The MENTOR Network Charitable Foundation is pleased to announce its Community Champions for the third quarter of FY15. These employees were nominated by their colleagues and are being recognized for their work with local non-profit organizations, where they donate their time and energy to improve quality of life for their neighbors. The Champions’ chosen nonprofits will receive a $500 grant from The MENTOR Network Charitable Foundation.
Program Director, NeuroRestorative Kentucky
Jessica Embry has served on the Board of Directors for the Brain Injury Alliance of Kentucky (BIAK) since 2008 and was elected President this past year. BIAK is a non-profit agency that serves those affected by brain injury through advocacy, education, prevention, service and support.
In her role, Jessica focuses on fundraising and raising awareness. She also devotes her time to linking survivors of brain injury and their families to support from others with similar experience and other resources. She personally knows how important this is because at the age of 7, her father suffered from a brain injury.
“Jessica is passionate about her role in the treatment of adults with brain injury,” said Jane Stahl, State Director at NeuroRestorative Kentucky. “Her first ‘job’ in brain injury was as a child when her father sustained a brain injury and she became a caregiver. Today she shares her heart and expertise with our participants, families, staff and community.”
Brain Injury Awareness is Jessica’s passion, and BIAK provides her an extended platform to continue to spread the word. To learn more about the Brain Injury Alliance of Kentucky, please visit their website at www.biak.us.
Senior Proposal Writer,
The MENTOR Network
Jenny Mabee serves as an advocate for the GLBTQ Domestic Violence Project crisis hotline, a 24-hour hotline to support victims and survivors of domestic violence and their friends and families. Individuals may contact the hotline for immediate crisis counseling, help planning for safety, and for more information about the project’s services, including court/medical accompaniment and help navigating social service systems. A true advocate, Jenny is on call weekly for a twelve-hour overnight weekend shift ensuring that those in need have someone to speak to, no matter what time of day it is.
“Jenny is an amazing and thoughtful listener,” said Elizabeth Farley, Marketing Coordinator at The MENTOR Network. “I believe she has the ability to empower callers with her empathy, compassion and desire to help. I am honored to work with her as her commitment to this cause makes a positive difference for the GLBTQ community. She offers support, guidance and resources to victims, survivors and their families who have nowhere else to turn.”
To learn more about the GLBTQ Domestic Violence Project and the other work they are doing, please visit www.glbtqdvp.org.
Head Nurse, Massachusetts ADH, Brockton Adult Day Health Center
As head nurse for Massachusetts ADH’s program in Brockton, Massachusetts, Jesuina Nunes goes above and beyond on a daily basis in her work on behalf of the participants at the Center. Jesuina has also taken on the role of educating and providing training to all new and current staff members. Given her can-do spirit, it is no surprise then that outside her working hours Jesuina volunteers her time, giving back to a wide array of organizations and helping those in need in the Brockton area.
The Cape Verdean Association of Brockton holds a special place in Jesuina’s heart, as they provided her a scholarship allowing her to go to nursing school. The Cape Verdean Association is a non-profit community-based organization, whose mission is to provide education, health, civic, social and human services to the Cape Verdeans and other people residing in the greater Brockton area. Jesuina serves as the Secretary on the Board of Directors, volunteers at their summer camp, plans and participates in peace walks and community clean ups, and utilizes her nursing skills to do health screenings and teach CPR.
Jesuina also donates her nursing skills to the American Red Cross where she teaches CPR to high school students, performs CPR demonstrations at health fairs and other community events, volunteers at blood drives and any other opportunity to educate others.
“Jesuina is an exemplary nurse, displaying everyday what a nurse should be, a very caring and giving person,” said Sonia Carvalho, Program Director at Massachusetts Adult Day Health Alliance’s Brockton Adult Day Health Center. “She invests her time and knowledge in ways that improve the health of others in the community. She is a natural helper and giver.”
To learn more about these Community Champions or nominate someone, visit the Foundation’s Community Champions page on the Charitable Foundation website.
About The MENTOR Network Charitable Foundation
The MENTOR Network Charitable Foundation is committed to transforming the delivery of human services through the generation of new ideas and best practices. We seek to advance an agenda based on quality, accountability and respect for the individual. The focus of our giving is on organizations that take a fresh look—through research, innovative thinking, direct care and programming—at how people with disabilities and youth and families facing emotional, behavioral and other challenges are cared for in our society. The Foundation also works to expand opportunity for the people we serve through employment and educational support.