Ellen Timmerman-Borer is Chief Development Officer and started in 1982. Sue Walker is Chief Program Officer and joined Hammer in 1977. They both began as counselors in the dormitory. They recently sat down to share a few memories from the early days of their careers.
Sondra Hampton is Director of Licensing and Quality Assurance and previously served as the Operations Development Manager for Northeast Residence. Sondra joined the organization in 1995 as a Direct Support Professional.
Barb Tuckner is a former Hammer Board member whose sister, Janet, who has been supported by Hammer since 1981.
Vern Steffel has always loved to make people smile. As the band leader of the Whoopie John Band Orchestra, he played venues across the upper Midwest and as far away as Bavaria. With a focus on old-time music, primarily polka, the band played to standing-room only...
Andrew Pollock began volunteering at Hammer Residences in 2018. He first heard about Hammer from someone he knew well who was currently volunteering at Hammer and highly recommended it. At the time, Andrew was looking for something to do outside of work, and he thought that volunteering at Hammer would be a fun opportunity.
In March 2020, the world changed forever as we faced one of the most significant challenges of the century: COVID-19. During the pandemic we locked down and cared for our 370 individuals 24/7. The people we supported were unable to go to their jobs. All specialized day programs were closed. Suddenly, we needed staff at our 68 homes all day. Many businesses and nonprofits closed, including several group homes similar to Hammer & NER, due to a lack of caregivers. We managed to stay the course as our mantra became: We cannot close!