What do you love about your job? I truly love spending time with the clients out in the community. It doesn’t get old. I’ve been in this field for over 25 years, 11 at Bert Nash. I have daily contact with clients. I love knowing what is going on with them and keeping up with them.
What has been the highlight for you during your time at Bert Nash? It sounds like a cliché, but it truly has been seeing the progress the clients have made. I log hundreds of miles a week transporting clients, and I love seeing them out and about and getting involved in the community.
What is the most rewarding thing for you about your job? I have a rapport with clients. It doesn’t happen overnight, but you see this progression they make. There are so many success stories. I just hope people see that there is good work being done here every day.
Your dog has been a visitor to Bert Nash, tell us about him. Nate is 7; he’s a beagle. We got him around when our daughter was a teenager, so he has sort of filled that vacuum after our daughter moved out on her own. Nate is part of the family; we get that unconditional love from him. We live in the area, so we walk him every week at the Sandra Shaw Park.
Tell us about your hobbies outside of work. My wife, Heidi, and I enjoy doing things together. We are passionate about the Renaissance Festival in Kansas City. We’ve been going since high school, so like 30 years. We’re big sci-fi fans. We’re big Star Wars and X-Files fans, but The Lord of the Rings films are still our favorites. We’re looking forward to April and the start of the final season of Game of Thrones. As my wife says, it’s a good time to be a geek.
You’ve been working in the mental health field for a long time, how would you rate your experience at Bert Nash? Even with all the changes we’ve had, this is the best job I’ve ever had, it really is. We’re all a big team here, and you can feel it.