Six employees from Rosewood Services Inc. were honored for a combined 35 years of dedication during the business’s annual celebration in December. Five employees celebrated five-year anniversaries, while Rosewood Ranch Manager Eric Hammond achieved 10 years with the agency.
Hammond has been involved with Rosewood from its beginning with his wife, Tammy, who founded the agency more than 13 years ago that provides services and opportunities for people with developmental disabilities. But it was 10 years ago that Rosewood Ranch, located north of Pawnee Rock, opened with Eric as a certified NARHA instructor and the program’s only instructor. Today, with the addition of three staff members, it has expanded to a 750-acre full-working horse ranch that offers equestrian and therapeutic riding program on a weekly basis to nearly 100 people with developmental disabilities.
Melonie Myers, human resource director for Rosewood, received her five-year plaque, but she’s served the company for several years as director of day services before pursuing other opportunities. She returned five years ago and has been instrumental in Roswood’s success, Tammy Hammond said.
Melissa Andrulis works in the day service department as a day coach. She is trained in many areas and has been a true asset to Rosewood Services, according to her supervisor, Director of Vocational Services Debbie Larkin.
Amy Kilwein serves as the program coordinator at Rosewood. In her five-year career, she has also served in case management and in day services.
Emma Booth provides a valuable service to the clients at Rosewood that often times gets overlooked, but it’s an essential job that carries much responsibility, said Amanda Hammond-Fellers, director of residential services. She does sleepovers in the residential department.
Debra Naw has also served the residential department for the past five years. Over that time, she has worked in several of the homes and knows the clients well, said Hammond-Fellers.
"We are extremely fortunate to have these longtime dedicated employees who serve so well in various capacities, but all for the same purpose of growing opportunities for our clients," said Tammy Hammond. "They have each helped build Rosewood’s excellent legacy in their own special way."