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“Employee Spotlight” with Ilene Goldberg
"What I love most about being an OT, is that I love working with people including my colleagues, our children and their families."
What is your educational background?
What was your first clinical experience and first jobs?
My first clinical experiences were in a hospital, a hand therapy clinic, and a nursing home. Also, I observed the Jawonio preschool before I completed my OT education.
How did you begin your career at Jawonio?
My OT thesis partner was working at the Jawonio preschool and informed me about a position available.
How long have you been with Jawonio and what do you love the most about being an occupational therapist at Jawonio?
I will be at Jawonio for 26 years in September. I began my career at Jawonio as a staff Occupational Therapist. Following that first position, I was promoted to Occupational Coordinator and then moved up to my current position as Supervisor of Occupational Therapy Services. What I love most about being an OT, is that I love working with people including my colleagues, our children and their families.
What would you share with students who are considering a career in OT about building a career at Jawonio?
Jawonio is a great place to work and build a career. I am always learning, and for a new OT, there will always be something for you to learn as well.
Ilene Goldberg, MS
What makes the Jawonio culture so special?
As employees we are a family that is working toward a common goal to achieve independence for each individual we support. It is a great personal feeling to help people to do life skills such as speaking, walking, eating, and writing.
What do you like to do with your free time?
I enjoy going out for lunch or dinner, going to the movies, going to the beach, watching television, speaking on the telephone, and going to baseball games. (I am a huge fan of the Yankees).
What are some things people don’t know about you?
Well, I love eating potato chips and I enjoy watching General Hospital and discussing with my co-workers who are fans as well.