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January 29, 2016 856-287-6566
Crossroads Programs Honors Dedicated Employees
At Service Recognition Event
Service Awards Given to Mark Five Year Employment Anniversaries
Willingboro, NJ – The holidays put everyone – even entire nonprofit agencies – in the giving spirit, and Crossroads Programs was no exception! Nine employees who have reached the five-year mark with the organization were honored at an annual employee service recognition event in late December.
The employees who were recognized are:
- Alexander Kenyon, Youth Counselor from Trenton
- Mary Beth Barnes, CPA Controller from Logan Township
- Mark Clark, Youth Counselor from Mount Laurel
- Christian Garcia, Youth Counselor from Hamilton
- Stephanie Green, Program Supervisor from Atco
- Barbara Mangas, Payroll Accountant from Yardley, Pa.
- Clifton Richie, Program Supervisor from Voorhees
- Antar Simmons, Youth Counselor from Burlington, and
- Nathaniel Smart, Program Supervisor from Trenton.
“Our work would not be possible without the dedication and expertise of our employees, including those honored at our recent holiday party,” said Crossroads’ Programs CEO Michael Snyder. “We are grateful for their service and their efforts to provide a brighter future for the youth served in our programs.”
Crossroads’ Programs, a nonprofit organization founded in 1978, works with at-risk children and youth from throughout New Jersey to ensure that they have a safe and supportive place to live, access to the care they need, and the ability to reach their full potential in life. In the past year alone, Crossroads has provided services to 325 youth in New Jersey, ranging from infants to those who are 21 years of age.
“Mary Beth Barnes, Crossroads’ Controller, has made tremendous professional contributions to the organization, to the effectiveness and efficiency of our processes and procedures, and to the financial tools that we use to safeguard our assets and to manage our nonprofit youth mission,” said Robert Kopcho, Chief Operating Officer/Chief Financial Officer of Crossroads’ Programs and Barnes’ direct supervisor. “I have witnessed first-hand how she consistently approaches her responsibilities with equal rigor, a sense of urgency, and excellence while being invariably caring, respectful, and helpful to everyone around.”
Kopcho noted that since Barnes, a CPA, was hired in September 2010, she has been solely responsible for billing and collecting more than $20 million on behalf of Crossroads’ Programs’ clients, to help cover the cost of housing, treatment services, and other critical needs.
Other supervisors also had kind words for their employees. All of the employees were hired in 2010, with the exception of Simmons, who was hired in September 2009.
“Stephanie is very approachable and listens. She has a way of being direct while still being kind,” said Kerri Valenti, Program Director of Treatment Homes and Green’s direct supervisor. Valenti recalled a time Green made the best of a difficult situation when, “she handled it so well, but she had to be really tough. She was able to get the information she needed during a really delicate situation and stay professional. She really cares about the well-being of the staff, youth, and treatment parents. She’s so welcoming, which is why we have been able to recruit many homes in the past two years.”
“Clif is responsible, deeply committed, and loyal. To have Clif as an employee is a sense of relief, knowing that I can count on him to get the job done,” said Bernadette Mahoney, a Senior Program Director and Clifton’s supervisor.
Service Awards 1 – Four employees are honored for their years of service at the Crossroads Programs holiday party in December 2015. From left: Clifton Richie, Stephanie Green, Christian Garcia, and Mark Clark.
Service Awards 2 – Barbara Mangas, Payroll Accountant, left, and Mary Beth Barnes, CPA Controller, celebrate their five-year anniversaries with Crossroads Programs.