LARNED – The Larned Correctional Mental Health Facility announced Thursday the following Employees of the Quarter: Uniformed Employee of the Quarter, Katlynn Billinger, Corrections Officer II; Non-Uniformed Employee, Russell Karlowsky, Technical Support Consultant II; and Contract Employee, Matthew Mazouch, Barton Community College (BCC) Carpentry Instructor.
Sgt. Billinger began her career with LCMHF in February of 2011, as a corrections officer I. She promoted to corrections officer II in March of 2015. COII Billinger is also the assistant commander of the Crisis Resolution Team.
Billinger’s nomination reads: “Officer Billinger is noted as always being friendly and willing to lend a hand as needed. She displays a can-do attitude and has been observed helping the newer officers as needed. COII Billinger is an asset to both LCMHF and the Kansas Department of Corrections and is deserving of this honor.”
Karlowsky began his career with LCMHF in May of 2010 as an administrative assistant in the Classifications and Records Department. In July of 2014, Russell promoted to a senior administrative assistant, continuing his career in the Classification and Records Office. He promoted to the technology support consultant in August of 2018.
Karlowsky’s nomination reads: “Russell has gone well beyond his duties in the IT Department. He is always willing to figure out the new systems that have been problematic for our facility, as well as assist in Classifications with his long-time knowledge of that department.
“Karlowsky is always very helpful and has a positive attitude. He exemplifies the word teamwork and LCMHF is very fortunate to have a staff member that works as hard as he does.
Barton Community College carpentry instructor Mazouch began his career at LCMHF teaching carpentry to minimum offenders in 2016 as part of the BCC outreach program. He became a full-time carpentry instructor in August of 2017, teaching to maximum and medium offenders inside the Central Unit.
Mazouch’s nomination reads: “Matt meets the students where they are, making sure they understand each concept being covered before moving onto the next one. He has added building concepts and components to his basic curriculum, which will greatly assist offenders in an employment search upon release. He takes extra time with students who are struggling learning the class materials, allowing them to master the material. BCC Carpentry Instructor Mazouch displays a positive attitude which is noted by both offenders and staff. He reinforces pro-social behavior and helps offenders look into the future. Matt is a great asset to both Barton Community College and LCMHF.”