Employee Spotlight

Welcome to our employee spotlight page. At CL&A we realize that our success comes from the people that have joined our CL&A family. Without our hardworking and dedicated teams, we would not be where we are today. In an effort to recognize our employees for the exemplary work that they do, we’d like to take a moment and highlight one member, who we believe to be doing an outstanding job. The people who are featured here represent the best of us. They are an example to everyone around them of the excellence that can be achieved.

Employee Spotlight: Sheffield Burton
Congratulations to Sheffield Burton on being a valued CL&A employee. You are an outstanding member of our team, and we couldn’t do it without you! We are honored to highlight you in this month’s employee spotlight.

Tell us a little about yourself.
CL&A has had me do a reflection on just who I am. I have a professional career that has spanned over 4 decades of services to the residents of my community. I have worked within the entire scope of service delivery to vulnerable populations. The populations have been inclusive of; Mental Health, Juvenile Counselor (Detention), Early Intervention, Substance Abuse, Forensic Hospital, Palliative Care, HIV, ACS Preventive Services, Medical Social Worker, and last Veterans, all of which have been extremely rewarding.

I have achieved a BA in Deviant Behavior and Social Control (John Jay College of Criminal Justice), BA in Specialization in Psychological Services (Lehman College CUNY), and a Master of Science in Social Administration MSSW (Columbia University). My current NYS license is License Clinical Social Worker – R.

I am a husband, a father, a grandfather (10), and a great grandfather (12). I live in Yonkers, NY with my loving wife. I have worked on several projects in the service of the Yonkers community.

What is your role at CL&A?
Clinical Director for Special Interventions. I supervise a team of 3 Senior Case Managers, and the Nurse Practitioner. The unit specializes in high risk cases which need intense intervention.

What would people never guess you do in your role?
That I use my team to grow in the profession, and enhance my professional experience.

What aspect of your role do you enjoy the most?
I am currently carrying a caseload of 20 veterans, and the interactions continue to be an important part of my growth.

How did you first learn about CL&A?
I was in a transitional period in my life, and a close friend of mine asked me to submit my resume to a contracting company. Marc asked me to be a part of a pilot program with 7 veterans. The rest is history.

What do you like most about CL&A?
CLA continues to provide innovative approaches to enhance the lives of the veteran’s that we service.

Before working here, what was the most unusual or interesting job you've ever had?
I have always enjoyed the work that I do with families and children. I have been truly blessed with great mentors who have provided direction and stressed the importance of giving back.

What kinds of hobbies and interests do you have outside of work?
I play chess, and love traveling the world with my wife of 25 years. Spending time with family members, and the friends of a lifetime.

What is one thing you couldn’t live without?
To be truthful…a great piece of white chocolate, or a warm bean pie with Bryer’s Vanilla ice cream.

What is your hidden talent?
Being able to search for the best deals. Whether it be football tickets, big purchases or vacations. I am always able to find the best deals. In my friends group I am the event planner.

What is your biggest pet peeve?
Often times the lack of coordination within service providers have impeded the resolution of critical issues faced by our consumers.

What is your favorite movie and book?
I have many movies which I could call my favorite, but the one that I watch all of the time is “We Were Soldiers”. My favorite two books are “The Art of War” and “The World’s Greatest Miracle”.