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Volunteer Work History

Kansas Department of Corrections Volunteer

  • Trained Co-facilitator for Thinking for a Change, Cognitive Behavioral Program
  • Co-facilitator for Money Smarts
  • Clerical assistance in the Risk, Reduction, and Release department in Hutchinson, KS

Co-facilitate classes for offenders housed in the minimum, medium, and maximum security units at KDOC, Hutchinson in an effort to reduce recidivism rates.

American Red Cross Disaster Services Volunteer

  • Reno County ARC Disaster Co-Chairperson, 2002-2004
  • Disaster Services Instructor of Intro to Disaster and Family Services
  • Disaster Action Team coordinator for Reno County
  • Co-organized and managed large-scale mock disaster for Reno County

Instructed volunteers in basic ARC disaster functions and in ARC Family Services.  Coordinated 24/7 schedule of volunteers for local disaster response and responded to local disasters.  Worked with Emergency Management personnel in response to disasters and opening emergency shelters.  DSHR qualified and responded to disasters outside of the county.  Organized and successfully managed a large-scale mock disaster response  for the county in response to a mock "state fair terrorist event" that involved hundreds of volunteer "victims" and all of the community emergency response agencies as well as agencies from other areas.


To obtain a position in social work that utilizes my skills in case management and cognitive behavior instruction.


Feb 2008Aug 2011

Bachelor of Arts

Ashford University

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Criminal and Social Justice.



Hallmark College

Executive Business-Accounting.  Learned computer competencies, accounting, bookeeping, record-keeping, and administrative assistant skills.


Jennifer Brendel

Ms. Brendel is both a professional and personal reference.  I have known her 15 years and have worked with her in a volunteer capacity at KDOC.

Kathryn Thiessen

Work experience

Oct 2011Present

MSW Practicum Student, Case Manager

Sedgewick County Offender Assessment Program

Duties include: Familiarize clients with guidelines and procedures of CSU and SCOAP. Meet with clients to discuss, individual plans, living arrangements or any difficulties they may be having. Identify services needs and develop treatment or referral services plan with clients to help stabilize crisis or meet correctional requirements. Facilitate care, food service and manual maintenance activities which enhance client skills and develop interest which increases socialization and living skills. Perform functional assessment of client to determine client s strengths and abilities; assist clients in achieving their short term goals. Identify and secure in-home services to maintain stabilization once client returns home. Contact service providers to request and arrange services; coordinate and monitor services rendered. Prepare and maintain client files; updates treatment and service crisis plans and client records. Create plans to ensure clients get to their mental health appointments. Confer with client caregivers, families, physicians, lawyers, community service providers and other professionals throughout the County and to secure and coordinate services. Assist clients to maintain basic needs (housing, food, medical). Maintain awareness of referral sources and other community resources. Protect oneself from infectious diseases such as lice, scabies, strep throat, AIDS, etc. Provide support as requested by full time staff to SCOAP clients. Perform other related work as required.



Two Chicks and a Ladder

Met with clients to determine needs.  Designed preliminary sketches or idea boards for presentations to clients.  Bid jobs for custom painting, murals, Trompe-L`Oeil, and organizational needs.  Hired and fired personnel. Set up job site and oversaw or completed jobs to completion.  Included organizational clean-up for hoarders with sensitive individual solution-based focus.

Feb 2008Apr 2008

Security Dispatcher


Monitored visual, audio, and sensor alarm systems and dispatched appropriate emergency responses to alarms.  Monitored water levels, fire alarms, break in alarms, personal safety alarms, and high security military installation alarms for arms rooms and classified material rooms.  Interactcled with clients and emergency service agencies. 


911 Emergency Dispatcher

City of Hutchinson

Answered and responded to emergency and non-emergency calls with appropriate agency dispatches for County Sheriff, City Police for Hutchinson, Haven, Nickerson, State Troopers, Wildlife and Game, Animal Control, multiple fire departments and ambulance companies--totaling 43 agencies.  Emergency Medical Dispatch certified in order to give instructions for things like emergency home birth and administration of CPR.


Computer Proficiency
Microsoft Word Microsoft Excel Microsoft PowerPoint Microsoft Office 10-key by touch


Core Competencies for COMCARE

SRS-DBHS Training Services

Thinking for a Change Facilitator

Kansas Department of Corrections

Disaster Certification

American Red Cross

Emergency Medical Dispatch

Reno County 911