Monarch Spotlight - April 2014
Q: How long have you worked at Monarch?
Since June of 2010.
Q: What is your title?
Assertive Community Treatment Team (ACTT) Coordinator of Stanly/Kannapolis ACTT. We are a high intensity community-based program serving the mentally ill.
Q: What does a typical workday look like?
It really seems that no day is typical due to what may take place on any given day. Normally, I have a meeting at 8:30 each morning. We discuss interventions related to each individual we serve, then I normally leave the office and provide interventions with the people we support, as well as cover duties I'm responsible for as coordinator. This includes handling any crisis that may arise and making sure the needs of those we support are met.
Q: What is the most important aspect of your role and why?
I feel my most important role is making sure interventions are provided, that our team is assisting the person we support (PWS) to be as independent as possible, and working every day towards their recovery. It's all about meeting the PWS where they are in their recovery and helping them work towards an eventual step down from ACTT.
Q: What has been your most rewarding or satisfying experience, or your proudest moment, while working here?
My proudest moment, or most satisfying experience, was following the course of an individual who had a history of being very unstable, and numerous hospitalizations to becoming totally independent, getting married and now living a successful life. This did happen with ACTT interventions, but of course took years to make it happen. Seeing our PWS make progress, better their lives and team members helping them make their lives more meaningful is what it's all about.
Q: What might someone be surprised to know about you?
I've played drums for years, have been in numerous bands, developed the motorcycle fund raiser for our PWS; last year was our 20th event which to date has raised more than $50,000.00 over the years for crisis assistance and of course I really enjoy riding motorcycles.
I also played in a band in Florida and we won a talent contest. We opened for Hank Williams, Jr. at the Florida fair grounds, plus we were offered recording sessions through a local studio. The competition was really brutal, there were some great bands we were competing against.
Q: What do you do when you aren't working?
When I'm off, I enjoying riding my bike and spending time in the mountains at a friend’s cabin or going to the beach. I also enjoy spending time with my wife, family and friends.
Q: Favorite place to visit?
My favorite places to visit are Lake Lure and the Smokey Mountains, especially during the bike rallies, or Palm Beach, Miami or Key West. I used to live in Palm Beach County, FL, and visited those areas often.