Staff member Jeremy Allman picks up state award today
Aug. 2, 2007
By Jessica Cuffman and George Mauzy
Ohio University staff member Jeremy Allman is in Columbus today to pick up an Ohio Personal Achievement Award from the Ohio Association for Persons in Supported Employment.
An employee of Dining Services who works primarily in the Central Kitchen Facility, Allman, 25, is an inspiration on and off campus. In addition to his university post, which he has held since his junior year of high school, Allman is a volunteer firefighter in Albany, where he lives.
"My jaw dropped when I found out I won this award," Allman said. "I was speechless. I just love the people I work with."
Stephen Koch, a habilitation specialist with the Athens County Board of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities, was one of Allman's nominators for the award.
"I nominated Jeremy because he has received excellent evaluations from supervisors over the years," Koch said. "He is prompt and takes pride in what he does. He wears Ohio University colors every day."
Although Allman isn't yet a full-fledged firefighter, he has pushed himself to learn much of the job, including directing traffic, using the Jaws of Life and assisting in patients' preparation for transport. He is working toward certification to be on the fire truck and eventually hopes to complete basic firefighter training.
"We didn't look at him as just being a good employee when we nominated him," Koch said. "We appreciate the fact that he's motivated to go above and beyond his reach. What's great is that he is focused on his strengths rather than his deficits."
Another one of Allman's fans and nominators is Doug Mitchell, director of PersonnelPlus, the Athens County MRDD program through which Allman is employed at the university.
"Jeremy isn't out to take accolades,' Mitchell said, "and he has overcome extreme shyness to get to where he is today."
In accepting his kudos today, Allman becomes just the third Ohio University employee to win the Ohio Personal Achievement Award and be nominated for its national equivalent. His mother, Jerrie, and sister, Bridget, also work for the university, both in Transportation Services.