Staff from several of GEO Reentry’s Central Region non-residential centers received credit for their achievements of the past year at a recent leadership recognition dinner in Chicago.
Staff members from day reporting and reentry service centers across the Midwest received a range of leadership awards after being evaluated on criteria selected by GEO Reentry Services leadership, which evaluated effecting positive participant outcomes, meeting and exceeding contractual obligations, maintaining the fidelity of GEO Reentry programming and facility leadership.
“It was a great event to recognize this hardworking team,” said Regional Area Manager Andrew Young. “The program managers and all our staff have remained consistently focused on participant success by ensuring evidenced-based services, and in turn, supported their communities by helping participants change their lives for the better.”
The Louisville Day Reporting Center in Kentucky, headed by program manager William “Chris” West, led the pack with two awards, one for reducing risk levels for participants and the other for excellence in contract compliance.
Representing Illinois, Ken Johnson, program manager at the East St. Louis Reentry Services Center, was recognized for his leadership in participant employment gains, and Sherry Pearson, program manager at Rockford Reentry Services Center, was awarded for excelling in staff retention. Janet Szydelko, program manager at Chatham Reentry Services Center, was also recognized for her focus on participant service delivery.
Going forward, the leadership recognition dinner serves as an overall reminder of the value of teamwork, leadership and community partnerships, as well as GEO Reentry’s mission to help participants change their behavior and improve their lives.