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Holy Angels holds employee appreciation and awards event

From left to right Sandenise Shropshire, Cassandra Houston, Kelly Thomas, Missy Montognese, Maddie Mosier, Jenna Mulkey, Maria Baird, Jennifer Campbell. Holy Angels photo

Holy Angels began 2020 with the annual Employee Appreciation and Awards event held January 24, at the Gaston Country Club.  The theme for the evening was “Celebrating our Exceptional People”.  Chef Monica Davis served as the speaker for the evening – sharing her insights on enjoying the spice of life – with a gift of one of her spices to all staff members and guests.

 The President’s Award for Excellence was presented to Kelly Thomas, Gastonia, NC, for her unconditional love of the residents and seeing the possibilities in each resident.  A staff member for over 25 years, Ms. Thomas serves in Holy Angels Business Office.  

 Missy Montognese, Gastonia, NC, received the Beth Withers “Make A Difference Award.  Holy Angels established the award in 2006 in memory of Elizabeth “Beth” Withers, RN, who had worked at Holy Angels for more than 16 years as a 2nd shift Nursing Supervisor.  Ms. Montognese, received the award in recognition of her kindness, thoughtfulness and compassionate heart for the Holy Angels residents and staff.   She has been employed at Holy Angels since 2001. 

 The Maria T. Morrow Spirit Award, established in 2005, named in honor of Holy Angels’ first resident; is presented to staff members who exhibit a spirit of love, perseverance and can-do attitude.  

 Cassandra Houston, Mt. Holly, NC, received the 2020 Maria Morrow Spirit Award, named in honor of Maria, Holy Angels first resident.  Ms. Houston has been a member of Holy Angels staff for 18 years. She share her enthusiasm and fun loving spirit with the staff and residents of Holy Angels.

 Five Achievement of Excellence Awards were also presented.  Each recognizes outstanding job performance consistently displayed by an employee who has worked at Holy Angels for at least one year. All of the Achievement of Excellence winners were nominated by those staff members who work most closely with them.

 Following is a list of the 2020 Achievement of Excellence Award Winner Relief Direct Support Professional – Sandenise Shropshire, Stanley, NC – a member of Holy Angels weekend relief Staff, Ms. Shropshire has been employed at Holy Angels for 12 years.

Supported Employment –Maria Baird – Ms. Baird, a Holy Angels resident, has been employed in Holy Angels Business Enterprises for seven years – primarily at Spruced Goose Station in McAdenville, NC.  

Related Service Professional – Jennifer Campbell – Ms. Campbell, Gastonia, NC, who serves in our Human Resources department, is known for her positive attitude and willingness to help wherever needed.  She has been employed since 2015.

 Program Professional – Maddie Mosier, Gastonia, NC – Ms. Mosier serves as the manager of the Spruced Goose Station gifts and art studio, in McAdenville.  She has been employed for two years and shares her creativity in developing unique gifts to be made by Holy Angels supported employees.

Direct Service Professional – Jenna Mulkey - Ms. Mulkey, Dallas, NC, is a member of the nursing staff, serving as health care tech.  She has been employed at Holy Angels for seven years.