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Employees of the Month

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Tara Borner EOM

Tara Borner

Education Behavior Specialist

Early Childhood Services



Tara has implemented several fun activities that have enhanced the work environment for employees and enriched educational opportunities for the students.  Tara has spent countless hours of her own time working to establish a collaborative partnership with the Cornell Cooperative Extension and Your Connection to Nature.  These relationships have offered our students the experience of learning about the life cycle of chicks and quails and nurturing these living things from egg to hatchling. 


Tara has organized activities throughout the year for staff that improves building morale and helps people to get to know one another.  More than 30 staff joined in the fun of Pumpkin Wars and decorated and disguised their pumpkins hoping to be the lone winner.  The event was so popular; Tara organized Gingerbread Wars for the staff during the holiday season.  Tara is selfless and is always thinking outside of the box. 


Congratulations to Tara on her Employee of the Month Award!


Jen Stock EOM

Jennifer Stock

Education Behavior Specialist

Early Childhood Services



Jen Stock is a dedicated, intelligent and cherished member of the Huntington team.  She is involved in many aspects of the Early Childhood program and goes above and beyond in all aspects of her position.  Jen helped to launch the Living Things Committee which has brought a new curriculum to our school that is fun and engaging for the students and staff.  We hatched chicks, butterflies, and quail this year and the students could not be more excited.  Jen was a strong supporter of these activities.


Jen continually seeks to acquire new information and collaborate with her peers in the best interest of the students.  After much hard work and determination, Jen recently passed the exam to be a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).  Jen is a role model for many of the people she works with.  She has been thoughtful and helpful in providing behavioral support to one of my students in need.  Jen is a wonderful colleague on a daily basis. 


Congratulations to Jen on her Employee of the Month Award!



John and Louis EOM Award

Louis Wilson




Louis has been an employee at DDI for more than 25 years.  He began as a direct care counselor working with the individuals we support before moving to the Transportation Department.  Louis is involved with the day to day operations of the transportation department.  He helps not only the individuals we support but works with family members and other agency staff to resolve any issues or challenges.


Louis can always be relied upon to respond swiftly in an emergency situation and on many occasions has helped in the residences on his days off when staff were needed.  Louis volunteers for department and agency functions and is a great cook.  He donates food to most department functions and makes sure there is enough for everyone.  


Congratulations to Louis on his Employee of the Month Award!



Matt Swit EOM Award Photo

Matthew Swit

Physical Education Teacher

Children's Day Program


Matt exemplifies the core values of DDI.  He goes above and beyond regularly by connecting DDI with opportunities to give back to our community.  These opportunities engage staff and give students the chance to participate in meaningful activities that have a positive impact on others. 


Matt has helped students to collect coats for the homeless as well as organized the “Souper Bowl,” which allows students to have fun while collecting canned goods for those in need.  The students work on skills such as sorting, labeling and making deliveries as part of these initiatives.  Matt’s kindness is contagious and inspires others.


Congratulations to Matt on his Employee of the Month Award!