March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month!

The Stephanie Mitchell Story

Stephanie with Joe Walter

Stephanie with Joe Walter

Long-time community employee, Stephanie Mitchell has a multi-faceted story to share. Employed by the Kroger Company for the past 15 years, Stephanie is thought of as a “model” employee- friendly, hard-working and punctual. She has developed a local fan base at the Kroger store where she works, who choose to wait to go through Stephanie’s check-out line. Long-time Goodwill partner, Hamilton County Board of Developmental Disabilities Services sponsors the job coaching assistance that Stephanie receives which helps to insure her on-going success in the community. Beyond her job however, Stephanie has accumulated quite a track record in terms of community outreach and volunteerism in her 33 years.

Pictured with celebrity spokesman, Joe Walter, Stephanie has been the honorary co-chair for the annual Goodwill golf outing for the past five years. She has also been featured in a series of television commercials in support of the organization’s Auto Auction and related mission of service to the Greater Cincinnati community. This past Fall, Stephanie along with friend and Goodwill Assistant Director, Leslie McCurley, were models for the Cincy Chic magazine fashion show which was a feature of the new Queen Bee Marathon in downtown Cincinnati.

Cincy Chic Fashion Show

Cincy Chic Fashion Show

For many years, she has been an active performing member of “Hands In Harmony,” a group supported by Hamilton County DDS, that performs music using sign language as a primary means of expression. The group has entertained audiences throughout the Tri-State area for many years, performing at community events, schools, and other locations.

One of her favorite recreational pastimes is listening to country music favorites and strumming on her guitar but Stephanie is also interested in and participates in almost every activity that you can think of…from dancing, to boat cruises, camping and swimming, to roller coaster rides…Stephanie is a part of everything. She also loves to travel and has explored many parts of the United States in her many adventures.

But what makes Stephanie such a fascinating person goes beyond her personal achievements… it is the fact that she chooses to dedicate a large part of her time to volunteering to help others. Beyond her volunteer efforts in support of Goodwill, Stephanie has also been a volunteer for the Muscular Dystrophy Association and other community organizations.

In honor of Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, Ohio Valley Goodwill is pleased to share the story of Ms. Stephanie Mitchell.

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