As technology continues to advance, our Stellar Staff member for March has helped Community Connections stay current with the latest trends while eagerly taking on challenges both unique and Newell.
Tony Newell’s first involvement with Community Connections came when his son was in the Early Learning Program for a short time. Then, more than 14 years ago, Tony started working in the Information Technology department, where he has been ever since.
“I like to say, ‘If you wonder what the IT guy’s doing all day, then I’m doing a good job,’ because that means everything’s working,” Tony said. “You don’t want to hear your name because that means something’s wrong, something’s broken.”
Covid-19 has, as with most positions, changed some of Tony’s work as a Network Administrator II. For example, the number of remote work sites has doubled in the past year.
Finance director Jesse Yarbrough commended Tony for his work in ensuring a functional computer system and keeping hardware and software up-to-date.
“When Covid struck, he worked diligently to deploy remote setups to numerous staff and continues to expand our inventory so that others can be equipped quickly and efficiently as needed,” Jesse said. “This helps keep Community Connections ready and able to support our direct service staff and, ultimately, our clients.”
When he’s not at work, Tony spends free time in his home theater, gaming, and going on hikes with his girlfriend and her dogs.
Thank you, Tony, for all you do!
We feature staff as part of our monthly Stellar Staff Spotlight. The spotlight rotates between programs (Children’s Mental Health, Early Learning, and Senior & Disability Services), and between Ketchikan and Prince of Wales, with a focus on recognizing direct service staff.