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A Slice of Success

April 27, 2018

By Tim Kelly

DOC Communications

(Tim Kelly, DOC Communications)

AUBURN – After successfully graduating from a rehabilitation program in November 2015, Megan Veenhuizen was determined to change her life. Something as simple as pizza was the catalyst for that change. The following April, she was hired by MOD Pizza to work at their Issaquah store. The earned opportunity was her chance to succeed.

Addiction had taken control of her life and she hadn’t worked for over five years. She made sure to make all of her community corrections officer check-ins and stayed away from violations. During this time she began to work her way up through the MOD Pizza ranks from a team captain to an assistant general manager in training. The work was hard but it has yielded rewards.

MOD Pizza is not afraid to give people with criminal backgrounds a second chance. It is a source of pride for MOD. These impact hirings, as they are known at MOD, allow people the ability to grow and change, a value of the Department of Corrections. Community partnerships are imperative to the department in achieving its mission of improving public safety.

Veenhuizen has been sober for over three years now and doesn’t know where she would be if not for MOD. Her Department of Corrections supervision ended in 2017 but she still has kept in contact with some of the community corrections officers that supervised her. She now has a baby daughter, purchased a house, and was selected to be the general manager at the new Lakeland Hills MOD Pizza.