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Volunteer Spotlight

This week's volunteer spotlight shines on Kenneth Sumpter who is involved with the SHIBA program as Counselor.

Ken has a BS degree in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Arizona. Graduating in 1965, Ken and his lovely wife Betty moved to Idaho Falls, beginning Ken's working career at the National Reactor Testing Station. Ken worked in the nuclear industry for the next thirty years between what is now the Idaho National Laboratory and the General Electric Company, finally retiring in 1995.

Ken became a SHIBA volunteer in 2003. He joined our team and has been instrumental in building the program foundation from the ground up. He is a corner stone, navagating through the Prescription Discount Cards, and the roll out of Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage. Ken has never missed a training session and is involved with Enrollment Sites every year during the Annual Enrollment Period.

Ken is a full-time advocate and counselor. He volunteers through the Idaho Falls Senior Center, assists clients over the phone and takes a lap top to help the homebound. Ken has attended many Train-the-Trainer events, traveling to Boise to enhance his knowledge so that he can share it with the people he serves. Ken is an outstanding person, willing to educate and assist in a compasionate and understanding manner. Ken is a true asset to his community. The SHIBA Program would not be successful without Ken's expertise, knowledge, dedication and caring involvement. Ken is passionate, patient, unselfish and radiates true warmheartedness.


Watch this space for monthly changes to our Volunteer in the Spotlight. If you would like to nominate someone to be a volunteer in the spotlight, submit your nomination to your volunteer coordinator, giving the name of the volunteer and why you think he or she deserves to be in the spotlight.

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