2022 NJACP Heroes Recognition Awards
The 2022 NJACP DSP Heroes Recognition Award
About the Award
NJACP and its members have always been keenly aware of the importance of DSPs and the important role they play in the lives of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. With the onset of the COVID-19 Pandemic in the spring of 2020, it quickly became obvious that our direct care staff were regularly demonstrating heroic levels of selflessness and compassion on the job as they provided care for the individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities they served.
NJACP and its members decided to celebrate and honor Direct Support Professionals at a special virtual event during DSP week in September 2020. The NJACP DSP Heroes Recognition Award came to be. It was such a positive and uplifting event. And as the pandemic persisted, stories of the endless selfless efforts of DSPs to provide support for those in their care across the state continued to be heard. During an unprecedented and dark time in history, they were beacons. With the dedication, endless sacrifices and enduring commitment of Direct Support Professionals, DSP’s everywhere continue to prove every day that they really are Heroes. 2022 marks the 3rd year the award will be given.
This year, NJACP is delighted to celebrate one staff member in a Direct Support Role from our various member agencies who have truly gone above and beyond the call of duty. While many DSPs are all deserving, each agency has been limited to one nomination.
NJACP 2022 Heroes
Frank Bresnick, JESPY House
Mattie Byrd, Allies NJ
Desidee Calderon, Bancroft
Allison Cortese, 21 Plus, Inc.
Lashanda Dennis, Beacon Specialized Living
Henry Duah, ResCare Inc.
Stanley Duo, Enable, Inc.
Linda Hagan, Abilities of Northwest Jersey, Inc.
Patriece Harris, Oaks Integrated Care
Bernadette Joseph, Kelsch Associates
Prospero Kpordze, SERV Achievement Center
Noel Lacanlale, SCHI Disability Services
Barbara Marrow, Partnerships for the People, Inc.
Christopher Mevs, Midland Adult Services
Nacole Moore, Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health NJ
Stefania Nagy, Delta Community Supports
Deaisha Nelson, Elwyn NJ
Lakita Paige, Jewish Service for the Developmentally Disabled (JSDD)
Jennifer Raymond, AVIDD Community Services of NJ
Valerie Riley, The P.I.L.O.T. Services
Louise Root, Broadstep
Queyenda Sally, Everas Community Services
Maria Saravia, Department for Persons with Disabilities, Diocese of Paterson
Brandon Scott, Eden Autism Inc.
Veronica Solorzano, Legacy Treatment Services
Lavonna Stanley, Quality Management Associates NJ
David Weiskopf, The Occupational Training Center of Burlington County
Elizabeth Woods, Alternatives Inc.
Charlene Young, JEVS Human Services
Thank-you to everyone who submitted a video for this event:
Kaylee McGuire, Deputy Commissioner, DHS
Jonathan Seifried, DHS Assistant Commissioner, DDD
Teresa Ruiz, NJ Senate Majority Leader (D-29)
Lou Greenwald, Assembly Majority Leader (D-6)
State Senator Joe Vitale (D-19)
Dan Benson, Assemblyman (D-14
State Senator Bob Singer (R-30)