Sheila Mahon named director of operations at Monadnock Development Services

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 1/14/2022 1:00:22 PM
Modified: 1/14/2022 12:59:29 PM

Sheila Mahon has spent her whole career helping support adults with disabilities, starting with helping them find jobs while she was at Monadnock Worksource.

“I could help other people have that level of independence,” she said of that first job. “What a cool thing, to be able to support others.”

Now, she is stepping up as the new director of operations at Monadnock Development Services, replacing Mary-Anne Wisell, who became executive director when Alan Greene retired.

“We’ve always had a very strong working relationship,” Wisell said of Mahon. “Sheila goes way back with MDS and the system as a whole, and I think the experiences that she’s had over the years really lend themselves well to not just knowing where we are today and knowing where we’ve come from, and there’s real value in that.”

Mahon spent many of her years at MDS in case management before becoming the director of case management, and eventually the director of service coordination. 

“It was just amazing, being involved on that coordination end, and seeing so many changes that had taken place in our system,” she said. “People having more opportunities, more flexibility for individuals, and being creative with their supports.”

Mahon briefly moved to Florida before returning after four months and working in the Monadnock Center of Successful Transitions, a department of MDS. 

“That’s what I’ve been doing for the last 16 years, going back to that employment piece,” she said.

When Wisell was named as Greene’s replacement, Mahon said she felt she needed to apply for the director of operations position.

“I kind of had to throw my name in the ring for it,” she said. “I just looked back at my career, and having the experience in service coordination, but then actually providing employment services… I thought, ‘You know, I think I want to try to take what I’ve been doing and try to do it on a different level.’”

Now, she’s excited for the next chapter.

“I’m really excited to work with Mary-Anne; she and I have similar backgrounds,” she said. “I feel that we’re going to be a good team.”

“It’s been really beneficial so far,” said Wisell of their teamwork. “I sometimes feel like, when I’m kind of at a loss, she comes up with that brainstorm that I hadn’t yet thought of, and that’s worked really well.”

There will be some challenges going forward, Mahon said, such as staffing and other shortages being seen everywhere, as well as general struggles with COVID-19.

“It’s a lot to navigate, but I’m really excited for the challenge and the opportunity,” she said. “We have amazing individuals that we work with, and really strong families. I’m excited to have the opportunity to work with a broader group of stakeholders in the last few years.”

In particular, Mahon said that she was eagerly anticipating the chance to help grow MDS in various areas, including expanding advocacy and awareness, increasing resources available to individuals they support and continuing to support their workforce.

“I think the individuals we support, they offer us so many opportunities to learn and grow, and I can’t think of something that’s more rewarding,” she said. “It’s just so cool, I don’t know how else to put it, to be a part of helping people really thrive and achieve their dreams.”


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