Devereux Arizona People Operations Learning Specialist Catherine “Cat” Baker is Today’s Honoree

At Devereux, employees are heroes in every sense of the word, helping children, adolescents and adults with emotional, behavioral and cognitive differences lead more fulfilling and rewarding lives. These committed and compassionate individuals humbly dedicate themselves to serving – and inspiring – others. Catherine “Cat” Baker – Devereux Arizona People Operations Learning Specialist – was recently highlighted.

In your role, what are your main responsibilities?

I am one of the first faces people see at Devereux Arizona! I provide onboarding training for new hires, help maintain our employee records, and I train new and existing employees in CPR/first aid and Safe and Positive Approaches(c). I am also a certified trainer for Arizona’s Foster Parent College at>.

I provide potential foster parents with the required 10-week training to obtain the necessary licensing to care for children in the foster care system. Once the training is complete, I go through the licensing or adoption process with the family.

What is one thing your colleagues don’t know about you?

One of my greatest pleasures is volunteering at my local soup kitchen twice a month. I cut onions, celery and potatoes. Sometimes, I serve meals, set up, and break down the dining room.

Why are you a Healthcare Hero?

I feel that I am just one person trying to make a difference in the lives of others, and in the world. I am thankful that Devereux Arizona has given me the opportunity to serve others. I am thankful for the outstanding leadership of our Executive Director Yvette Jackson, as well as the example of service demonstrated by my supervisor, Mindy Green. Both Yvette and Mindy go above and beyond to show the importance of service to others. Through their examples and support, they demonstrate and encourage me to reach out and provide a hand up to everyone I meet. I feel heroes do not stand alone. Heroes show up in teams. I am proud to be a part of the Arizona team. And I am proud to be a part of the Devereux family.

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