Vinfen is proud to award this year’s Board of Directors Scholarship to Nicholas Ferri. Each year, this award is presented to help employees further their education, career, and their commitment to the people Vinfen serves. The Board of Directors Scholarship is generously funded by Vinfen’s board members who firmly believe in supporting continuing education for Vinfen staff members.
Nicholas is a Site Coordinator at Vinfen’s Brighton Day Habilitation (BDH) program in Brighton, MA. He began his work with Vinfen in 2013 as a Program Instructor at BDH where he found a passion for working with adults with disabilities.
“I moved here in 2013 from New Jersey, and had worked at a summer camp there after college for children with developmental disabilities and autism. I was looking to stay within the human services field because that was work that I found very rewarding, and I very quickly found out about Vinfen.”
At BDH, Nicholas was able to explore the professional paths available to those interested in a career in human services
“I was kind of torn between social work or behavior analysis or special education. I knew that I wanted to be in human services, but it took me a little bit to figure out what route I wanted to take,” Nicholas said.
It was through working closely with the clinicians at his program and seeing firsthand how their work improved the health and happiness of the people he served that Nicholas found his passion for behavior analysis. “I was influenced by some great clinicians who I work with here at BDH. I got to learn a lot about behavior management treatment plans from the clinicians I worked with and saw how they were really beneficial to the people we work with. It was really cool to see them make progress on a daily basis.”
Nicholas matriculated into Simmons College’s Behavior Analysis master’s program last summer. When he earns his degree, he hopes to transition to an Assistant Clinical Director position at Vinfen. “It is a privilege to work for a company whose values closely align with my own,” Nicholas said. “My goal is to use the knowledge and skills I learn from the program to help others, and Vinfen is a company I would be proud to work for in this capacity.”
BDH Program Director Doreen Hiltz nominated Nicholas for the award. “He is a hard worker, dedicated, reliable, and is able to balance work responsibilities and the rigors of academia,” Doreen said. “Nick is well-deserving of the award and embodies why the scholarship is offered.”
It is clear that Vinfen’s Board of Directors agreed wholeheartedly. And Nicholas was thrilled to receive the scholarship. “There are so many great people at Vinfen, and it’s a company I really respect and love working for, so it was great. I was super excited, and it’s really going to help me out financially.”
Join Vinfen in congratulating Nicholas.