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April 23, 2018

ANCOR Names Leroy Bryant 2018 Direct Support Professional of the Year

New Mexico DSP is honored for work in support of community living for people with disabilities

Leroy Bryant (Dungarvin), 2018 National DSP of the YearAlexandria, VA. — The American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR) announced today that Leroy Bryant of Gallup, New Mexico, is the recipient of the 2018 National Direct Support Professional Recognition Award, which is underwritten by Relias Learning.

ANCOR will present the award to Bryant at a ceremony honoring Direct Support Professionals (DSP) from across the nation on April 17 at ANCOR’s 2018 Conference: Converge in the Big Easy in New Orleans, LA in front of an anticipated audience of over 500 attendees.

Since 2007, ANCOR has honored exceptional Direct Support Professionals with the Direct Support Professional Recognition Award for exemplary work in furthering community inclusion and full participation for the many Americans living with intellectual, developmental and other disabilities. Mr. Bryant was the standout of this year’s field of 336 nominees. ANCOR also named state recipients of the DSP Recognition Award in 47 states, the District of Columbia, Canada, Moldova and for inaugural categories for setting stellar examples of work in the areas of Advocacy, Relationships, Leadership, Innovation and Tenets of the National Alliance of Direct Support Professionals.

Bryant is a Direct Support Professional (DSP) at Dungarvin in Gallup, NM.  Leroy helps transform lives, but he will quickly tell you that the people he has supported and is supporting have transformed his life.  “These people I have supported through the years and the ones today, they are all responsible for bringing me out of my low self-esteem days and helping me become who I am today,” he said.  “My co-workers too.  We’re all family here.”

Bryant ensures the people he supports are able to rebuild and maintain tribal connections that they had lost over many years of institutional care.  The people he supports are Native Americans, three Navajo and one Zuni and now live in the community.  As a Navajo himself, he makes certain that they remain connected to their families, their cultures and their traditions. 

“Leroy has assisted one man he supports receive blessings by traditional healers at the request of his family,” Bernadine Leekela, Dungarvin’s Executive Director in Gallup says.  “He works cooperatively with team members to assure that they are able to experience a range of traditional cultural events, like native festivals, Pow-Wows, feasts and dances.  He’s there with them.”

Bernadine went on to say: “He’s very humble and does not like to talk about himself. You can really see how much he cares about the individuals and to him they are just like his family. It does not matter to him that they have disabilities.  His focus is making their lives richer and fuller. He’s happy and upbeat and that works well in the home.”

“Reading about the work these exceptional DSPs as they support people with disabilities in living full lives is always inspiring,” said Barbara Merrill, ANCOR CEO. “This year’s recipients are truly exemplary examples of their profession, but we know that there are many like them across the country, oftentimes working quietly and without recognition, whose compassion and dedication to their hard work deserves gratitude and appreciation.”

“One of ANCOR’s strategic goals is to obtain the resources necessary to attract and retain professionals like Mr. Bryant and this year’s state and category award recipients,” continued Merrill. “We must continue to remind our policy makers that a stable and qualified workforce forms the backbone of quality services to support people with disabilities – these professionals must be valued for what they do.”

ANCOR’s Direct Support Professional Recognition Award is given to those who personify the values of ANCOR’s National Advocacy Campaign. Nominees are judged on their success in helping people with disabilities build social networks and engage in substantive community participation and for advocating for the people they serve.

 

2018 Direct Support Professional Award Recipients

STATE

 

 

Alabama

Steve Bishop

Resources for Independence

Alaska

Tammy Porter

ResCare

Arizona

Robert Ruskowski

The MENTOR Network

Arkansas

Edward "Allen"  Lowry

Bost, Inc.

California

Alicia  Wallace

Dungarvin

Colorado

Katrina Vincent

Continuum of Colorado

Connecticut

Leoncio Guerrero

Ability Beyond

Delaware

Adeyemi Kehinde

Mosaic

Washington, DC

Steve Holley

National Children’s Center

Florida

Catrina Cleveland

ResCare

Georgia

Shanta Luster

Sunrise Community of Georgia, Inc.

Idaho

Elsa  Gleason

ResCare

Illinois

Brenda Smith

Marcfirst

Indiana

Jennifer  Dailey

Dungarvin

Iowa

Shannon Henson

Exceptional Persons, Inc. (EPI)

Kansas

Sumer Whitaker

Mosaic

Kentucky

Jamar "Barkim"  Gowins

ResCare

Louisiana

Miya Winfield

ResCare

Maine

Danita "Dani" McKenney-Hallett

OHI

Maryland

Euricka Stevens

Progress Unlimited.org

Massachusetts

Jesse Farren-James

WCI

Michigan

Sue Beythan

Bethesda

Minnesota

Elizabeth Lobb

Dungarvin

Missouri

Joni Resides

St. Louis Arc

Montana

Beth Sagato

Opportunity Resources, Inc.

Nebraska

Carrie Diamond

ResCare

Nevada

Maxine Hensley

Dungarvin

New Hampshire

Kalpalata (Lata) Subedi

The PLUS Company

New Jersey

Stephanie Burnham

Dungarvin

New Mexico

Terilyn Barton

Dungarvin

New York

Luis Rosario

Liberty

North Carolina

Robert Moulton

ResCare

North Dakota

Marty Shaw

The MENTOR Network

Ohio

Mina Nardi

Koinonia Homes

Oklahoma

Teri Arquilla

Dungarvin

Oregon

Lucy Garadwey

The MENTOR Network

Pennsylvania

Karen Cogar

Fayette Resources

Rhode Island

Sonja Barr

West Bay Residential Services

South Carolina

Verniell Hannibal

Darlington County DSN Board

South Dakota

Kristen Jung

Aspire, Inc.

Tennessee

Terry Miller

Core Services of Northeast Tennessee

Texas

Deneen Lewis

Volunteers of America Texas

Utah

Kristie Geertsen

RISE Services, Inc.

Vermont

Pete Cook

GMSS

Virginia

Shanta Williams

Resources for Independence of Virginia

Washington

Shiloh Deede

ResCare

West Virginia

Lou Perkins

The MENTOR Network

Wisconsin

Dori Young

Volunteers of America of Minnesota and Wisconsin

 

SPECIAL

CATEGORIES

 

 

Advocacy

Beth Ryan

Living Well Disability Services

Advocacy

Aisha Stanley

Dungarvin

Leadership

Donna Price

Volunteers of America Southeast

Leadership

Kieth Richardson

ResCare

Innovation

Adam Hartwell

New England Business Associates

Innovation

Whitney Newton

RISE Services

NADSP Tenets

Jeffery Pagel

Innovative Services, Inc.

NADSP Tenets

Steve Holley

National Children's Center

Relationships

Emily Ward

ResCare

Relationships

Janet Johnson

The MENTOR Network

 

INTERNATIONAL

   

Canada

Greg Curry

ResCare

Moldova

Natalia Dediu

Keystone

 

About ANCOR. The American Network of Community Options and Resources is a national trade association representing more than 1,400 private providers of community living and employment supports and services to over a million individuals with disabilities with a workforce that’s half a million strong. ANCOR advocates for the crucial role private providers play in enhancing and supporting the lives of people with disabilities and their families.

Through its National Advocacy Campaign, ANCOR seeks to obtain the resources to recruit, train and retain a sustainable direct support workforce. ANCOR provides organization, professional, leadership development and networking opportunities and services and is continually working toward partnerships and collaborations that support our mission, which is to advance the ability of our members in supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to fully participate in their communities.www.ancor.org