By Liz Verley, Staff Writer
Mary Pfeffer Friese has been named the Little Falls Area Chamber Employee of the Month for May.
Pfeffer Friese has been employed as a vocational rehabilitation technician, for four and one-half years, with Vocational Rehabilitations Services (VRS) for the State of Minnesota at the WorkForce Center in Little Falls.
Pfeffer Friese’s state supervisor, Steven Jacobs, said, “Mary was hired to do support work for the Vocational Rehabilitation Office at the Little Falls WorkForce Center. Support staff are the first contact for almost everyone that is in the program. They do a variety of duties, but customer service is the first priority.”
He said, “It takes a well organized person to be able to handle the multiple tasks required every day. Mary has been able to do this in an exceptional manor as well as travel to other offices to fill in as needed. She is one of those employees that I never have to worry about. She is dedicated and hard working.”
Pfeffer Friese’s local supervisor Kendra Mooney said, “Mary is a very caring and dedicated employee. She is very detail oriented and strives for excellence in her work. She always greets customers with a smile and provides exceptional customer service. Mary is willing to go out of her way to support myself as a counselor and the consumers we serve.”
Mary and her husband Doug Friese have one son, Spencer Friese.
In her spare time she enjoys sewing, crafting, walking and dancing. She also enjoys volunteering at Lindbergh Elementary School, helping kids with reading and craft projects.
“VRS is helping people with a physical or mental disability to find work either full time or part time. I enjoy working with people to help them gain employment. It is fun to help them achieve their goals, too,” said Pfeffer Friese.
For being chosen as May Employee of the Month, she will receive gift certificates from Broadway Stylists, Pizza Ranch and the Dairy Queen. She will also receive a plant from Coborn’s and have her photo taken by Silker Studio.