October’s Employee of the Month is Anne Krothe-Wolfe!
Anne is a Community Health Worker in our Linkage, Education, and Outreach (LEO) department. Managed by previous Employee of the Month winner Sharon Whitebread, the LEO department is vital in reaching out across our 12-county service area to make sure Caring Communities’ services are known and understood. Anne and other LEO department staff are regularly on the move, attending health fairs, reaching out to local organizations and community leaders, and providing training about HIV and other community health concerns and their impact throughout Pennsylvania.
Anne graduated from Susquehanna University in 2014 with a major in Communications (focusing on Journalism) and a dual minor in Psychology and Editing/Publishing. The summer following graduation Anne attended the Denver Publishing Institute, a month-long graduate program in Denver, CO. While at school, Anne worked as an IT Help Desk Technician, a Disability Service Assistant, and a Teacher’s Aide at a preschool.
In 2016, Anne became part of the Caring Communities team. For Anne, the job sounded like a dream. It touched on many intersecting topics (mental health, LGBTQ issues, substance use disorders, and sexual health) that Anne already had a deep interest and some experience in. After working at a for-profit student loan company, Caring Communities provided welcome relief—it fulfilled the yearning Anne had for community engagement and education.
Outside of Caring Communities, Anne is active in the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton community as a board member for the NEPA Rainbow Alliance, a local LGBTQ nonprofit, and the Pennsylvania Youth Congress, the first and only state-wide LGBTQ Youth Advocacy organization in Pennsylvania.
On the weekends Anne may be found at Heat Bar & Night Club as part of a drag show under the alter-ego Andrew Oddgenus. Drag is one of the forms of art Anne uses as an opportunity to get people to think a little more deeply about themselves and the world around them, hopefully working to create a more positive future for themselves in the process. Anne also collaborates with girlfriend and artist, Rebecca Henry, on multimedia art. Their style combines various acrylic painting techniques with black out poetry and collage, touching on topics of self-reflection and impermanence.
“That’s how organization of positive change happens,” Anne said. “Through communication about what is wrong. Art provides a catalyst for that.”
A natural ability to entertain, communicate important information, and provide a welcoming environment poised for learning, connection, and deep thought makes Anne the perfect person for the LEO department. It’s no surprise that the Caring Communities staff felt the same! Many who voted were quick to point out Anne’s knowledge, kindness and professionalism in the office, as well as a willingness to help new employees settle in and hit the ground running. Caring Communities appreciates all Anne’s skills and feels grateful that Anne shares them with us and the community.
Congratulations again, Anne!