LARNED — The Larned Correctional Mental Health Facility has named its Employees of the third quarter.
Jennifer Wyman, CSI
Jennifer Wyman, LCMHF Uniformed Employee of the Quarter, began her career in November 2008 as a Corrections Officer I. She joined the Special Operations Response Team in June 2009 and was promoted to CSI in August 2012. Wyman is also an EEO Rep, a staff mentor, the assistant TAC for the NCIC computer and recently trained to assist with Critical Incident Stress Management.
Wyman’s nomination reads, “Jennifer is outgoing and friendly. She has only been a supervisor for a short time but does an excellent job documenting and providing feedback to her subordinate staff. She genuinely cares about staff she supervises and provides encouragement and guidance to help them grow and develop as officers. Jennifer is very involved in activities at the facility. She serves as a member of the SORT team, EEO representative, and attended training to assist with Critical Incident Stress Management events at the facility. Her hard work and dedication earned her the nomination for Employee of the Quarter.”
A Larned native, Wyman graduated from Larned High School in 1988, went to Dodge City Community College and attended KU. She lived in the Kansas City area for 20 years before returning to Larned. She resides in Larned with her three Mastiffs, Tiny, Baby and Crimson, as well as her Bernese Mountain Dog, Patches. Her mom resides in Larned and her dad and grandma live in the Kansas City area. Her grandmother and aunt reside in southeast Kansas.
She loves spending time with her family and friends, going to garage sales, reading, and playing with her dogs. Her two favorite songs are “Jack and Diane” and “Small Town” by John Cougar and her favorite food is her grandma’s fettuccine.
She is active in finding a cure for breast cancer as she lost her stepfather from this disease in 1997. She participates in “Race for the Cure” in Kansas City and recently participated at Hays. She has participated in a 60-mile walk for breast cancer in Kansas City in 2005 and in Cleveland in 2007.
Her favorite quote is, “If you don’t learn something new every day, it’s a wasted day.”
Todd Wilmoth, Mechanic
Todd Wilmoth, LCMHF Non-uniformed Employee of the Quarter, began his career in March 2012 as a Corrections Officer I then to his current position as the mechanic in maintenance in July 2012.
Todd’s nomination reads, “Todd has gone above and beyond the expectations for the duties of the mechanic. Todd has taken on the role of the motor pool manager with great success. Todd takes pride ensuring the vehicles are in top condition for staff at all times. Todd has developed a vehicle reservation system that is user-friendly and efficient in tracking vehicle assignments. This system tracts each vehicle’s service and repair records so repairs can be made in a timely manner and the vehicle returned to service.
“Todd is responsible for the underground fuel storage inventory records and has made records available on the computer data-base system. Todd has a great attitude and arrives at work each day wanting to provide the very best customer service to all facility staff. Todd is definitely a great asset to the maintenance department and is willing to help in other areas his skills are needed.”
Wilmoth grew up in Memphis, and lived as an expatriate in Singapore, Portugal and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He attended Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University studying professional aeronautics. His interests include aviation. He has a commercial pilot rating single engine land and sea with instrument privileges.
Todd and his wife, Shelia, are parents to two daughters, Amber, 24 and Kaylene, 14. He loves to scuba dive and garden as well.
His favorite song is “Rainbow in the Dark,” by Dio and his favorite food is Thai. He enjoys spending time with his family and traveling.
His favorite quote by Charles Darwin is, “A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.”
Dr. J.L. Lalith Fernando, Psychiatrist
Dr. J.L. Lalith Fernando, LCMHF Contract Employee of the Quarter, began his career with Correct Care Solutions at Larned Correctional Mental Health Facility in August of 2008 as the site psychiatrist.
He was the senior supervising physician at the Larned State Hospital from 1986 to 2008. Dr. Fernando served as an assistant clinical professor, voluntary faculty at the University of Kansas School of Medicine Behavioral Sciences.
Dr. Fernando’s nomination reads, “Dr. Fernando is awesome to work with and is a good teacher. From early in the morning until late at night, he makes sure inmates are seen and charted. He treats inmates with respect, no matter how the inmate acts or talks. He explains all medications and the side effects. He gives other options of treatments, encourages good behavior, and encourages inmates to develop good sleep hygiene.
“Even though he sees inmates monthly, he takes time to see inmates between appointments. He explains their diagnosis and symptoms. He is honest with inmates and listens to all information from staff and takes into consideration all concerns no matter how many questions he is asked or how many times he is bothered during the day. He never gets upset and is always polite and smiling. When he has to leave, he makes sure he is available by phone.
“Dr. Fernando sees inmates both at Central Unit and West Unit. He also attends Involuntary Medication hearings and Civil Commit hearings. Dr. Fernando is a great asset to our facility.”
Dr. Fernando is from Sri Lanka. He earned his MD in education in Sri Lanka then went to the University of Kansas and University of Kansas Medical Center, Wichita for his psychiatry training. He earned a diplomate from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in 2000. Dr. Fernando and his wife are parents to two sons. He enjoys traveling and photography.
His favorite quote is “You receive what you give.”