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In the Spotlight » November 2018 Employees of the Month

November 2018 Employees of the Month

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EOM winner with Executive Director and coworkers (collage)


Natalie Block



Meadow Glen Campus


Natalie began her career at DDI in June of 2014 in the Transportation Department. She is a very dedicated, caring employee who takes great pride in her work.  Natalie transports individuals to and from our Meadow Glen Campus and has a very good rapport with each individual in her care as well as her coworkers and supervisors.


She has been on different routes throughout the years and has always taken the time to ensure that the chaperone gets to know the individuals that are on her route.


In addition to providing transportation, Natalie does the courier service for DDI. Because she is always ready to accept additional responsibilities, she was recently put in charge of posting and updating the communication boards in all of the buildings. Her exceptional attention to detail is why all of the boards look so neat and organized. She performs all of these duties while always wearing a big smile!


Employee of the Month - Vinnie



Vinnie Finizio


Early Childhood Services

Ronkonkoma Campus


Aside from fulfilling his daily duties, Vinny is always there to lend a hand above and beyond his job description. If he sees someone – anyone – doing a task, he will immediately ask if he could be of assistance.


He regularly goes out of his way to ensure that the building has everything needed to run smoothly. He is friendly, considerate, and kind to his coworkers, the students, and their families. The children know Vinny by name and are always stopping him in the hallway to say “Hi.”


Because of his work ethic and genuine care for the staff and students, Vinny is a wonderful asset to DDI.