Supported Living

Denise Celebrates Milestone Anniversary

June 24, 2014

DeniseBy Laurie Ritter and Laura Cravens

Denise participates in the Supported Living program at Boone County Family Resources. She has been employed at Boyce & Bynum Pathology Laboratories in Columbia for a majority of that time. We sat down with Denise to ask her questions about her job and her 25 year work anniversary.

Q: What is something you like and don’t like about your job?
A: I like the job – cleaning, washing beakers and measuring cups, sterilizing and sanitizing other lab equipment. My boss calls me the number one Germ Buster. My least favorite thing is wearing double gloves. I have to wear them no matter what. They are not always comfortable but I wear them.

Q: How did you get your job?
A: I started in employment services with ACT and they gave me a trainer for a while. When I first started working there, Boyce & Bynum was in a different building. By the time they moved to their current building, I did not have a job coach anymore.

Q: How long have you worked at Boyce & Bynum?
A: Twenty-five years and still going at it. I got a lot of friends there. Steve is my boss.

Q: Do you still like your job?
A: Yes, it makes the money. I have to make money to pay my bills and do fun things.

Q: What are your favorite hobbies?
A: Collecting lighthouses. I have a touch lamp in my bedroom with a lighthouse on it.

Q: How long have you been with your boyfriend Tommy?
A: Thirty-two years. We met back in 1981 at a Parks and Rec activity at Bethel Park. He calls me “sweet lady” and we try to see each other on our birthdays. I would like to go on a cruise with him someday. He lives in Kansas.