The Mike Duffey Award named in memory of one of the first individuals to be supported by PSRS, is given to staff who demonstrate commitment to supporting, encouraging, and fostering positive environments, relationships, and community participation for our clients.
Congratulations to current and past recipients!
Carrie Thompson has really stepped up to help out with medication administration and working shifts that were in critical need. She is one of the main staff who supports a particular individual who has challenging behaviors to attend appointments. Carrie takes initiative to get things like grocery shopping and cleaning done without waiting to be asked or instructed. She is also focused on ensuring the people she supports get out into the community.
Olivia Morrison keeps those she supports engaged in community activities, and actively takes on projects which she sees through to completion. When a person she supports broke their glasses, Olivia took it upon herself to locate a repair location, and take them to Burien to get the glasses repaired for free. She transfers to any home whenever asked and gives 110% no matter where she is working, or who she is supporting.
Fanuel Malunga supports an individual with particularly challenging behaviors, who loves to take public transportation. Fanuel accompanies him, and exercises patience, even when he must stay late, past the end of his shift to make sure the person he assists is safe. He never complains and always goes above and beyond to ensure consistency for the people he supports.
Yang So is a hard worker and dedicated staff who is always willing to help out . She ensures people's needs are met, and goes above and beyond. Yang trained to drive the PSRS Access van, and helped make over 100 trips in a week! Yang makes a positive impact on the lives of those she supports.
David Gochoka is an exceptional staff, David has been with PSRS for over 5 years. He is an advocate, contributing ideas, sharing concerns, and attending all important meetings. David has helped out in many programs - he makes an extra effort to get to know and bond with the people he supports.
Rowena Bailey is a real anchor staff. She knows the individuals she supports well and is always looking for ways to enrich their lives. She knows how to work with an individual that has very challenging behaviors, and she is willing to help with extra coverage even when it's not always convenient for her.
Joseph Wachira has been with PSRS for over 10 years and has worked with several different individuals over the years. Joseph is a favored staff by those he currently supports; he uses his calm demeanor and patience to help them get through tough times and is greatly appreciated! Joseph is always willing to do whatever is asked of him and does it with a smile. PSRS is very lucky to have him as part of the team.
Nick Osborne has been with PSRS for over 10 years and has worked with many programs and individuals in that time. Nick was recently part of a training team that helped staff throughout the agency learn how to use our new electronic documentation system (Therap). While doing this, he changed his schedule to match the needs of the staff, which included working parts of every shift. He has been a huge help to our program over the past year and to other managers as well.
Adriano Tarin's enthusiasm, communications skills, and professional demeanor are unequalled. He thinks outside the box to engage those he supports, and his selfless attitude has made him worthy of this award. Adriano has shown initiative, and his energy level rivals that of the Energizer bunny. He is a team player and a top-performing Direct Support Professional with above par work ethic.
Brittany Dobson McIntyre comes to work with a “righting the ship” mentality. She effectively communicates and takes on any problems or tasks head on. She is very dependable and steps up during transition periods. Brittany has been the most reliable and consistent employee in her program - her time and dedication are much appreciated.
Martha Malaki is an extremely dedicated worker who is always willing to help out and pick up shifts when needed. She stays calm during difficult situations and always knows how to diffuse them. Martha is extremely kind and respectful to individuals she support as well as her fellow staff.
Kathy Schulz has worked for PSRS for eight years as a highly appreciated and valued member of her team. She is willing to pick up extra shifts, come in early, stay late, and transfer to another home if needed. This is remarkable considering Kathy rides the bus and lives quite far from the home where she works, often having to walk half a mile from the closest bus stop. She does so in any weather (rain, snow, or shine) without complaint. While Kathy does not use a car for transportation, she never lets it stop her from following through with scheduled outings, activities, or appointments. She keeps a positive attitude and gives much of herself for the betterment of the lives of the individuals she supports.
Chris Plancic is willing to step in to help with any situation, from supporting individuals, to filling in shifts on short notice, to training new staff. He is an excellent worker and a true role model!