In September of 2015, Kathy took on the role of Director of Program Services, where she was able to use her skills to build strong teams within HCO. She is very knowledgeable about services available for individuals with Developmental Disabilities and she is best known for her ability to understand and build independence for individuals living semi-independently in the community. Her quiet, consistent manner and her ability to turn difficult situations from challenges into opportunities have made Kathy an indescribable asset to her teams and those she’s supported throughout all levels of our organization.
Kathy has also been active in several committees over the years, including the Grassroots Advocacy Task Force. The task force provides opportunities for supported individuals (and staff) to learn about the legislature’s involvement in creating the regulations that determine their care. She has assisted individuals to learn about their rights and responsibilities as voters, and regularly assisted groups going to the Minnesota Capitol to share their thoughts with local legislators.
While working at Home and Community Options, what Kathy has enjoyed the most is “seeing people grow and gain independence… trying new experiences, and becoming valued members of their community.”
Though she is looking forward to spending time with her husband and family, working in the garden, reading, and traveling during retirement, HCO will continue to hold a special place in Kathy’s heart. Looking back on her time with HCO, she shared, “I thought the part-time position would provide me valuable experience. I didn’t know I would stay after receiving my Social Work degree, but I found the work to be a natural fit and rewarding. It’s been a wonderful place to work, with a close-knit group of co-workers. We look out for each other and also have fun together. Here, I found a home.”
Thank you, Kathy, for the years of dedication you’ve shown to HCO and in supporting individuals of all abilities in our community. You will be greatly missed.