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Happiness House Honors Dedicated Employees at 17th Annual Recognition Event


Click here to watch the video highlighting the Mary W. Griswold Professional Service Award winners! This video was shown at the CP of New York State annual conference in Albany.


The Board of Directors and employees of Happiness House recently assembled at The Inn at the Lake in Canandaigua to recognize the employees and to celebrate the culmination of another outstanding year.

Guest speakers at the event included Patty Guarino who spoke on behalf of her brother, Arnie, who lives in the Happiness House Community Apartments and attends a day habilitation program there. Arnie was also hired as part of the agency’s custodial crew. Also speaking was Nanci Bentley, mother of MJ Bentley, a preschooler at Happiness House who receives therapies and other services. Both women credit Happiness House’s programs and staff to ‘changing their lives and the lives of their families for the better.’

One of the highlights of this event is the presentation of the Mary W. Griswold Professional Service Award, which recognizes the exceptional work of Happiness House employees who display the qualities and professionalism inherent in the mission and vision of the agency. The award was established in memory of Mary W. Griswold, a former member of Happiness House’s Board of Directors. Nominated by their peers, this year’s award recipients are Crystal Barzac, TBI Program Assistant; Carmela “Aggy” Osborne, Speech Language Pathologist; and Linda Green, Residential Assistant (Shift Leader).

(l to r): Crystal Barzac, TBI Program Assistant; Carmela “Aggy” Osborne, Speech Language Pathologist; and Linda Green, Residential Assistant (Shift Leader).

Congratulations also to the outstanding finalists for the Mary W. Griswold Professional Service Award who include Ashley Avery, Speech Language Pathologist; Linda Green, Residential Assistant (Shift Leader); Sharon Pierce, Teacher’s Aide; and Alysse Foster, School Psychologist; Jeanette Bryant, Teacher’s Aide/Daycare; Diane Sansone, Clinic Program Secretary; Amanda Donovan, Special Education Teacher; Leanne Koeberle, Service Coordinator; Carmela “Aggy” Osborne, Speech Language Pathologist; and Crystal Barzac, Structure Day Program Assistant.

(front l to r): Ashley Avery, Speech Language Pathologist; Linda Green, Residential Assistant (Shift Leader); Sharon Pierce, Teacher’s Aide; and Alysse Foster, School Psychologist; (back l to r) Jeanette Bryant, Teacher’s Aide/Daycare; Diane Sansone, Clinic Program Secretary; Amanda Donovan, Special Education Teacher; Leanne Koeberle, Service Coordinator; Carmela “Aggy” Osborne, Speech Language Pathologist; and Crystal Barzac, Structure Day Program Assistant.

This event also celebrates those employees who have reached a ‘years of service’ milestone in their career. Recipients included: Five Years of Service: Sharon Pierce, Teacher’s Aide; Roxanne Barnes, Residential Assistant; Ethel Castle, Janitor; Heidi Colf, Program Secretary; Jeanette Bryant, Teacher’s Aide; Crystal Barzac, TBI Program Assistant; Brett Cockett, Maintenance Worker/Janitor; and Diane Kozar, Director of Clinical Services. Not pictured are Kristine Oddi, Speech Language Pathologist and Priscilla Yancey, HCSSA.

(front l to r): Sharon Pierce, Teacher’s Aide; Roxanne Barnes, Residential Assistant; Ethel Castle, Janitor; Heidi Colf, Program Secretary; (back l to r) Jeanette Bryant, Teacher’s Aide; Crystal Barzac, TBI Program Assistant; Brett Cockett, Maintenance Worker/Janitor; and Diane Kozar, Director of Clinical Services. Not pictured are Kristine Oddi, Speech Language Pathologist and Priscilla Yancey, HCSSA.

Ten Years of Service: Tiffany Yancey, Apartment Manager and Behavior Coordinator; Patricia Lockwood, Substitute Aide; Wanda Rebstein, Program Secretary; Heather Watters, Teacher’s Aide; Sarah Kent, Elementary Education Teacher; and Diane Sansone, Clinic Program Secretary. Not pictured are Glenn Wallis, Community Habilitation Specialist & ILST and Bernard Wegman, Maintenance Worker.

(l to r): Tiffany Yancey, Apartment Manager and Behavior Coordinator; Patricia Lockwood, Substitute Aide; Wanda Rebstein, Program Secretary; Heather Watters, Teacher’s Aide; Sarah Kent, Elementary Education Teacher; and Diane Sansone, Clinic Program Secretary. Not pictured are Glenn Wallis, Community Habilitation Specialist & ILST and Bernard Wegman, Maintenance Worker.

15 Years of Service: Jennifer Inscho, Teaching Assistant; Dionne Abraham, TBI SDP Supervisor; Necebbia DeTaeye, Assistant Director – Children’s Services; Laura Moss, Service Coordinator; and Lisa Lincoln, TBI Program Specialist.

(l to r): Jennifer Inscho, Teaching Assistant; Dionne Abraham, TBI SDP Supervisor; Necebbia DeTaeye, Assistant Director – Children’s Services; Laura Moss, Service Coordinator; and Lisa Lincoln, TBI Program Specialist.

20 Years of Service: Laurie Bradley, Speech Therapist.

Laurie Bradley, Speech Therapist (center) pictured with Mary Herlihy Gearan, Assistant Secretary of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Board Personnel Committee, and Mary Walsh Boatfield, President and CEO.

Congratulations also to Christine Shultz, Director of Children’s Services for reaching 25 years of service... and Lynn D’Amico, Vice President – Children’s Services for reaching 35 years of service! What an amazing accomplishment!

We are also proud that over 20 employees became Happiness House Ambassadors this year! Each staff person participated in a day-long training and learning session to help them understand all aspects of the agency. Well done!

Over 20 employees became Happiness House Ambassadors this year! Jocelyn Walczyk, Regina O'Brien, Courtney Burden, Linda Green, Sonia Whitley, Kaitlin Graham, Ashley Male, Colleen DeRaddo, Alisha Ingram, Beth Hall, Pratima Purcell, Locklyn Kelly, Catie Forney, Brenda Love, Jeanette Bryant, Kerry Crawley, Alison D'Angelo, Amy Atwater, Darla Davis, Tami Farnsworth, Kelly Happ – not pictured, Kara Hooper – not pictured, Taylor Kennedy – not pictured, Crystal Tomkins – not pictured.

Happiness House is grateful to each and every staff member for their excellent work throughout the year.



2015 Cerebral Palsy Associations of NYS Annual Conference Awards

Congratulations to the following Happiness House employees who received awards at the 2015 Cerebral Palsy Associations of NYS Annual Conference in Saratoga in October 2015!

Three Happiness House employees received Certificates of Recognition at the Celebrate Staff Dinner. Jamie Simon worked as a Program Secretary and has since been promoted to a Service Coordinator and has been an employee of Happiness House since 2002, Diane Kozar, Director of Clinical Services who has been employed at Happiness House since 2010 and Shawn Stenquist, Supervisor of Service Coordination who began working at Happiness House in 2004. Also pictured is Mary Boatfield, CEO and other agency administrators.



Congratulations to Patricia Cunningham, CFO for Happiness House and CP Rochester, who received the Daniel Wieder Award for Executive Leadership at the 2015 Cerebral Palsy Associations of NYS Annual Conference. Patti has been employed with Happiness House since 1993. Pictured with Patti is Mary Boatfield, CEO, Jeff Baker, Board Chair and other Agency administrators.



Patti Cunningham Receives 2015 Financial Executive of the Year Award

As seen at http://www.rbj.net/print_article.asp?aID=214054 by Lori Gable

Patricia Cunningham serves as the Executive Vice President/Chief Financial Officer of CP Rochester/United Cerebral Palsy Association of the Rochester Area Inc. and Happiness House/Finger Lakes United Cerebral Palsy Inc. She was honored this year by Rochester Business Journal as recipient of the 2015 Financial Executive of the Year Award.

Since being named Executive Vice President/CFO of CP Rochester in 2013, Patti is credited with transforming its financial standing by moving the agency from a $2 million operating deficit to an operating surplus of $1 million. She expanded funding resources at Happiness House and also served on its capital campaign committee, helping the agency to reach its goal of $1.5 million.

Patti was the lead financial resource on the synergy committee of both agencies, which developed a parent corporation called Ability Partners Inc. last December; CP Rochester and Happiness House are now both subsidiaries. In addition, she secured $3 million in financing for the construction of a service facility in Canandaigua for Happiness House, a project she especially enjoyed because she could wear a different hat.



Happiness House Holds 16th Annual Employee Recognition Event!

The Board of Directors and staff at Happiness House assembled in May to recognize staff and to celebrate the culmination of another outstanding year. One of the highlights of this event is the introduction of the finalists for the Mary W. Griswold Professional Service Award, which recognizes the exceptional work of Happiness House staff members, who in and through their work exemplify the mission and vision of the agency. The award was established in memory of Mary W. Griswold, a former member of Happiness House's Board of Directors.


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Congratulations to our Mary W. Griswold Professional Service Award Finalists. Nominated by their peers, this year's outstanding finalists include (pictured from back left): Shawn Stenquist (Supervisor of Service Coordination), Laura Moss (Service Coordinator), Diane Kozar (Clinical Department Coordinator & PT), Carmela "Aggy" Osborne (Speech Language Pathologist) and Jenny Perron (1:1 Autism Aide). Pictured from front left: Kara Laquitara (Special Education Teacher), Sara Kent (Elementary Education Teacher), Lynn Johnston (Finance Director), Kileen Smith (Supervisor of Home and Community Services), Jamie Simon (Program Secretary).


Congratulations to this year's award recipients - Diane Kozar, Jamie Simon and Shawn Stenquist

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Several Happiness House employees were recognized with Years of Service awards!


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Celebrating 20 Years of Service are Maureen Schuck, Occupational Therapist, Cathy Shane, Teacher’s Aide, Terrie Meyn, Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, and Judy Schwarz, Children’s Program Secretary


Crystal Tomkins, Teaching Assistant, received her 15 Years of Service Award Recognition


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Celebrating 10 Years of Service are Shawn Stenquist, Supervisor of Service Coordination, Jamie McKenna, Elementary Education Teacher and Cheryl Schaefer-Coppola, Vice President, Foundation and Development

Not pictured but also recognized with 10 Years of Service are Ann Borsa, Home and Community Support Service Aide and Jill Kaim, Elementary Education Teacher.


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Celebrating 5 Years of Service are Kerry Crawley, LPN; Kelly Happ, Special Education Teacher; Katie Principio, Service Coordinator and Heather Ryan, Special Education Teacher.



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This year's new Ambassadors (pictured left to right): Cathy Shane, Hannah Stone, Alexandria Shultz, Jackie Slack, Jamie McKenna, Alicia Armstrong, Kara Laquitara, Judy Goodman, Pam Bailey, Rachel Peck, Jessica LaVarnway, Sue Rey, Kristen Klyczek, Chris Forsythe, Heidi Colf and Sue Dancause.


Also this year’s new Ambassadors (pictured from left) Alexandria Shultz, Hannah Stone, Pam Bailey, Jamie McKenna, Jackie Slack, Rachel Peck, Lauren Eilers-Lloyd, Sue Dancause and Heidi Colf.




2013 Cerebral Palsy Associations of NYS Annual Conference Awards

Congratulations to the following Happiness House employees who received awards at the 2013 Cerebral Palsy Associations of NYS Annual Conference in Saratoga in October 2013!

Three Happiness House employees received Certificates of Recognition at the Celebrate Staff Dinner. Margie Rockwell (pictured left) works as an Executive/HR Assistant at the Geneva site and has been employed at Happiness House since 2005. Heidi Haus (center) works as a Speech Language Pathologist in Geneva and began working at Happiness House in 2003 and Jennifer Gruschow who works as a Case Manager at the Canandaigua site started at Happiness House in 2002.

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Mary Walsh Boatfield, Executive Director at Happiness House since 2001, received the Daniel Wieder Award for Executive Leadership at the 2012 Cerebral Palsy Associations of NYS Annual Conference.

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The classes of Happiness House teachers Jamie McKenna, Elementary Education Teacher and Anna Spoor, Special Education Teacher were named “Artist of the Year” by Cerebral Palsy Associations of New York State. Their collaborative work was entitled “Handprint Farm” and is featured on a limited edition poster containing additional pieces submitted by CP of NYS affiliates. Pictured from left are Anna Spoor, Mary Walsh Boatfield, Executive Director, Jamie McKenna and Eileen Gage, Chair, Happiness House Board of Directors.










Elizabeth J. Amidon Memorial School Award

Recipients Announced

Each year Happiness House accepts nominations for the Elizabeth J. Amidon Memorial Award. Nominees must be high school seniors who have overcome a challenge and who will be graduating from high school at the end of the school year. Eighteen students were recipients of the Amidon Award for the 2009-2010 school year, from the following schools: Bloomfield Central School, Geneva High School, Honeoye Central School, Honeoye Falls-Lima School, Lyons High School, Palmyra-Macedon Central, Manchester-Shortsville Central, Marcus Whitman High School, Marion High School, Mynderse Academy, Naples High School, Newark High School, Romulus Central, South Seneca High School, Victor Central, Waterloo High School, Wayne Central, Wayne Technical/Career.

Each student received a cash award and a certificate in recognition of his or her accomplishments.

Nominations should be submitted by the Director of Guidance from the school district to the Executive Director at Happiness House in the form of a letter of support stating:

  • Name of the nominee
  • Personal merits of the nominee
  • Brief summary of the student's contributions and accomplishments

The selection committee at Happiness House will base its recommendations on the information provided by the Director of Guidance from the school district. Notification of award recipients will be given to the Director of Guidance so that the presentation of the cash award and certificate may be made during the annual awards assembly or graduation.

To obtain additional information regarding the Amidon Award, please contact:

Lauren Eilers-Lloyd
Executive and Human Resources Assistant
(315) 789-6828
leilerslloyd@happinessshouse.org

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