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Extraordinary Employees: Denise Goodin

Denise Goodin, administrative assistant in Utilization Management at Lexington Medical Center, knows the struggles parents of at-risk youth face. It’s why she started Reconnecting Villages in 2014. This 501(c)(3) organization provides hope and support for families with misguided children by offering them emotional support, resources and guidance.

“I know the uncontrollable, directionless anger and self-destructive behavior some at-risk youth display. I also know the hopelessness of their parents – those who feel alone, lost, powerless. I know because I have been the lost child and the helpless parent,” said Denise.

In her teenage years, Denise ran away from home and spent time in the juvenile justice system. She also had a child who faced similar difficulties. These experiences inspired her to support other families and help them regain control over their families’ success.

“We work with families to help them define new goals for their children and themselves. Helping a family transition from a critical lifestyle to a more productive one creates a greater chance that the family will be more productive in the community,” she said.

Reconnecting Villages is improving those odds. According to Denise, communities are benefiting from the increased productivity of these children and reducing the amount of resources used to control their negative behaviors.

“Serving your community means providing resources within your means to benefit the well-being of those around us. If a community is able to use less resources, such as police officers and school administrators, because we provide parents with the support they need to regain control, then those resources can be used to solve other problems,” said Denise.

Her commitment to others reaches into other areas as well. She is actively involved in her church, serves as a certified life coach and volunteers with the Department of Juvenile Justice in the Juvenile Probation department.

“We all have special talents or gifts from God. They are not given to us for our own use, but to enrich the lives of others.”

Looking ahead, Denise plans to build and cultivate relationships between Reconnecting Villages and other nonprofit organizations in the Midlands.

“We hope to become a ‘one-stop shop’ resource center that provides support or referrals for families in crisis.”

Extraordinary Employees: Richard Brock and William Creek

Richard Brock, clinical pharmacy manager, and William Creek, pharmacist at Lexington Oncology, dive into their hobby – literally. They are both certified-scuba divers. When they started working together years ago, Richard and William learned they shared the hobby. The newfound friends took their first dives off the South Carolina coast, and then decided to try hunting for fossils and artifacts in black water near Moncks Corner.

Richard Brock and William Creek

“The Cooper River is a tidal river, so it continuously refreshes artifacts and fossils. People come from other countries to dive there. Holding a piece of history that hasn’t been touched or seen by anyone else is incredible,” said Richard.

Richard has been a certified scuba diver since age 14, when he earned his certification in Explorer Scouts (now Venture Scouts). His 14-year-old son will become SCUBA certified this summer, and he hopes to have his 11-year-old daughter certified when she’s a little older. William is the only diver in his family.

“I started diving to do something unique and interesting,” said William. “And discovering relics and fossils is certainly unique and interesting! To bring up a pottery fragment or spear point that was last touched by human hands thousands of years ago really gives one perspective on things,” he said.

Both men have favorite dives from the Cooper River.

“My favorite dive was several years ago when Richard found a 6-inch tooth,” said William. Richard’s favorite black-water dive was his first in the Cooper River. “I found a Civil War-era vegetable platter and a fossilized deer jawbone with the teeth intact.”

Richard’s dream dive, however, is a place called Truk Lagoon.

Richard and William have been working at Lexington Medical Center for 19 and three years, respectively.

“It’s the site of a fierce World War II battle and is now a scuba diving paradise with more than 100 ships, planes and submarines resting underwater,” he said.

Richard and William hope to continue to dive together for years to come.

“I want to continue diving at least once a year in the Cooper River. I also started blacksmithing about two years ago, and I’m furthering my knowledge in that field,” said William.

Richard is busy helping 14 boy scouts become scuba certified this summer and plans to take them on a scuba adventure at Sea Base in the Florida Keys next summer.

“We aren’t guaranteed tomorrow. It’s important to do something you love to be happier employees and better serve our patients,” said Richard.