Cattleya was created in October of 2016, in Connecticut, to provide quality services for people with disabilities in the north region, with a goal to expand throughout the state within the next two years. Cattleya’s owners have over 75 years of combined experience working with people with disabilities. During those years, our duties included providing direct care to individuals, supervising, writing contracts, managing budgets and writing and implementing programs.
As a result of our experience and love for helping people help themselves and without hesitation our owners united together and formed Cattleya, LLC. Some of our services include: in-home and personal support, day services, and transportation, just to name a few.
Our concept for creating such an agency based on our experience and knowledge derived from other agencies that were formed because the needs of people with disabilities were not being met.
We at Cattleya, strongly believe that every individual is unique and deserves an opportunity to participate in an organization dedicated to improving the lives of those with disabilities.
CATTLEYA’S CORE VALUES
We respect the dignity of each person and value their participation in the design, choice and provision of services to meet their unique needs.
We believe that community-based services and support should be available and easily accessible for everyone.
We believe in the people we serve, our community, and our vision and mission statements. We are committed to improving the quality of life and its acceptance in the community.
We believe that services and support must be delivered in an ethical manner and meet the needs of each individual.
We believe that building relationships and partnerships will serve as a beneficial tool for each individual that we support.
We believe it is important to embrace new ideas and change in order to improve the services available.
We seek innovative ways using evidence based services and supports to find creative solutions that inspire people to obtain their goals.
We believe in respecting the culture and values of the people and their families that we serve with an emphasize on diversity and respect.
The owners have put together an all-star team of professionals to head up the leadership and operation of Cattleya. With over 75 years of combined knowledge of working with and for people with disabilities it is felt that we can provide quality services which would create positive outcomes for those that we provide services to.
The management team of Cattleya consist of Michael Thompson, CEO, Brandon Walker, Administrator, Charmaine Thompson, Director of Residential Services, and Georgia Davis, Director of Operations. The following breakdown will illustrate their credentials and responsibilities:
Michael Thompson CEO
Mr. Michael Thompson, CEO, received his Masters of Science in National Defense from the National Defense University, a Masters degree in Human Service from Liberty University and a Bachelor in Liberal Arts from Excelsior College. He brings a wealth of knowledge of planned operation, organization strategies, and budgeting. His responsibility is to organize and maintain the operational structure of Cattleya.
- Director of Operations
Georgia Davis is part owner and Director of Operations. She is currently working on her Ph.D. in Organizational Development and Change at Fielding Graduate University. Her anticipated graduation date is Fall/2020. She earned her Master's degree in Human Services from Springfield College in 2016, a Bachelor’s degree in Human Services from the University of Bridgeport in 2015, and an Associate’s Degree in Human Services from Naugatuck Valley Community College in 2013. She is currently supervising a group home in Rocky Hill, CT. Georgia is passionate about social equality and fights for the rights of marginalized groups. Ms. Davis feels that the ability to communicate in a positive and encouraging manner at all times, can and will bring about understanding and change. Her duties consist of but are not limited to, supervising employees to ensure that the daily happenings within the company are running well while building and maintaining a positive image of the company.
- Director of Residential/Individual Home Support
Charmaine Thompson is part owner and the Director of Residential Services. Ms.Thompson attended Charter Oak State College in New Britain, CT, earning a Bachelor's Degree in Science in 2018. She also attended Stone Academy to become a Licensed Practical Nurse and received her nursing license from the state of Connecticut in 2010. She also received an Associates degree in Social Science from Capital Community College in 1999. She has great organizational and communication skills. Ms. Thompson has 29 years of service in her current position. She is a supervisor at I.H.S., where she provides support services to people with disabilities who live on their own. She believes that a strong network of support is needed for individuals to be successful. Her duties consist of but are not limited to, overseeing residential services, as well as promoting and maintaining Cattleya services.
- Director of Administration
Mr. Brandon Walker is part owner and Director of Administration, He was certified by the YMCA Hartford Region in Sexual Assault Crisis Service Intervention in May of 2002 and earned his Bachelor of Science in Counseling June of 1996 by Charter University. In 2004, he also took a marketing course at Capital Community College. Mr. Walker has worked with people with disabilities for the past 27 years, having held multiple positions such as a direct care staff, assistant supervisor, and supervisor. He became a director of an agency and now part owner of Cattleya. Throughout his growth, he has learned the importance of helping people to help themselves. His duties consist of directly overseeing the operations of this agency to grow in the direction outlined in this business plan.