Lutheran honors employees at annual recognition dinner

Submitted Photo Pictured (from left) are Lutheran’s employees with 20 or more years of service to the organization: Jody Henry, Liz Lobb, Carol Proestler, Paul Siragusa, Janet Basile, Louise Russo, Karen Marg, Christine Anderson, and Paul Hlosta.

JAMESTOWN — Lutheran recently held their 39th annual Employee Recognition Dinner at Moon Brook Country Club and honored 94 employees for varying years of service to the organization. The theme of the event was “Picture of Success” and highlighted all the triumphs the organization had achieved over the last year thanks to their dedicated staff.

Members of the Lutheran board of directors, as well as the organization’s leadership team, presented awards to the attending employees to thank them for their continued support and hard work. Three of Lutheran’s recent retirees also received recognitions and a thank you gift.

“We see a lot of the same names and faces at this event year after year, many of them over longer periods of time. That tells us that we are doing something right,” said Tom Holt, Lutheran president and CEO. “Lutheran’s turnover rate is much lower compared to other organizations with a similar mission and size. That is a direct reflection of our positive employee culture.”

Lutheran’s employee engagement program, the Lutheran Experience, is the primary driver behind the organization’s positive culture. Employees are surveyed every six months and decide together which of their organizational values need to be strengthened going forward.

“We want to make sure all of our employees are heard and feel appreciated,” said Holt.

Employees recognized for two years of service include: Allison Adams, Chayanne Aguilar, Gregory Alm, Priscilla Barone, Michael Blake, Mark Blasdell, James Brannon, Shawn Caldwell, Elizabeth Catalano, Tricia Fenstermacher, Tracy Ferino, Ericka Garcia, Steven Giunta, Christine Grys, Jennifer Hudy, June Lee, Lawrence Newbree, Misty Pennington, Alice Reid, Robert Smith, Matthew Stone, John Kawski, Maxine Loveless, Marie Luciano, Renee Ransbury, Jolene Sletten, Abbey Benton, Allison Evans, Christopher Felt, Patty Franks, Rachel Fredrickson, Matthew Hummel, Doreen Iula, Megan Johnson, Jennifer Lindholme, Aaron Linkous, Ashley Pullan, Craig Rodgers, Gail Rusinowski, Justine Wilkins, Caitlyn Williams, Kimberly Youngberg, Daniel LaQuay, Karen Pfeffer, and Kevin Saff.

Employees recognized for five years of service: Rebecca Wedgewood, Brooke Carnahan, Catheleen Peterson, Candra Roach, Jennifer Trusso, Donna Bloomquist, Denton Egroff Jr., Brenda Hull, Geraldine Kitts, Charly Mullard, Kelsey Nelson, Patricia Southwick, Jessica Vangel, Barbara Best, Simon Knepshield, David Bollman, Stephanie Hetrick, and Kayla Johnson.

Employees recognized for 10 years of service: Diane Campbell, Kathleen Lynch, Susan Pischera, Debra Spangler, Sally Walsh, Terry Anderson, Roxann Barton, Mary Frank, and Dawn Nelson.

Employees recognized for 15 years of service: Mathew Ecklund, Sandra Webster, Kristine Marasco, Suellen Carlson. Janice Snow, Gwendolyn Axelson, Diana Pillittieri, Janell Sluga, Brenda Weiler, and Stephanie Reichardt.

Employees recognized for 20 years of service: Christina Anderson, Paul Hlosta, Louise Russo, and David Brown.

Employees recognized for 25 years of service: Jody Henry, Elizabeth Lobb, Paul Siragusa, and Kathy Olson.

Employees recognized for 30 years of service: Karen Marg and Carol Proestler.

Employees recognized for 35 years of service: John Jaeger and Janet Basile.

Judith Rinyu (24 years), Suellen Carlson (15 years) and Dianne Campbell (10 years) were the retirees recognized.

To learn more about Lutheran’s employment opportunities or tuition assistance program, visit for a list of current openings or call 665-4905 to speak with Lutheran’s Human Resources.

Lutheran, a Christian organization, is a comprehensive continuum of community, residential, and home based supportive services that help people of all ages gain or retain independence.