Paul Ik onen – 1296 Scott Lake Road, Waterford, MI 48328 paulikonen@gmail.
A Little About Myself
Providing assistance to the social and mental health of needing people charges me up. I believe that the resources of a community can change lives and promote the common social good. Areas that I find particularly engaging are in volunteer mobilization and in community educational initiatives.
Associates of Applied Sciences in Mental Health and Social Work (3.9 GPA) Oakland Community College , Auburn Hills, Michigan, Class of 2011
Core Program: Interview and Counseling Skills, Group Therapy, Family Dynamics, Interpersonal Theory Dean’s List (Summer 2010-Fall 2011) Interviewing and Counseling Skills Teacher’s Assistant beginning Fall 2012
Bachelors of Social Work (Beginning program September 2012) University of Michigan , Flint, Michigan
Volunteer Coordinator HOSPICE ADVANTAGE, Southfield, Michigan (August 2011-Present)
Recruitment – Actively sought out and trained volunteers from the tri-county area to serve our hospice patients and their families. Grew our team from two active volunteers to over twenty in six months
Monthly Reports and goals – Maintained volunteer personnel files, monthly volunteer hour reports, quarterly goals, and volunteer visit notes. Responsible for bringing our Cost Savings Percentage from borderline 5% to a monthly average of 20+% Consistently among the top five performers of fifty plus Hospice Advantage locations nationwide
Networking – Regional Co-Representative for the Michigan Hospice Volunteer Coordinators Association (MHVCAgroup.org). Co-Lead for local bi-monthly training and discussion sessions. Community Partnership – Worked with local community organizations to provide opportunities for people in need of internship and community service hours. Including: Greater Horizon Institute of Detroit Oakland Community College, Auburn Hills Wayne State University Central Michigan University Michigan Works! Of Macomb-St. Claire County Michigan Works! Of Ferndale Michigan Works! Of Oak Park
Social Work Internship HOSPICE ADVANTAGE, Southfield, Michigan (January, 2011-April 2011)
Direct Care Visiting - Regularly scheduled visits with hospice patients to assess emotional and psychological needs and provide services as needed by family. Independent Projects - Was given freedom to develop an event to show appreciation toward Hospice Patient Caregivers. Bereavement Services - Conducted risk evaluation of bereaved, along with additional phone calls to offer support as needed. IDT meetings - Met with interdisciplinary team to coordinate proper care for the families of the hospice census. Memorial Services - Part of the planning team creating two annual memorial services for those who transitioned the previous year. Also co-facilitated each event. Psychosocial Evaluations - Conducted psychosocial evaluations in various environments (i.e. nursing home, hospital, patient’s home) alongside the Hospice Social Worker (LLMSW).
Director of Student Ministries
SHEPHERD FELLOWSHIP CHURCH, Waterford, Michigan (January 2006-June 2008) Volunteer Coordinator - Led adult leaders and student interns in the programming of weekly events and annual retreats. Fundraising - Fundraising endeavors for the purpose of student scholarships used for annual trips. Small Group Coordinator - Development of community groups which host 7-12 students and 2-3 adult leaders for the purpose of spiritual growth and group participation. Youth Pastor - ongoing relationships with students (grades 6-12) and their parents. Bible Teacher - Weekly teaching schedule to groups of 15-125 people.
Memberships and Associations
Member Phi Theta Kappa Educational Honors Society, Michigan Chapter (2010-11) Michigan Hospice Volunteer Coordinators Association (MHVCA) o Regional Representative, Southeastern Michigan (Co-Chair)
List of Refrences
SOUTH SEAS VENTURES Michael Kobylik, South Seas Ventures, Former Employer 248-666-2295 ~ email@example.com SHEPHERD FELLOWSHIP CHURCH Curt Motsinger, Former Pastor and Employer 248-892-8121 ~ firstname.lastname@example.org HOSPICE ADVANTAGE Marge Nickel RN, ADM, BSW, Direct Supervisor, Retired 313-701-6755 ~ email@example.com OAKLAND COMMUNITY COLLEGE Gail Palmer BSW, LMSW, Former Instructor 248-232-4017 ~ firstname.lastname@example.org Mel Chudnof PhD, LMSW, Former Instructor 248-232-4011 ~ email@example.com Ed Stotts, Former Instructor 248-232-4016 ~ firstname.lastname@example.org
Recommendations offered for Paul Ikonen: “Paul Ikonen was a Social Work Intern at Hospice Advantage in Southfield MI. I was very impressed with his work ethics and sense of responsibility while working with our hospice team. He took advantage of all learning situations and volunteered many hours for our patients and families. I'm sure that he will be a success in whatever he attempts in life. I enjoyed his company while he was with us and respect him for the work that he accomplished.” Marge Nickel, RN Administrator, Hospice Advantage
“Paul Ikonen is a true master in the art of inspiring people to give of themselves. As Volunteer Coordinator, he has developed a wonderful program that serves a multitude of the difficult needs of our patients. Whether we need help in the office, company for a lonely patient, or a vigil for the dying—Paul can call upon his volunteers to fill the need. Paul always steps up and does more than 100%. Always anxious to learn new things and help out, he is a vital part of our team. A devoted husband and father, as well as an excellent man, he truly exemplifies the heart of hospice.
Catherine Smith, RN Clinical Services Director, Hospice Advantage “Paul Ikonen is an outstanding person who has great work ethics. Paul has displayed great talent in speaking, running small groups to larger groups. Paul is great on computers in designing programs and speeches. Paul is honest, trusting and a giving person.” Ron Ressler, CPBD, AIBD, Owner, Designer, Ressler Design, Inc “Paul Ikonen was a student in my Mental Health/Social work classes from January 2011 through December 2011. During that time I found Paul to be a very serious student. He was always prepared for class and added to the classroom discussions. Paul worked well with his classmates. Due to Paul’s excellent academic and interpersonal skills with his classmates he was asked to return to OCC in the fall semester as a teaching assistant.” Gail Palmer, LMSW Professor, Oakland Community College