Following are the Human Services Employees of the Month. Click the link to see all the fascinating recipients.
Sally Gibson has worked for the County since 1985 and came to Veterans Affairs in 2004. In addition to her daily assignments, Sally routinely volunteers for additional tasks such as outreach activities and helping the front desk issue ID cards to our Veterans. While she is creating the ID cards for the Veterans, she engages them in friendly small talk regarding their military service. Through these conversations she is able to identify potential benefits they may be eligible for and encourages them to stay and see a Veterans Service Rep to initiate a claim process. It is because of Sally’s willingness to go the extra mile that many Veterans who may have visited our office with the sole purpose of obtaining an ID card, leave having also applied for much needed benefits that can include medical care, education or monetary benefits.
Sally understands the department’s mission and sees every interaction with a Veteran as an opportunity to fulfill that. The department is proud to select Sally at the Human Services Employee of the Month.
Marilyn McClain is selected for the Human Services Employee of the Month for her commitment and dedication to San Bernardino County. Marilyn has both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Social Work. She began her career with San Bernardino County in 1984 as a Clerk II with the Assessor’s Office, promoted and transferred to Children and Family Services (CFS) as Clerk III in Adoptions. She continued to advance in her career promoting to a Social Worker II in 1994, and to a Social Service Practitioner with CFS in 1997.
Marilyn has remained passionate and committed through her career to the safety, protection and permanency of children. She has worked with generations of youth and families within San Bernardino County and along-side of internal and external stakeholders to ensure the Mission and Vision of the County and Children and Family Services. Marilyn has provided dedicated service, mentoring and leadership. She has improved and maintained high quality internal and external customer service. The department continues to value and appreciate Marilyn for her steadfast commitment to children and families, her exemplary work ethic and her ability to collaborate with outside entities to ensure the well-being of every family she works with.
Cassandra Johnson routinely goes above and beyond the normal duties that are asked of her. She delivers in every aspect of the job, but most of all at customer service. Cassandra understands that as a representative of Human Services, she is an extension of our Administrative staff and that she is responsible for leading by example. She frequently takes on additional tasks and has become a critical piece of our HS Personnel team. We thank her for her daily contributions to San Bernardino County and Human Services support.
Virginia Vasquez is a Supervisor in the Fontana Transitional Assistance Department (TAD) office and has been with the department for 28 years. She is one of the most revered supervisors in our department due to her exceptional customer service, program knowledge and dedication to the San Bernardino County constituents.
Virginia has immense experience working in the department’s busiest offices. She has experience in the application and continuing processes of all programs, lobby management, and resource units. She is always ready to assist the district and department to meet the goals of customer service timeframes and accuracy of benefits. Through her abilities as a supervisor, she encourages and promotes staff in all aspects of their jobs. When you ask staff about Virginia, they only have praise, respect and their career goal to be just like her.
Laura Marquez is the embodiment of what Head Start is all about. She began as an Head Start parent and participated on the Parent Policy Council prior to becoming a County employee. She has now worked for the County of San Bernardino Preschool Services Department for over 13 years.
Laura always goes above and beyond our expectations as an Early Head Start Home Base Teacher. Her duties include providing teaching instruction to children ages 0 to 3 years old, family engagement, and parent education opportunities that include health/safety activities and nutritional services within the family’s home, as well as at a Head Start site during socialization meetings. Laura also volunteers her personal time and services to help support children and families in need, including providing after hour care for families, and visits to the hospital for children who are ill. She is a team player, very flexible and upholds the agency’s Mission and Vision. It is our honor to have her as an employee with our department.
Emerita Meilly is the go-to individual for all items payable. She is an expert in procurement and is able to walk items through ePro at a moment’s notice. Her knowledge and expertise were invaluable when trying to address a critical need at the Devore Animal Shelter. In addition, she has been heavily involved in the countywide implementation of the new enterprise financial management system (SAP) and will serve as an incredible resource in identifying problems and solutions.
Emerita’s knowledge of policies, customer service and “can do” attitude reflect the vision for a model community, governed in an open and ethical manner, where great ideas are shared and implemented, and departments can collaborate to reach common goals.
Lezley Hills has been employed with San Bernardino County and the Department of Aging and Adult Services (DAAS) since January 2013. She is currently employed as a Secretary for the Deputy Director in the Rancho Cucamonga DAAS office. Lezley supports the County’s Vision and departments’ mission by ensuring all customers and DAAS staff are treated with dignity and respect.
Lezley is knowledgeable of various programs within DAAS but assists primarily with tasks to sustain and maintain the functioning of the Adult Protective Services Program (APS). She manages the After Hours Calendar for all After Hours Social Workers and Supervisors in APS who provide emergency services to seniors in the county after hours and on weekends.
Lezley is also instrumental in tracking referrals for Capacity Assessments made by APS Social Workers to evaluate the departments’ most vulnerable clients for Conservatorship. She is excellent at organizing multiple projects within the office, along with supporting other DAAS offices whenever needed. She has increasingly had a huge role in the planning and coordination of the Annual Adult Protective Services Multiple Disciplinary Team Conference. Her ability to coordinate and communicate with vendors, registrants and members of the planing committee while carrying out her daily tasks has been remarkable and greatly appreciated. DAAS is proud to have Lezley as the Human Services Employee of the Month.
Christina Entz, LCSW is the Program Manager II for Centralized Hospital Aftercare Services (CHAS). She has worked for the Department of Behavioral Health (DBH) for over 26 years. Christina began her career with Adult Systems of Care, where she worked for 13 years before promoting to Adult Forensics in the positions of Clinic Supervisor of Jail Mental Health Services (JMHS), Mental Health Services (MHS), Conditional Release Program (CONREP) and Program Manager I for the Choosing Options to Instill Change and Empowerment (CHOICE) Program. She has extensive knowledge in the many areas within the continuum of care for DBH including Adult Forensics, Aging and Adults, Crisis Intervention Training, Hospital Based Services and a myriad of other areas of expertise specific to working with the multi-layered needs of consumers served by DBH.
Christina has been married over 26 years to her husband who is also a DBH employee. She is a wonderful and caring mother to her two children who are currently in college. She is a dedicated professional who continuously represents the County and the DBH through a positive light, especially in her ability to build ongoing partnerships with community stakeholders to best serve the residents of this county.