Northfield, NH – Spaulding Youth Center is thrilled to present its most recent Spaulding Spirit Award to Jesse Kosman-Holland. This peer-nominated recognition is presented at each quarterly staff meeting to one employee who exemplifies Spaulding Spirit and whose peers are proud to work alongside each day.
Among numerous thoughtful and compelling nominations, Ms. Kosman-Holland was described by her colleagues as detail-oriented, fun and devoted to her work. She always goes above and beyond without hesitation and is a compassionate team player.
Ms. Kosman-Holland began her Spaulding career 10 years ago after working as a cook at Campton Cupboard, a grocery store in Campton, New Hampshire. She was drawn to the dining services opportunity at Spaulding once she learned about the students and their touching life stories. Based on her own childhood, Ms. Kosman-Holland relates to the struggles many Spaulding children face.
When asked about her favorite part of Spaulding, Ms. Kosman-Holland does not hesitate to say the students. She looks forward to participating in culinary events on campus, such as ice cream socials and fudge making, because it allows her to bond with students and introduce them to different cuisines. Ms. Kosman-Holland has earned multiple certificates from the Institute of Child Nutrition due to her dedication to learning about child nutrition, food safety and culinary techniques. With many Spaulding students requiring dietary restrictions, including allergies and food eliminations as well as eating protocols and adaptive utensils, she has worked diligently to ensure every student at Spaulding Youth Center is offered safe, nutritious and delicious food options.
“Jesse is an upbeat and dedicated member of our staff who takes great pride in her work,” said Susan C. Ryan, President & CEO of Spaulding Youth Center. “Her commitment to her job and our students is truly inspiring and her continued efforts to go above and beyond her job description is motivating to everyone on the food services team and well beyond. We are grateful to have Jesse on our team and admire her kindness along with her dedication to creating menus that are fresh, healthy and exciting for our students.”
In her spare time, Ms. Kosman-Holland enjoys surfing, playing bass, attending concerts and painting. She also loves to spend time with her husband of 14 years, Brett, and her two cats, Eric and Patrick.
About Spaulding Youth Center
Spaulding Youth Center is a leading provider of services for children and youth with neurological, emotional, behavioral, learning and/or developmental challenges, including Autism Spectrum Disorder and those who have experienced significant trauma, abuse or neglect. Services include academic, residential, clinical, community based, foster care, and family support. Established in 1871 and known as Spaulding Youth Center since 1958, our scenic hilltop campus is located on nearly 500 acres in Northfield, NH and welcomes boys and girls from ages 4 to 21 from around the state of New Hampshire and beyond. Spaulding Youth Center is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit. For information about Spaulding Youth Center, visit www.SpauldingYouthCenter.org