Our DSP this week is Kemi. She has a background in nursing and works at our 3801 apartments. She has been with Living Well for seven years, and in the industry for 15 years. She is a hard worker, a team player, and an incredible support to the people at 3801.

Cindi, Heidi and Kemi at our Long Term Staff Appreciation event last October.

Cindi Sharp, Program Manager, says, “What I love about Kemi is she is reliable! She is a rock, always shows up on time and works her heart out!” Adding, “Speaking of hearts, Kemi has a heart of Gold. She cares deeply for the people she serves and the staff that she works with. She is always doing little favors for everyone. She goes above and beyond to make sure that when I have time off that nobody bugs me and has even come in on a Sunday, her only day off to cover a shift when she knew I had family in town.”

AJ, Heidi, Peggy and Kemi at out Staff Picnic on Wednesday.

Just this week Kemi was at the Staff Appreciation Party and together with Heidi, they brought AJ and Peggy along for the fun. Watching the four of them have a blast outside under the sunny sky, sharing the day with each other, and having conversations with other staff and enjoying some good food, made it obvious how much joy they have when together. Living Well is lucky to have the very best employees, and we are grateful Kemi is part of the team.

Kemi, we appreciate your hard work and easy-going personality. Thank you for making a career out of caring, and for telling people how much you enjoy working with the people you support.



Number of years/months with Living Well: 7

Hobbies: I am a homebody who loves to spend time with family and friends. I love to cook and try out new and different recipes, and I love shopping.

Education: RN from School of nursing and midwifery in Nigeria. Higher national diploma in insurance, from a Reputable college from Nigeria Polytechnic.

Job Experience/History: Worked in an insurance organization for 4 years. Worked at the state general hospital in Nigeria for six years as a register nurse. Here in the US, I worked at two other disability services providers for eight years, and at Wells Fargo for two Years.

Favorite part of the job: My favorite part is taking care of people and also being able to meet the needs of people I serve.

Favorite or craziest work story: Not at Living Well, but too good not to share, it was my first day of work back home in Nigeria and I was on duty. Here comes a pregnant woman that was about to deliver, and as the midwife on duty it fell on me to deliver the baby. I was on it when the assistant came in to let me know that a woman had delivered a baby in the car. I freaked out as I didn’t know what to do and who to attend to first, finally one of the other nurses came right on time and it was an happy ending.

What is your motivation for coming to work: When I remember how my grandmother was until she died, and also the people I serve both motivate me. When I see them striving every day to be better and see their smiles and joy when they see me come to work, it makes me happy. Also, my PM has always seemed to have good interest, care and intention towards the staff, providing opportunities for us to strive.

What made you apply: I applied because I love working with people with disabilities. I also enjoy helping with older people due to my background in nursing, and the fact that I had to care for my maternal grandmother when she had Alzheimer’s until her death.

What makes you stay: I stay because I love taking care of people and Living Well has proved to me to be one of the best companies I have ever worked with.

What would you tell people interested in joining the team: That Living Well is a place to grow. The company has good intentions for their staff and there are a lot of opportunities which you can tap into. I always tell people when I refer them to work in the company, “It is not about the money but the care, love and opportunities available.”

When not at work what do you like to do for fun: I love to read and learn new stuff. I love cooking and sometimes partying with friends.

Do you volunteer in your community or school: I do volunteer in my community as counselor to teenagers in trouble and sometimes cook food and give to people in need.




Want to nominate a DSP? Please email jessica.maurer@livingwell.org to nominate a Living Well DSP. Special thanks to Miles and Cheri Cohen for their support of DSP of Week. Want to join them in underwriting our DSP Shoutout Program? Please contact Jamee Yung for sponsorship opportunities.