Monarch Spotlight: Elleane Pickett
Elleane Pickett, operations manager, has been with Monarch for 10 years, and currently oversees the care for six people at our Brices Creek Road Home in New Bern. Through her many years working with people with developmental disabilities Pickett has unique insight into what Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month is all about and shared some of her thoughts with us for this month’s spotlight.
Why is raising awareness for issues surrounding developmental disabilities important?
This is a great opportunity to help express the rights/needs for the people we support. They depend on government funding, and lawmakers need to hear the voice of the people before major decisions are made.
What does a typical workday look like?
It is subject to change, but you must be flexible to any changes as they occur. I start out with overseeing the needs of the people supported/staff by encouraging others and utilizing every “teachable” moment.
What is the most important aspect of your role and why?
Being able to be a positive role model.
What has been your most rewarding, or your proudest moment, while working here?
When the people I supported grew up and graduated from New Bern High School. This year the last one will march across the stage to receive her certificate of graduation. I am proud to know I have been a part of their lives during these 10 years with Monarch.
Movie or song that best describes you?
The song is called “SPEAK” by Myron Butler & Levi. The lyrics say: “I shall have what I decree. Yes, I believe it belongs to me.”
What might someone be surprised to know about you?
I have been working in this field since June 1977. It is my passion to serve others. I am a licensed, ordained pastor. I travel when away from the job to minister the “word.” Besides having my two grandchildren- Harmony who is 9 years old, and Hezekiah who is 4 years old- I am very involved in ministry with another pastor doing outreach with a youth group of about 15 kids. I also love to read.