I began working for the McNabb Center in February 2003, for the Prime Time Program, a geriatric partial hospitalization program. 3 months after I started, Leann Human-Hilliard came to speak with our team, and informed us that effective July 1, our program would be ending due to Medicare cuts. She encouraged us to apply for any open positions in the Center, and informed us that positions would be frozen across the Center to allow us priority in filling those positions. I remember going home that day, thinking that with my short tenure at the Center, the Center had no obligation to support my continued employment. Even with these thoughts, I had a peace about the situation, and began looking for a therapist position. This search led me to a Child Net Therapist position at the Children and Youth Center. Sharon Reid interviewed me for the position, and I became the first therapist in the Child Net Program. I soon learned that as difficult as hearing the program you are working in is being eliminated, it can often lead to a blessing. I went to a position where I had the opportunity to work with and continue my growth under amazing leaders and peers within the organization.
I quickly realized, that McNabb is where I wanted to be, and to continue to learn and grow. The philosophy and mission of the Center support creativity in program development and fosters a passion to create innovative services for our clients. I am thankful for the opportunities I have had during my 20 years at McNabb, and for those of whom I have learned so much from.
-Shellie Hall, Executive Director, Blount, Sevier and Cocke Counties
Employee since 2003