Rosewood Services Inc. is recognizing four standout staff members by giving them the “Shining Stars” award. Rosewood employees Tess Bradley, Eric Hammond, Melonie Myers and Sandy Smith were honored for their stellar service during the first three months of the year.
“Earning the first-quarter award is a great accomplishment because those early exceptional efforts go far in setting the pace and the tone for the rest of the year,” said Rosewood founder and executive director Tammy Hammond. “We thank each of our winners for their extra efforts and leadership in serving our clients.”
Bradley works as the financial assistant at Rosewood Services, overseeing money matters and checking accounts for the clients. She’s worked at Rosewood for nearly four years.
“As staff, we are here to help our clients be the best that they can be,” said Bradley. “I love seeing their joy when they have accomplished a major goal. I especially have enjoyed helping our clients become financially independent.”
Eric, the husband of Tammy, has been connected to Rosewood since its beginning, but he became manager of the Rosewood Ranch in 2001, when it opened. Today, the Ranch has grown into a 750-acre full-working horse ranch that offers equestrian and therapeutic riding programs on a weekly basis to nearly 100 adults and children who have developmental disabilities. Earlier this year, the ranch appeared on the nationally syndicated show “America’s Heartland.”
Myers serves as human resource director for Rosewood, where she manages employee benefits and coordinates employee training. She’s held the position for five years, but has worked for Rosewood nearly nine years. After serving as director of vocational services, she left for a year before returning as HR director.
“I returned to Rosewood because of the family atmosphere you feel here,” she explained. “What I like the most is watching the growth of the folks we work with. It is a great feeling seeing them gain independent skills.”
Smith joined Rosewood 14 years ago when it first opened its doors. She became manager of the Rosewood Gallery when it opened 11 years ago. At the downtown Great Bend store, Smith works with Rosewood clients who sand, stain, varnish and assemble high quality, solid wood furniture for retail sale.
“I’m a people person, so it’s nice to see different people on a daily basis,” said Smith. “Of course, I like working with the clients every day; they are such a big part of my life.”