Netsmart associates enjoy celebrating this special time of year. We wanted to share with you some of our associate’s holiday traditions. We hope that you and your loved ones have a safe, happy and joyful holiday season!
Bill Schulhoff, Manager, Methadone Systems
While Christmas has many traditions in my family, my favorite is putting crumpled dollars
bills into the Christmas stockings of each of my children. It began years ago, with me really crumpling (into as tiny a wad possible) dollar bills for each of my children’s stockings and watching them root around their stocking stuffers to dig them out and smooth the wrinkles out. What started as a joke has evolved to include spouses and become our own family tradition.
Belinda Baldus, Business Analyst, Marketing – Product Management
I absolutely love the Holidays- the lights, sounds, smells, the hustle and bustle –even though it can be stressful I also find it energizing. I love cooking and my family has favorite dishes that we love so much that I often make them throughout the year, so our holiday meals are full of new recipes a virtual smorgasbord of flavor and variety. Another favorite tradition is my vast collection of very special Christmas ornaments- many of which were collected while traveling. Every year, when I carefully unwrap my ornaments it becomes a trip down memory lane. I am now passing on these memories to my grandchildren.
Juanita Brooks- Daniel, Solution Support Analyst
Christmas is absolutely one of my favorite times of year! We have so many small traditions as a family – decorating the house, going to Christmas Eve Service, making cookies and brownies on Christmas Eve (and eating them LOL), going out to visit family in our footed PJ’s and occasionally getting the raised eyebrow when my 6’4” husband gets out of the car for gas wearing his footed superman fully equipped with cape PJ’s. One tradition that was sadly retired last year was the play I was in for 7 years running “A Modern Day Christmas Carol” (enjoy the photo of me “Joan Marley” warning Scrooge to change her evil ways). Have Blessed and Safe Holiday Season! Merry Christmas!
Robert Guy, Senior Software Engineer
Growing up, my family opened our gifts to each other Christmas Eve, and Santa’s gifts Christmas morning. I actually like my wife’s family tradition of the kids opening up pajama’s Christmas Eve (we are always surprised when we find out that’s what the boxes contain!), and opening the rest of the gifts Christmas day. We’re still waiting for our first pair of Easter Bunny pajamas . . .
Nanette Cecchi, Manager, Evolv Support
Every year for the past 29 years we make Pizza Rustica. My husband and I started making it when we were engaged and have since gotten the kids involved. There are many layers and we each take a turn preparing and adding a layer. Since my son has moved out, he has asked for the recipe and I am sure will continue on the tradition. Even though the pizza is delicious, this dish is more about spending time with family and having fun during our Christmas preparations.
Evan Kuo,Centered Client Alignment
My family celebrates Christmas Day with a White Elephant gift exchange. Every present must be under $25 and to participate you have to bring a gift. Often times the gifts are so creatively fun that they are locked on the third swap. So last year I autographed a photo of myself and put it in a new frame and to my surprise it was traded the maximum amount of times. It now resides on my cousin’s desk at his office!
We are at the University of Missouri in Columbia at #MizzouArena, today for the Engineering Career Fair. Team #NTST is being represented by, Ashley DeMond, Jonny Larson, Scott Page, Ryan Brady and William Givens. We have all new banners, tablecloths, shirts, giveaways, etc. so we’re excited about seeing your smiling faces! We are looking for Cloud and Software Engineers to join the Netsmart family, full-time and student opportunities are available!
We had an awesome turnout to celebrate the completion of the remodel and construction project in our Great River location. Our team coined the phrase “Great River Reboot” to signify the renewal of our workplace. It was heartwarming to see #NTST associates catching up over BBQ, beverages and toasting to the end of time in the construction zone!
This August, Netsmart hosted its first EveryDayMatters Opportunity Fair. Local clients and organizations were invited to come share their stories with associates. The fair allowed associates to connect with these organizations about their missions and how they can volunteer and give back.
We can’t believe the summer is already coming to and end. The past ten weeks with our FUTURES have flown by! This week, our Great River and Overland Park FUTURES presented their summer projects to their mentors, managers and the entire Netsmart Executive Cabinet during the FUTURES Strut. They spent countless hours brainstorming, filming, editing and scripting in preparation for this event. This week, Dalton, Meghan and John reflect on their summer at Netsmart and the FUTURES program as a whole.
Dalton Bush: Internal IT FUTURE
Throughout this summer, we as FUTURES have been asked to complete many different tasks. From our own individual projects and work in our different departments, to preparing a presentation for the entire company to see; we have been challenged. In my personal opinion, writing this blog is the most challenging of all tasks during the summer. The reason I say this is challenging is not because I cannot find a topic to write about. I could explain what I have done all summer, along with our FUTURES strut presentations. However, I would rather talk about the meaning of this FUTURES program. Explaining what the FUTURES program means to us is what I find to be the most challenging task of the summer.
I simply do not believe this is something that can be explained in a few paragraphs. The opportunity and knowledge that we gain as FUTURES from this summer is very difficult to put into words. For some of us, this is our first chance at an internship, and I must say what a company to learn from. Our goal over these ten weeks is to gain as much knowledge as we can and improve our understanding of the work field we intend to dive into. The knowledge and experience I have gained within the Internal IT department this summer is priceless. I began the summer with a summer’s worth of experience, but I feel I will be leaving with much more than that because of how much I have learned these past ten weeks.
The great thing about being a FUTURE at Netsmart is that the tasks we work on are not scrapped to never be thought about again. Our work is meaningful and benefits this company in one way or another. We are treated just as other associates are, and we have the opportunity to complete the same work alongside of them. For some of us, working on meaningful work gives us an extreme amount of experience. In my degree of IT, the best way to learn is to do. I’ve been able to experience and troubleshoot issues firsthand thanks to Netsmart, and I have gained valuable knowledge that interns at other companies do not ever get a chance to learn. As FUTURES of Netsmart, we are given opportunities that we simply would not have if we were anywhere else.
The opportunity of being a FUTURE at Netsmart is not something any of us take for granted. I know I can speak for every 2016 FUTURE when I say we are truly honored to be here. This is the opportunity of a lifetime for us to be able to further ourselves toward becoming successful adults. Thanks to Netsmart, we have been able to experience things that would not have been the same anywhere else. Netsmart FUTURES are supposed to feel like the future of this company, and it is easy to, with the great opportunities that we are given. Thank you to everyone who has assisted in the FUTURES program and helped us learn throughout the summer.
Meghan Gordon: Marketing FUTURE
This summer, I’ve had the privilege of working in Netsmart’s marketing department with an amazing team of individuals. I can honestly say I’ve learned more this summer than I could’ve ever hoped for. Coming into this internship, I had no idea what to expect, but was excited to begin working.
I quickly learned that Netsmart isn’t the type of place that gives its interns busy work. Instead, I hit the ground running, working on real projects that the company actually used. In my first week alone, I’d designed table tents, monitor graphics, and posters for the Netsmart 3.0 Town Hall and a Public Health Summit.
My role as a Marketing FUTURE was wide-ranging, allowing me to explore a number of my interests. One day, I’d be designing signage for an event, and the next I’d be reviewing the viability our Success Stories or editing NetsmartLife blog content.
This week, our entire FUTURES class has spent a lot of time preparing for the FUTURES Strut. Tomorrow, all thirty-one FUTURES will gather to present our work. Not many companies are willing to clear an entire afternoon so the company, including our Executives, could learn about the impact the FUTURES have had on Netsmart this summer. The Strut really reinforces the idea that Netsmart cares about the work its FUTURES do.
Thank you, Netsmart for this amazing opportunity to learn and grow my skills. Lastly, I would like to thank my mentor, Laura Schoonover, and the entire Marketing Department for welcoming me into the Netsmart Family and making these past ten weeks unforgettable.
John Poorman: Delivery Analyst FUTURE
The past ten weeks have been a great experience for me in terms of learning about Netsmart as a career choice. This has been my first internship, and it’s exceeded all my expectations. I have grown as an individual throughout the course of this summer. I’ve gotten real-world experience in a professional environment that has about a million different moving parts, all of which contribute to Netsmart being the leader in their industry. This has helped me develop my communication and time management skills greatly. I have worked on a couple different projects since completing my training and have been preparing for our Futures Strut. Throughout these projects, I feel that I have been able to keep my priorities in line and stay productive.
I jumped around to a couple of different teams until I ended up working with Morgan Meyer, Nick Butler and fellow FUTURE, Santosh Dandi, on the Centers team. As a group, we have put together documentation over the implementation of add-ons in Avatar and Evolv (I have personally only worked on the Avatar side). These documents are beneficial to associates because it gives them a guide over their implementation. It leads them through the process from pre-kick-off all the way through Go Live. These documents will also help answer any questions the Netsmart associate may have, as well as questions the client may have.
The thing that stuck out to me the most this summer was our Mental Health First Aid Certification EDM Day. I’ll be able to apply the information I learned in that class throughout my life in order to help others. A couple days ago, an email went out offering associates the opportunity to attend the class. I highly recommend signing up!
I am very thankful for the opportunity to work at Netsmart. I have absolutely loved how welcoming and friendly the associates and other FUTURES have been over the past ten weeks. I’d like to say thank you to everyone who has helped me grow as an individual. I cannot wait to share my experience with others!
The past week was a busy one for our FUTURES. On Tuesday, they had their first full run-through for next week’s FUTURES strut. Their Wednesday was also jam-packed. First, they attended a Lunch & Learn with Amanda Solon, where they learned about Connections 2016 and regional exchanges. Later, a group of FUTURES participated in a dodgeball tournament with other local interns. This week, Collin, Derek and Jordan discuss their Netsmart FUTURES experience.
Collin Duddy: Cloud Systems Engineer FUTURE
From week one to now, a lot has changed for me. I walked in to Netsmart having no idea what to expect for my first internship in college, and I was pleasantly surprised. Since day one, I’ve felt like a key part within my department. Throughout the past nine weeks, I’ve had numerous opportunities to participate in the everyday life of a NOC member. I’ve had a monitoring shift where I watched our hosted clients’ servers for alerts. I’ve been tasked with updating and editing all hosted clients’ site sheets. I’ve researched various modules within the company and presented them to my department. I’ve also screen shared with multiple internal people for troubleshooting needs on domain access. All of these things have vastly expanded my knowledge into the networking side of computer engineering.
During these past nine weeks, I’ve been extremely busy outside of Netsmart as well. When I wasn’t working here, at my other job, or looking for a house, I was taking part in all the FUTURES events that I could. In fact, yesterday a few of the interns attended Lexmark’s local intern dodgeball tournament. Although we didn’t win, and I was absolutely awful, we made it to the semifinals and had a lot of fun! All in all, these past nine weeks have been an incredible experience for me, and I wouldn’t trade the knowledge I’ve gained for anything.
Derek Cox: Delivery Analyst FUTURE
It’s week nine already? The summer has FLOWN by! The best part of it all? I got a new understanding of what a technology company actually does on the daily. Netsmart has shown that you can have fun in the workplace while also making a major positive impact on the lives of others.
Being a FUTURE has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my college career and has provided me a great step forward in the professional world. Being able to get up early every morning looking forward to what can be accomplished is something a lot of people don’t experience. I am lucky to experience that in an internship program that is geared towards the future.
The typical internship program seems to only look at the now, and gives busy work to their employees. I have found it so eye-opening that a company has taken the time to tailor the FUTURES program to not only include actual work with the client, but meaningful work for the company. I’ve never felt like what I was doing was going to be trashed at the end of the summer- and that matters. They call these things three-month-long interviews and it seems that most companies forget that an interview goes both ways. Thankfully, Netsmart has a team that understands this concept.
I will quickly note that my five weeks of training has proved very useful to the work I have been tasked with this summer. On my second day of work, I met with a client that is part of the OneTeam Cornerstones Project. I got the chance to direct the meeting over how we would be helping them do data entry and what support would be offered to them. Directly negotiating work load on a project with a real client as a FUTURE was a ton of fun. Once that was done we had to ensure everything was entered and ready for Go LIVE. I have never had to field so many e-mails and phone calls in such a short time before, but I was fully prepared to answer the questions that happened, thanks to the trainers that got us going through the first five weeks.
I am currently on site at Spofford doing Avatar support for Cornerstones Go LIVE. This will be my last week on this project and it is sort of bittersweet. I’m ready to go back to Manhattan and start fall semester, but I will definitely miss the work that has been done here. Being on-site gives you a different perspective on how our products can make a dramatic impact on healthcare. When you see kids filling up the lunch line knowing that they will have a more effective system in place to get the care they deserve, it’s a powerful motivator.
In closing, I would like to thank Netsmart for a phenomenal opportunity to make my summer meaningful. Thanks to the team I have been working with for a majority of my time. Latessa Baquet, Jacob Vos, and Lauren Allen have fielded some complete newbie questions with solid answers and have been fantastic representatives of what this company stands for. Thanks again for the awesome 2016 summer!
Jordan Harper: Software Engineer FUTURE
One of my first thoughts when coming into this internship was how easy it was going to be since I already knew Java and HTML. After setting up my environment and receiving my first project, I realized my knowledge of Java and HTML was nothing compared to what was required. In school and past work experience, I was taught to code in a certain way. After coming here I was shown different ways to apply what I knew. This is where my team really came through for me. I felt accepted into the team day one. Everyone was willing to help me with whatever questions I had.
It is now week nine and we are slowly wrapping up the FUTURES program. This week, the Engineering FUTURES had the opportunity to play bubble soccer with their mentors and Jonny Larson. It was a great opportunity to get away from our desks and do some physical activity. Everyone had a great time and got to let out a little bit of aggression in a safe way.
During this internship, I was not only able to work hard and mesh with my team, but also spend time getting to know and enjoy my time here with other FUTURES. I had the chance to make some great friends that I hang out with almost every day after work. I believe that some of these friendships will last a lifetime.