Awards Luncheon – Marriott East – Louisville

September 16, 2016

Sponsored by Cedar Lake

Regional Winners Received a Certificate of Recognition & $100 cash

State Winner Received Recognition Plaque & $500 cash

Recognizing all DSP's in attendance!

Recognizing all DSP’s in attendance!

Daryn Demeritt - VP of Government Relations at ResCare & co-chair of ANCOR's National Advocacy Campaign

Daryn Demeritt – VP of Gov Relations at ResCare & co-chair of ANCOR’s National Advocacy Campaign

Recognizing Kentucky’s BEST – Regional Award Winners

Jennifer Matney, Tri-Generations

Jennifer Matney, Tri-Generations

Sheila Butler, LifeSkills

Sheila Butler, LifeSkills

Jessica Jodon - PathForward KY

Jessica Jodon – Path Forward KY

Amy Riley, CAKY Benton

Amy Riley, CAKY Benton

Donna Pearson, Evergreen Community Supports

Donna Pearson, Evergreen Community Supports

Shaunda Boye, Apple Patch

Shaunda Boye, Apple Patch

Darren Harris, Everyday Matters

Darren Harris, Everyday Matters

Papa Mbodji, Independent Opportunities

Papa Mbodji, Independent Opportunities

 

KAPP’s 2016 Direct Support Professional of the Year

BETSY BYRNES

KALEIDOSCOPE, Louisville

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Listening to the words her supervisors used to describe in her nomination letter.

Listening to the words her supervisors used to describe her in her nomination letter.

2016 State Winner, Betsy Byrnes with 2015 State Winner, Josh Alford

2016 State Winner, Betsy Byrnes with 2015 State Winner, Josh Alford

 

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Thank you, Betsy!

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Well deserved accolades!

 

Betsy with her team from Kaleidoscope

Betsy with her team from Kaleidoscope

Congratulations to all of Kentucky’s Outstanding Direct Support Professionals!

Betsy’s Nomination Letter:

This DSP has one of the warmest hearts, greatest attitudes and takes care of each participant as if they were her family. She works in a program area and helps participants to “participate in life,” as she always says. She works with the most medically complex individuals we serve and always visits them after work hours when they stay in the hospital. When one participant she worked with went into the hospital, who always gave kisses, she brought a bowl of kisses and put them in his room with a sign that said, “Take a kiss, until I am strong enough to give you one myself.” His parents said that she helped rally him to live. She also works with another participant, who was orphaned at birth. She found a news article which covered his adoption and shared it with all staff. Because of her we were all better able to understand that participant’s struggles and to appreciate the journey that has been his life. She cannot stand the thought of especially a non-verbal participant spending a night in a hospital without a voice. She IS that voice for our participants and she stays in the hospital with them to make sure that their wants, needs and personality are expressed to those who are not familiar with them. When she is around them the eyes of the participants she works with glow, and their smiles shine. She has an enormous heart, helps participants and also staff. She is referred to as the “heart of the company,” and is living proof of our mission statement. She says that it is a privilege to work with these individuals, and that they are the most important people in the world.

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