Helping Accomplish Dreams and Aspirations
Born and raised in Monticello, NY, Iesha has always found herself being a part of community groups and/or clubs to raise awareness to benefit others. At a young age, Iesha always participated in her school’s Thanksgiving Food Drives and Christmas Clubs as a way to give back to her community. More recently, she has participated in 5k run/walks to raise awareness for a variety of issues such as Alzheimer’s, RISE, Autism, Breast Cancer Awareness, Run & Ramble- which supports the LLS and Trevor Loughlin Foundation, benefitting patients battling blood cancers and acute catastrophic illnesses. She also is very active in her local community, volunteering at pantries and annual Holiday Dinners for the community. She has been a member of her local Interfaith Council, NAACP and Dialogue to Change Community Group, which deals with issues surrounding poverty and building strategies to deal with these issues. All the while, raising three children- 2 sons and 1 daughter.
Iesha first became employed with New Hope Community in November of 1998, as a Residential Counselor, which is now called a Direct Support Professional. After a couple of years she moved on to a sister agency as a Dayhab Provider. Iesha decided to return to school in 2001 and made the decision to major in Human Services. She earned an A.S. in Human Services from Sullivan County Community College in May 2003. She continued her education and earned a B.S. – Human Services and Public Administration from Marist College in August 2005. She returned to New Hope Community in July 2007 as a Medicaid Service Coordinator.
“We are all so perfectly, imperfect. We all uniquely fit a purpose in this life. In a world where you can be anything, be yourself. I say this to encourage all to find your purpose and forge ahead. No matter how small or big a person may dream, my goal is to assist all in accomplishing their dreams and aspirations. There is nothing like seeing a person filled with pure happiness from accomplishing a dream. Dreams come true, you just have to believe and continue to press forward.”
– Iesha Ross
From the first day back at New Hope, Iesha has built a reputation of great advocacy, with respect and professionalism. During this time, she decided to continue her education and earned a Master of Science in Psychology in 2010 from University Phoenix. In April 2014, she was promoted to Senior Medicaid Service Coordinator. Presently, as Coordinator of Individualized Supports and Services, Iesha expects to continue to forge ahead with ensuring and increasing advocacy, and securing services and supports needed for all individuals we provide services for.
For Iesha, returning back to New Hope in 2007 was like returning “home.” She has built meaningful relationships that will last a lifetime. Working at New Hope has afforded her the opportunity to ensure needs and wants are met on a daily basis. Increasing awareness to the needs of the people we support on a daily basis on a person centered approach.