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14 Rosewood Employees Awarded for Combined 155 Years of Service

Two Original Employees Celebrate Silver

Rosewood Quality Service - Pictured are 10 Rosewood Services employees who attended Rosewood’s employee Christmas party in December and received their service award plaques. Top, left to right: 25 Years - Original employees Patty Halseth with Tammy Hammond and Vicki Schmitt; 15 Years - Tess Bradley, Bryan Freeman, and Anna Hammond. Bottom, left to right: 10 Years - Krystal Halseth, and Constance Winkler; 5 Years - Dawn Chizek, Lindsey Ferguson, Rachel Kelley, and Christina Tammen.  

Not pictured: Karen Andrulis, Rachel Baird, Bryan Freeman, and Alex Hammond.

Rosewood Services celebrated its silver anniversary in 2023, and simultaneously, two of its employees also celebrated their 25-year work anniversaries. Vicki Schmitt, senior director of services, and Patty Halseth, financial coordinator, joined Rosewood Services mere days after the agency opened its doors in May 1998. The two original employees were recognized for their years of service during Rosewood’s employee Christmas party, held Dec. 8, at Rosewood Activity Center.

“Vicki and Patty remember opening our doors in a house with used, donated furniture and setting up offices in bedrooms with matted white shag carpet,” said Rosewood Services Executive Director Tammy Hammond. “I admire the great determination and untiring dedication they have given and continue to give to our cause, which is a daily pursuit of wanting to create the same opportunities for people with disabilities that you and I enjoy.”

Those original employees joined 12 others, who were recognized for milestone work anniversaries last month, as well. The group collectively totals 155 years of service and experience at Rosewood.

Besides Schmitt and Halseth, celebrating 15-year anniversaries in Administration Department were Tess Bradley, and Anna Hammond, along with Bryan Freeman in Residential. Celebrating 10 years were Residential employees Krystal Halseth and Constance Winkler, along with Rosewood Winery Manager Alex Hammond. Five-year service awards went to Residential employees Karen Andrulis, Dawn Chizek, and Rachel Kelley, along with Day Service employee Rachel Baird. They were joined by 5-year service award recipients Lindsey Ferguson and Christina Tammen, representing Rosewood Wine Cellar. 

“Employees are our greatest resource and the greatest difference-maker to optimally serving people with developmental disabilities,” said Tammy Hammond. “I commend each one of our award-winning employees for consistently showing commitment, dedication and loyalty in providing daily care to the people we serve. Our dedicated employees are the reason our agency continues to set the bar and lead the state in carrying forward innovative programs for people with disabilities.”


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January 12, 2024
Story by: Michael Dawes, Rosewood PR Director, 620-792-2536