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					MCB Insight
Michigan Commission for the Blind, November 2009


In This Issue: (Click on title to go to the complete article.)

Welcoming the Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
(SBPH) to MCB
By Pat Cannon, MCB State Director

Who We Are & What We Do—Service for the Blind & Physically Handicapped
By Sue Chinault, SBPH Manager, MCB, Lansing

MCB Training Center Establishes First Off-Campus Student Work Site
By Karen DeVera, Rehabilitation Counselor, MCB Training Center,
Kalamazoo

Student Excels and Receives ACB Scholarship for College
by Shannon McVoy, Rehabilitation Counselor, MCB Kalamazoo Regional
Office

MCB Participates in VitalCare’s Gaylord Health Fair
By Judy Terwilliger, Secretary, MCB Gaylord Office

MCB Collaborates on In-Service Days With Tribal Groups in Standish and
Peshawbestown
By Beth White, MCB Central Region Manager, Lansing

MCB Among Exhibitors at Sparrow Resource Fair for Health Care
Professionals
By Christine Movalson, Communications & Outreach Intern, MCB Central
Office, Lansing

Commission Is Sponsor/Exhibitor at Southeast Michigan Disability Expo

Letters

MCB Staff News

MCB Staff Profile: Dan Grover
By Christine Movalson, Communications & Outreach Intern, MCB Central
Office, Lansing

MCB Insight Publication Information & Contributors


Welcoming the Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
to MCB
By Pat Cannon, MCB State Director

Governor Granholm’s Executive Order number 2009-36 of July 13 called for
the transfer of the Library of Michigan’s Service for the Blind and Physically
Handicapped (SBPH) to the Michigan Commission for the Blind. The
executive order became effective October 1, when the library service and 15
SBPH staff members became part of the Michigan Commission for the Blind.

The Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped couldn’t find a more
appreciative home. Most MCB consumers and many of our staff—myself
included—rely on SBPH and the National Library Service for the Blind and
Physically Handicapped for a steady supply of reading material, including
everything from professional development to the latest thrillers. Here at MCB,
we already know first-hand how important SBPH services are, and we’re
committed to ensuring that these excellent services continue without so much
as a hiccup!

As MCB waited for the executive order to become official, SBPH staff
welcomed the MCB Central Office staff to a guided tour of SBPH in the Library
of Michigan Building in downtown Lansing on September 15. The tour began
with an array of tasty treats provided by SBPH staff. As a follow-up after the
executive order took effect, MCB Central Office staff invited our new SBPH
colleagues to a breakfast and dessert buffet on October 29 in the Victor
Building. Now that we’ve already established that we all enjoy participating in
food events, we’re looking forward to working together on other projects, as
well.

I’ve invited Sue Chinault, Manager of the Service for the Blind and Physically
Handicapped, to write an article for MCB Insight introducing her staff and the
work that each of them does. That article follows. For those of you who aren’t
already familiar with SBPH, it will help introduce our new MCB colleagues.



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And for those of you who are new MCB staff working in the Service for the
Blind and Physically Handicapped—Welcome! We’re proud that you’re a part
of the Michigan Commission for the Blind!


Who We Are & What We Do—Service for the Blind & Physically
Handicapped
By Sue Chinault, SBPH Manager, MCB




Photo of SBPH staff in front of shelves filled with green cases of books on
cassette tape:
Back row, left to right: Kim Szczepaniak, Tom Burkert, Katie Irish, Scott Norris,
and Terence Rose
Middle row: Julie Shaffer
Front row: left to right, Nancy Verburg, Jocelyn Stack (who left SBPH in
October), Sue Chinault, Andrew Wilson, and Bob Blakes
SBPH staff not in photo: Wendy Flournoy, Sharron Nichols, Jenna Schneider,
and Michael Tschirley

The Library of Michigan Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
(SBPH) and the Michigan Commission for the Blind (MCB) have had a long-
standing cooperative relationship, which got a little cozier on October 1, 2009.
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That’s the date that Michigan’s Department of History, Arts and Libraries
(HAL) was disbanded and its agencies reassigned to other departments within
Michigan government. It was not by accident or even by luck that SBPH
landed under the administrative responsibility of MCB. It was because
Director Pat Cannon worked hard to assure that this much-loved library
service would remain viable, intact, and available to MCB clients and other
patrons of SBPH throughout Michigan.

Library service for the blind has been available since it was mandated by
federal law in 1931. Initially, the focus was on Braille books for adults who are
blind. Shortly after, Talking Books were developed on 78 rpm recorded discs
and played back on a specialized record player loaned to qualifying
individuals. Over the years, the law expanded to include people of all ages
with vision loss, physical disabilities that prohibit a person from holding a book
and turning the pages, and individuals who have a reading disability that is
physically based. Talking Books have advance from rigid disc, to floppy disc,
to 4-track cassette, to the new digital books stored on cartridges that house a
flash memory card.

SBPH is a regional library in a network of 57 regional libraries across the
country. The Library of Congress, National Library Service for the Blind and
Physically Handicapped (NLS), provides Braille, Talking Books, and the
playback equipment needed to listen to the books at no cost to patrons. Toll-
free calling and free-matter mailing allow individuals to enjoy reading without
ever having to leave home. Reader advisors at SBPH work with patrons over
the phone to assure that they are getting the titles they want in the format best
suited to their needs.

SBPH serves patrons throughout the entire state. Staff members work directly
with residents of 38 counties and supplement sub-regional library service to
those residing in other counties. SBPH provides Braille to residents of all
counties in the state, including Wayne County, which hosts another regional
and sub-regional library. Regional librarians review sub-regional operations for
compliance with NLS guidelines and the American Library Association (ALA)
standards for sub-regional libraries. Contact information for each site is
available on the Michigan CUL (Consortium of User Libraries) Intranet site at
http://136.181.145.100/ under Michigan LBPHs on the left side of the page.

Meet the SBPH Staff:

Sue Chinault (Librarian Manager)
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Sue oversees SBPH operations, which are housed in the Michigan Library
and Historical Center at 702 West Kalamazoo Street in downtown Lansing.
Sue has been serving as regional librarian since 2003. Prior to that, she was
a public library director in Pennsylvania.

Andrew Wilson (Librarian)
Andrew began working in SBPH in 1990 as a student assistant and has
worked in just about every SBPH position since hired full-time in 1995. Today
his primary focus is coordinating the library software system used by SBPH
and sub-regional libraries in Michigan. Andrew is reader advisor to patrons
whose last names begin with R through Z.

Scott Norris (Librarian)
Scott joined SBPH in 1997 and is known throughout the state for training and
advising in adaptive technologies. He established and leads the SBPH
Computer Club, which meets on the second Saturday of each month to
investigate technologies of current interest to SBPH patrons. Scott is reader
advisor to patrons whose last names begin with L through Q.

Terence Rose (Librarian)
Terry started with the Library of Michigan in 1998 as a serials librarian, in
charge of the state library’s periodical subscriptions. He began working in
SBPH as a reader advisor in 2006, currently responsible for patrons whose
last names begin with E through K. Terry coordinates the work of our
volunteer narrators, assigning titles to be read based on requests from
patrons.

Wendy Flournoy (Librarian)
Wendy began her work at the Library of Michigan in 1979, performing in
various capacities over the years. Prior to joining the SBPH staff in February
2009, she worked in the State Law Library as a reference assistant. Wendy is
reader advisor to patrons whose last names begin with A through D, updates
SBPH web content, and has primary responsibility for selecting the number of
copies of each title in each format to be held by SBPH to meet patron needs.

Kim Szczepaniak (Library Technician)
Since 2001, Kim has been responsible for inventory management and repair
of approximately 20,000 federally issued cassette machines. Kim coordinates
the volunteer machine repair program, assigns machines to patrons, keeps
sub-regional libraries supplied, and conducts periodic machine audits.

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Currently Kim is focused on issuing the new digital players to veterans and
others on a waiting list.

Bob Blakes (Library Assistant)
Bob began repairing SBPH machines in 1985 as a volunteer. In 1987 he
started working on a contract basis until he became a full-time employee of
the state in 1991. Bob has worked on record players, cassette machines, and
combination machines, and he’s now gearing up to work with the new digital
player. With no moving parts in the new machine, he expects little in the way
of repair, although digital players will need to be inspected upon return and
have bookmarks erased and software updated.

Nancy Verburg (Library Assistant)
Nancy began working with the Library of Michigan as a college student and
has been with SBPH full-time since 1995. Nancy handles service to schools
throughout the state as well as institutions within the SBPH service area. She
also operates duplication of cassette titles from a “master” collection as
needed, orders and sends titles for interlibrary loan, and is preparing to
download NLS digital titles for duplication on demand.

Julie Shaffer (Library Assistant)
Julie Shaffer started at the Library of Michigan in 1986 and joined SBPH in
1999. Julie oversees student assistants who perform the bulk of the SBPH
daily circulation tasks. Julie is also responsible for stack management, which
includes the organization of books on the shelf and the periodic need to
“weed” unused titles to make space for the new.
Katie Irish (Student Assistant)
Sharron Nichols (Student Assistant)
Jenna Schneider (Student Assistant)
Michael Tschirley (Student Assistant)
Student assistants pull between 800 to 1,000 books from the shelf and have
them ready to ship by noon of each day. Inspection and rewinding of
cassettes, scanning bar-coded books back into availability, and shelving what
was returned are all steps in the daily circulation of materials.

Tom Burkert (Volunteer)
Tom has been answering the phone and passing messages on to staff over
the past several weeks. A one-time SBPH staff member himself, Tom is
reacquainting himself with some of the same patrons he served before retiring
15 years ago.

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SBPH staff want to extend an open invitation to each MCB employee to stop
in whenever you're in the neighborhood. We are proud of our service and
enjoy providing tours of the operation. We especially welcome the opportunity
to personally meet each and every one of our MCB co-workers. Calling ahead
(800-992-9012) is preferred, but absolutely not necessary.


MCB Training Center Establishes First Off-Campus Student Work Site
By Karen DeVera, Rehabilitation Counselor, MCB Training Center




Photo: Cheyenne Blakeman displays a completed MCB Consumer
Information Packet that she assembled as part of her job at the Kalamazoo
Regional Office.

The MCB Training Center’s career program has established its first off-
campus student work site, which is the MCB Kalamazoo Regional Office.
Student Cheyenne Blakeman was the first student working there, where until
recently she assisted Marla Neubaum, Administrative Assistant, with putting
together MCB Consumer Information Packets.

Cheyenne started her training at the center in January of 2009 and completed
the experience in September 2009. Cheyenne was referred to the training
center by her field counselor, Patricia Angerman, to learn skills of blindness
and to identify where her greatest skills are in terms of employment. During
her stay at the MCB Training Center, Cheyenne participated in the following
classes: Occupational Therapy, Yoga, Orientation and Mobility, Basic
Computer Skills, Counseling, Advanced Computer Skills, Clay Class, Jobs

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Class, Resource Room, Telephone Skills Class, Braille, Personal
Management, Cooking, and Seminar.

To help Cheyenne identify a vocational goal and obtain work skills, Cheyenne
has been working with her training center counselor, Karen DeVera, and the
JOBS Class teacher, Wendy VanElk, She has completed an interest
assessment, personality profile, and work experience in the food service
division of training center operations. She has also participated in an
informational interview and job shadow experience outside of the training
center.

To enhance her job skills and work experience, Cheyenne has been given this
opportunity to work in the Kalamazoo Regional Office. This partnership
between the center and the regional office has allowed Cheyenne to be
exposed to a different type of work, and one that requires accuracy, detail,
and organization. According to Marla, Cheyenne is punctual and focused,
demonstrating the ability to stay on task. She is pleasant and motivated to
perform quality work.

This work opportunity helps Cheyenne to identify skills and work behaviors
that can be transferred to other jobs. In addition, her work has helped both
the regional office and the MCB Training Center.

With this work experience on her resume, Cheyenne’s plan when she leaves
the center is to secure a volunteer opportunity that can lead to gainful
employment.


Student Excels and Receives ACB Scholarship for College
by Shannon McVoy, Rehabilitation Counselor, MCB Kalamazoo Regional
Office




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Photo: Sara Conrad holding her scholarship award certificate.

Sara Conrad is an example of the excellence that our MCB students can strive
for! Sara did not become a client until she was a junior in high school.
However, she jumped right into services, taking part in both the MCB College
Assessment at the MCB Training Center and the College Prep Program at
Western Michigan University. As a part of the College Prep Program, Sara
was able to work in the Geography Department on the WMU campus.

Sara is legally blind due to congenital astrocytoma of the optic nerve.
Although she experienced a brain tumor at a young age, she has not let that
stop her from pursuing her dreams. She has used her experience to help
others by annually organizing a team for her local American Cancer Society
Relay for Life. Sara is an inspiration to just about everyone who knows her.

Sara is currently attending Calvin College and plans to pursue a master's
degree in occupational therapy. She was acknowledged for her academic
achievements through multiple scholarships, including one from the American
Council of the Blind (ACB). Sara was presented with her scholarship at the
July 2009 national ACB convention in Orlando, Florida.

Sara says, "I feel so honored to receive the American Council of the Blind's
college scholarship! I had the joy of attending the ACB convention in Orlando,
Florida, this July, where I met other college students receiving scholarships as
well as adults working with their disability. I made relationships that will last
forever, helping me to learn more about ways to advocate for myself and find
simple ways to do everyday tasks. I respected the ACB so much that I
actually ran for the position of secretary on their student organization board of
directors. I am proudly the 2009-2011 National Alliance of Blind Students
(NABS) secretary! I look forward to more opportunities with this wonderful
organization!"
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MCB Participates in VitalCare’s Gaylord Health Expo October 7
By Julie Clark, Rehabilitation Counselor; Leanne Ford, Rehabilitation Teacher;
and Judy Terwilliger, Secretary, MCB Gaylord Office

We (Judy Terwilliger and Julie Clark) were pleased to host the MCB
information table at the third annual Gaylord VitalCare Health Expo on
October 7.

Approximately 30-35 people stopped by our table to inquire about types of
services MCB provides and ask questions about adaptive equipment. Most of
these people were asking for information on behalf of family and friends.

WMJZ radio (101.5 FM) was there again this year and did a spot on MCB
services and contact information.

We received very positive feedback from other agencies regarding their
interest in referring people to MCB for services. We were glad to hear this, as
everyone at the Gaylord office has been working steadily to increase referrals
to MCB from other agencies in areas all over northern Michigan.

Although the number of attendees at the expo was down to about 200 this
year from last year’s 250, due to bad weather and nearby road construction,
we felt it was very worthwhile, and we hope to participate again next year in
this wonderful event for prospective clients in northern Michigan.


MCB Collaborates on In-Service Days With Tribal Groups in Standish
and Peshawbestown
By Beth White, MCB Central Region Manager, Lansing




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Photo: Seated around conference room table left to right, Debbie Wilson,
Central Region Assistant Manager, MCB Flint Office; Don Nelson, Saginaw
Chippewa Tribe Health Center (SCTHC); Cathy James, SCTHC; Rosalind
Byers-Lang, Rehabilitation Teacher, MCB Saginaw Office; and Danielle Smith,
Rehabilitation Counselor, MCB Flint Office, discussing services available from
MCB.

On October 14, the first tribal in-service day using MCB American Recovery and
Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds took place at the Saginaw Chippewa Tribal
Health Center (SCTHC) in Standish. MCB’s purpose in helping to set up this in-
service was to make tribal members aware of MCB’s vocational rehabilitation and
other services, as well as to provide information about MCB’s referral process.

During the in-service, informal discussion, designed to share the services and
resources each invited partner provides, was followed by lunch, a presentation
on the Centers for Independent Living by Terry Cady of Disability Network of
Mid-Michigan, and a presentation and demonstration of low vision devices by
Nancy Simmons of Low Vision Solutions. Rosalind Byers-Lang, a rehabilitation
teacher at the MCB Saginaw Office, did a mini demonstration of various Braille
and low-vision devices.

MCB staff learned about the Saganing Tribe youth services, health center
services, and some basic cultural expectations. There are 56 tribal
members total, and diabetes is prevalent within this tribal community. MCB staff
extended invitations to participate in the MCB Diversity Committee and to tour
the MCB Training Center. The meeting adjourned with the future possibility of a
low-vision screening day and an elder micro-mini training.

The Standish in-service was the first MCB event of a continuing series. A
second in-service was held together with the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa
and Chippewa Indians on October 27 at the Medicine Lodge in Peshawbestown
just north of Traverse City. MCB staff Karyn Silky of the Grand Rapids Office
and Leanne Ford of the Gaylord Office presented on Vocational Rehabilitation
Program and Independent Living Program services, respectively, and Ms. Pat
Putney and her staff shared about elder services provided by the tribe.


MCB Among Exhibitors at Sparrow Resource Fair for Health Care
Professionals
By Christine Movalson, Communications & Outreach Intern, MCB Central
Office, Lansing

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Photo: Amy Romain, on left, talks with Christine Movalson at the MCB
information table.

On Thursday, November 5, the Michigan Commission for the Blind
participated in a Community Resource Fair at the Sparrow Professional
Building in Lansing. The event was hosted by the Sparrow/MSU Family
Medicine, Pediatric, and Internal Medicine Residency Programs. The fair
takes place every two years and this was MCB’s third time to participate.
Organizer of the fair Amy Romain of the Sparrow/MSU Family Medicine
Residency Program shared, “I think it’s important for MCB to attend because
they do have an impact and can give hope to people who don’t know where to
go next. Doctors need help recognizing how to help someone when they can’t
fix the situation with medicine.”

Romain continued, saying, “The Community Resource Fair provides an
opportunity for Family Medicine, Pediatric, and Internal Medical Physicians as
well as nurses and other staff to become better acquainted with a variety of
local resources.”

This year’s fair hosted 27 different community resources, and nearly 200
health care professionals and community organization representatives visited
the exhibits. Participation in the fair was an ideal opportunity to share
information about MCB and its referral process.


Commission is Sponsor/Exhibitor at Southeast Michigan Disability Expo

MCB was a sponsor and exhibitor at the Southeast Michigan Disability Expo
Friday, Oct. 16, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Cobo Conference & Exhibition Center
in Detroit. The event was hosted by the Detroit Workforce Development
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Board to promote National Disability Employment Awareness Month and the
employment of people with disabilities in general. MCB Detroit Office staff
hosted the Commission for the Blind exhibit and distributed informational
materials. Attendees included individuals with disabilities and their families,
caregivers, healthcare providers, disability advocates, and human service
professionals.

The expo featured exhibits and demonstrations focused on assistive
technology, disability-related supports, transportation, housing, education and
training, recreation, and community-based services. Workshops included
topics such as Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance, Social
Security benefits, disability advocacy, housing, and assistive technology.

Additional sponsors of the event included Washtenaw County Michigan
Works! Agency, Michigan Rehabilitation Services, Detroit Long-term Regional
Skills Alliance, Jewish Vocational Services, Goodwill Industries of Greater
Detroit, Detroit-Wayne Community Mental Health Agency, Detroit Area
Agency on Aging, and others.

Editor’s note: King Nelson received an award at the expo—read more about
this in Staff News.


Letters


This thank-you letter, printed in part below, was sent to Julie Clark,
Rehabilitation Counselor, at the Gaylord MCB Office.
Dear Julie and Commission for the Blind,

“. . . I can’t believe I am getting the opportunity to go to college and you have
all enabled me to do my very best to be successful. I want to sincerely thank
you for all of the things you have provided for me and your time you have
given to me and your continuing help. Your generosity has been
overwhelming! I am very grateful for this opportunity to be successful. Thank
you very much!
         Some day I hope to be able to volunteer my time to talk with others both
young and old that have vision trouble and tell them my story. And they too
can do what ever they want to. Just reach for the stars its there for the taking.
All you have to do is apply yourself.”

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MCB Staff News

October 29 was Lansing Rehabilitation Teacher Lisa Marchione’s last day
with MCB after more than six years of service. In an email message to MCB
staff, she said, “I feel it is a good time to leave the Commission so I can be
more available to my young children and my family in general.” She said that
she has enjoyed working with her MCB colleagues, and added, “I have also
been blessed with some truly wonderful clients.”

Christine Movalson joined the MCB Central Office staff on October 6 as a
student assistant working in communications and outreach. She is also the
first person to be hired in the MCB Client Internship Program. Christine
previously worked for MCB for about a year as a volunteer preparing news
releases and MCB Insight articles. Christine is a former coffee shop
supervisor, childcare worker, and cheerleading coach, and she plans to
return to Michigan State University in 2010. In her free time, she enjoys
taking walks with her dog Mickey and writing children’s books and country
western songs. You can reach Christine at (517) 335-4954 or
movalsonc@michigan.gov to welcome her to MCB.

Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped staff who became MCB
staff as of October 1 include:
        Bob Blakes, BlakesB@michigan.gov, (517) 373-5602
        Tom Burkert, BurkertT@michigan.gov, (517) 373-5614
        Sue Chinault, ChinaultS@michigan.gov, (517) 373-5353
        Wendy Flournoy, FlournoyW@michigan.gov, (517) 373-5357
        Katie Irish, (517) 373-5329
        Sharron Nichols, (517) 373-5329
        Scott Norris, NorrisS5@michigan.gov, (517) 373-5516
        Terence Rose, RoseT1@michigan.gov, (517) 373-0501
        Jenna Schneider, (517) 373-5329
        Julie Shaffer, ShafferJ1@michigan.gov, (517) 373-4120
        Kim Szczepaniak, SzczepaniakK@michigan.gov, (517) 373-7133
        Michael Tschirley, (517) 373-5329
        Nancy Verburg, VerburgN@michigan.gov, (517) 373-7132
        Andrew Wilson, WilsonA4@michigan.gov, (517) 373-9467
For more information about these new MCB staff and what they do, see the
first two articles in this issue of MCB Insight.



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King Nelson received a Disability Award from the Detroit Workforce
Development Department at the Southeast Michigan Disabilities Expo on
October 16. He was nominated by MCB East Region Manager Gwen
McNeal, who wrote on the nomination form that King “has a passion for
putting persons who are blind to work.” She continued, saying, “For many
years he has been consistently one of our top placement counselors. He
has opened up dialogue with employers, community partners, and
government at every opportunity to further the cause of employment
opportunities for our consumers. He has begun job clubs, counselor
placement groups, and innovative job opportunities with major employers in
this area who have not worked with the visually impaired in the past. As a
senior counselor, he has trained several new counselors, always with an
emphasis on having high expectations for our consumers, increasing
education opportunities, personal independence, and doing all that can be
done to facilitate a successful employment outcome. . .” If you’d like to
congratulate King on his award, you can reach him at (313) 456-1653 or
nelsonk@michigan.gov.


MCB Staff Profile: Dan Grover
By Christine Movalson, Communications & Outreach Intern, MCB Central
Office, Lansing




Photo: Dan Grover

Dan Grover is the Maintenance Supervisor at the MCB Training Center in
Kalamazoo. His education and training includes Lansing Community College,
vocational training, and a carpentry apprenticeship. He’s been with MCB for
eight years since leaving his prior state job in maintenance at the Genesee
Valley Regional Center. When the juvenile detention center became a facility
managed by the county rather than the state, he moved his family the 140
miles from Morrice to Bloomingdale to take the position at MCBTC. Dan
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remarks, “It’s a whole different mind-set working with the blind and visually
impaired rather than with detention center residents. Both are great jobs, but I
really enjoy how much more social every one is here.”

A “typical day” at work for Dan is hardly typical. Dan shares, “Every day is
different—what needs to be done changes all the time. The first thing we look
at is if there are any immediate needs.” According to Dan, these tasks could
be a broken or burned out light fixture, a problem in a student’s room,
plumbing gone wrong, you name it! Once the emergencies are taken care of,
it’s on with the show. His three-person team includes Randy Dykstra and
Marla McClure. Together they take care of the building maintenance and the
grounds at the training center. Dan explains, “We wear a lot of hats to take
care of everything here.” All three of them are constantly doing upgrades to
keep the place up-to-date and beautiful. Being a working supervisor is a
demanding job, and Dan and his staff are always on the go. In fact, getting
Dan to stop working long enough to do this quick interview proved to be
challenging, though he graciously found some time.

 When asked about the most difficult part of his job, Dan responded, “There is
so much that needs to be done that we don’t always have enough staff, and
we have to work with the resources we have. It’s challenging that everything
is always changing too. We enjoy it though. We’re a great team and I love
my job.”

His favorite part about working for MCB is the people. Says Dan, “Working
here is like being in a family. Everybody knows everybody. It’s a great
atmosphere.”

In addition to improving and maintaining the center, Dan can improve your
mood! He’s a jokester and enjoys horsing around when the time is right.
Whenever someone needs to lift their spirit or have a good laugh they know
they can count on Dan. He does a serious job, but he’s a master at when and
how to have a good time. Dan asks, “Did I mention I love my job?”

It’s no surprise that Dan keeps the place running smoothly considering that he
has seven children (ranging from seven to 36 years of age) and 10
grandchildren! Dan shares a unique fact, saying, “Another training center
employee and me both have grandchildren that are twins, and the two sets
were born only minutes apart!” (Do you know who the other MCB Training
Center employee is?)

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Dan’s family may keep him on his toes at home, but he does find a little time
to work on cars, deer hunt, fish, and coach baseball. Dan notes, “This is the
first year in a long time that I haven’t coached. There just wasn’t enough time
and I really missed it.” He hasn’t made it into the woods yet this season,
because he’s spending his spare time building a pole barn (a barn that very
much resembles a garage, but is larger) on his 24-acre parcel of land that also
happens to have a six-acre lake. While Dan has many talents and hobbies,
the construction of his new barn has his spare time filled up this fall.

If you have a question for Dan about building maintenance, fixing cars,
coaching baseball, building a barn, or if you need to boost your mood, you can
reach him at groverd@michigan.gov or 269-237-3770.




MCB Insight is a bimonthly e-mail newsletter published by the Michigan
Commission for the Blind (MCB) and distributed to MCB staff during the first
week of odd-numbered months. If you have articles or ideas for MCB Insight,
please send them to Susan Turney at turneys@michigan.gov anytime. Your
suggestions and comments are welcome. This publication is available in
alternative formats upon request to persons with disabilities.

Contributors and others assisting with this issue: Cheyenne Blakeman,
Christine Boone, Pat Cannon, Sue Chinault, Julie Clark, Karen DeVera,
Leanne Ford, Dan Grover, Gwen McNeal, Shannon McVoy, Christine
Movalson, Amber Silvey, Judy Terwilliger, and Beth White.

Editor: Susan Turney, Communications & Outreach Coordinator, Michigan
Commission for the Blind, DELEG.

Associate Editor: Bob Robertson, Manager of Organizational Development,
Michigan Commission for the Blind, DELEG

The Michigan Commission for the Blind, a part of the Michigan Department of
Energy, Labor & Economic Growth, is an equal opportunity employer/program.

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