|Susan McGinley, a volunteer for Mercy Mentors of Oklahoma City, receives an Outstanding Mentor Award from Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence Chairman David L. Boren (left) and President Anil Gollahalli during Oklahoma Mentor Day at the Capitol. (Photo by Travis Caperton, Oklahoma State Capitol)|
Mercy Mentors, Mercy Hospital
Mercy Mentors has named Susan McGinley, a senior manager in human resources at Mercy Hospital, as its outstanding mentor for Oklahoma Mentor Day.
Through the program, Mercy Healthcare employees mentor Linwood Elementary School students one-to-one each week during periods established by the teacher and principal.
“Susan has been a faithful mentor at Linwood for the past two years,” said Gaylene Stiles, director of Community Health & Access for Mercy’s West Region. She truly enjoys working with her current mentee, who is very smart but has difficulty with reading.
“Susan loves when she asks what a word means,” Gaylene said. “Recently they looked up how to pronounce a French word that was used in a book they were reading together. Since the first of the school year, her mentee is reading more fluently.”
It is important to Susan to work hard with her mentee because her husband is dyslexic and talks about the difficulties he endured in school as a child. She is convinced that without the Mercy Mentors program, those students who struggle would fall further and further behind.