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2020 Partners in Mission

Posted 1/31/2020

This month we acknowledge two of our employees who care deeply for our residents as well as the Ursuline Center facilities.

Lenox Seales will be celebrating his silver anniversary with the Ursuline Center. Lenox is a valuable and dedicated employee who works in Environmental Services, making sure every room in the facility sparkles from ceiling to floor. Kind-hearted, loyal and always friendly, Lenox is committed to doing his best every time. One of Lenox’s sisters had worked at the Ursuline Center many years ago, and enjoyed her time here so much that she suggested he apply.

“I enjoy working here very much,” Lenox says. “I don’t consider it a job, I consider it an experience.”
Originally from Guyana, South America, Lenox came to the United States in the winter of 1978. He quickly realized Toledo’s climate was much different than the warm and no-humidity days he was accustomed to. Lenox says his perception of women religious was also much different as well. In Guyana, the Convent of the Good Shepherd sisters with which he is familiar are cloistered. He’d never seen a sister without a religious habit. In addition, his experience with the Ursuline Sisters, many of whom have college educations and have ministered out in the community, was new to him when he came to Toledo.
“Every day I can learn something new,” Lenox says. “Blessings come in different forms. I enjoy everything here. I can’t say there is anything bad. I enjoy all the people – the sisters and staff. I really enjoyed working with Sr. Mary Jo Koudelka who hired me years ago.”
Lenox is married, has three children and 4 grandchildren. In his free time, he loves watching soccer, reading and listening to jazz music.

 

Chances are you will encounter Amanda Vaughan’s smiling face or pleasant voice when you come in contact with the Ursuline Center. Amanda has been employed at the Ursuline Center for nearly two years as Receptionist and Life Enrichment Assistant. Her connection with the Ursuline community led her to apply for the position. Amanda received 12 years of Catholic schooling while at St. Patrick’s of Heatherdowns and at St. Ursula Academy. “It was wonderful to reconnect here with so many faces from my education,” Amanda says.

Outgoing and always friendly, Amanda answers phones and greets guests, residents and vendors as they enter and exit our main lobby. As a Life Enrichment Assistant, she helps Jess Gamby facilitate activities for our residents. “I really love to be able to interact with our residents while they participate in the many offerings on our monthly activity calendar,” Amanda says. “I really enjoy our outings to various Metroparks, playing games and testing their knowledge with trivia and puzzles.

The Opening Minds through Art program was very rewarding; I loved watching the residents explore the boundaries of their creativity and dabble in a media they may never felt ‘talented’ enough to pursue. It is a privilege to be allowed to share in our residents’ lives and experience with them often funny and sometimes poignant moments.
“I am grateful to Jess, Administrator Rhonda Charles and my fellow co-workers at the Front Desk, for allowing me to adjust my hours to meet the needs of my three sons, 14, 12 and 9. This job has also made me a more informed caregiver to my aging parents who are facing their own challenges. My sons and taking care of my parents tend to fill up my days, but I usually find time to squeeze in a short run, a trip to the gym or a hike in a Metropark. I also enjoy reading, some gardening and exploring my spirituality. My husband Taylor and I met in graduate school at BGSU and will celebrate 18 years of marriage in April. Although my path has been winding and long, at this point in my journey, I am profoundly grateful to be employed at the Ursuline Center.”