~ In This Issue~February 2018 ~
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Bowl-A-Thon: April 15, 2018
Golf Scramble: May 21, 2018
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We have many exciting happenings at Merrick! In December, three volunteers were welcomed to the Board of Trustees and a new slate of officers was elected. Our annual Bowl-A-Thon and Golf Scramble are just around the corner. The 2017 Compass Awards were presented to three outstanding employees. We continue to support the work of MNFAC. and staff members have become more engaged with the local business community. Catch up on all this news in this edition of Navigator.
Board of Trustees News
Three additional trustees were elected to Merrick's Board of Trustees in December. We welcomed Kristin Mahre, Senior Human Resources Representative at Ecolab, Deb DeGreeff, Human Resources Manager at Second Harvest Heartland, and Karen DeYoung, President/CEO at DeYoung Consulting Services, who had previously served on the Board from 2011 to  2014.

Also at the December meeting, officer elections were held:

President: Erik Levy, Chief Financial Officer at IP-Corporation & Subsidiaries 
Vice President: Joe Murphy, Registered Representative of ONESCO
Secretary: Heather Monnens, Attorney at GDO Law
Treasurer: John Marzitelli, CEO at Optimum Mechanical Systems
Past President: Diogo Reis, Legislative Director at MN Department of Human Services

Deb DeGreeff
Karen DeYoung

Kristin Mahre
Top Employees Recognized
John Wayne Barker congratulates the 2017 Compass Award Recipients.

The  Compass Award is given to employees who have been at Merrick, Inc., for two or more years and have affirmed our values of being: motivated; ethical; respectful; responsive; inclusive; creative; and knowledgeable. Employees are nominated by their peers for this prestigious award that takes into consideration volunteer time outside of Merrick (civic, social, educational, political, or advocacy work) that has had a positive impact on the community, and/or the nominee's efforts toward creating links that have assisted a client to accomplish individual goals and better realize a preferred quality of life.

The 2017 honorees are Katie Ostby, Nathaniel Bility, and Angie Berg (pictured above). Also nominated were  Daniel Cooke, Barb Kaphing, Dan Lind, Carrie Mortensen, Ellen Otto, Steve Schulz, Sarah Skees, Therese Selissen, Rebeca Tito-Mendoza, Sue Waite-Hanson, and Ermelinda "Nana" Zamora.

The awards were presented at a company event at Jimmy's Conference and Catering on February 27, 2018.
2018 Bowl-A-Thon
Join the fun at Merrick's 16th Annual Bowl-A-Thon.

When:    Sunday, April 15, 2018
               9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Where:   Flaherty's Arden Bowl

2018 Golf Scramble
Swing a club to benefit Merrick!
Our 23rd Annual Golf Scramble will be held on Monday, May 21st at Troy Burne Golf Club. You can help Merrick by registering to golf, sponsoring the event, or volunteering for the day.

Register online 

Client Connections - MNFAC
The Minnesota Families and Advocates Coalition (MNFAC)
was formed in January 2016 as a volunteer organization of parents and family members concerned with protecting the rights of individuals with intellectual, physical, and developmental disabilities in Minnesota.
MNFAC's Mission is faithful to the US Supreme Court's Olmsted decision and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Olmsted clearly states that individuals' desires are paramount in determining residential and day placement. It is with this legal foundation that MNFAC asserts that the Minnesota Department of Human services must offer a range of residential habilitation and employment options to meet the diverse needs of individuals with intellectual, physical, and developmental disabilities.

Business Community Engagement
Several Merrick staff have taken the opportunity to engage with the local business community. Last year, Kristine Fredrickson, Program Plan Coordinator was a member of the first cohort of the Vadnais Heights Economic Development Corporation's Northeast Metro Young Professionals. Support Service Staff member Donnally Moua is taking part this year.
Liz Tauer, Program Support Manager, was selected as a member of the Greater White Bear Lake Foundation's Leadership Tomorrow inaugural cohort.
Kristine Fredrickson
Donnally Moua

Liz Tauer
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Thank you for your continued support of Merrick, Inc.