Congratulations Karel!

Karel Smith is the Administrator of Nisonger Center and the 3rd recipient of the Nisonger Center Staff Excellence Award! This quarterly award recognizes a staff member who goes above and beyond daily to advance our mission, vision and values and is a true representation of ‘excellence’. Karel was nominated for demonstrating Excellence, Compassion, and Innovation.

“Karel has managed business operations and navigated multiple emergency priorities amidst the adverse climate of the COVID-19 pandemic with leadership, grace and compassion; setting an example for others and doing so in a way that helped Nisonger Center faculty, staff and students feel safe, protected, comforted and reassured in a time of undue stress and anxiety.”

“Karel has masterfully navigated Nisonger Center through the COVID-19 crisis… she has been nothing less than remarkable and steady throughout.”

“This year we had to make many changes in the way we work and operate… she is the epitome of a team player. We are so grateful to have her on our team!”

A special thank you to everyone who submitted nominations. Nisonger Center is very proud to honor Karel with this award (presented at the January 2021 All-Staff Meeting); she is such a valuable team player and keeps Nisonger Center up and running with a humble heart and gracious spirit – thank you for all of your hard work and commitment to making Nisonger great!

Mission Statement:
The Mission of The Ohio State University Nisonger Center is to improve the lives of people with developmental disabilities and their families.
Vision Statement:
To develop and provide the highest quality interdisciplinary care, education, and research to support the
inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in all aspects of community life.
The Nisonger Center values are the commitments made by our faculty, staff, and students regarding how we will carry out our work. Those values include:
Person/Family-Centered* Excellence* Compassion * Hope* Cultural Competence* Self-determination * Innovation