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Rebecca Allgaier

Long Island DDSOO
11/18/19
Rebecca Allgaier

POSITION: Secretary I

YEARS OF SERVICE: 11

Rebecca Allgaier has been named the 2019 Employee of the Year for the Long Island DDSOO because of the strong bonds she has formed not only with her colleagues, but with the people we support, as well.

Rebecca has been with OPWDD for over a decade, where she began working as a direct support assistant in Long Island, according to Shacole Allen, Developmental Disabilities Program Specialist IV and Rebecca’s current supervisor. 

“During that time, she formed bonds with the people she served, as well as lasting relationships with her coworkers and the connecting community,” Allen says.

In 2016, Rebecca was compelled to venture into a more clerical role within the agency and she joined the Nassau IRA’s team as the unit’s office assistant. Her tech-savvy skills and innovative approaches were quickly recognized as she assisted the unit to develop systems to help the team members efficiently and effectively streamline their day-to-day tasks.

“Rebecca has since advanced, and she has rapidly taken on many different responsibilities as a support to our agency’s Administrative team,” Allen adds. “Within the past year, she has worked with the training department, ensuring that staff were trained on the Electronic Health Record system (EHR). She has also created reference guidebooks for all Long Island locations for the Personal Allowance and Acumatica systems.”

Lenee Graham, Office Assistant I and Rebecca’s coworker says Rebecca’s manual for EHR is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to her colleague. 

“Rebecca trained me when I started my position as an OA I,” Graham says. “She was very knowledgeable about the position and conveyed the information to me in a clear, precise manner. She was extremely professional and courteous. She answered all of my questions and was very patient with me.”

Additionally, Rebecca is always willing to help the varying teams and units to ensure better experiences for people we support and employees. 

“In August, Rebecca became the ambassador for our agency’s Get Together Day at NYS Parks, and she took time to plan a fun-filled day for people with developmental disabilities, families and staff to enjoy at Sunken Meadow State Park,” says Allen. “There were games and activities for everyone, and it turned out to be a beautiful day for all.”

During the past year, the Long Island DDSOO director has given Rebecca a lot of new projects and assignments to complete, and she has done them with both excitement and excellence. 

“Whether Rebecca volunteers for new endeavors or she is ‘voluntold,’ she always remains in tune with our core values as an agency and understands that even in a clerical role we are here for the betterment of those we serve,” Allen says. “Rebecca is the future of OPWDD in Region 6 on Long Island and we’d like to honor her for all of her hard work and dedication to our agency.”