Kudos to the
Director and Staff at Kent Youth!
The facility recently
underwent its mid-license review by the State of
Maryland Monitoring System. The review report
revealed that Kent Youth currently has no
deficiencies. The Inspector stated that over the
past year (2013) Kent Youth, Inc. had the least
amount of deficiencies in the state of Maryland for
Wilson and Chanelle Copper have been promoted from
Residential Counselors to Shift Supervisors. Lavonte
is now the Day Shift Supervisor and Chanelle the
Overnight Shift Supervisor. Lavonte and Chanelle
will be supervising the new Residential Counselors.
Additional duties include focusing on the resident,
his problems, experience, needs and interest;
assisting each youth in attaining his individual
treatment plan and goals; enforcing all Kent Youth
rules and regulations; and effectively communicating
with employees, family members, and residents.
Lavonte and Chanelle are a great addition to the
Administration. Director Jill Coleman says, “We are
excited to have them as part of the team. Kent Youth
knows they will do a very productive job!” Welcome
to the Team!
Welcome, “Our Sandy”
When Sandy Appel became
Kent Youth's Administrative Assistant in the Spring,
we knew we were lucky:
She grew up in Sudlersville, graduated from
Sudlersville High School a couple of decades ago,
knew the name Pat Biddle, founder of Kent Youth and
longtime principal of Sudlersville schools, and not
only loved the business courses she took in high
school, but was named the most outstanding in her
junior and senior years and went on to take business
courses at Chesapeake College.
Still living in
Sudlersville with her husband Mark, Sandy will tell
you the two things she likes most in life are
spending time with family and country living. With
three children, sons Morgan and Gavin in middle
school and high school, and daughter Shayla nearby,
plus a brand new grandson, as well as her parents,
Joe and Frances Ruff also in Sudlersville, her
sister Nancy in Crumpton and her brothers Joe and
Bruce in Kennedyville and Barclay, she certainly has
her wish to have family nearby.
As for the
country-living, "I love being able to look out my
windows and see our goats and horses, and have a
place where I can garden and just enjoy the slow,
easy pace of rural life."
From her first job as a
secretary, which she started in 11th grade with the
Queen Anne's Department of Aging, to her many years
with Chestertown Physical Therapy, "I've loved every
minute of both," she says. As her sons have become
more and more involved in school and sports, and
with a new grandson to enjoy, she wished for
something she could do which would provide more time
with them. When she heard Kent Youth needed someone
with her skills and fewer hours, she checked with
Kent Youth Director Jill Coleman, and the rest, as
they say,is history.
As a sidebar: Shortly
after Sandy came to Kent Youth, when a Kent Youth
board member walked into a regular physical therapy
appointment, the therapist said (fortunately with a
smile), "You stole our Sandy! We're still in tears."
Then the therapist smiled, and said they understood
Sandy's need for a bit more time at home, but we
should know that she was much loved and admired by
her co-workers, and they all hoped we'd treat "their
Sandy" well and enjoy and appreciate her efficiency
So, if you happen to call the Kent Youth office and
Sandy answers, please welcome her - "Our Sandy."