Alaska Alliance for Direct Service Careers (AADSC) Outstanding Direct Service Professional of the Year Awards

We are no longer accepting nominations at this time. Attend the conference on April 17, 2014 to see the awards presentation!

Winners will receive $1,000 AND a trip to the 2014 Full Lives Conference to accept this honor AND free registration to the 2015 Full Lives Conference!

The Alaska Alliance for Direct Service Careers seeks nominations each year for outstanding direct service professionals who work in the following areas: 

People with Traumatic Brain Injuries

People with Severe Mental Illness

People with Alzheimer's Disease and Other Age-Related Dementia/Elder Care

People in Treatment for Chronic Alcoholism/Substance Abuse

People with Developmental Disabilities

Direct Service Professionals provide support to a wide range of individuals in a variety of settings including the individual's home, workplace, residential center, day center, and community. Positions include, but are not limited to, PCAs, CNAs, home care providers, recreation staff, clinicians, job coaches, counselors, early intervention associates - anyone who works directly with an infant, child, adolescent, adult or senior who depends on support to be more self-sufficient. To be a direct service professional, a person must spend AT LEAST 75% of their time in direct care activities.

Five winners (one from each service area) will be announced at the 2014 Full Lives Conference at the Sheraton Anchorage Hotel on Thursday, April 17, 2014 during the 9AM hour in the Howard Rock Ballroom. 

2013 Award Winners

The 2013 AADSC Outstanding Direct Service Professionals of the Year received $1,000, a trip to the 2013 Full Lives Conference to accept this award, and free registration to the 2014 Full Lives Conference!

These Direct Service Professionals provide support to a wide range of individuals in a variety of settings including the individual's home, workplace, residential center, day center, and community. Positions include, but are not limited to, PCAs, CNAs, home care providers, recreation staff, clinicians, job coaches, counselors, early intervention associates - anyone who works directly with an infant, child, adolescent, adult or senior who depends on support to be more self-sufficient. To be a direct service professional, a person must spend AT LEAST 75% of their time in direct care activities.

Brittanee Raeburn - Works with Individuals with Developmental Disabilities

Donald Harpole - Works with Individuals in Substance Abuse/Chronic Alcoholism Treatment

Colleen Robertia - Works with Individuals Experiencing Mental Illness

Cathy Genaux - Works with Individuals with Brain Injuries

Elizabeth Weeks - Works with Individuals with Alzheimer's Disease and Other Age-Related Dementia

 
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  • 2009 Winners<br />From left to right: Heidi Frost, Heather Ciampa, Tami Lubitsh, Janie Mathis, Kimberly Kilkenny, Valorie Nelson, and Ramy Brooks
  • 2008 Winners<br />Left to right: Dinah Backford, Frank Box, Heidi Frost (AADSC Coordinator), Falicia Forrell-Stevens, and Elizabeth Howard (missing: Patricia Swan-Smith)
  • 2007 Winners<br />From left to right: Don Thibedeau, Tami Lubitsh (substitute), Jan Ohmstede, and Kathy Evans
  • 2011 Winners from left to right: Tom Hull, Samantha Engler, Alyson Belle Bybee, and Kanoe Toutaiolepo (missing: Jacqui Johnson)
  • 2012 Winners from left to right, back to front: Pat Springer-Hann, Laura Gutierrez (in place of Wayne Tocher), Lisa Farrell, Kelly Barrett-Godwin, and Angela Bitter
  • 2010 Winners From left to right: Dayna McGuire, Katie Wales, Jennifer Defreest, Albert Nells, and Nils Dihle
  • 2013 Winners from left to right: Brittanee Raeburn, Donald Harpole, Colleen Robertia, Cathy Genaux, Elizabeth Weeks
 
Contact Full Lives

Raelynn Smith
(907) 264-6244
raelynn@alaskachd.org

UAA Center for Human Development
2702 Gambell St. Suite 103
Anchorage, Alaska 99503
Ph: (907) 272-8270
1 (800) 243-2199
TTY: (907) 264-6206
Fax: (907) 274-4802