Sometimes, the simple act of giving someone a muffin can really make a difference. The March Team Member of the Month is Alan Sherrell, the Director of Dietary Services and a member of the Applause Recognition Committee (ARC), at Fulton State Hospital.
Alan has worked at the Department of Mental Health (DMH) for 16 years and has a tireless commitment to DMH patients and staff. He is responsible for ensuring over 1,200 meals are prepared each day and served to patients seven days a week. This is an incredible accomplishment given weather, vacancies, and COVID. When staffing is short, Alan can be found coming to work as early 4:30 in the morning to make sure breakfast is served on time and leaving from work at 7:00 in the evening after all dishes have been washed. For many years now, Alan has prepared wonderful meals for employee recognition events such as the annual banquet and holiday meals. Alan recently recognized National Muffin Day, a symbol of kindness and community, by personally preparing over 800 muffins which the ARC handed out to fellow team members.
One co-worker said, “Today, when I needed a break from distressing emails, I walked into the FSH lobby and found the ARC handing out blueberry and banana nut muffins. It brought a smile to my face and I hoped it brought smiles to all the other staff working today who needed a break, and a little kindness.”
Alan takes pride in making sure the kitchen is up to all standards and he has built an amazing team by being a great listener. Alan accomplishes these things with grace and modesty, but his impact is significantly felt by his fellow team members and patients alike. Congratulations Alan!