While we’re all staying safe and practicing social distancing during COVID-19, we wanted to take some time to introduce you to the DePaul team.
Each week, we will feature an amazing team member from across the DePaul footprint. We’ll share a short story and a fun fact to help you get to know the #PeopleofDePaul.
♥ In this week’s #PeopleofDePaul, we’re featuring Shavonne Hardy-Hogan, a residential coordinator in our Amelia office.
In her role at DePaul, Shavonne supports sponsored residential providers as they compassionately care for individuals with developmental and/or intellectual disabilities.
“I love helping a family fight to get something they deserve,” said Shavonne. “I love helping an individual who underestimated their own abilities achieve something and develop a sense of pride in their accomplishments.”
Shavonne was nominated for People of DePaul because of her ability to be there for her providers and families no matter what’s happening. She is described as an incredible residential coordinator—reassuring, helpful, always responsive to providers’ needs.
“Our providers are doing difficult work that calls for them to give of themselves in a large way. When the going gets tough, they can feel like they’re failing and that no one else knows what they’re going through,” said Shavonne. “It’s my goal to reassure them that they can do this, the tough times won’t last forever and most importantly, that they are not alone,” said Shavonne.
Outside of her work at DePaul, Shavonne loves to travel. She also enjoys doing puzzles, and recently has considered playing the clarinet again. She loves spending time with family—relaxing, cooking and eating, and playing games.
FUN FACT: Shavonne loves Willie Nelson! She’s starting to lose count, but she’s seen him in concert either 11 or 12 times. Members of his band even recognize her, so she likes to think she’s part of the Willie Nelson family.
Thanks for all you do Shavonne! We appreciate you!
♥ In this week’s #PeopleofDePaul, we’re featuring Sadie Steele, an adoption specialist in our Christiansburg office.
In her role at DePaul, Sadie helps youth in need find a forever family and provides support and services to children, families, and local Departments of Social Services during the adoption process.
Sadie was nominated for People of DePaul because of her positive attitude and her willingness to help her coworkers adapt during this time. Her team has had to get creative with how they communicate and visit, and Sadie has been an integral part of that transition.
“I work on a team that is strongly united with the same mission and goal in mind, so it’s easy to step up and offer whatever is needed because I know that together we are stronger,” said Sadie.
Outside of her work at DePaul, Sadie enjoys playing with her dog Aria, reading, hammocking, fishing, being outdoors, and traveling to see family and friends.
FUN FACT: Sadie loves to collect old/antique fishing lures, rods, and reels. She has more than 30 rod and reel combinations and many lures and reels. She shares her passion for fishing with many of her family and friends which makes the collecting even more special.
Thanks for all you do Sadie! We appreciate you!
♥ In this week’s #PeopleofDePaul, we’re featuring Beverly Edmonds, the revenue cycle manager who works in our Roanoke office.
In her role at DePaul, Beverly ensures that the organization and our DePaul families and providers get paid in a timely manner for all services. She also does her best to streamline processes to help DePaul have long-term success.
Beverly was nominated for People of DePaul because of her teamwork, ambition, and her attention to detail. Coworkers also say her willingness to ask questions and learn has led to improvements in the finance department.
“I am always looking to grow and move to the next level which also requires knowing how all the puzzles fit together,” said Beverly. “Once I find out how each role impacts the other, I love to share the information I have with coworkers so it can help them too.”
Outside of her work at DePaul, Beverly likes to shop and spend time with her family.
FUN FACT: Beverly enjoys traveling new places with her husband. They have been to Paris, Cancun, and Vegas, just to name a few. They plan to continue traveling once the COVID-19 pandemic is over.
Thanks for all you do Beverly! We appreciate you!
♥ In this week’s #PeopleofDePaul, we’re featuring Sabaraina Ball, a residential coordinator in our Cedar Bluff office.
In her role at DePaul, Sabaraina supports sponsored residential providers as they compassionately care for individuals with developmental and/or intellectual disabilities.
Sabaraina was nominated for People of DePaul because of how well she serves individuals with disabilities in her area. Coworkers also say she is always willing to help them out when they need it, and never asks for recognition.
“Others have shared their knowledge with me, and I am who I am because of that,” said Sabaraina. “I enjoy being part of a team that strives to make a positive difference in the lives of others in our community.”
Outside of her work at DePaul, Sabaraina likes to relax and watch a good movie or TV show.
FUN FACT: Sabaraina has a fascination for items of the past—houses, furniture, clothing. She appreciates the craftsmanship and quality and connecting with days gone by. Her and her husband raised their children in the Ball family homestead, and they did their best to preserve its history.
Thanks for all you do Sabaraina! We appreciate you!
♥ In this week’s #PeopleofDePaul, we’re featuring Jamie Gagnon, a residential coordinator in our Lynchburg office.
In her role at DePaul, Jamie supports sponsored residential providers as they compassionately care for individuals with developmental and/or intellectual disabilities.
Jamie was nominated for People of DePaul because of her willingness to be a team player and step up when needed. Recently, Jamie volunteered to help write extra reports and take extra on-call rotations while a few of her coworkers were out of the office. Jamie said it was an easy decision to step up because she knows her coworkers would do the same for her.
“We have a common goal – to provide the best possible service to the individuals and families we serve,” said Jamie.
Outside of her work at DePaul, Jamie enjoys reading, hanging out with friends, and binging a Netflix show.
FUN FACT: Jamie and her husband will celebrate 20 years of marriage in August. They met on the Internet in 1997 before it was considered “mainstream.” Her husband proposed a year and a half later while they were in Vegas and Jamie called her parents from a payphone to tell them the news.
Thanks for all you do Jamie! We appreciate you!
♥ In this week’s #PeopleofDePaul, we’re featuring Kim Gregory, the outpatient therapist for the Roanoke and Christiansburg offices.
In her role at DePaul, Kim sees children, adults, and families for individual or family therapy. While she is still fulfilling that role, she is also finding ways to give back during this time.
After seeing a need for masks in her community, she felt called to help and started sewing masks. So far, she has given dozens out to family, friends, coworkers, and even employees at the local Veteran Affairs Medical Center.
“It feels like I am actually making a difference. I can take care of and show my value for others by meeting their needs,” said Kim.
Outside of her work at DePaul and mask-making, Kim loves spending time with her family, kids, husband, and pets. She likes to read, craft, and play the cello.
FUN FACT: Kim lived on a remote island in Alaska for 7 years before moving to Virginia.
Thanks for all you do Kim! We appreciate you!