Cyndi Williams is “Leading By Example” Employee of the Quarter

Cyndi Williams (left) with Jamila Hankins

Training Manager Cyndi Williams has been selected the “Leading By Example” Employee of the Quarter.  According to her nominator, Cyndi “is a team player who has served NTF in Georgia and across the agency for over 11 years.  Along the way she has earned a reputation for being dependable, trustworthy, creative, compassionate, dedicated, and uplifting to all.”

Congratulations, Cyndi!

Also recognized as Leading By Example were:

Susan Buckley, Myraida Davison, Felecia Gardner, Marcela Kelley-Hansen, Lamesha Killins, Sue McQuillen, Kelly Morgan, Shannen Sabino,
Brittani Sego, and Lesley Vickerie.

And special thanks to this quarter’s Selection Committee: Retonia Allen, Kasi Cox, Jajaira Matos Jemmott, Brenda Jones, Juanita Kinsey (Chair), Karen Swanson, Jo Toubman and Reggie Williams.


Advocacy Groups Help NTF-Georgia Kids

Foster children forced to carry belongings in plastic garbage bags is a sad, and all too common, scene. The American Adoption Congress, in conjunction with Together We Rise, is working with NTF-Georgia to resolve this problem.  NTF-Georgia’s Jody Howard recently accepted the groups’ donation of 40 duffle bags, each filled with a teddy bear, blanket, coloring book, crayons, and tooth-brushing kit.   Thank you American Adoption Congress and Together We Rise! 

Jody Howard (second from right) with members of the American Adoption Congress.

COA Preparation

You should have heard the news by now- it’s not been kept top secret! The Council on Accreditation (COA) is coming to Neighbor To Family for our fourth accreditation review/audit.

What is COA?  The Council on Accreditation (COA) is an international not-for-profit accrediting organization serving more than 2,000 private and public child, family, and behavioral health organizations.

What does a COA Peer Review Team do?  The reaccreditation process focuses largely on site visits conducted by a review team consisting of specially trained individuals affiliated with organizations similar to NTF. They will carefully study all elements of our agency to determine whether we have maintained the standards needed to keep our accreditation.

The team is scheduled to arrive April 23 and depart April 26, 2017. While on site they will review records, conduct safety inspections, and hold interviews. The audit even includes what we might consider the “small stuff” such as whether we remember to sign in and out on the site’s attendance sheet to whether we wear our NTF badges while in NTF buildings. Bottom line – everything is fair game.

Why is the accreditation important?

  • It offers national and external validation of performance
  • It places NTF in a strong competitive position
  • It creates a framework for ongoing performance quality improvement
  • It is required by some NTF contracts

 Why do I need to be involved?  Any one of us may be interviewed during the on-site visits to NTF offices. To help prepare, we’ve developed and assigned to all staff and foster caregivers a mandatory Relias course titled “COA 2017”. You can easily access the Relias learning management system through the link on this site or an icon you may have installed on your computer. You will earn one credit hour for taking the training and passing the exam. If you have difficulty logging into Relias, please contact Cynthia Williams: for assistance. The course must be completed no later than April 15, 2017.

With your help, we look forward to earning another four years of COA accreditation. Thank you for your commitment to NTF and fulfillment of our mission to “revolutionize foster care by keeping siblings together while building healthier families and stronger communities.”

Submitted by Gaye James

A Warm Welcome to February New Hires

Name Position Program Office Hire Date
Kenyatta Anderson Administrative Assistant II DeKalb Co. 2/22/17
Carolyn Mack Lead Case Manager Augusta 2/21/17
Alexis Monroe Case Manager Jacksonville 2/7/17
Teretha Singletary Case Manager Jacksonville 2/21/17
Laderida Stokes-Roberts Family Care Manager Daytona Beach 2/13/17
Glora Thomas Family Care Manager Daytona Beach 2/13/17

Leading By Example

NTF is introducing a new employee recognition program to celebrate outstanding staff work. “Leading by Example” will consist of two components:

  1. Quarterly recognition for individuals who: perform above and beyond their job description; promote positive morale; put forth effort to improve self as well as develop and recognize others; exhibit initiative and creativity; and, promote NTF’s mission and brand.
  2. Length of service recognition in five-year intervals.

To kick off the program, quarterly recognition nominations will start this month.  There are no forms to fill out, just a descriptive email to Reggie Williams, VP of Human Resources.  For further information, please refer to Reggie Williams’s Thursday, March 2, 2017 email. All nominations must be submitted by close of business March 24.

An Employee Recognition Committee with representatives from across the agency will review all nominations and select each quarter’s award recipient.  Volunteers are needed; if interested, please contact Mr. Williams.

NTF Video Updated

Neighbor To Family’s “Who We Are” video has been updated to incorporate the FIRST program and highlight our new President/CEO.  The video is available on the public website, and can be viewed here.  DVDs will soon be available and will be distributed to each program site.

Welcome to NTF’s New Hires!

Month Name Position Program Office Hire Date
Melissa Williams Family Advocate II Wildwood 12/1/16
Stephanie Moore Case Manager Jax 12/6/16
Mia Hill Administrative Assistant II Jax 12/8/16
Jana Walker Family Care Manager Jax 12/8/17
Nicole Camilleri Family Advocate Bartow 1/3/17
Elizabeth Lopez Clinical Engagement Specialist Jax 1/3/17
Elizabeth McCalley Administrative Assistant II Jax 1/3/17
Sandra Yepes FIRST Supervisor Bartow 1/17/17
Kendrad Shealy Clinical Engagement Specialist Jax 1/31/17