Employee Spotlight Series: Janie Collins
In our 2019 Employee Spotlight Series, we are creating space to highlight the nearly 65 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 $1.2 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!
Janie is a Program Specialist for Buckeye Hills Regional Council and has been in her current position since February 2007.
How would you describe your job to someone who is completely unfamiliar?
Janie: I assist Aging & Disability Directors & staff, make conference & travel arrangements, run reports, communicate with the Ohio Department of Aging, distribute notices, coordinate and maintain membership for the Regional Advisory Council, oversee the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (ensure distribution of applications to eligible consumers, track redemption rate, and enter redeemed coupons into required software), coordinate National Drug Take Back Day for Buckeye Hills, attend Safety Council Meetings, manage outreach for HEAP/MIPPA, fill in for Front Desk when needed, help secretaries with communication sheet overflow, and more.
What do you find most rewarding about your position?
J: To be a part of a positive impact in the lives of seniors through our programs.
Why do you think the mission of Buckeye Hills is important to our region?
J: The Appalachian region is dramatically underserved and doesn’t get the same resources as urban areas. Buckeye Hills advocates to minimize disparities and maximize resources.
What is one thing you wish more people realized about Buckeye Hills?
J: That Buckeye Hills is a resource for many different individuals in the region whether it is help for seniors or community development.
If you had to choose a favorite program, service, or initiative of Buckeye Hills, which would that be and why?
J: I’d choose the Information & Referral Program because it is the front line for resources for services to help seniors or consumers.
What are you looking forward to most in your position this year?
J: 2018 was a productive year but I’m looking forward to how the Aging & Disability programs will better impact the lives of consumers in 2019!