Pictured above L-R is 2nd place winner Jean Seaman; Yvonne Weitzel, DCW
1st runner-up; and 3rd place winner Marie Diesel Jr.
Jean Seaman and Marie Diebel Jr., Direct Care Workers (DCW) for Helpmates, Inc., recently earned the titles of 2nd runner-up and 3rd runner -up for the 2017 DCW of the Year. Seaman, 2nd runner-up, is from the Erie Co. office and Diebel Jr., 3rd runner-up, is from the Potter Co. office. Yvonne Weitzel, DCW from the Bedford Co. office, was the 1st runner-up. Jean has been employed by Helpmates, Inc. for 6 years and Marie for 4 years. Both have received numerous “Above and Beyond” awards for the dedication they have shown to their consumers and the agency. For their accomplishment, Jean and Marie will receive extra paid time off and a monetary bonus.
Ms. Weitzel, the runners-up, and the other nominees traveled to the corporate office in Ridgway with their supervisors on April 19th, 2017 for a special luncheon in their honor. The special day started with a painting lesson provided by Ashley Denio and each attendee took home with them their work of art. Everyone received a gift bag, wine and also other tokens of gratitude. Yvonne, Jean, and Marie were also invited to attend the Direct Care Worker Forum in Harrisburg on April 4th for lunch and training which ended with the announcement of the 2017 PA DCW of the Year. Jean attended along with her supervisor, Melissa Schodt, Regional Mgr., Erie Co. and Helpmates, Inc. 2017 DCW of the Year, Yvonne Weitzel, and her supervisor Jennie Roble, Bedford Co. Service Manager.
Jean was born in England where she grew during World War 2 spending many hours in air raid shelters. She came to the United States at age 20 and now resides in Waterford, PA. In her past work history, Jean worked as an Aero-Space inspector for 32 years for Lord Corporation. In her career at Helpmates, she has grown to love the consumers and states “They are like my family, we can laugh and sometimes sing songs of long ago.” She also stated, “The Veterans I visit are very special.” Jean is a widow and has a son Gary and a dgt.-in-law Carol. She also has 3 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, and a Great Pyrenees dog named Keisha. In her spare time, Jean enjoys spending time with her family and teaching the children at her church.
Marie lives in Coudersport, PA with her husband Roy Dunn Sr. They are the proud parents of Delisha, Roy Sr., Nicole, Makayla, Blake, Melinda, Dakota, Frederick, Bernadette, and Harley. Marie and Roy Sr. also have 4 grandchildren along with 2 dogs, Gabe and Remy. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her children and fishing. Marie has a future goal of becoming a registered nurse. When asked what she likes about working for Helpmates, Inc. Marie stated, “Helping others makes me feel good and they are always willing to work with me when I need time off.”