Employee Spotlight Series: Denise Keyes
In our 2019 Employee Spotlight Series, we are creating space to highlight the 62 employees of Buckeye Hills Regional Council. Every year, we celebrate as a region the tremendous impact of our programs and services - an investment of nearly $1.3 billion into southeast Ohio since our inception in 1968 - but it’s our employees who work hard every day to breathe life into our mission and pour out into the eight-county region we serve.
Follow along as we feature three different employees every month!
Denise is the Fiscal Director for Buckeye Hills Regional Council and has been a part of our team since October 1994.
What led you to your current position at Buckeye Hills?
Denise: I started as a receptionist in 1994 in the PASSPORT building. I have a degree in accounting and was able to transition from Receptionist to Clinical Assistant to Fiscal Manager to Fiscal Director.
How would you describe your job to someone who is completely unfamiliar?
D: Our agency provides resources and programs to communities and residents to enhance the region and quality of life.
What do you find most rewarding about your position?
D: Knowing that our work makes a real difference in our communities. Our staff is dedicated to improving quality of life for our residents.
Why do you think the mission of Buckeye Hills is important to our region?
D: There is a huge unmet need for various basic things like infrastructure, transportation, access to health care and food security. Buckeye Hills is in a good position to help create solutions.
What is one thing you wish more people realized about Buckeye Hills?
D: That we are here to help people as much as we can.
If you had to choose a favorite program, service, or initiative of Buckeye Hills, which would that be and why?
D: I love the fact that we helped get the Mobile Mammography Unit funded and that we manage the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program.
What are you looking forward to most in your position this year?
D: I’m excited about new programs and initiatives. Our leadership is constantly looking for ways to move our region forward while we continue the great work we’ve always done.