IFB Beat – Week of June 19, 2023

A Message from the Editor

Happy Father’s Day to all the fathers at IFB – I hope you enjoy your special day! This week’s edition is packed with updates and celebrations.

  • Coffee With the CEO update from Dan Kelly President and CEO
  • Congratulations to the winner of the Father’s Day gift basket from the Philanthropy Team’s drawing
  • It’s that time again! We celebrate employees for reaching service milestones

Thanks for reading and have a great week!

Anastasia Powell

IFB Solutions Communications Manager

apowell@ifbsolutions.org | 336-245-5698

Quick Links:

New this Week

Coffee with the CEO Update
Congratulations to our employees reaching service milestones!
Winner: Father’s Day Raffle from the Philanthropy Team
See what S.E.E. is Doing
Adult Support Group Meetings
CLVC Item of the Week

From Our Community

Insider Corner

HR and Opportunities

Benefit of the Week
New Job Openings

Support Group Zoom Meeting Links


New this Week

Coffee with the CEO Update

After completing week ten of Coffee with the CEO, I want to express my gratitude for the active participation of over one hundred employees. Your honesty and feedback are truly appreciated. While there have been great questions and discussions on a variety of topics, much of your comments have related to LeanIT and the way it operates. IFB Solutions is committed to improving efficiency, and LeanIT is an important tool. However, implementing anything of this scale will take time. This past week, I arranged all your input specific to LeanIT and organized a meeting with my leadership team this coming week to directly address challenges, issues and misunderstandings related to LeanIT. I’m looking forward to my leadership team sharing updates with you soon and enabling your supervisors to lead effectively. Thank you for your contributions in Coffee with the CEO, and I eagerly anticipate our next session!


Congratulations to our employees reaching service milestones!

Collage of Asheville Facility awards, Randy Buckner and Dan Kelly speaking, employees enjoying Moes BBQ.

Our Asheville Facility employees celebrated service milestones earlier this year with a special picnic.

Those celebrated included:


  • Emily Battle
  • Anthony Brake
  • Brandy Brake
  • Franklin Clark
  • Sandra Clark
  • Hortensia Garcia-Correa
  • Connie McClure
  • James Parker
  • Robert Sheff


  • Kevin Carter
  • Elizabeth Parker
  • Robin Groeschel Robinson
  • Joseph Rehmatullah
  • Isabel Valdez
  • Amber Williams


  • Joe Sprouse


  • Rebecca Branch

Winston-Salem employees: we would like to honor you for your service and generous commitment to the organization Monday, June 26! Everyone who reached five years of service will be recognized by receiving a plaque presented by your supervisor on the morning of June 26. Everyone celebrating ten years and above will join Dan Kelly and the Executive Team for a ceremony in the TADS room at 3:45pm recognizing your years of service. Invitations to the ceremony will be delivered this week so, be on the lookout!

To all those who achieved milestones this year, thank you for your many years of hard work and dedication. It will not go unnoticed. Words cannot express our gratitude for everything you do!


Father’s Day Raffle from the Philanthropy Team

Jeff and Mariah Ellis pose

Happy Father’s Day from The IFB Beat! Last week we announced a drawing for a beautiful gift basket from the Philanthropy team, and here is your winner!

Congratulations to Jeff Ellis, in the Contract Cutting department and his daughter Mariah Ellis who also works in Contract Cutting, both at our Asheville, NC facility.


See what S.E.E. is Doing

half an apple with raisins stuck on it with peanut butter

Brandon enjoyed making and eating a ladybug snack of an apple half laid peel side up, dabbed with peanut butter, and a raisin on each dot as the spots on her wings.


Adult Support Group Meetings:

  • Monday, June 19 AAA Committee meeting from 12:00-1:00 in TADS Room.
  • Tuesday, June 20 VIPS Club meeting from 12:00-1:00 in TADS Room.
  • Wednesday, June 21 Diabetic support group meeting from 12:00-12:45 in TADS Room.
  • Thursday, June 22 Assistive Technology support group meeting from 7:00-8:00 via Zoom (link at end of newsletter).


CLVC Item of the Week:

image of talking tape measure

Talking Tape Measure – English for $124.95

Hear measurements in a clear, male voice. This English-speaking measuring device for those with low vision will come in handy for those who love to work with their hands but find the tiny lines on a tape measure difficult to read.

If you are interested in purchasing Low Vision Equipment through our Loan Program (3rd Party), please contact a Low Vision Coordinator for assistance.


From Our Community

Insider Corner

This section is edited by Faith Harding. Have something to share? Email Faith at fharding@ifbsolutions.org

Division of Services for the Blind (DSB) Wants You!

They are looking for volunteers who are visually impaired/blind and are independent travelers and 18 years or older that might be interested in participating in an O&M research study (1 session for about 2 hours) in Charlotte.  You will be compensated for your time and cost of travel to and from the study site.  If you are interested or for more details please contact Tracey Peterson at 980-296-6820 or tracey.peterson@dhhs.nc.gov


HR & Opportunities

Your Benefit of the Week

This section is a weekly feature supported by IFB Solutions Benefits Supervisor Ciara Frenette. Reach her at cfrenette@ifbsolutions.org.

Will Preparation: Like life insurance, a carefully prepared Will is important. With a Will, you can define your most important decisions such as who will care for your children or inherit your property. You will have in person access to Hyatt Legal Plans’ network of 14,000+ participating attorneys for preparing or updating a will, living will and power of attorney. If you are enrolled in the voluntary life insurance plan offered by MetLife, you may take advantage of this benefit at no additional cost to you if you use a participating plan attorney. To find a participating attorney, call Hyatt Legal Call Center: 800-821-6400

New Job Announcements

For all current openings, visit https://www.paycomonline.net/v4/ats/web.php/jobs?clientkey=8B43E6E34C5D5C9AA3D07BB04DBEB909

Zoom Meeting Links

Adult Support Groups Zoom

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Assistive Technology Support Group Zoom


Meeting ID: 944 3463 0872
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