Julie K. Powell, Michielle Farmer and Tracy Jessie have been named Employees of the Quarter at Sunshine Industries, Inc. of Ardmore.

Born and raised in Ardmore, Powell has worked at Sunshine for 15 years. She does a variety of jobs, including assembling, capping and boxing different kinds of writing instruments, inflating vinyl balls and shredding newspaper for use at Ardmore Animal Shelter. In addition, she works in Sunshine's cafeteria cleaning tables and chairs, as well as other duties assigned to her by vocational training specialist staff.

"I really like working at Sunshine," Powell says. "But my favorite thing to do is inflate balls."

Farmer has worked at Sunshine for seven years as a habilitation training specialist in the residential services department. Her duties include assisting clients with daily living skills, such as preparing lunches and housekeeping. She also documents and administers medications.

"I enjoy working with the ladies in their home. They are so much fun to be around," she says.

Farmer moved to Lone Grove from Wichita Falls, Texas, 37 years ago. She and her husband, Jerry, have two children, Kim Harris and Kellie White. The also have three grandchildren, Brooke, Ashlye and Kyle, and one great-grandson, Kason.

Tracy Jessie moved from Frederick, Okla., to Ardmore 15 years ago. He has worked at Sunshine six years as a vocational training specialist. Jessie works with service recipients at their jobs assembling writing instruments, inflating vinyl balls, mail collation and labeling, and social skills. His job is to make sure the work is done correctly, and to train people with disabilities to prepare for finding work.

"I love working with Sunshine and seeing the smiles on the service recipients' faces when they are told their work has been done correctly," he explains. "They are all good, hard workers."

Sunshine Industries, Inc. has entered its 45th year of providing service to adults with developmental/intellectual disabilities in southern Oklahoma. The company mission is to enable people with disabilities to achieve full potential and an enhanced quality of life.