The Summer House Team

How long have you worked at Summer House?

In total I have worked for Summer House for 12 years.
I started at Summer House in 2000 as a Client Advocate and worked in various positions throughout the organization over the next few years until I left to run a home daycare in 2008. In 2016 I was offered the opportunity to return as the Executive Director and I enthusiastically accepted!

List something that people would be surprised to know about you?

I love music, but I dislike most musicals.

Why have you selected to work at Summer House, and what excites you about the Social Service Field?

Summer House Inc. is like no other organization that I know. It offers a rare opportunity for people to gain hands-on experience to learn and grow while also being part of making a difference in the lives of people with developmental and/or intellectual disabilities. The combination of the clients and staff leave a lasting impact on your life, whether you continue with the organization as a long-term career or move on to do something else. What excites me about the Social Services field is working with other people for the benefit of others who need our help. I love the diversity of a team of people working toward a common goal and knowing that what we do makes a positive impact on someone’s life.

What sentence, note, or quote would you like to end on?

I couldn’t choose…
When given a choice between being right or kind, choose to be kind, and you will always be right.

And:
Be the change that you wish to see in the world~ Mahatma Gandhi

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Julie Kirby

Executive Director

How long have you worked at Summer House?

I have worked here for 17 years. I started my Summer House journey at the Davis Summer House program on July 23rd, 2003, as a Direct Support Professional and then as a Client Advocate and Program Manager. On July 23rd, 2020, I transitioned into a position in our administrative team.

List something that people would be surprised to know about you?

I play the baritone saxophone, one of the largest instruments in the saxophone family, and played in a marching band, jazz band, and symphonic band. I also absolutely love community service, volunteering, and helping others and often hold at least 2-3 roles in other non-profit organizations.

Why have you selected to work at Summer House and what excites you about the Social Service Field?

Working in the social service field allows me to work in various settings and work towards multidimensional collaborative change. By working in this field, I am able to empower, advocate, motivate, and connect with people on a daily basis. When I discovered that the social service field and I shared the same values of social justice, integrity, dignity, and worth of all people and service, it was love at first sight!

What sentence, note, or quote would you like to end on?

“I dwell in the possibilities.”

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Julie Hunter

Administrative Assistant/HUD Specialist

How long have you worked at Summer House?

I have been with Summer House for 19 years.

List something that people would be surprised to know about you?

I had no work experience in the Social Service field or the Finance/accounting field before coming to Summer House.

Why have you selected to work at Summer House, and what excites you about the Social Service Field?

Summer House is an amazing organization that cares deeply for the individuals they support. The staff are always looking for new and exciting opportunities for supported individuals to enrich their life. Not only does Summer House care about the people it supports, it also acknowledges the phenomenal work done by the staff and are continually looking for ways it can enhance the benefits they can offer their team.

The Social Service field is a lifeline for so many people; however, it seems to be a field that many people know little about until life brings them to need their services for themselves or their family. Having had the chance to meet many people who have chosen a career path in this field and see their enthusiasm and creative ideas, I am very excited to see what the future holds for this field. The Social Service field is so crucial that I, for one, feel fortunate to be a part of it.

What sentence, note, or quote would you like to end on?

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.” — Steve Jobs

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Lea Kirby

Controller

How long have you worked at Summer House?

Four months.

List something that people would be surprised to know about you?

I can’t ride a bike.

Why have you selected to work at Summer House and what excites you about the Social Service Field?

 I originally wanted to work at Summer House because it sounded like a wonderful company and opportunity, and I knew I wanted the job after my first interview with Julie Kirby. I love the Social Service field because I love people and I feel the world would be a better place if everyone was more concerned about others.

What sentence, note, or quote would you like to end on?

Smile and the world smiles back.

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Hailey Paulson

Human Resource Manager

How long have you worked at Summer House?

I have worked at Summer House for 12 years as the ILS manager.

List something that people would be surprised to know about you?

I am the training administrator for Summer House and have my master’s degree in counseling education.

Why have you selected to work at Summer House, and what excites you about the Social Service Field?

I originally applied to Summer House out of grad school and thought the position would make for a good experience on my resume, but when I arrived for my interview, I was greeted by some of the residents and knew that I would love the job. I have been here for 12 years and do not plan on ever leaving. I love working in the Social Services field because I am able to work with fun and interesting people and help them to achieve their goals.

What sentence, note, or quote would you like to end on?

Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life ~ Confucius

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Jill Hill

Community Living Services Program Manager

How long have you worked at Summer House?

I began working for Summer House on May 25, 2009.  I have worked in various positions with Summer House during these past 11 years.  My current position is SLS Payroll and Scheduling Specialist. 

List something that people would be surprised to know about you?

I have worked in the Health Care/Social Service Field for 40 years.

Why have you selected to work at Summer House and what excites you about the Social Service Field?

I was very impressed with the dedication and support Summer House gives each and every person that comes into the various levels of their care.

It gives me extreme pleasure to serve in a field that enriches the lives of others.  There is no greater reward than seeing the smile on the faces of our clients when they have reached a personal goal or accomplishment.   It is also very rewarding to meet and work with staff who are working on their own goals as well as assisting the clients to meet theirs.

What sentence, note, or quote would you like to end on?

There is no greater joy or reward in life than bringing joy and happiness to others which money cannot buy.

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La Vell Pettit

Supportive Living Services Payroll & Scheduling Specialist

How long have you worked at Summer House?

Four months.

List something that people would be surprised to know about you?

I have taken on a new passion for hiking since the start of COVID due to gyms closing. I go four times weekly and enjoy not only de-stressing but being able to ground myself in nature during this time.

Why have you selected to work at Summer House, and what excites you about the Social Service Field?

I am fascinated by the opportunities that are created in the social service field. I am excited that I get to contribute to the well-being, happiness, and health of the individuals I work with directly and for our community and future generations. I wake up grateful every day that I am part of something that is bigger than myself and will continue to leave a legacy

What sentence, note, or quote would you like to end on?

“All that we are is the result of what we have thought: it is founded on our thoughts and made up of our thoughts. If a man speaks or acts with an evil thought, suffering follows him as the wheel follows the hoof of the beast that draws the wagon…. If a man speaks or acts with a good thought, happiness follows him like a shadow that never leaves him.” Gautama Buddha 

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Maira Gurrola

Davis Summer House Program Manager

How long have you worked at Summer House?

I have worked at Summer House for eight years.

List something that people would be surprised to know about you?

I love to read! My favorite types of books to read are fantasy fiction and mystery/thriller books.

Why have you selected to work at Summer House, and what excites you about the Social Service Field?

When I read what Summer House was about, it sounded like a great organization to work for, and I was right. The people I work with at Summer House are the most supportive, understanding, and encouraging people I have ever worked with. When I came to my dinner visit to meet the residents, I was sold! I knew I wanted to have the opportunity to work with them.

After working in the care home for 8 years as program manager, I transitioned into the position of controller at Summer House. This means I still get to see the residents at Summer House, and even though this position has been challenging for me, I am constantly learning and obtaining new skills. I am grateful for my co-worker’s continuous support in helping me with this transition.

What excites me about the social services field is that no matter where you choose to work, you will always be doing something that involves helping others. I believe that it is very fulfilling work to know that your efforts make a difference in another person’s life for the better, no matter how small it may be.

What sentence, note, or quote would you like to end on?

“Strength isn’t about being able to do everything alone. Strength is knowing when to ask for help and not being too proud to do it” –Karen Marie Moning

How long have you worked at Summer House?

I have worked at Summer House since April 2021

List something that people would be surprised to know about you?

I used to be a part of a gospel singing group that recorded background for some local artist. I have opened up at concerts. I played the piano for almost ten years but can’t remember a lot of chords now.

Why have you selected to work at Summer House and what excites you about the Social Service Field?

I selected Summer House because SH is more intimate. I come from a bigger SLS company and I felt I wasn’t able to fully give myself to the clients in the program because it was always so much to do and just so many people. I truly have a helping spirit. I love to help people. I also am a big advocate for change in this field. My goal is to educate the outside world about people with disabilities and tear down stigmas.

What sentence, note, or quote would you like to end on?

” Without struggle, there is no progress” – Booker T Washington

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Chelsea Smith

Supported Living Services Program Manager

How long have you worked at Summer House?

I have worked at Summer House in the Woodland Residential Care Home for two years and six months. I came in to Woodland Summer House (WSH) as a client advocate and have loved every minute of it. Luckily for me an opportunity for WSH Program Manager presented itself so I applied for the position and received the offer to transition my role within the company. I am very excited to be in my new role and am eager to learn and grow further in the field.

List something that people would be surprised to know about you?

I am a Gold Medalist!!! Yes, you heard that right; I am a Gold Medalist who was awarded the vigilant and dedicated art of Netflix binge watching… I really perfected my craft while shelter in placing. It’s ahh 2020-2021 thing, lol. No, but really, joking aside, I actually have a passion for writing even though my grammar and punctuation are not my strong suite (I know…it’s unfortunately ironic). My passion started with a “meet cute” that presented an unexpected opportunity for me to interview and write about Tommy Núñez. I know your saying to yourself who is Tommy? Well let me tell you, Tommy was the first Mexican American to ever professionally referee in any major sport in the US. He used his legacy to inspire youth and created The Tommy Núñez Foundation which supports economically disadvantaged youth with scholarships and opportunities to participate in recreational sport programs and also awards college scholarships for economically disadvantage youth. Tommy’s mantra of excelling beyond economic, educational and other infrastructural disadvantages still inspires me to this day. My interview article with Tommy was published in the Daily Democrat which then led to two other articles being published in Teen Ink Magazine and winning first place in a creative poetry contest with over 500 entries. On my down time (which is rare), I continue to write multi-genre pieces that range in lengths and topics. Writing is my Yoga.

Why have you selected to work at Summer House and what excites you about the Social Service Field?

I chose to work at Woodland Summer House because it’s a wonderful organization that allows me to help others. Woodland Summer House is a truly unique and singular organization that fosters personal and professional growth in a supportive and diverse way. The core values of the organization create a supportive foundation for the individuals it serves but the providers employed in the organization as well. The exciting part about being in the social service field is being able to advocate, collaborate, support and create change that genuinely improves the quality of other people’s life. Being able to make a difference in someone’s life brings me joy and meaning to life, it feels good to do good.

What sentence, note, or quote would you like to end on?

When writing the story of your life…Don’t let anyone else hold the pen. Winston Porter

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Sam Young

Woodland Summer House Program Manager

Board of Directors

Andy Fullerton ~ President
Cyndy Bauer ~ Vice President
Rosemary Bledsoe ~ Secretary
Pat Monley~ Treasurer
Bonnie Rose ~ Member

 

Tricia Decker~ Member
Kathi Campbell~ Member
Tom Monley~ Member