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

Now accepting nominations for outstanding direct service professionals who work in the following support 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

Download nomination form for more info and to apply! (PDF 555KB)

Winners will receive $1,000 AND a paid trip* to the 2014 Full Lives Conference to accept this honor AND free registration to the 2015 Full Lives Conference! *Paid trip is only applicable to winners who live outside of the Anchorage/Mat-Su area.

Submission Deadline: January 16, 2015

To be a direct service professional, a person must work AT LEAST 75% of their time in direct care activities. 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, and early intervention associates; anyone who works directly with an infant, child, adolescent, adult or senior who depends on support to be more self-sufficient.

Five winners (one from each service area) will be announced at the 2015 Full Lives Conference at the Sheraton Anchorage Hotel on Thursday, April 16, 2014 during the 9AM hour in the Howard Rock Ballroom. 

2014 Award Winners

The 2014 AADSC Outstanding Direct Service Professionals of the Year received $1,000, a paid trip* to the 2014 Full Lives Conference to accept this award, and free registration to the 2015 Full Lives Conference! *Paid trip only applied to those residing outside of the Anchorage/Mat-Su area. 

To be a direct service professional, a person must work AT LEAST 75% of their time in direct care activities. 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, and early intervention associates; anyone who works directly with an infant, child, adolescent, adult or senior who depends on support to be more self-sufficient.

Eugene O'Brien, Ketchikan - Works with Individuals with Developmental Disabilities

Bonnie Hahn, Nome - Works with Individuals in Substance Abuse/Chronic Alcoholism Treatment

Rebecca Tremain, Sitka - Works with Individuals Experiencing Mental Illness

Art Delaune, Fairbanks - Works with Individuals with Brain Injuries

Renee Culp, Juneau - Works with Individuals with Alzheimer's Disease and Other Age-Related Dementia

 

AADSC Award Winners 2007-2014

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  • 2007 winners: Don Thibedeau, Jan Ohmsteade, Tami Lubitsh, Kathy Evans
  • 2008 winners: Fe Farrell-Stevens, Dinah Backford, Frank Box, Heidi Frost (organizer), Pat Swan-Smith, Elizabeth Howard
  • 2009 winners: Heidi Frost (organizer), Valorie Nelson, Heather Ciampa, Kim Kilkenny, Tami Lubitsh, Janie Mathis, Ramy Woods (presenter)
  • 2010 winners: Dayna McGuire, Katie Wales, Jennifer Defreest, Nils Dihle, Albert Nells
  • 2011 winners: Tom Hull, Samantha Engler, Alyson Belle Bybee, Kanoe Toutaiolepo, Jacqui Johnson (not pictured)
  • 2012 winners: Nancy Burke (presenter), Raelynn Smith (organizer), Pat Springer-Hann, Wayne Tocher (not pictured), Lisa Farrell, Kelly Barrett-Godwin, Angela Bitter
  • 2013 winners: Brittanee Raeburn, Donald Harpole, Colleen Robertia, Cathy Genaux, Elizabeth Weeks
  • 2014 winners: Renee Culp, Art Delaune (not pictured - Frank Box standing in), Rebecca Tremain, Eugene O'Brien, Bonnie Hahn
 
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
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