Layne named employee of year

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Marla Layne, administrator at Monette Manor, was named 2010 Employee of the Year. She was presented a plaque and gift at the staff Christmas luncheon held on Monday.

Marla Layne

"This award is special to me because we have so many deserving employees," Layne said. "It is a privilege for me to be chosen."

Layne has been with Monette Manor for 10-1/2 years starting in July of 2000. She had worked at Lane's Nursing Home as bookkeeper for five years from 1974 to 1979. She helped set up the office for Monette Manor when it was built.

She left the nursing home and went to work at Buffalo Island Central School as bookkeeper where she worked for 21 years.

"It was good working at the school while I was raising my children," Layne said.

While she was working at the nursing home the first time she had received her administrator's license.

"I never thought about having the opportunity to return as administrator to Monette Manor but it has been great," she said.

Layne calls it challenging and rewarding.

"This is a wonderful place," she said. "Our goal is to keep a family atmosphere. I am blessed with a great staff of dedicated, caring employees. This is our resident's home and we are here to care for them."

Monette Manor recently received a good survey for the year and they survived an evacuation in March.

"We had a power surge and lost all of our electricity," she said. "We moved the residents to the First Baptist Church. All of our employees and their family members, as well as community volunteers came in and we successfully moved everyone with no problems. We make plans for all situations but it makes us feel good when the plans are successful."

Layne said she is looking forward to the future.

"We have a great facility here with a great staff," she said.

She also praised her family for the support she has received from them. She is married to Skip Layne, operation manager for Centurylink for North Arkansas and Mississippi. They have two grown children, Chip Layne and Crystal Cline. Chip and his wife Ashley live in Jonesboro. Chip is superintendent of Bay School. Crystal is an elementary teacher at Valley View. She and her husband, Jeff, also live in Jonesboro.

The Laynes have four grandchildren, Taylor 11; Whitlee 9; Kelsea 5; and Kaitlyn 1.

"Even the grandchildren enjoy visiting the residents at Monette Manor and helping with different projects," she said.

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