‘Club’ celebrates quarter century of service

Courtesy photo Members of Home of Guiding Hands 25-Year Club were honored at a celebration event on Nov. 10. Back row left to right: Lisa Kruis 1989; Lisa Blucher 1986; Teresa Boisvert 1975; Marie Mongiardo 1996; Dawn Pinard 1989; Maria Rhoan 1988 Front row left to right: Joann Benson 1976; Wendy Hernandez 1987; Jan Adams, 1996; Kathleen Samples 1996.

On Nov. 10, the Home of Guiding Hands, a nonprofit that serves individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities in San Diego and Imperial counties, honored long term staff at its 25-Year Club Celebration. In conjunction with this, it celebrated HGH CFO Jan Adams who will retire at the end of the 2022-23 fiscal year after serving HGH for more than 26 years. Seventeen other members of the 25-Year Club were acknowledge, ranging working with HGH from 26 years to 47 years of service to the organization.

The other 25-Year Club members represented a diverse range of jobs, ranging from front line heath care workers to administrative and support staff members. Club members are Teressa Boisvert (47 years); JoAnn Benson-Sterner (46 years of service); Raymond Arcon (41 years); Steve Grieger (40 years); Myron Oleska (37 years); Lisa Blucher (36 years); Wendy Hernandez (35 years), Maria Rhoan (34 years); Shawna Sigler and Lisa Kruis (33 years), Cyndie Harper (32 years), Sharie McCann and Betty (Janie) Hughes (28 years); and Kathleen Samples, Marie Mongiardo and Wendy Smith (26 years).

“Being an CFO for a $32 million dollar agency with another $11 million dollar Endowment fund is no small order,” stated HGH teammate Kaye Turpin in her nomination letter. “When Jan started with HGH 26- years ago, that budget was less than $10M with an investment fund of less than $1M. When Jan arrived at HGH, the workforce was less than 300 employees today, that workforce is over 800 employees, with about 30% in a collective bargaining group. When the decision was made to sell the 14-acre campus in Lakeside and reinvest the proceeds in the East County community, Jan worked with the Board of Directors to develop the ideal plan. We used the proceeds from the campus sale to buy residential homes throughout East County. Today, we own and operate 31-homes in the cities of El Cajon, Santee, Lakeside and unincorporated San Diego County with two homes in the City of San Diego. We are proud of our accomplishments and a large part of the credit goes to Jan and her team. We would not be where we are today without her leadership.”

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