Meet ResCare’s Nominees for the 2011 Direct Service Professional of the Year Award

The 2011 Direct Service Professional of the Year Award

ANCOR, the national association for providers of services to people with developmental and other disabilities, annually honors one Direct Support Professional from each state along with a National DSP of the Year for exemplifying the high calling of the profession.

This year ResCare operations nominated 48 Direct Service Professionals who provide outstanding service to the people they support. Each of them deserves applause and appreciation for the contributions they make everyday to the lives of individuals who depend on them.

East Region

  • David Vernon – Alabama
  • Holly McDowell – Delaware
  • Ana Ramirez – Florida
  • Berneda Williams – Florida
  • Angela Thomas – Georgia
  • Daphney Wymbs – Georgia
  • Jonathon Pollard – Illinois
  • Kathy White – Indiana
  • Maria Cuello – Indiana
  • Richard Nichol – Indiana
  • Dennis Wagner – Iowa
  • Tina Hartson – Iowa
  • Jessica Cline – Kentucky
  • Nancy Schaeffer – Kentucky
  • Shannon Landon – Kentucky
  • Derek Kolp – Michigan
  • Rasheed Kolawole – New Jersey
  • Lillie Izzi – North Carolina
  • Nathasha Davis – North Carolina
  • Robin Billings – North Carolina
  • Amber Zink – Ohio
  • Bill Kosileski – Ohio
  • John Bolin – Ohio
  • Susan Ramirez – South Carolina
  • Tara Lewis – Tennessee
  • Daniel Maynard – Virginia
  • Alvin Fleischaker – West Virginia
  • Gracie Johnson – West Virginia
  • Mark Hawk – West Virginia

West Region

  • Debbie Jenkins – Alaska
  • Ritche Dela – California
  • Rolando Castro – California
  • Yolanda Castaneda – California
  • Tony Davis – Colorado
  • Mary Wray – Kansas
  • Patty Browning – Kansas
  • Sandra Martinez – Kansas
  • Manuella Fradieu – Louisiana
  • Clyde Patterson – Missouri
  • Stormie Coleman – Nebraska
  • Kim Theus – Nevada
  • Creston Capps – Oklahoma
  • Teresa Ramos – Oklahoma
  • Agnes Abraham – Texas
  • Diane Johnson – Texas
  • Linda Camp – Texas
  • Daniel Machar – Washington

DSP Comments/ Congratulations

CONGRATULATIONS MARK!!!!! You did such an AMAZING job with this participant. You could see the bond you all had formed from your hard work & dedication to him.

Gracie–you deserve this!  If we were able to clone you, we would.  You are an exceptional staff.

To my little sister Diane Johnson, I want to congratulate you on your 2011 DSP Nomination. I am so proud of you and want you to know that you are an inspiration to the family and me. I have always known that you put your heart and soul into whatever you are doing. Work well done and keep up the good work.

Love you,
Renee

My name is Raquel Colon, eldest sister of Maria Cuello. I totally support my sister in her nomination as a service professional in the state of Indiana. Maria has always  given back often sacrificing her own family and life for the goodness of others. I am very proud to read of her success from New York City via Facebook. We love her very much and dearly miss her kindness and humor. May God continue to bless her with love, kindness and success!

Congratulation, Maria Cuello….we love you….we are very proud of you.

I JUST WANTED TO CONGRATULATE MY SISTER MARIA CUELLO FOR SUCH GREAT EFFORT IN TIMES OF NEED FOR THOSE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS. I ALWAYS KNEW SHE HAD A SPECIAL CALLING IN HER LIFE. THERE WAS A TIME IN MY LIFE THAT I WAS VERY SICK IN THE HOSPITAL, AND EVEN THOUGH SHE WAS IN NEED OF CARE FOR HER SELF, SHE TOOK OUT TIME TO COME SEE ME, AND SHE HELPED,  ENCOURAGED ME TO EAT, AND GOT ME OUT OF BED, AND TOOK ME A SHOWER. SHE IS A VERY SPECIAL PERSON TO ME, AND I’M SURE THAT THOSE WHO KNOW HER, CAN SEE HER AS A TRUE BLESSING FROM GOD IN THEIR LIFES. GOD BLESS YOU MARIA! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.

Tony I have met and know you for the past nine years. You are a terrific employee and a a great person. Congratulations for being nominated this year.

Judith Timko
Payroll

Congratulations to each and every one of the nominees for DSP of the Year!  Your ongoing and dedicated work to those you support makes you a winner each and every day .  You are truly appreciated and admired for your outstanding service!

Bob Bond
Vice President of Government Relations

Gracie,

Obviously it takes a class "A" type personality to be able to cater to those that are in need and at the same time mentor others around you.  When I found out you were nominated for an award based on your actions and caring attitude towards others I thought what a perfect candidate… Ever since I have had the pleasure of knowing you, you have been a joy to be around and have been there for Jenn and I when we were just starting out as a young couple.  Keep up the great work and I hope you get selected for such a great honor.

Mark, all of the clarksburg waiver staff enjoyed having you down here. You worked 16 hour shifts everyday and made the hardest job look easy. When i had asked how you do it you stated"if you start a task you see it thru to the end" this has inspired me on my hardest days on the job. I truely thank you for being here for the people we serve.

CONGRATULATIONS AUNT GRACIE!!!! YOU HAVE AN AMAZING HEART AND PERSONALITY! YOU MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE AND GIVE REASON FOR THE WORLD TO SPIN EVERYDAY!

I LOVE YOU!
-AJ

Congatulations on your nomination! Why am I not surprised? Your loving, caring and compassionate spirit is shining! I hope you get to represent WV as a wonderful caregiver! Love ya! Carol

We appreciate your dedication to our consumers, your professionalism is beyond reproach.

Maria put her love faith and hope in my brother just like he was her own family. Before our mothers passing she stated to me that her prayers have been answered, it was Maria. Because of Maria my brother has felt comfort during the mourning of his long life friend, (mother), care-giver, companion and playmate. She was his world. But I can honestly say for my mother and I he never lost all of that because that’s what Maria has showed him. I can’t Thank a person enough for their dedication, patience,and understanding ways. It is truely a gift that only some will have, my brother is blessed! I LOVE YOU MARIA FOR LOVING MY BROTHER. LOVE BEARS ALL THINGS, BELIEVES ALL THINGS, HOPES ALL THINGS AND ENDURES ALL THINGS.

LOVE NEVER FAILS
Jasmine Farr/Sister

Congratulations Mark on your nomination for DSP of the Year.  Even if  you don’t win, you truly deserve the nomination.  You are always willing to assist your co-workers as well as our consumers. Good Luck and God Bless

Congrats to everyone who was nominated for this award.  It is truly an honor to be recognized.  I am partial to Gracie as the ultimate winner, for I have known her kindness and resilience for decades. She deserves the best of everything for her heart is way too big for any one person, her generosity is abundant, and her love of others is unsurpassed. I marvel at her benevolence and goodness and wish I had just a portion of her attributes.

CONGRAT TO YOU WAY TO GO

Mark, I’m not at all surprised to see you up for this award. You work so hard and truly are a voice for those  that cannot always speak for themselves. You came to help us at a very critical time and put in countless hours. Your dedication, loyality, caring nature and patience is a very rare  trait today. I appreciated the opportunity to work with you and learned a few things along the way! I know I speak for everyone at the Claurg Ay when I hank you, thank you! Good luck in the future.

SherylLynn Jones LPN