A family-based organization for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities

Thomas A. Maul Direct Support Professionals Excellence Awards

Friday, October 14, 12:45 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.

View the DSP awards here.

View the DSP video here.

Please join us as we recognize all our Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) and congratulate four special DSPs who will be receiving the highest honor given to a DSP by our Organization.

Special Guest: Kerri E. Neifeld, Commissioner, NYS OPWDD


  • Joseph MichaudMedical Appointment Specialist, The Arc Herkimer

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About Joseph: Joseph’s positivity in all situations is truly inspirational. Joseph is always seeking to further his knowledge to be better able to advocate for those supported.


  • Roger Garrod, Direct Support Professional, The Arc GLOW (Genesee-Livingston-Orleans-Wyoming)


About Roger: Roger’s 13 years in his current role is a testament to his dedication. Roger’s demonstrated work ethic includes promptness, thoroughness with all tasks, and excellence above the call of duty.


  • Brian Shafer, Direct Support Specialist III, The Arc Lexington (Fulton-Schoharie)

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About Brian: Brian works in partnership with staff members to help people live their best lives, specifically those with an interest in music. His fun-loving personality is infectious and the people we support, and staff that work with him, love his spontaneity and creativity.


  • Chris SulkeyEmployment Specialist III, The Arc Chemung-Schuyler

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​​​​​​​About Chris: Chris has been employed at The Arc of Chemung-Schuyler for nearly 30 years in numerous positions. He has shown great dedication to the persons supported and fully supports the mission, vision, and values of the agency.