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Employee of the Month – May 2024: Justis, Residential Technician

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Justis is a Residential Technician in the Residential Substance Abuse program. He is client-focused, going above and beyond to help where needed. His confident attitude reinforces the positive work culture at CWCC.

To get to know Justis better, we asked him a few questions.

What is your favorite part of working at CWCC?
My favorite part is being able to share my story with the clients and show them a life of sobriety is possible and worth it.

What do you like most about the work you do here?
I like being able to help the clients progress in their program and watch them grow.

What’s the most interesting thing you’ve done recently?
My med training has been the most interesting thing I’ve done recently.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
I would want to be the Flash.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
I want to visit the Azore Islands of Portugal to see where my family comes from.

Employee of the Month – May 2024: Debbie, Recovery Specialist

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Debbie is one of our employees of the month. She recently transitioned from a Residential Technician to a  Recovery Specialist after taking the Peer Specialist course and passing her exam!  She demonstrates professionalism in her job, willingness to help out in several programs, and makes a great impact in our client’s lives! 

To get to know Debbie better, we asked her a few questions.

What is your favorite part of working at CWCC?
I enjoy getting to know new clients and being able to share the tools I have learned in my recovery journey.

What do you like most about the work you do here?
Helping others in their journey and interacting with coworkers, directors, therapists, and other team members.

What’s the most interesting thing you’ve done recently?
Learning to paint.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
Time travel

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
New York, to see some of the plays on Broadway.

Employee of the Month – April 2024: Fantasia Brasmer, Clinician

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What is your favorite part of working at CWCC?
I love seeing the clients blossom into the people they always wanted to be.

What do you like most about the work you do here?
I feel very honored to be a part of someone’s journey in healing.

What’s the most interesting thing you’ve done recently?
I traveled to Billings for a conference about sex and love addiction.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
To heal the sick and raise the dead.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
I would go to India and be love in action by loving people in a way that is tangible (feeding the hungry, building, teaching).

Employee of the Month – April 2024: Renae Smith, Client Service Representative

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What is your favorite part of working at CWCC?
Getting to know the clients and learning new things.

What do you like most about the work you do here?
Being able to make co-workers and clients smile.

What’s the most interesting thing you’ve done recently?
Becoming the Central Scheduler

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
Not sure.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
Townsend, Tennessee. That is where my husband and I got married.

Employee of the Month – March 2024: Cheryl Pieri, Janitor

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What is your favorite part of working at CWCC?
The employees.

What do you like most about the work you do here?
The reward of seeing it better than it was.

What’s the most interesting thing you’ve done recently?
Cut the wrap of my son’s boat (due to wind).

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
Strength

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
To Ireland, I think it would be cool.

Employee of the Month – March 2024: Morgan Crompton, Case Manager

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What is your favorite part of working at CWCC?
I love working alongside amazing people and making an amazing impact on a person’s recovery and stability.

What do you like most about the work you do here?
Skill building sometimes looks like bowling, fishing, grocery shopping, picking out
Christmas presents, or adopting a cat! I have the coolest job ever.

What’s the most interesting thing you’ve done recently?
I crocheted my first granny square yesterday. Absolutely thrilling.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
Reading minds, but only if I had the ability to turn it off.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
India, Ireland, Mexico, Greece, Rome, Canada… How could I ever pick just one?

Employee of the Month – February 2024: Lori Riddle, Kitchen Manager

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What is your favorite part of working at CWCC?
The people. Clients & Staff.

What do you like most about the work you do here?
Feeding hungry people good food.

What’s the most interesting thing you’ve done recently?
I got married in October 2023 after 28 years of being single.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
I would like to be able to be in two places at the same time.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
I would like to go back to Germany and take my family. I could show my son where he was born. It is such a beautiful place.

Employee of the Month – February 2024: Reagan Crawford, Residential Technician

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What is your favorite part of working at CWCC?
The opportunity to help others in the community.

What do you like most about the work you do here?
The “Aha!” moments. Every once in a while, I get to witness moments of profound insight. Whether that’s the clients piecing things together or us as a team. It’s by far my favorite part.

What’s the most interesting thing you’ve done recently?
I went to a Tool concert.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
I would want Retrocognition, like from Watchmen or Sway from X-men.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
Ireland, because it is absolutely breathtaking, and I love the way they speak.

Employee Spotlight: Jennifer Helmer, PMHNP-BC

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What is your favorite part of working at CWCC?
I started working at CWCC in September 2023. On the second day of work, I learned that my certification board required an additional course before I could become certified. I am so grateful to CWCC administrators for working with me while I completed this additional and unexpected requirement! During my time awaiting my certification I was able to provide medical services as a family nurse practitioner. I also had the opportunity to learn about alcohol withdrawal management. Through this learning, I developed a standing order protocol, which I hope will be helpful as we expand this service here at CWCC. Upon completion of the required course, I was approved by the certification board to sit for my licensing examination, and I am so thankful to report that I passed!

What do you like most about the work you do here?
I have enjoyed learning about the many different programs that are available here at CWCC. During these past few months, I have really treasured the opportunity to meet many of my colleagues. It has been exciting to learn about the valuable services they each provide.

What’s the most interesting thing you’ve done recently?
The course that was required for my certification was Advanced Pathophysiology. Although it was unfortunate that the need for this course delayed my certification, I honestly loved taking it! I learned so much and feel I am a more knowledgeable provider because of the content in this course!

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
This is an interesting question! I have lived in many countries around the world. My late husband was from the island nation of Fiji and I learned a great deal about island culture while living and working in Fiji. I would love to travel back to Fiji to see my nieces and nephews again. Unfortunately, I may not be able to go to Fiji anytime soon. However, I do have a nephew living in Mexico. He is getting married later this year. I look forward to traveling with my husband to Oaxaca, Mexico, to celebrate with my nephew for this wonderful occasion!

Employee of the Month – January 2024: Heidi Dacus, Residential Technician

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What is your favorite part of working at CWCC?
Seeing the success of our residents and the staff I work with.

What do you like most about the work you do here?
Being able to help people and watching the growth they make while here.

What’s the most interesting thing you’ve done recently?
I became a new grandma and traveled to Texas.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
To see myself through other’s eyes and take pain away.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
The Dead Sea. I would love to see Bethlehem and soak in the sea.

Employee Spotlight: Julie Judd, LCSW

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What is your favorite part of working at CWCC?
Working with the youth.

What do you like most about the work you do here?
The relationships that I have made and the support that I have received from my school-based team.

What’s the most interesting thing you’ve done recently?
A CCTP Training

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
The superpower of teleportation.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
Italy; the culture.

Employee Spotlight: Kayla Pivik, LCSW

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What is your favorite part of working at CWCC?
What isn’t my favorite part of CWCC? I think my favorite part of CWCC is being a part of a team that wants to help the community and promote growth internally and externally.

What do you like most about the work you do here?
What I like most about the work that I do here is being able to promote micro, mezzo, and macro change. I am able to grow personally and professionally. I am never doing the same thing every day, and I enjoy working with the clients I am meant to serve. I like the diverse programs that are offered at CWCC.

What’s the most interesting thing you’ve done recently?
The most interesting thing I have done was begin to promote change in our residential treatment facility.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
If I could have any superpower, it would be to shape-shift into any animal so I can talk.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
If I could travel anywhere in the world, I would go to Czechoslovakia as that is where my last name originated from, and it is so culturally diverse and has beautiful scenery.

Employee of the Month – December 2023: John Marquiss, LCSW

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What is your favorite part of working at CWCC?
I like the people I work with. There are a ton of incredible staff whose dedication to the clients really shines through their work.

What do you like most about the work you do here?
I feel good about being able to make an impact on people who struggle to ask for help and who find a way to make it here to the building.

What’s the most interesting thing you’ve done recently?
I learned how to do some DIY bathroom remodeling, including some important things not to do if you don’t want to flood a bathroom.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
I would want to stop time like Piper from Charmed, that was always my favorite. I don’t think this one will ever change.

Employee of the Month – December 2023 – David Kurtz, Residential Technician

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What is your favorite part of working at CWCC?
Seeing the growth that clients make during their stay here.

What do you like most about the work you do here?
Helping those who are going through tough times better themselves.

What’s the most interesting thing you’ve done recently?
I had an interesting Thanksgiving dinner due to illnesses and distance where three households facetimed in order to still celebrate with family. In this way, I was able to see my younger sister for the first time in two years.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
It would be teleportation. Being able to go where I wanted without travel time or expense would be enjoyable.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
I would like to travel to Poland where my family lived before immigrating to the United States.

Employee of the Month – November 2023: Sandra Milliken, Clinician

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What is your favorite part of working at CWCC?
I enjoy having the opportunity to meet with clients and hear their stories to identify the ways that CWCC can assist them and to engage them in services to meet their needs.

What do you like most about the work you do here?
I enjoy meeting with a variety of clients. Every client is unique, which makes each day different and challenging. I enjoy working with coworkers who are supportive and equally committed to helping clients with their concerns.

What’s the most interesting thing you’ve done recently?
I recently traveled to Washington State for my husband’s family reunion. Also, the time I get to spend with my grandchildren is fun and interesting!

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
My superpower would be to teleport myself to wherever I wanted to go. This would reduce my commute time. I also wouldn’t have to travel by plane.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
I would like to travel to Ireland and England. My mother was an Irish immigrant from England, so I would like to experience her homeland.

Employee of the Month – November 2023: Chris Young, Compliance Specialist

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What is your favorite part of working at CWCC?
I enjoy working where I feel like I can make a difference in my community.

What do you like most about the work you do here?
I like supporting a team of people dedicated to helping others.  Mental health issues and addiction are major problems, and I’m very proud to support a team dedicated to helping people overcome these obstacles.

What’s the most interesting thing you’ve done recently?
I recently became co-chair of the safety committee.  In that role I’ve worked with our safety team to design emergency drills that better prepare our team for those critical moments.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
Easy!  Super-speed.  Have you seen gas prices?

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
I think London would be great.  Getting to see a new part of the world but still being able to communicate.  Paris is a close second, though.

Employee Spotlight: Brandon White, CFO

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Brandon started with CWCC 4 years ago. During that time, he has steadily achieved advancement in finance. We are excited to announce that Brandon has accepted the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) position. Please join us in congratulating Brandon on this inspiring promotion.

Employee Spotlight: John Marquiss

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We are excited to announce and congratulate one of our team members, John Marquiss, on achieving his licensed clinical social worker certification! He enjoys working with a diverse population where he can utilize his skills in providing therapy. John is a true asset to the CWCC team.

We asked John a few questions to get to know her better, and here are his answers.

1. What is your favorite part of working at CWCC?

I really appreciate all the different people I get to work with here. It’s been great to meet so many different people who are passionate about helping people and also willing to share their knowledge with others. 

2. What do you like most about the work you do here?

I like being able to provide EMDR Therapy and having the opportunity to continue to develop my skills working with anxiety and trauma.

3. What’s the most interesting thing you’ve done recently?

Not too long ago, I tried making rolls from scratch, and they turned out pretty good.

4. If you could have any superpower, what would it be?

I would want to stop time like Piper from Charmed. That was always my favorite.

5. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

I would go to Paris, France. I took five French classes in high school and a couple in college, and I would love to see some of the amazing architecture.

Employee Spotlight:  Amy Berry 

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Amy Berry works as a clinician at CWCC. She has been part of the CWCC team for 13 years, and we are grateful to have her as part of our team.

We asked Amy a few questions to get to know her better, and here are her answers.

  1. What is your favorite part of working at CWCC?  My favorite part about working at CWCC is watching people grow and find relief from their mental illness and when people start to see their full potential and regain hope for their future. 
  2. What do you like most about the work you do here?  Out of everything I do here, I enjoy facilitating groups with the residential clients most. 
  3. What’s the most interesting thing you’ve done recently?  Climbed to the white rocks on the hills at Cotton Wood. 
  4. If you could have any superpower, what would it be?   My superpower of choice would be to have ultimate consciousness. 
  5. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?   Yikes, I don’t know where. I can only imagine what it would look like in my mind. Somewhere beautiful, with waterfalls, near the ocean, overseas. I would definitely like to go to Utah National Parks as well. 

Employee of the Month – September 2023: Heather Spurlin

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1. What is your favorite part of working at CWCC?

I love helping people get on track to recovery.

2. What do you like most about the work you do here?

Watching clients rebuild relationships that have been destroyed by addiction. Watching kids reunite with their mothers. Watching men grow back into who they were before addiction hit.

3. What’s the most interesting thing you’ve done recently?

Going into the jails and hospitals to do AS l’s and help navigate people in the right direction to get the treatment that is appropriate for them.

4. If you could have any superpower, what would it be?

I would cast out all diseases in the world.

5. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

Israel, to walk where Jesus once walked.

Employee of the Month – September 2023: Don Sandoval

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1. What is your favorite part of working at CWCC?

Finishing work tickets.

2. What do you like most about the work you do here?

Making a difference and helping others

3. What’s the most interesting thing you’ve done recently?

Learn how to say new words in the Cheyenne language.

4. If you could have any superpower, what would it be?

Wisdom

5. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

I would go to the ocean for peace of mind.

Employee of the Month – August 2023: Hannah Grube, Crisis Intervention Specialist

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1. What is your favorite part of working at CWCC?

Communication, support, honesty, opportunity for Growth (and birthday cake Fridays).

2. What do you like most about the work you do here?

I am given countless opportunities to help people. Clients, clinicians, callers, coworkers, etc. I have been handed the ability to learn where help is needed, and to go there. Most of all, knowing that, if nothing else – I’ve saved lives in my time here.

3. What’s the most interesting thing you’ve done recently?

Yankee’s Game, rodeos, fishing, trying to fit all the fun things into summer.

4. If you could have any superpower, what would it be?

Reference Encanto – To heal all with my baked goods.

5. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

The Causeway Coast, Northern Ireland, or The Cliffs of Moher, Ireland.

Employee of the Month – August 2023: Stacey Bowman, CSW

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  1. What is your favorite part of working at CWCC?
    My favorite part of working at CWCC is getting to see clients work towards sobriety and change.
  2. What do you like most about the work you do here?
    I get to interact with clients every day, and you never know where the day might lead.
  3. What’s the most interesting thing you’ve done recently?
    I work my hardest at work and am completing my master’s degree in social work. Not a lot of
    interesting things.
  4. If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
    I would want the ability to clone or duplicate myself.
  5. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
    I would like to go to Greece because it is beautiful and I have always wanted to go.

Employee Spotlight: Michael Bissey

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Michael Bissey works as an Information Technology Specialist at CWCC. He has been a part of the team since August 2022, and we are very happy to have him! 

Michael is also a member of Wyoming’s Army National Guard, holding the rank of Sergeant First Class (E7). Michael was present during Governor Gordon’s signing of Executive Order 2023-02, which established the Wyoming Cyber Assistance Response Effort Team.

We asked Machel a few questions to get to know him better, and here are his answers.

  1. What is your favorite part of working at CWCC? 

My favorite part about working there is probably the staff I get to interact with. Everyone has been welcoming and kind.

  1. What do you like most about the work we do here? 

I like that the center is here to help people be their best selves.

  1. What are you most proud of in your career so far? 

I’m most proud of starting my career. It was a tough transition from corrections and field artillery to cyber security and IT.

  1. If you could have any superpower, what would it be? 

If I could have any superpower, it would be invincibility because there is too much to do in life and not enough time to do it all.

Employee of the Month – July 2023: Taylor Gates – Residential Supervisor

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  1. What is your favorite part of working at CWCC?
    I really enjoy the daily opportunity to support, help and learn from clients.
  2. What do you like most about the work you do here?
    My favorite part of my work is getting the chance to know people and being a small part of the
    positive change in their lives.
  3. What’s the most interesting thing you’ve done recently?
    Recently I had the chance to teach a Mandarin language group to clients and that was a really
    rewarding experience.
  4. If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
    I would time travel so that I could be everywhere at once; though now that I think of it,
    that might cause its own problems.
  5. If you could travel anywhere in the world where would you go and why?
    I would travel to the Galapagos Islands; I really want to see more places that feel like
    the end of the earth.

Employee of the Month – July 2023: Breanna Bible – Residential Technician

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  1. What is your favorite part of working at CWCC?
    My favorite part about working here at CWCC is the team and the clientele that I work wit
  2. What do you like most about the work you do here?
    I enjoy that every day is different. The pace of work can change at any given time, so
    sometimes I am super busy and other times I have just enough time to get everything
    completed.
  3. What’s the most interesting thing you’ve done recently?
    I can’t say that I experience anything extraordinarily interesting while I am at work but I will
    say, I get to meet a very wide range of individuals, which can be very interesting. 🙂
  4. If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
    For my aura to be so peaceful that I am a calming presence to anyone I am around.
  5. If you could travel anywhere in the world where would you go and why?
    I would like to go to Galapagos Islands. For starters the scenery there is breathtaking. However, the selling point for me would be their tortoises, one of which lived up to 175 years old! They’re also the worlds largest tortoises growing up to five feet in length and weighing 500 pounds. Who wouldn’t want to see that?