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October 2020 Recipient: Vanessa Rodriguez

Vanessa Rodriquez is a Clinical Psychologist with Behavior Support Services and the 2nd recipient of the Nisonger Center Staff Excellence Award! 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’. Vanessa was nominated for demonstrating Excellence, Compassion, and Innovation.

“Vanessa has taken many students in the IDD psychology program under her supervision and has done an unbelievable job to make sure each feels valued and capable, while helping them to develop their competency in the field of behavior support.”

“As a behavior support specialist Vanessa never gives up on identifying the functions of clients targeted needs. She suggests new and different ways to collect data that will support or refute possible functions, which ultimately leads to the faster delivery of effective interventions that improve the quality of life of clients, their families and their direct care staff.”

“Vanessa is the best BS we have had over many years. This is reflected by my son’s significant progress.”

A special thank you to everyone who submitted nominations this round. Nisonger Center is very proud to honor Vanessa with this award (presented at the October 2020 All-Staff Meeting); and values her as a part of the Behavior Support Services team – thank you for all of your dedication and hard work!

 

July 2020 Recipient: Beth Gardner

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!