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Jane Mason

Capital District DDRO
Jane Mason

POSITION: Developmental Disabilities Program Specialist I


Jane Mason received no less than three nominations for the 2019 Employee of the Year for the Capital District DDRO – all saying that Jane is a delightful, hardworking and dedicated colleague.

Jane has worked for OPWDD in a variety of positions of increasing responsibility over the course of her 30-year tour, according to Dr. Debra Belkin, Licensed Psychologist and Jane’s supervisor. Belkin says Jane is a reliable and thoughtful colleague who readily takes on new projects, addresses her responsibilities in a timely fashion, is a fine writer and verbal communicator and provides an excellent work product.  

“She is clearly dedicated to OPWDD and the people we serve,” Belkin says.

Jane is always willing to help both staff within the agency and providers who work outside of the agency with daily issues and concerns that come up. She works diligently to solve problems and is very positive in her interactions with everyone.  “Jane is an excellent supervisor and mentor,” adds Jennifer Hoffman, Social Work Assistant III. “I feel very grateful on a daily basis that I am able to work with Jane. She has taught me many things and is always willing to provide assistance and guidance to her supervisor, Dr. Debra Belkin, in the completion of eligibility tasks.”

“When I started my position last August, Jane taught me so much to learn my new position as eligibility reviewer,” says Hoffman. “I felt that she was so patient and her readiness to help me learn my new position was evident. I continue to learn from Jane every day and feel lucky she is my supervisor.”

Jane is called a team player who works to support the Capital District DDRO’s Eligibility Department so that it is running both efficiently and effectively. She is always available to tackle a problem, provide input and offer solutions when peers seek her assistance, and has been an asset to various projects, such as the Records Management project. Belkin believes it is also important to note that Jane’s position requires her to engage in diverse work responsibilities, from being the Capital District DDRO’s CHOICES and TABS expert who runs various reports on a regular basis, to reaching out to care managers to facilitate eligibility determinations, to interacting with other regions to secure information. 

 “Simply put, Jane is a delightful colleague. In addition to her work ethic and dedication to the population we serve, Jane is a warm colleague with a great sense of humor,” says Belkin. “I will most definitely miss her expertise and camaraderie when she retires.”