Cheryl Shimko

Summary

I am a seasoned professional in the field of developmental disabilities who is looking to take my extensive experience to relocate to New Zealand.  I have a big heart for the disadvantaged, with a long-term goal of becoming a psychotherapist, servicing families who deal with the challenges of developmental disabilities.  I am also open to furthering my education and expanding my experiences in New Zealand.

Work History

Work History
Mar 2015 - Present

Program Manager

Developmental Disabilities Institute Inc

Smithtown, NY

  • Responsible for the oversight of a group home with 6 men with developmental disabilities and autism.
  • Supervision of two Assistant Managers and ten staff who provide direct care to the residents.
  • Oversight of scheduling, payroll, monthly state paperwork, parent and agency contacts and the training and development of residential habilitation plans for each resident.
Aug 2014 - Nov 2014

Program Manager

Up & Out, Inc

Beech House, Portland, OR.

  • Responsible for the oversight of a group home program that housed three individuals with developmental disabilities and hearing impairments.
  • Supervised direct support staff in the quality of the care of these individuals, and the completion of Action Plans as articulated by the ISP.
  • Oversight of finances, medications, doctor's appointments and ensuring proper documentation is in place.
  • Had regular contact with vocational providers, relatives of residents and state case manager. Was responsible to compose, train and implement each person's ISP.
May 2014 - Dec 2014

Assistant Program Manager

Albertina Kerr Centers

Wheeler Group Home, Milwaukie, OR.

  • Assistant Program Manager: Responsible to oversee the operation of a group home by providing direct support to three individuals with developmental disabilities.
  • Supervision of 5 staff who assist in personal care duties as well as household duties. Maintenance of state and agency paperwork in an office setting.
  • Care and maintenance of each individual's medical appointments and advocacy for each individual's personal interests.
  • Consistently building relationships with other Managers and other staff, training of new staff and cross-training of current staff.
  • Regular communication and meetings with Program Manager to ensure the home is running properly.
Mar 2013 - Mar 2014

House Manager

Bringing About Independence, Inc

Las Vegas, NV.

  • Provide administrative and direct support to individuals with developmental/mental health disabilities as well as oversaw medical appointments, advocated for and mentored individuals who are living in a transitional apartment community.
  • Responsible for monthly reports, attending ISP meetings, advocating for each individual in area of life difficulty and reporting directly to the Assistant Program Director. 
  • Supervision of 5 autonomous staff which included: training, corrective actions, house team meetings, coaching, and team building.
May 2012 - Mar 2013

Supported Living Manager

Bringing About Independence, Inc.

La Vegas, NV.

  • Provided administrative and direct support to individuals with intellectual disabilities as well as overseeing medical appointments, advocated for and mentored individuals who are living independently in the community. 
  • Responsible for monthly reports, attending ISP meetings, advocating for each individual in area of life difficulty and reporting directly to the Assistant Program Director.
May 2012 - May 2014

Support Staff

Bringing About Independence, Inc. 

Las Vegas, NV. 

  • Assisted, mentored, coached and supported individuals with intellectual disabilities in semi-independent living situations. 
  • Empowered each individual according to their specific area of needed development, such as hygiene skills, social skills, cooking, budgeting, and any other activity of daily living. 
  • Responsible to document progress and collect data as part of a team working to increase the residents’ level of independence.
Jan 2011 - Dec 2011

Sales Associate (Temorary)

Follett Higher Education

Las Vegas, NV.

  • Assist college students to obtain correct text book materials for registered classes, interacted with professors and instructors concerning textbook orders or issues.
  • Stocked shelves, picked and packed orders.
May 2008 - Mar 2009

Supported Living Associate

Danville Services, Inc. 

Las Vegas, NV.  

  • Provided services for individuals who have achieved a higher level of independence in the community.
  • Work 5-10 hours per week with each individual, providing support for daily living activities such as budgeting, keeping house clean, paying bills, cooking, social skills and opportunities.
Nov 2007 - 2008

Database Clerk/Receptionist (Temporary)

Kelly Services

Las Vegas NV.

  • Entered customer emails, phone calls and other correspondence into CRM Infusion data base.
  • Answered 2-3 line phone for Christiansen Law Offices.
  • Routed calls to appropriate lawyers or paralegals, took messages, signed for packages and helped customers in the lobby.
Jul 2007 - Dec 2008

Overnight Sleep-In Counselor

Holdsworth, Inc

Las Vegas, NV.

  • Slept in the home of four men with developmental disabilities who required 24 hr supervision.
  • Assisted in the morning routine which included medications, hygiene and cooking breakfast, as well as transporting them to their worksites.
Nov 2005 - Nov 2007

Supervisor of Cleaning and Yard Crews

Transition Services Inc

Las Vegas, NV.

  • Supervise the operation of Cleaning and Yard service.
  • Same responsibility as Enclave Supervisor except that four staff were supervised.
  • Additional responsibilities included maintaining current customer base, marketing for new customers and overseeing the quality of work and coaching provided by the staff to a team of 4 or 5 adults with developmental disabilities.
Aug 2006 - Sep 2007

Supervisor of Enclaves

Transition Services Inc 

Las Vegas, NV.

  • Supervisor of Enclaves: Supervised the operation of two Enclaves: Silverware rollers at Bahama Breeze, and Store Workers at Nathan Adelson Thrift Store.
  • Total of 23 participants at all different levels of mental retardation. State quarterly reports, supervision of support staff, coaching of mentally retarded participants.
  • Development and writing of Service and Action Plans. 
May 2006 - Aug 2006

Assistant Supervisor

Transition Services Inc

Las Vegas, NV.

  • Assisted Supervisor to operate and coach mentally retarded individuals.
  • State quarterly reports, development and writing of Service and Action Plans.
Nov 2005 - May 2006

CommunityTrainer

Transition Services Inc

Las Vegas, NV.

  • Coached mentally retarded individuals in a senior program with crafts and leisurely activities.
Nov 2004 - Sep 2005

Residence Overnight Sleep-In Counselor

Another Step, Inc

New City, NY.

  • Worked with two men with Autism, who had seizure disorders, as an overnight aide.
  • Helped with ADLs and addressed any issues that arose during the overnight.
Sep 1998 - May 2003

Residence Counselor

Tanglewood Acres 

Spring Valley, NY. 

  • Direct care of 14 moderately to mildly retarded individuals, some with dual diagnoses of mental illness.
  • In addition to direct care responsibilities, some service coordination was done for 3 of these individuals.  From 1998-1999 served as a Live-in Counselor.
Jun 1997 - Jun 1998

Habilitation Specialist

United Cerebral Palsy

Bayville, NY. 

  • Wrote habilitation plans for a 48 bed ICF for adults with Cerebral Palsy.  Some were also mentally impaired, but most were strictly physically impaired.
  • Responsible to track progress, revise as necessary, as well as asses for new goals. 
  • Monitored direct care staff and advised the team of any concerns. 
  • Spent some time counseling residents who were having issues with their goals, collaborating with them and staff for revisions.
1994 - 1998

Receptionist

Alliance Theological Seminary
  • Answered 4-line switchboard for the school.
  • Greeted visitors and directed them to appropriate offices as requested
  • Took messages for faculty and staff
  • Helped with registration during school open house events
  • Mailings and collating papers as requested
Jun 1996 - Jun 1997

Case Manager

Association for the Help of Retarded Citizens

Plainview, NY

  • Coordinated services for a case load of 25 mentally retarded adults, all of different functioning levels. With the exception of 4 individuals, all were still living at home and preparing to transition to residential life. 
  • Responsible to manage individual records and files for the state, as well as serve as an advocate for each individual and their families.
Jul 1994 - Jun 1996

Instructor

Adults and Children with Learning Disabilities 

Hauppauge, NY.  

  • Provided direct support to adults with developmental disabilities, such as intellectual disability, mental illness and autism in a transitional day treatment program.
  • Modeled job-appropriate behaviors, conducted discussion groups and community integration activities related to maintaining a job in the community.
May 1993 - Jul 1994

Habilitation Worker

Association for the Help of Retarded Citizens

Brookville, NY

  • Worked one-to-one with a Moderately Retarded individual as a companion, encouraging growth in specified areas, such as social skills, using money, learning confidence, and assisting the family by providing this respite service.  Also helped them to sort out some personal and family issues in our time together.
Sep 1991 - Apr 1993

Direct Care Counselor

Association for the Help of Retarded Citizens

Brookville, NY

  • Assisted, mentored, coached and supported individuals with intellectual disabilities in semi-independent living situations.

  • Empowered each individual according to their specific area of needed development, such as hygiene skills, social skills, cooking, budgeting, and any other activity of daily living. 
  • Responsible to document progress and collect data as part of a team working to increase the residents’ level of independence.

Education

Education
2005

MA in Counseling

Alliance Graduate School of Counseling
1994

BA in Psychology

SUNY Stony Brook

Volunteer and Internship Experience

Certifications
Aug 2009 - Oct 2009

Telemarketing and Administrative Assistant

Wierda Park, South Africa

  • Created customer base for two medical insurance brokers, which required researching of potential customers, contacting the correct decision makers, marketing the product over the phone, setting up appointments with the brokers for product presentation, keeping meticulous notes of each phone call and following up with customers until they signed up.  This included creating company profiles on outlook express.
Nov 2008 - Jan 2009

Administrative Assistant to the Principal

Elshadai Pre-Primary and Primary School

Valschfontein, South Africa. 

  • Responsible for re-organizing student files, creating new files, receiving payments from relatives, helping children with problems in the school yard or problems with health concerns, booking payments, photocopying documents for teachers as needed, running errands for teachers and/or principal.
Dec 2004 - Oct 2005

Counseling Intern

Pastoral Counseling Center

Flushing, NY

  • Provided individual counseling services for people who needed psychotherapeutic intervention.  Worked with teens, adults and families of various ethnicities.
Jun 2004 - Dec 2004

Counseling Intern

Arms Acres

Carmel, NY.  

  • Worked with families and patients on “Family Day,” running small groups, teaching families reflective listening and communication skills, educating the family on chemical addiction and how it affects the family, having process discussions about pertinent issues that are related, and working overall to produce the beginning stages of family repair. 
  • Had occasional opportunities to counsel individuals regarding emotional and/or spiritual issues.
2002

Youth Leader

 Agape Christian Fellowship

Brattleboro, VT.  Summer 2002

  • Assigned to a church that had virtually no Youth Ministry. 
  • Responsible to hold Bible Studies, coordinate youth events for spiritual development and to find opportunities to counsel individual girls. 
  • Most of the experience was spent successfully in individual discipleship/counseling.