2018 Annual Award Winners

About the award: For service to our country and commitment to our work, our people, and our mission.

About Albert: Al Decker has a long history of dedicated service, both to his country and to Human Technologies.

Al began serving his country as a combat medic in the United States Army in 1974. His first assignment was in a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital, or “MASH” unit, and he was stationed in many areas of operation around the world before trading in his scrubs and becoming an Administrative Non-Commissioned Officer in 1982.

Over the next 10 years, he served in a number of Army support positions. His last assignment brought him to the Pentagon in Washington D.C. where he worked for the Defense Intelligence Agency. He was honorably discharged in 1992.

Al joined Human Technologies in May of 2011 and currently supervises the work we perform for an AbilityOne federal contract at the Eastern Air Defense Sector (EADS) facilities in Rome NY.  His dedication to our mission and to getting the job done right is recognized by our customer and our employees every day.


About the award: Recognition for an employee whose work ethic and dedication exemplifies The Power of People With Purpose.

About Rebecca: Rebecca joined Human Technologies on Valentine’s Day in 2005, and began working in our sewing and packaging departments.

She was extremely shy, keeping to herself and rarely speaking unless someone said hello or asked her a question.  Over time, and with the encouragement and support of her co-workers, Rebecca has a new confidence that is clearly seen by everyone.

She is a very pleasant person, respectful, polite and gets along well with co-workers. Her attendance is great and she is an all-around team player and always ready to assist where needed.

Rebecca’s excellent work ethic and her desire and ability to learn new skills have helped her grow and has contributed greatly to our success. She is always asked to work on our most demanding jobs and has done great work on everything from document scanning to LED assembly and testing to Chemical Helmet Cover production.

Her skills and attitude allow her to go where the action is, including our always busy embroidery department, where she sets up and runs machines, checks her own work, and helps others when they have issues with their machine.

But it is not all work and no play. Rebecca is on our Wellness Team, volunteers for various committees, and participates in many of our sponsored events… especially anything that includes walking!  She’s anywhere and everywhere these days.

Rebecca is not bold or bragging. She has taken the opportunity use employment at Human Technologies to get all she wants out of life, strives to be the best she can be, and is an inspiration to all of us.


 

About the award: Recognition for an employee whose work ethic, character, and commitment furthers our mission and exemplifies our belief that Each of us Makes an Impact.

About Amelia: Amelia has been employed with Human Technologies since August of 2014, where she started her career as a Customer Service Representative at our Distribution Center handling calls and helping our uniform customers with their orders and returns.

As the number of uniform programs grew, she moved out into the warehouse to pick and inspect orders. Here, she has made a name for herself.  Her boundless energy, attention to detail, and dedication to the high level of accuracy and quality required in this important position is apparent to everyone she works with.

In addition to her focus on her own work, Amelia is always there to support and encourage her co-workers, and has been a great help to them to reach their full potential.

She has been an Inspirational Storyteller, part of our Picnic Planning Committee, participated in our Walking Challenges, and is currently a member of our Wellness Team.  She also participates in community events including the Heart Run/Walk and the Annual Making Strides for Breast Cancer Walk, enjoys yoga, and is now beginning to learn the art of curling (throwing rocks)!

Amelia works another job part time every weekend and has moved into her own apartment this year. She’s done an awesome job adapting to the changes in her life.

Amelia comes to work each day with a smile and is ready to do whatever is asked of her. Her positive outlook, get-it-done attitude, and eagerness to help others be the best they can be has made a huge impact on all who know her, both at Human Technologies and in our community.


 

 

About the award: For self-advocacy and championing the rights of people with disabilities.

About David: David represented Human Technologies at the 2017 Grassroots Advocacy Conference, held annually in Washington D.C. The Grassroots Advocacy Conference connects self-advocates with disabilities to their representatives and senators, in an effort to highlight the importance of creating employment opportunities and choices for people with disabilities. David stood before members of Congress, and individuals who directly affect policy, shared his personal story, and advocated on behalf of disability employment.

 

About the award: For self-advocacy and championing the rights of people with disabilities.

About Doris: Doris represented Human Technologies at the 2017 Grassroots Advocacy Conference, held annually in Washington D.C. The Grassroots Advocacy Conference connects self-advocates with disabilities to their representatives and senators, in an effort to highlight the importance of creating employment opportunities and choices for people with disabilities. Doris stood before members of Congress, and individuals who directly affect policy, shared his personal story, and advocated on behalf of disability employment.


 

About the award: Recognition for employees whose dedication, achievements, and contributions, further our mission and exemplifies our belief that Work Done Well Makes Everything Possible.

About Clifton: Excellent with employees, respected by our customers, and possessing a strong work ethic and dedication to high level of quality services, he supervises all of our government accounts on nights, and is currently covering both government and commercial sites).

 

About the award: Recognition for employees whose dedication, achievements, and contributions, further our mission and exemplifies our belief that Work Done Well Makes Everything Possible.

About Frank: Beginning his career here as a project supervisor in 2010, he has led across-the-board improvements in quality, profitability, and customer satisfaction in the Mohawk Valley through hands-on leadership, employee mentoring, strategic restructuring, and a clear vision for what Environmental Services can be.  He’s earned his promotion to Director of Environmental Services.

 

About the award: Recognition for employees whose dedication, achievements, and contributions, further our mission and exemplifies our belief that Work Done Well Makes Everything Possible.

About Sarah: She does a great job supervising ALL of Environmental Services commercial accounts in the greater Utica area, and is ready, willing, and able to cover any other site when needed. She’s currently earning rave reviews at McPike Alcohol Addiction Center Utica while covering for our regular supervisor who is out on medical leave.

 

About the award: Recognition for employees whose dedication, achievements, and contributions, further our mission and exemplifies our belief that Work Done Well Makes Everything Possible.

About Dennis: Our Facilities Management team does so much, and does it so well, we decided they all deserved this award.  The new look at Dwyer Avenue, inside and out. Our new parking lot, and new secure entry way. Keeping us safe by plowing, salting, and shoveling. Fixing things before we knew they were broken. Taking care of our 20+ vehicles. Providing grounds maintenance services to our government and commercial customers.  Doing just about everything themselves without hiring outside contractors.  We can’t say enough good things about all you do.

 

About the award: Recognition for employees whose dedication, achievements, and contributions, further our mission and exemplifies our belief that Work Done Well Makes Everything Possible.

About Shirley: Our Facilities Management team does so much, and does it so well, we decided they all deserved this award.  The new look at Dwyer Avenue, inside and out. Our new parking lot, and new secure entry way. Keeping us safe by plowing, salting, and shoveling. Fixing things before we knew they were broken. Taking care of our 20+ vehicles. Providing grounds maintenance services to our government and commercial customers.  Doing just about everything themselves without hiring outside contractors.  We can’t say enough good things about all you do.

 

About the award: Recognition for employees whose dedication, achievements, and contributions, further our mission and exemplifies our belief that Work Done Well Makes Everything Possible.

About Deane: With an outstanding focus on quality and customer service, coupled with a strong work ethic and willingness to learn and do any job, anywhere, at any time, has earned him a promotion to Area Supervisor of Environmental Services in our Rome Operations.

 

About the award: Recognition for employees whose dedication, achievements, and contributions, further our mission and exemplifies our belief that Work Done Well Makes Everything Possible.

About Bill: A tireless, dedicated manager who from 2009 to 2015 ran one of our largest lines of business literally single handedly. He has built a strong team of facilities maintenance specialists who are responsible for building and property management at 11 Navy and Marine sites throughout NY, PA, and DE.  This year his crews have received excellent reviews from his customers and we’ve added five new employees, bringing total employment in our Total Facilities Management line of business to 18, and earning him a well-deserved promotion to Director of Facilities Management Services.

 

About the award: Recognition for employees whose dedication, achievements, and contributions, further our mission and exemplifies our belief that Work Done Well Makes Everything Possible.

About Jeanne: She has a job few people would want – managing the processing of all orders for all of our products, uniforms, and equipment management services and keeping our 20,000 end-customers happy every day of the year. She gets rave reviews from our customers and all who work with her.  She makes it look easy. And it’s not.

 

About the award: Recognition for employees whose dedication, achievements, and contributions, further our mission and exemplifies our belief that Work Done Well Makes Everything Possible.

About Monoleto: Monoleto is willing to work any hours and do any job to satisfy our customers, does a great job training and supporting his employees, and is now responsible for supervising our cleaning and floor care services in eight buildings, including the Utica Federal Courthouse.

 

About the award: Recognition for employees whose dedication, achievements, and contributions, further our mission and exemplifies our belief that Work Done Well Makes Everything Possible.

About Valarie: Originally hired as a part time cleaning specialist for the Oneida County Law Library, she has earned constant praise for her great work by the customer, and now works full time- 5 hours a day at the Law Library (who INSISTS she must stay there!), and three hours a day covering employee absences in three other Oneida County buildings, as well as the CENTRO Hub.

 

About the award: Recognition for employees whose dedication, achievements, and contributions, further our mission and exemplifies our belief that Work Done Well Makes Everything Possible.

About Andrew: Our Facilities Management team does so much, and does it so well, we decided they all deserved this award.  The new look at Dwyer Avenue, inside and out. Our new parking lot, and new secure entry way. Keeping us safe by plowing, salting, and shoveling. Fixing things before we knew they were broken. Taking care of our 20+ vehicles. Providing grounds maintenance services to our government and commercial customers.  Doing just about everything themselves without hiring outside contractors.  We can’t say enough good things about all you do.

 

About the award: Recognition for employees whose dedication, achievements, and contributions, further our mission and exemplifies our belief that Work Done Well Makes Everything Possible.

About Herb: His main focus is managing the sourcing, quoting, procurement, delivery, and quality of up to $16M worth of equipment, training supplies, and uniforms we provide to the US Department of State’s Anti-Terrorism, Diplomatic Security, and Peacekeeping programs. But he also developed three current uniform programs for the USDA in one year… at the same time he was learning the ropes for our Department of State program. Long hours and long odds.  But he loves it.

 

About the award: Recognition for employees whose dedication, achievements, and contributions, further our mission and exemplifies our belief that Work Done Well Makes Everything Possible.

About Sue: Our mission is to create employment for people with disabilities.  And she’s the one responsible for finding y’all out there… making sure you find a job at one of our many work sites throughout New York, PA, and DE, and assisting you when you need some Human Resource help or guidance.  She’s tireless, dedicated, and unflappable.

 

About the award: Recognition for employees whose dedication, achievements, and contributions, further our mission and exemplifies our belief that Work Done Well Makes Everything Possible.

About Jasminka: She’s the Team Leader and heart of our sewing, assembly and packaging area who brings technical expertise, training and supports, and a “get-it-done, hands-on” work ethic to our Dwyer Avenue operations every day.  Her positive attitude and many talents help all of our employees be the best they can be.

 

About the award: Recognition for employees whose dedication, achievements, and contributions, further our mission and exemplifies our belief that Work Done Well Makes Everything Possible.

About Greg: Our sole employee in Virginia, he oversees our Department of State Supply Chain Management Services account, providing technical assistance and logistics support to DoS program managers and contracting personnel, and to HT operations staff at our distribution center. He also is responsible to figure out how to get security equipment, ammunition, medical supplies, training materials, and other stuff we provide from Utica to some of the most dangerous places on Earth.

 

About the award: Recognition for employees whose dedication, achievements, and contributions, further our mission and exemplifies our belief that Work Done Well Makes Everything Possible.

About Nichole: Our Facilities Management team does so much, and does it so well, we decided they all deserved this award.  The new look at Dwyer Avenue, inside and out. Our new parking lot, and new secure entry way. Keeping us safe by plowing, salting, and shoveling. Fixing things before we knew they were broken. Taking care of our 20+ vehicles. Providing grounds maintenance services to our government and commercial customers.  Doing just about everything themselves without hiring outside contractors.  We can’t say enough good things about all you do.

 

About the award: Recognition for employees whose dedication, achievements, and contributions, further our mission and exemplifies our belief that Work Done Well Makes Everything Possible.

About Bob: Our Facilities Management team does so much, and does it so well, we decided they all deserved this award.  The new look at Dwyer Avenue, inside and out. Our new parking lot, and new secure entry way. Keeping us safe by plowing, salting, and shoveling. Fixing things before we knew they were broken. Taking care of our 20+ vehicles. Providing grounds maintenance services to our government and commercial customers.  Doing just about everything themselves without hiring outside contractors.  We can’t say enough good things about all you do.

 

About the award: Recognition for employees whose dedication, achievements, and contributions, further our mission and exemplifies our belief that Work Done Well Makes Everything Possible.

About Anthony: He literally can do it all. He takes care of everything- scheduled cleanings, floor work, and special projects- completely on his own with little to no supervision at the New York State Preparedness Training Center, a division of NYS Homeland Security, in Oriskany.  Our customer loves him.  We have to remind him he works for Human Technologies, not Homeland Security!

 

About the award: Recognition for employees whose dedication, achievements, and contributions, further our mission and exemplifies our belief that Work Done Well Makes Everything Possible.

About Joe: Our Facilities Management team does so much, and does it so well, we decided they all deserved this award.  The new look at Dwyer Avenue, inside and out. Our new parking lot, and new secure entry way. Keeping us safe by plowing, salting, and shoveling. Fixing things before we knew they were broken. Taking care of our 20+ vehicles. Providing grounds maintenance services to our government and commercial customers.  Doing just about everything themselves without hiring outside contractors.  We can’t say enough good things about all you do.

 

About the award: Recognition for employees whose dedication, achievements, and contributions, further our mission and exemplifies our belief that Work Done Well Makes Everything Possible.

About Alicia: She’s the soul of the business end of our Environmental Services and our Facilities Management Services lines of business. She is responsible for 84 government and commercial contracts covering 108 sites in three states, managing our orders, costing, pricing, contract compliance, and renewal processes both internally and with our customers, SourceAmerica, and NYSID. All day, every day.

 

About the award: Recognition for employees whose dedication, achievements, and contributions, further our mission and exemplifies our belief that Work Done Well Makes Everything Possible.

About Jose: He’s a hard worker cleaning specialist and dedicated to our company and customers.  When the Day Mobile Run was short-staffed for several weeks he stepped up to help keep the sites cleaned and our customers satisfied, and has also done a great job stripping/waxing floors.

 

About the award: Recognition for employees whose dedication, achievements, and contributions, further our mission and exemplifies our belief that Work Done Well Makes Everything Possible.

About Dylan: He started as an order picker in our distribution center, and through hard work and support from his fellow employees, quickly mastered his job and added final inspections to his kitting and order fulfillment duties, then learned how to process orders on our warehouse management and Fed-Ex systems.  He’s become the “go-to” person to work on new and demanding projects.

 

About the award: Recognition for employees whose dedication, achievements, and contributions, further our mission and exemplifies our belief that Work Done Well Makes Everything Possible.

About Gene: Our Facilities Management team does so much, and does it so well, we decided they all deserved this award.  The new look at Dwyer Avenue, inside and out. Our new parking lot, and new secure entry way. Keeping us safe by plowing, salting, and shoveling. Fixing things before we knew they were broken. Taking care of our 20+ vehicles. Providing grounds maintenance services to our government and commercial customers.  Doing just about everything themselves without hiring outside contractors.  We can’t say enough good things about all you do.

 

About the award: Recognition for employees whose dedication, achievements, and contributions, further our mission and exemplifies our belief that Work Done Well Makes Everything Possible.

About Ryan: Our Facilities Management team does so much, and does it so well, we decided they all deserved this award.  The new look at Dwyer Avenue, inside and out. Our new parking lot, and new secure entry way. Keeping us safe by plowing, salting, and shoveling. Fixing things before we knew they were broken. Taking care of our 20+ vehicles. Providing grounds maintenance services to our government and commercial customers.  Doing just about everything themselves without hiring outside contractors.  We can’t say enough good things about all you do.


 

About the award: William B. Joslin served as Human Technologies’ Chief Executive Officer and as a member of New York State Industries for the Disabled (NYSID) Board of Directors for many years. NYSID’s Joslin Awards Program was established to honor Bill Joslin’s unwavering commitment to Preferred Source employment opportunities and empowered lives.

About Chris: At Human Technologies, we have three beliefs that guide our company:  Each of us makes an impact. Work done well makes everything possible. The work of our people transforms communities. Christopher Morgan sets a great example for others by living these beliefs every day, on and off the job.

It wasn’t always this way for Chris.  Growing up with the challenges that come with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and Tourette ’s syndrome made him uncomfortable around others and led to feelings that he “wasn’t what others want him to be.”  This hurt his self-confidence and limited feeling connected in the community.

Since being hired over two years ago to work on a NYSID Preferred Source contract at the Broome County DDSO Tracy Creek Day Habilitation site, Chris has made tremendous strides in his confidence, skills, and his independence. Early on, he was insecure and always doubting himself, but as he became accustomed to the schedule and learned how to perform the various tasks in the scope of work, he says he “felt he was in a safe place where he could be himself.”

Chris credits his supervisor, Linda Brown, for being “amazing” in the ways she has supported and trained him, and also his coworkers for being great team players.  Linda is equally amazed. “Chris is a fantastic employee. I can always rely on him to do a great job, and he always offers to help others, or fill in at other NYSID sites in Binghamton if we are short-handed.  Besides his excellent work ethic, he always brings a smile to work and shared his kind heart with his crew members and our customers. He’s just a joy to work with!”

Chris also enjoys the financial fruits of his labor.  His job gives him a sense of purpose and his paycheck a proof of his worth. The Preferred Source programs provided the opportunity to earn a New York State prevailing wage, which has greatly increased his opportunities to enjoy his hobbies and contribute to his household.  Chris is proud to be able to help out with the costs of maintaining the home he shares with his mother, as well as chipping in on groceries. “Before someone else would pick out clothes for me” he said, “but now I like going shopping for myself.”

When he is not doing volunteer work for his church, mowing the lawn, or walking his neighbor’s dog, Chris likes to invest some of his earnings in his many hobbies, including karate, bowling, fishing, going to the YMCA, and his favorite one- building and flying remote controlled planes and drones.  All of these activities has helped him make friends in the community and has added to his growing confidence in himself and sense of self-worth.

Chris looks forward to many more years doing the work he loves, and is very appreciative for NYSID and the employment opportunity the Preferred Source program has provided him. “I would feel lost and insecure without this job” he said. And how does he feel about being recognized as a Joslin Outstanding Performer? With his big winning smile, Chris said “Appreciated and loved!”  In all he does, Chris is proof that work done well makes everything possible.