Diane Tryan was notified today that she has been selected by the State of Michigan as the Foster Care Worker of the Year. Diane Tryan has always combined a tireless work ethic with a positive energy that inspires others around her. Diane has served Catholic Social Services of the UP for over 17 years. During this entire period, Diane brought an incredible energy everyday which made all of us take notice, step up and work harder to support those we serve. Diane originally served as a therapist but transitioned to energize our child welfare and foster care program. Diane later took over as the Adoption and Foster Care Supervisor in 2011. Since then the size of our foster care and adoption program grew significantly due to Diane’s efforts and spirit. Under Diane’s leadership as Supervisor, CSSUP’s adoption and foster care programs went from managing a few foster care cases and completing approximately two adoptions per year, to the thriving, robust program it is today. Diane is also a dedicated agent of mercy serving those who suffer in silence and are in the most need of our support. Diane has provided exemplary service as the Victims Advocacy Counselor for the Diocese of Marquette for the last two years.
Additionally, Diane accepted the new role of Clinical Director at CSSUP six months ago. She accepted this position not because she wanted it, but because CSSUP needed a Clinical Director. She embraced her new position with the same positive energy and work ethic she has always demonstrated. As a result of Diane’s efforts our clinics are operating more efficiently than ever and the work environment remains warm and comforting to all who enter our doors. Despite her additional responsibilities as Clinical Director, she continued to coach teach and mentor a new child welfare team. Diane also helped transition the leadership of our child welfare team which has become a model of efficiency under the leadership of Mary Sparapani.
Diane will be formally recognized by the State in Lansing on 5 November.