(Dover, NH) – Katie Lambert of South Berwick, Maine was recently presented with the Success at Work Award at Work Opportunities Unlimited in Dover, NH. The company, which works to break down the barriers to community-based employment for people living with disabilities, recognized Lambert for her excellence in supporting the mission of Work Opportunities: “creating new opportunities for success in the workplace, every day.”
As a Contract Administrator for the accounting team, Lambert acts as a liaison between directors and funding sources, enabling directors to focus more on client services and less on the documentation and funding minutiae.
“Katie makes a huge difference in my day-to-day,” says Tiffney Bergeron-Allard, Regional Director for Work Opportunities in Lowell, MA. “She’s extremely competent in her role and is always one step ahead, anticipating what our needs will be in the field. When a request is made of Katie, she addresses the request quickly and calmly. Katie never seems to get overwhelmed and she has a very good understanding of the ‘why’ behind what is being requested. There have been many times services have gone smoothly or meetings have been successful with referral sources due to the support Katie provides.”
“It’s an honor to receive this award,” says Lambert. “I feel very fortunate to be part of Work Opportunities Unlimited. I enjoy contributing to the team effort and seeing their accomplishments as they work to help clients realize their potential; it’s inspirational. I’ve had the opportunity to work with most of the states and Work Opportunities offices; I’m really enjoying being able to focus on the contracts and understanding all they entail.”
Marcia Welsh, Controller at Work Opportunities Unlimited says that Lambert is an integral part of the accounting team. “Her patience and ability to understand the various contracts within multiple states, many complicated and all with differing requirements, is invaluable,” says Welsh. “The relationships she has independently built with funding sources allow the directors to focus more on the client. I can confidently depend on Katie as Contract Administrator but also as a team member that is always willing to jump in and help others.”
“Katie helps us get the job done,” adds Bergeron. “She takes the time to provide directors with reports outlining our quarterly utilization for the Department of Developmental Services meetings. This allows us the time to focus on the client while ensuring the referral source has the data they need. Katie writes up proposals and contracts with a day of notice so that we can serve clients efficiently and quickly. Katie is very much appreciated, and I feel deserving of this recognition.”