Date: December 10, 2018 | Category: News
Joy Guymon, of Sedalia, became the new Pettis County Care Manager on Nov. 5.
She replaced Shery Fogle, who now splits her time as Lifestyles Specialist and Parkview Gardens Apartments Care Manager in Warrensburg.
Joy, who has a bachelor’s of social work from University of Central Missouri, began in the field more than 15 years ago.
She worked at WILS and the Center for Human Services. In addition, she works on an as-needed basis for Citizens Against Spousal Abuse in Sedalia.
She and her husband, Brian, also are host home providers. The couple provides support in their home to an adult woman who lives with them and needs special assistance.
Joy said she believes that she is a good fit for the Care Manager’s role.
“I love having knowledge that can be used to empower others to be the most independent people they can be. I am a compassionate person who loves to help others,” she said. “I truly believe that we all need help from time to time, but most of us don’t need someone to do for us, only the information of how it can be done. I use this philosophy in my everyday life and with people I serve. I am a strong advocate for those who are underprivileged, and I feel it is my duty to advocate for those who do not have their own voice.”
After living on a mini-farm in rural Sedalia for 28 years, Joy and her husband recently moved into a larger home so that they would have more room to house more individuals who need a family-supported environment.
During her first few weeks at Care Connection, Joy said she has taken quite a liking to the older adults she has met.
“I like hearing the cool stories that seniors are eager to share if a person is willing to listen,” Joy said. “I love, love, love being able to open doors of opportunity for someone in need.”
Going forward, Joy said, she hopes to bring increased awareness to the agency’s services and thus increase the number of people she serves. She said she wants to connect with community partners.
When she is not at work, Joy enjoys art as a professional photographer and an impressionist painter.
She and her husband have four children, Aaron, Telisha, Kallen, and Billie; and five grandchildren, Draven, Korvin, Reanna, Wyatt, and Ethan.
The couple also has a family dog named Jack (“Jackson if he is in trouble),” and cats Chloe and Bella.”