G.A. Family Services selects employee of the year

John Baker, a six-year employee with G.A. Family Services (GAFS) in Jamestown was recently honored as its 2012 Employee of the Year. He is a Treatment Coordinator with oversight of one of the boys’ residential units. “I was very surprised and honored by the award for the year,” Baker said. “Without the good team around me this definitely wouldn’t be possible.”

Karl Wiggins, Vice President for G.A. Family Services commended John for his dedication to the youth that is second to none. “He has gone above and beyond in many ways to balance his work life and his home life, in spite of some very challenging health issues within his family,” Wiggins said. “He is very deserving of this award.”

John was chosen from among the 12 employees of the month at G.A. who are nominated by their peers. The nominations are then presented to a team of employees who make the final decision. “Peer recognition is one of the greatest honors of all,” said Tom Holt, Lutheran President and CEO. “We’re excited to see John receive praise for his dedication to our youth.”

Baker started at GAFS as a child care counselor and was soon promoted to Treatment Coordinator. He is a graduate of Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing. He is active in his community and currently serves as the treasurer for the Leon Volunteer Fire Department. He lives in Leon with his wife Sarah and their two sons, James and Sean.

GAFS 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. For more information about G.A. log onto www.gafamiyservices.net or call (716) 665-2116.