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The winners of the Direct Support Professional (DSP) of the Year Awards for 2021 have been selected! Recipients of these awards are People Inc. staff members who demonstrate superior care and consistent dedication in their support of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Each winner received a $1,000 monetary award. Direct Support Professional Week is observed nationally and honors these wonderful professionals for the valuable contributions they provide to their communities.

Thomas Bartus, Self Determination Assistant

Kristine Baskerville, Self Determination Assistant

Ashley Brown, Behavior Technician/Medical Liaison

Kristen Cavanaugh, Self Determination Assistant

Douglas Dubose, Direct Support Professional - Day Services

Glenda Durham, Self Determination Assistant

Pandora Gibson, Behavior Technician

Robert Harker, Self Determination Assistant

Dayle Huber, Team Leader/Medical Liaison

Elena Jackson, Direct Support Professional - Respite

Tamara Keem, Direct Support Professional - Residential

Renee Marranca, Team Leader

Michael Mayflower, Direct Support Professional - Day Services

Dashana Moore, Direct Support Professional - Residential

Brenda Olmstead, Direct Support Professional - Residential

Courtney Neubauer (Pawlak), Direct Support Professional - Residential

Tara Polakiewicz, Direct Support Professional - Day Services

Dana Rivera, Team Leader

Russell Sanders, Self Determination Assistant

Elizabeth Shearer, Self Determination Assistant

Colleen Sondel, Direct Support Professional - Day Services

Caleb Tate, Direct Support Professional - Residential

Deborah Taylor, Direct Support Professional - Day Services

Emily Wittman, Team Leader/Medical Liaison

Christina Zamoyski, Self Determination Assistant

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