Staff Highlight – June 2016June 1, 2016
Teri Hinkle is an employment specialist in the Hudson office of Northeast Career Planning. A five-year veteran, she works in the realm of ACCES-VR supported employment. Teri’s caseload is primarily in Columbia and Greene counties, however, she assists with cases in the Capital Region when necessary. She travels far and wide to meet the needs of her consumers from Albany to Altamont and Catskill to Rensselaer.
Colleagues of Teri’s will tell you she is firm but nurturing in her mentorship. Teri goes above and beyond for her consumers, putting their needs and goals at the pinnacle of her work. In fact, she has assisted many of her consumers with acquiring additional transportation to local employment through a bicycle donation program at the Hudson office. This has made the commute for some consumers a little faster — and healthier. Teri has also utilized CDTA’s regular routing system and STAR transportation for her consumers who live in Columbia and Greene Counties but want to work in the Capital Region.
It isn’t only the consumers who benefit — Teri has played a vital role in the training of several employees in the Hudson office. She offers mentorship, shadowing and advice to those who seek it; and is at times sought out as the voice of reason when her colleagues need an objective opinion about a case. Additionally, Teri is a brain-stormer in the Hudson office, often suggesting new ideas to make positive and efficient changes to the agency.
A self-proclaimed Disney fanatic, Teri makes it a point to visit the Magic Kingdom at least once a year. Around both her office and her home are subtle hints of Disney décor.