JANIS TOBIAS CHOSEN AS EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR
Congratulating the winners are (standing, L to R): Robert Landrum, Chairman of the Mississippi Board of Mental Health; Connie Smith, ESS Family and Friends Association Treasurer; Tim Waldrup, Mayor of Ellisville; Renée Brett, Director of Ellisville State School; Cary Walt, Director of the Bureau of Workforce Development for the MS Dept. of Mental Health; Dr. Kenneth O’Neal, Assistant Director of Ellisville State School; Rinsey McSwain, Assistant Director of Ellisville State School; and Bill Langnecker, ESS Family and Friends Association President. Winners are (seated, L to R): Shaquino Triplett, Janis Tobias, Minnie Holmes, and Shunquetta Bester. Not pictured: Samuel McGill
Five employees at Ellisville State School, representing each unit on campus and the Community Programs Department, were recently honored as Direct Support Employee of the Year winners. Janis Tobias was chosen as the overall Employee of the Year for 2011. Tobias, of Mt Olive, represented the Community Programs Department where she works at the Sumrall Community Homes. She has been employed with Ellisville State School for eleven years. She was described by her supervisor as a dedicated employee who has a positive attitude and makes every effort possible to provide quality care to the individuals receiving services through Ellisville State School.
Chosen as Employee of the Year from Clover Circle Unit was Shunquetta Bester of Hattiesburg. Bester has been with Ellisville State School since September, 2008. Representing the Paul D. Cotten, Sr. Unit was Minnie Holmes of Laurel. Holmes began employment with Ellisville State School in July, 2007. Samuel McGill of Laurel was chosen from Hillside Unit. McGill has been employed with Ellisville State School since
October, 2006. Shaquino Triplett of Laurel was selected from Pecan Grove Unit and has been with Ellisville State School since June, 2007.
The Direct Support Employee of the Year program is sponsored annually by the Ellisville State School Family and Friends Association. Additional sponsors for this year’s program included the Ellisville State School Employees Credit Union, the Ellisville State School Employee Appreciation Fund, Community Bank of Laurel, Western Sizzlin of Laurel, and Elkins Wholesale.
The winners were honored with a luncheon at the J.C. Williamson Food Services Facility on the Ellisville State School campus. Among the guests on hand to offer their congratulations were Robert Landrum, Chairman of the Mississippi Board of Mental Health; Connie Smith, ESS Family and Friends Association Treasurer; Tim Waldrup, Mayor of Ellisville; Cary Walt, Director of the Bureau of Workforce Development for the Mississippi Department of Mental Health; and Bill Langnecker, ESS Family and Friends Association President.