Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Passion, Dedication, and Teamwork: Highlighting Buddy Blatz!



Since starting with The Choice Group, Buddy Blatz has developed himself as both a leader and advocate in his field of work. Buddy is a Lead Counselor in the Central Region of Virginia and provides WISA and TTW services throughout most of the state. Buddy’s coworkers define him as being supportive and always “keeps it interesting" in meetings. He has become well known throughout the state as a knowledgeable and passionate WISA services expert.

There is a common opinion among his colleagues who believe he is an inspiration in the work environment when it comes to being a resource and ally to those around him. Here are some of the things his colleagues had to say:

"Buddy Blatz is a phenomenal man. I have so much honor and respect for him. Never in my three years at the Choice Group have I been inspired by someone as I have Buddy.  I work in Richmond with the WISA Program and he is always available to answer any question, help me with reports, come to my aide when all else has failed and to do it with a smile on his face. My comment to him is, “Buddy, thank you for being MY Buddy.”

Michelle Champion
WISA Administrative Assistant
The Choice Group

"I always hear how knowledgeable he is on the topic and how he has a way of explaining it; making it easy to understand. He really breaks it down to a simple concept. He is also very passionate about WISA services and gets excited explaining all the benefits available.”

Tiffany R. Jenkins, M.S., CRC, CRP
Manager
Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services

"Dependable. Always able to answer the difficult benefits questions and explain situations in a way that our consumers are left with confidence."  

Nikki Mangold, MS
Pre Employment Transition Services Counselor
Department of Aging and Rehabilitation


Congratulations Buddy on all your success and achievements, you are appreciated!

Monday, May 14, 2018

Counselor Feature: Meet Cati Howard!



Cati has been with The Choice Group since February of this year, she serves the Southwest area of Virginia. As a vocational counselor, she loves that her job has given her the ability to make a positive difference in someone's life. Knowing that she has a hand in helping her clients accomplish their employment goals and gain self-confidence through the process is a huge job pay off for Cati. “Helping someone to gain and maintain employment is such a rewarding experience,” she says, and quoting one of her own clients adds, “I don’t dread coming to work.” 

Her most memorable experience to date is the first client she ever worked with. “He was able to secure work with a wonderful company and quickly made natural support systems among his coworkers,” she explains. The way his coworkers and peers showed their support for her client was a moving experience. “I was moved not only by the support shown to my client by his peers but also the thoughtfulness and patience of his management team.” 

Cati continues to do a stellar job at The Choice Group, and is a wonderful addition to our Diversity Committee as well!

Thursday, May 10, 2018

New Team Members!

We'd like to introduce some great individuals that just joined our team! 

Siera Ellis
Administrative Program Support Specialist

Chris McElfresh
Administrative Program Support Specialist

Dana O'Connell
Vocational Technician - Richmond