The HAVAR IT Department has been under review by the North American Technology Interest Foundation (NATIF), and been found as the “Most Up-to-date” and “Best Early Adopter” for small organizations. The award, accepted by Manger, David Milliken, was received Monday afternoon, on the Athens Ohio, Courthouse lawn. Milliken, honored by recognition, continually praised his staff members, Chris Bruno and Jacob Hand, for their willingness to keep up with the ever growing demands that the tech industry places upon small businesses.
On January 1, 2016 Shelby Rhodes will become Havar’s fifth Executive Director. Shelby has worked in the Washington County Board of DD SSA office for the past 19 years. In that capacity, he has been a knowledgeable and proactive support for agency providers, including Havar.
Shelby and his daughter Rachel live in Marietta, and Shelby will make his primary office the Marietta location on Third St.
Here is what Shelby has to say about his background:
“In my 29 years of experience working with people with disabilities, I’ve held a variety of positions, including personal attendant and direct care worker, a workshop specialist, a supported employment supervisor, a service coordinator, in addition to my current position. I have developed service plans, monitored services, assisted in the development and co-management of my current department, am familiar with large budgets and have had many opportunities to interpret state rules, and improve policies and procedures.
One of the most significant developments in our field in recent years is the idea that the
contracts we execute with people served (“ISPs”) should fully, respectfully and
creatively represent the hopes and dreams of that person. Various terms have arisen to
describe the process of learning about those goals – “person-centered planning”;”
person-centered thinking”; “ futures planning”– and Havar has been lucky to participate
in two dynamic pilots. The Imagine Project (Washington County) and The Waiver Pilot
(Athens County) have highlighted the importance of:
1. Full participation in planning by the focus individual and persons important in
2. Teamwork and excellent communication between Havar staff and our County
3. A product that is balanced between goals “important to” and “important for”; and
4. A product that is completely accessible and meaningful to the person who owns
it; which often means a good deal of graphic facilitation (pictures) is involved.
We are learning every day how powerful this process can be in individuals’ lives, and
how we had unwittingly allowed a regulatory atmosphere to invade the product. It is
beyond exciting that awareness is growing within our organization; our state trade
associations, in the state legislature and governor’s office, and at the federal level.
In 2008, Havar partnered with the Athens Area Mediation Service, the Athens City Recreation Dept., and 18 small business sponsors to develop Athens Co. Ohio’s only outdoor, 18-hole miniature golf course. The businesses contribute $500 per year and design their own hole. Hole sponsor fees are divided by the two non-profits. We intend that the course will provide many years of family entertainment for Athens County and fund-raised income for the non-profit lead sponsors.
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