Employee Spotlight

Highlighting Our Employees Who Make a Difference

Genacross celebrates employees who give of themselves each day to enrich the lives of our residents, patients, clients and colleagues. These award winners serve with compassion and empathy, and they exemplify our values.


It’s evident they see their work as a calling. While they don’t seek recognition, we want to show them how important they are to the Genacross family.


This year, the award goes to two individuals:

These employees embody the Genacross mission and values to the fullest extent and demonstrate exceptional organizational commitment. They motivate others to excel, lead by example, and strive to better those around them and the organization as a whole. These individuals share knowledge willingly and always can be seen helping and supporting fellow co-workers through teamwork. In every way, these employees are professional and ethical.

Sarah Brown, STNA at the Wolf Creek Campus

Ms. Brown’s nomination was filled with praise of her as an “exemplary employee who goes above and beyond every chance she gets.” When the pandemic hit, Sarah was the first to volunteer to work in the COVID-19 unit. She adapted quickly, making sure the residents got the best care during their stay in isolation. Her nomination praises her initiative, communication and leadership, and calls her a “mentor” for staff and an “advocate” for residents. “Sarah lives out the Genacross Promise daily and encourages her fellow co-workers to do the same.”

April Saldivar, State Tested Nursing Assistant (STNA) at the Toledo Campus

The nomination for Ms. Saldivar calls her a “resident favorite” in The Labuhn Center where she works. The residents feel safe and well cared for when she is there. “We always get compliments on the care she provides. She takes her time to learn the residents’ likes and dislikes.” Ms. Saldivar worked primarily in the COVID-19 isolation unit when it was open. Her nomination states: “She provided excellent care to those who were infected. She wasn’t afraid as many were. She put the needs of her residents before hers and her family’s needs.”

Thank you, Sarah and April, for your dedication to our residents and patients. Congratulations on being named the 2021 Employees of the Year!


The servant leader is one whose first instinct is to serve others. This employee focuses primarily on the well-being of the residents and patients of the ministry for which he/she works. This individual always puts the needs of residents and patients first, and goes out of his or her way to ensure their comfort. Additional characteristics of this individual may include valuing diverse opinions, facilitating a culture of trust, acting with humility, and carrying out daily work in a selfless manner.

Rick Ehlers, the head Groundskeeper with our Home & Community Based Services ministry, has been honored as the Servant Leader. Mr. Ehlers has worked for Genacross for over nine years, and during that time he has helped to maintain several of the organization’s properties year round. Mr. Ehler’s nomination praised his willingness to mow in the heat of the summer and clear snow and spread salt at all hours of the night and day in the cold winter months. “Rick never complains and is always willing to help a co-worker or resident if needed.”

Congratulations, Rick, for being recognized as the 2021 Servant Leader.


This employee (non-chaplaincy) personifies the Genacross Value of Faithfulness to Christ: “As part of the Church, we perform our work in response to Jesus Christ and as an extension of His ministry.” It is evident in his or her everyday work, through compassionate interactions with residents, patients, family members and others. Faith leads this individual’s daily actions, and he or she is a witness for Christ’s mercy, grace and love. Compassion and caring are clearly visible and inherent traits of this individual.

Wynndobbie “Wendy” Fulton, a Direct Support Professional with Family & Youth Services, has received this year’s Minister to Others award. “Her commitment to our clients’ well-being shows through her attention to detail and willingness to go the extra mile for them,” said her nomination. It goes on to state that she “always takes into account the feelings of the individuals we serve and does the best she can to make sure our team is doing the best we can for them.” She was also praised for her leadership, interaction with co-workers, quality of work, accountability, positive attitude and professionalism. “She shows a great deal of integrity in her work. She does the right thing even when no one is watching.”

Congratulations, Wendy, for being recognized as the 2021 Minister to Others.

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