Congratulations Beth!

Beth Gardner is an Early Intervention Team Lead/Speech-Language Pathologist in Nisonger Center’s Early Learning Program; and we’re excited to announce, the first recipient of the Nisonger Center Staff Excellence Award! Developed & implemented this summer; this 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’. Beth was nominated for demonstrating Compassion, Hope, Innovation, and Person/Family-Centeredness.

“Beth exemplifies this definition of compassion to the fullest extent in her empathetic management style. Her open-door approachability creates a welcoming and thoughtful environment to hear the needs of the department and carefully consider the best options for moving forward.”

“Beth is in a position of leadership during a very difficult time for everyone, both program wide and society as a whole. While Beth acknowledges the challenges, she holds firm and continues to give our team encouragement that we are going to make it out on the other side. We may not know when. but we’ll all do it together. Beth is on the front lines of greeting children, making families feel secure, helping classrooms run smoothly. and being an anchor for us all amidst this topsy-turvy world we find ourselves in. Through her vigilance and leadership, we as a team feel a greater sense of hope. And not just us, but you can sense it in the families as well. Our program is lucky to have her.”

“Beth Gardner not only goes above and beyond every day for the children and families that she serves, but for her early intervention team right here at Nisonger, as well. Beth truly leads by example through and through.”

A special thank you to everyone who submitted nominations and those who participated in the selection panel – it certainly wasn’t an easy decision as there were several highly deserving staff members that were considered. Nisonger Center is very proud to honor Beth with this award (presented at the July 2020 All-Staff Meeting); and values her as a part of the Nisonger Early Learning Program team – thank you for all of your hard work and dedication!

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