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WJCS Recognizes Distinguished Staffers

Published Tuesday, June 7, 2011

At its Annual Meeting, Westchester Jewish Community Services (WJCS) recognized the distinguished achievements of four staff members – Natasha Gjeci, Dawn Jardim, Susan Miron and Corlis Williams.

Recognized as the Employee of the Year, Ms. Gjeci (right) is an integral part of the WJCS Finance team, primarily responsible for the weekly payroll, billing and other accounting transactions of the WJCS Home Health Services Division. She always goes out of her way to make sure the agency’s home health aides are promptly and accurately paid. Ms. Gjeci has been invaluable in the numerous government audits, responding to these intensive reviews with professionalism and confidence in the documentation she maintained. Courteousness and respectful of all her coworkers, she always volunteers to help out and is willing to learn something new.  

  Ms. Jardim (left) was presented with the Batkin Award, which recognizes excellence in working with people with developmental disabilities. She is the manager of Harrison House, one of 13 group homes WJCS operates in Westchester. She cares deeply for the residents she serves, always going above and beyond to make sure they are comfortable in their surroundings. In 2008 Ms. Jardim played a major role transitioning three consumers from Harrison House to Maple House, ensuring an easy adjustment for both the residents and their families. She also went the “extra mile” with a new admission to Harrison House, arranging for him to become familiar with the residents, staff and home prior to his move. As Harrison Residence undergoes a major renovation, she is at the forefront making sure that the residents’ needs continue to be met.

Ms. Miron was honored with the Rohmer Award, recognizing excellence in “outstanding professional accomplishments.” She has been the driving force behind the development of Milestones, WJCS’ early intervention (EI) program. Her efforts have enabled the program’s reach to expand into crucial years of children’s lives from birth through age three and beyond to build a strong developmental foundation for every child served. She brings exceptional leadership and a broad knowledge base to serve young children and their families. She oversees a cadre of professionals, consultants and staff, who represent a diverse array of professional fields relevant to EI.  Knowledgeable in the complex DOH state and county regulations, Ms. Miron constantly seeks to improve the quality of services and efficiency of the program’s operation.

Ms. Williams was honored as Home Health Aide of the Year, recognizing excellence in home health services. She has worked for 19 years as a home health aide with WJCS. Ms. Williams is always willing to go the extra mile to provide service to patients who other aide staff see as difficult — and always with a smile.. Her motto -- “even the rough ones need help.”  Ms. Williams can be counted on even in the most difficult circumstances to get the job done, very often going above and beyond what is expected of her. She is proud of the work that she does and the results that she is able to achieve. Ms Williams represents WJCS well and is an excellent ambassador to the community.