Ten Questions with Jeff Johnson

JeffJohnsonTell me a little about yourself – your background and your education.

I have a degree in Law Enforcement from Vincennes University (1981).  I also attended Ball State University, and worked for two years at Madison County Juvenile Center prior to my hire date at Aspire on April 15, 1984.

How long have you worked for Aspire?

Thirty-one years.

What positions have you held with Aspire?

I have been a residential counselor, a residential supervisor, a vocational case manager, an employment specialist, and the vocational supervisor.  My current role is Manager of Employment Services.

Describe your current position, including your responsibilities?

I supervise eight staff.  We work to assist consumers with disabilities find jobs in our communities.

What does a typical day as the Manager of Employment Services look like? 

I answer e-mails, talk to employers, clients, vendors, ect.  I review referrals, complete reports, meet with staff, and attend meetings.

What in your educational background and work experience prepared you for your current position?

Probably my sociology class in college, as we work with all types of people who have different backgrounds.

If you weren’t working in this field, what would you be doing? 

I’d be working in law enforcement.

What is it that drew you to the field of mental health?

I knew someone in high school who worked at Aspire, and knew they had a position open, so I applied.  This all during the recession of the early 1980s.

What impact do you feel your work has had on Aspire and its clients?

I let the clients know that they are getting quality service and that they are better off by choosing Aspire.  The client’s quality of life will improve regardless of what department the client goes through, because there are lots of great professionals that work here.

What things do you do to help you cope with the demands of your job?

I play lots of sports, fish, hunt, and try not to think about work when I am not there.  There is no denying our jobs are stressful.

Jeff Johnson is the Manager of Employment Services at Aspire Indiana. While the beliefs and opinions expressed in this blog are solely those of Mr. Johnson, you can learn more about Aspire Indiana at https://www.facebook.com/AspireIndiana.

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