Makenzie Finnemore has been at CDS Monarch for a little over the year. She started as a support specialist at Linden Creative Opportunities, and this past March she transitioned to her current position as program coordinator for Autism Skill Building where she plans and supervises activities for children enrolled in Autism Skill Building. She helps the kids to build new skills through interactions and group activities based upon different social themes.

"Makenzie joined the recreation team in March and has already proven herself to be a valued asset," Autism Skill Building Activities Manager Ajaleah Bobowski said. "She has taken her new role with confidence and is putting her own stamp on Autism Skill Building."
Makenzie's favorite part of the job is getting to know all the kids and being able to work with them. "Having some sort of positive impact on their lives is a rewarding experience for me," she said. She also expands her efforts by going out some weekends to help market the agency and Autism Skill Building at various events.

Makenzie offered up some excellent advice to her fellow staff, and anyone in a position where they might want or need a change: "Be able to say yes to new opportunities and take risks, even if it makes you uncomfortable," she said. "It'll help you grow personally and professionally."

In her free time, Makenzie likes to walk her dog, check out new Rochester restaurants with her boyfriend and friends, exercise, and play sports.

Thank you, Makenzie, for your dedication and hard work! We appreciate everything you do!

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