And the 2017 Winners Are ...

Published Wednesday, June 7, 2017

The winners of the 2017 Agency Awards are, from left, Joanne Ruckel, LCSW, Clinical Staff Award; Fay Roberts-Mitchell, Batkin Award; Tracey Ann Nelson-Singletary, Home Health Aide of the Year; Elana Spira, PhD, Leonard Rohmer Award, and Colleen Porrazzo, Employee of the Year.

Joanne Ruckel, LCSW, assistant clinic director, Mount Vernon, was recognized as being  extremely committed to the clinic as a whole and dedicated to her clients, staff and community. As co-leader of the agency’s DBT group, “she thinks creatively and uses methods that work best for each client. Never afraid to get another opinion on tough cases, she regularly goes above and beyond for her clients. Her skills of engagement are exceptional and most clients know and care for her. She is a one of a kind social worker who always puts in extra effort on all aspects of her work.”

Fay Roberts-Mitchell, nursing assistant, Bon Air House, was noted for remaining calm under pressure. “She makes herself available at all times to support the residences of Bon Air House. Primarily working with a non-verbal population, she does her best to ensure that their voices are heard and wishes met. She immerses herself in the treatment planning team and is eager to learn and strengthen her skills. The ease and comfort between Fay and ‘family members’ indicates a sense of trust and acceptance. Arriving early and leaving late numerous times a week, she displays an unwavering determination to be a strong advocate for all the people in Bon Air House.”

Tracey Ann Nelson-Singleton is “dedicated and extremely patient. She provides exemplary and consistent care to all her clients. She exudes positive energy and puts a great deal of care into her work even when facing the most difficult and challenging situations. Since being hired in 2004, she has consistently grown professionally and personally and is truly a good-will ambassador in the Westchester community.”

Elana Spira, PhD, director of research, was hailed as an excellent teacher and critical thought-partner. “Elana is highly skilled in the areas of research and evaluation. Her ability to organize complex research in an easy-to-read manner and apply scientific knowledge to program development, has increased the quality and effectiveness of WJCS services. Her expertise extends beyond research and evaluation and she often offers a creative and informed perspective to help guide the development of agency initiatives. Upbeat, helpful and a hard worker, She manages a multitude of work assignments, including supervising interns, externs and volunteers and also managing  multiple databases, all while making it look easy. Innovative in her approach to programming and agency initiatives, she is a tremendous asset to WJCS.”

Colleen Porrazzo, executive assistant and psychology internship coordinator, “has for the past 36 years, served as an incredible resource to many in the agency. Intelligent, organized and a team player, she balances many demands with great efficiency while serving as the ‘go to’ person for her colleagues. Continuously mastering new systems to produce the best work possible, she often researches and teaches herself and others new skills.  Her professionalism and long-term dedication truly represent the high-quality that WJCS prides itself on.”

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