I’ve been employed by Turning Point Residential since January 16, 2017. However, I consider myself to have accrued 60 years’ experience in the field given that my older brother, John, and my younger sister, Cathy, each received services through the Mahoning County Board of DD. My mother, Rosemary, was very active in various capacities: long-time Board Member for Gateways to Better Living, Inc.; one-time president of the Mothers’ Club; member of the Parent Council; and advocate/guardian for both my siblings.
During summer breaks from attending college at Case Western Reserve University, I worked for Gateways by mowing lawns at its many group homes. Upon graduation in May of 1980 with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, I became employed by Gateways in direct care at its brand newly built intermediate care facility on Javit Court. From there, I’ve worked for the Mahoning County Board first at its Bev Road workshop and then Meshel MASCO. Subsequently, I accepted positions at Apple Creek Developmental Center and then Orange Village Care Center in Masury before being recruited by the Trumbull County Board of DD, as an SSA. Prior to Turning Point, I worked as a guardian representative for APSI.
I bring to my duties as Residential Director for Turning Point Residential multiple perspectives: that of a family member, a direct care staff, a Case Manager, a Habilitation Coordinator, an SSA, a guardian, and always an advocate. Despite this wealth of experience, I continue to learn new rules, established protocols, administrative strategies, etc. What I most enjoy at TPR is any/all direct interaction I have with the individuals who are receiving services. This opportunity has been afforded me by Kathy Phillips and Mary Kay Tusinac to whom I am very grateful.