July 16th, 2015

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40 Under 40 Feature: Renee

North of Boston Business magazine recently announced their 40 Under 40 in their latest issue. And weren’t we just thrilled when we recognized three friendly faces on the list!

Congratulations to our Colleagues Hiedi Keefer, Kaitlin MacDonald, and Renee Ghembaza who were named to the list of “youngbloods” and change makers. Read all three of their profiles from the magazine here. And get to know Renee a little more in our 40 Under 40 feature below.

 Renee is the Director of our Highfields and TASH programs and has a smile that lights up a roRenee40NOBBjpegom! Read her profile and her exclusive interview with us below!

How does it feel to be named to the 40 Under 40?  It feels good.  It’s great to have the work we do recognized and highlight the importance of commitment and dedication.

What has the response been like? I had a woman at Stop n’ Shop say to me “I saw you in the magazine.  I saw you in the paper!”  It was very sweet and it opened up another opportunity to talk about the work we do together at American Training.  I love a chance to talk about the young adults, about the folks I work with everyday and the connection we have based on our philosophy.

What stood out in your fellow 40 Under 40 Colleagues’ profiles? I loved that Hiedi volunteered at the shelter and connected with homeless children.  Kaitlin’s advocacy and willingness to provide education and understanding for those who may not know about individuals with special needs is a necessary resource for all of our communities.

What was your favorite part of your profile? My most treasured thing about my workplace – the people.  I love who I work with everyday.  We take the time to understand.  When we don’t agree we listen.  We figure it out.  It’s not just a job.  It’s a way of working, a way of life, and a way of living.

What is your favorite part of your job? Not knowing what will happen each day and having the opportunity to figure it out with great Colleagues and good kids!

What is your advice for others? Have patience.  You never know what someone else is going through or when you might see them again.  Life truly is short.



Congratulations, Renee! Check out Hiedi’s profile here and Kaitlin’s profile here. Be sure to congratulate Renee below.

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