you like to do in your spare time? 

 Lately, I’ve been doing a lot of decorating and trying to catch up on some reading! 

  

What are you passionate about? 

I am really passionate about social justice issues in my community and how they relate to my work with the Brighton Center. 

  

What is your personal motto?

Your heart can’t be in the right place if your feet never move! 

Meet The Staff - Garrett

December 14, 2020

What is your title and role?:  

I am a Talent Development Specialist and I work with job seekers to help them build skills and connect them to resources that can assist them in finding a self-sufficient career. 

Brief description of what you do and the program you are in:

As a Talent Development Specialist, I provide assistance to individuals to help connect them to quality, self-sufficient employment. This includes providing career coaching, job readiness workshops, resume building and review, and potentially even helping with securing funding for occupational training within a high demand industry. We work within 5 in-demand sectors that include Business/IT/Finance, Healthcare, Advanced Manufacturing, Skilled Trades, and Transportation and Logistics. 

What inspires you about the work that you do?  

I really enjoy working with individuals and families to help them achieve their goals and obtain long term careers with excellent pay and benefits. It is extremely rewarding to witness people succeed and that is what keeps me going on days that are challenging.  

What do you like to do in your spare time?  

I really enjoy spending time with my family outdoors whether that be hiking, fishing, or playing disc golf. I also play on a Coed Indoor Soccer Team (S/O Game of Throw Ins), am the Goalkeepers Coach for Grant County High School Boys Soccer, and officiate at the Youth Soccer level. 

What are you passionate about?  

I am passionate about helping individuals and my community in any way that I can. I have worked in this field for over 15 years and enjoy being able to help strengthen individuals, families, and in turn our communities. 

What is your personal motto?  

I LOVE Dr. Suess so I would say that my personal motto would be from the Lorax, “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better, it’s not.” –The Lorax, Dr. Suess. 

Meet The Staff - Gabby

December 06, 2020

What is your title and role?:  

HIPPY (Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters) Home Visitor. 

 

Brief description of what you do and program you are in: 

We work with families by providing curriculum and activities to help get their child ready for kindergarten. 

 

What inspires you about the work that you do? 

Seeing the growth these young preschoolers make during their time in the program and helping their parents feel confident about their child’s education 

 

What do you like to do in your spare time? 

Spend time with my amazing kids and husband.  

 

What are you passionate about? 

Helping people. Whether it be by getting a child ready for kindergarten or by helping set up wrap-around services for someone. I’m very grateful that I work for such an amazing non-profit that offers so many different services for customers in every stage of their life. 

 

What is your personal motto?  

A smooth sea never made a skillful sailor. 

Meet The Staff - Beth

November 30, 2020

What is your title and role? 

  • My title is Program Supervisor

Brief description of what you do and program you are in?

  • I supervise the day to day at Early Scholars Child Development Center and the food program at both Bright Days Child Development Center and Early Scholars Child Development Center.  I am also responsible for compliance for Ky. State Licensing. I create staff schedules, coach and monitor their performance, plan menus, order food and supplies, and work directly with the children and parents at both Child Development Center sites. 

What inspires you about the work that you do?

  • My inspiration is happy children in a nurturing environment and their parents becoming self-sufficient.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

  • I enjoy family time, card making, volunteer work, movies, and my church during my spare time.

What are you passionate about?

  • I am passionate about treating people with dignity and respect.

What is your personal motto? 

  • I love organization and compliance.

Meet The Staff - Georgia

November 23, 2020

What is your title and role?

I am a Family Centered Coach for Stable Families

Brief description of what you do and the program you are in.

Stable Families is a program for families facing housing barriers in NKY. I work with my customers for 18 months in order to break down the immediate barriers and support them as they work toward their hopes and dreams!

What inspires you about the work that you do?

I LOVE walking alongside my families- watching them overcome the obstacles that have been placed in their way inspires me. They’re my heroes.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

In my spare time I like to make macramé, do all kinds of outdoorsy things, read and bake!

What are you passionate about?

I’m passionate about loving the people around me in a way that empowers them!

What is your personal motto?

Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love. –Mother Teresa

Meet the Staff - Amy W

November 09, 2020

What is your title and role?

My current title is Accountant.

Brief description of what you do.

I am an Accountant with Support Services. I am responsible for processing Brighton Center’s accounts, receivables as well as contract billings, monthly financials, and a of robust other duties as assigned. I process and/or review cash receipts prior to their final approval by the Accounting Manager. Additionally, I supervise the Accounts, Payable Specialist.

What inspires you about the work that you do?

I was fortunate to have worked in Direct Services prior to becoming an Accountant. In fact, my journey with Brighton Center started as a Skill Instructor at Center for Employment Training where I was promoted to Integrative Learning Supervisor, Financial Aid and Data Integration Manager, and Coordinator. I am inspired by the resiliency of our customers and co-workers. Seeing people give 110% to achieve their goals or outcomes inspires me to do all I can in the background (of Support Services) to help each of them achieve those goals and outcomes.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I enjoy listening to Broadway show tunes, watching Masterpiece Classics & Mysteries, and baking.

What are you passionate about?

I am passionate about lifelong learning & education, my pets, and equal rights issues (specifically LGBTIAAQ+).

Lastly, what would be your personal motto?

I don’t have a personal motto, but I have a quote that sums up my belief system:

“Nobody’s free until everybody’s free” ~ Fannie Lou Hamer

Meet The Staff - Elizabeth

November 02, 2020

What is your title and role?

I am a Street Outreach Specialist within our Family Center. 

Brief description of what you do and the program you are in (2-3 sentences)?

I get to work with individuals experiencing homelessness and help remove barriers they are facing to obtaining stable housing. The goal is to cut down on homelessness in our surrounding counties.

What inspires you about the work that you do?

I am inspired by the fact that Brighton Center has helped me, all I want is to give back. Individuals that people normally turn their heads past or walk past need advocates. Being there for them inspires me.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I am a bowler! Other than that I love being with my kids, family, and friends.

What are you passionate about?

I am passionate about those struggling with substance use and seeking recovery. I am also passionate about those transitioning out of incarceration and back in society.

Would is your personal motto?

My personal motto would be; you fall, you rise, you make mistakes, you live, and you learn.

Meet The Staff - Erica

October 26, 2020

Title and role:

I am a Food Service Specialist at Brighton Recover center. I run Center Table Catering, a full-service catering company where all proceeds directly benefit the Recovery Center. 

Brief description of what you do and the program you are in: 

I teach the girls that live at Brighton Recovery Center for women about culinary arts. I run the catering team.

What inspires you about the work that you do:

Alumni are who inspire me. When I first got to Brighton Recovery Center for Women as a resident completing the Recovery Center program, I couldn’t do anything and they taught me to be independent. Now, I can cook just about anything and can now give back to the place that built me, as a staff member. 

What do you like to do in your spare time:

I have a little boy who is my best friend, so spending time with him is my favorite. I also enjoy playing sand volleyball. I am a people person and attend AA meetings.

What are you passionate about:

I am passionate about being a better mom, my work ethic, and taking care of myself.

What would be your personal motto?

My personal motto would be; If you can’t love me at my worst, then you don’t deserve me at my best.

Meet The Staff - Jonika

October 18, 2020

What is your title and role?

I am an Innovative Learning Supervisor at Center for Employment Training. 

Brief description of what you do and program you are in?

I am in the Workforce Development program at Center for Employment Training. I oversee curriculum development, implementation, and advancement. I also ensure the integration of cornerstones (adult education, skill training, career development, success skills) with an applied learning approach. Additionally, I get to lead instructional staff and provide coaching to ensure service excellence through a quality training experience, that is industry-related, and provides a “real work” experience.

What inspires you about the work that you do?

The people inspire me the most are customers and staff. Amazing things happen at Brighton Center and the people are what make the magic happen. Most people are afraid of change, but Brighton Center is a safe place to embrace those fears. There is no judgment, no restrictions, just good people doing good deeds while encouraging others to pay it forward. In a world riddled with politics, it is nice to be a part of an organization that values collaboration over competition.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

 Life can be chaotic, so solitude is everything. Gardening, reading, watching movies, preparing for my new grandbaby are some of my favorite things to do!

What are you passionate about?

I am passionate about communication because we speak our own unique language. Learning to speak one’s language not only allows you to connect with them, but also relay messages that are capable of breaking down barriers.

I am also passionate about self-discovery because we live in a state of constant transition and transformation.

What would be your personal motto?

Grow through what you go through

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