Rhoda Overstreet-Wilson recognized by NAACP
Feb 27, 2015
Rhoda Overstreet-Wilson, Cayuga Centers’ Vice President of Out-of-Home Care, was recognized by the Auburn/Cayuga branch of the NAACP at its 16th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Millennium Award luncheon January 30.
Raised in Auburn, Overstreet-Wilson has worked for Cayuga Centers since 1999, starting as a Group Care Worker, advancing to Unit Manager, then Assistant Director of Residential, before assuming the position of Vice President for Out-of-Home Care in 2012. A graduate of Cayuga Community College, she went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Community and Human Services through Empire State College, and a Master of Science in Management from Keuka College. Both of her children have attended all three graduations, and she’s excited about being a role model for them and others in the community – an African American woman being successful in education and in her professional life.
About the award, Overstreet-Wilson says she’s “humbled to be recognized by this community and the NAACP for doing work I enjoy doing, that I feel called to do, and I would feel a void if I weren’t doing it.” She’s active in the Auburn community, working with the Auburn City-Wide Community Choir, and serving as Board Chair for the Booker T. Washington Community Center.
When asked why she enjoys working at Cayuga Centers, she described her “enjoyment of the work we do – with residents and their families, as well as different counties.” She also noted that she works with a phenomenal team of coworkers that is supportive of each other. She is grateful for the support Cayuga Centers has given her in pursuing her education – flexibility in her work made it possible.
Agency President and CEO Edward Myers Hayes said, “Rhoda Overstreet-Wilson is a tremendous asset to both Cayuga Centers and to the Auburn community. She does a tremendous job leading our Out-of-Home Care treatment programs and has played a vital role in Cayuga Centers being nationally recognized for our high quality work. She has mentored many staff – helping them both pursue higher degrees and balance professional advancement with being strong parents. Her talent and her perseverance has touched many lives – both in our programs and in general. She is a model for all of us.”