Community members from DDI Walk

DDI's 2019 Employee of the Year

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Catherine has proven leadership skills and, more importantly, true dedication to the individuals in the residences.

She is an inspiration and mentor to her colleagues who seek her out for guidance and support. Catherine always assists other houses when and if the need arises without hesitation. These traits highlight her instinctive ability to prioritize and reduce the impact of staffing challenges.

Catherine is a caring, innovative manager who always provides fresh new ways to care for individuals and help them reach their full potential. She collaborated with the DSPs at the Creek Road residence to start the Creek Road Social. This initiative offers individuals from other programs the chance to socialize with each other and includes dancing, playing games, and sharing a meal.

She was also instrumental in securing a placement for an individual in crisis and made it her charge to provide him with a stable, structured, and loving home. Her staff all followed her example, and the individual is now thriving!

After the sudden loss of our dear manager of the Greenlawn residence, Catherine facilitated a meal chain with the other adult residential houses, and, as a result, the individuals had dinner prepared for several weeks, allowing them extra time to process and grieve.

Catherine has gone above and beyond her role as a program manager, maintaining a positive, upbeat attitude and always putting the needs of the individuals first. She is a driven leader and enhances DDI’s mission and positive culture every day.

We thank you, Catherine, for being a person inspired by purpose. Congratulations on this well-deserved honor and recognition.