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G.A. Family Services honors Maceo Wofford as Employee of the Year

Members of the Employee of the Month Team at G.A. Family Services congratulate Maceo Wofford.
Members of the Employee of the Month Team at G.A. Family Services congratulate Maceo Wofford on being selected as the G.A. 2016 Employee of the Year. Left to right: Timothy McMullen, Interim Director of Education, Kimberly Breneman, Maceo Wofford, Liz Lobb, Donna Ciancio, Betsy Woleen and Karl Wiggins, Vice President of G.A. Family Services.

JAMESTOWN — Shortly after being selected for induction into the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame, Maceo Wofford’s work peers selected him for another honor at the end of 2016: G.A. Family Services Employee of the Year. The announcement was made at the annual Employee of the Month luncheon in December.

“This has been an amazing year and thanks to each of you,” said Tom Holt, president and CEO in his welcoming remarks. “We are well within our goal for employee turnover and our satisfaction surveys are showing positive results. This is our time to pause and say how much we appreciate all that you do for those in our care. Your exceptional work has been recognized by your peers, which is the best form of flattery. Congratulations.”

Wofford, a Jamestown native, was chosen among 12 other Employees of the Month at G.A. who were nominated by their peers throughout the year. The G.A. Employee of the Month Team is a group of employees who oversee the recognition program and plan fun events for employees throughout the year. The nominations are presented to the team to make the final decision.

“Maceo is an all-around great employee and mentor to our youth. He is a pleasure to work with and always has a positive attitude. He is one of the first staff members that the youth see in the morning when they come to the learning center. His big smile sets the tone for the day,” said McMullen. “He could be out in the halls, in the gym refereeing a basketball tournament, in the cafeteria participating with the kids in a dance contest, or helping when needed in the Residential Center,” he said.

Maceo is a member of the G.A. Resource Team. The Resource Team is always on standby to give teachers and other staff some peace of mind when a classroom disruption occurs. Team members know the students well and what triggers negative behaviors. The team’s job is to help the youth find ways to cope before a crisis situation unfolds.

“For me, being recognized as Employee of the Year wasn’t my goal. I do what I do because it was God’s plan for me to do it. Through him I can do all things but fail,” said Wofford. “What I enjoy about Lutheran and G.A. is the diversity. Any given day a student may be placed and it’s another chance to make a difference on another child’s life. Not realizing where they have come from or been through, being able to make a positive impact on them is what I enjoy most,” he said.

For more information on the services provided by Lutheran or G.A. Family Services, please call 716- 665-4905 or visit Lutheran on the web at www.lutheran-jamestown.org.

G.A. Family Services is a specialized treatment program for youth and their families who are in need of care. Treatment includes residential, a learning center, therapeutic foster care, adoption services and community based and preventative services.


The additional financial assistance of the community is critical to the success of the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame. We gratefully acknowledge these individuals and organizations for their generous support.

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