DSP Week
September 9, 2022

DSP Recognition Week 2022

September 11-17 is Direct Support Professional Recognition Week and the New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) is commemorating the occasion by honoring our entire Direct Support Workforce and inducting 18 Direct Support Professionals, who have been named "DSPs of the Year," into our DSP Hall of Fame. These professionals are the best of the best and were singled out by their colleagues and the people they support as stellar employees and exemplars of what it means to be a Direct Support Professional.

Join us this month in congratulating the professionals who are our DSPs of the year: 

Chantay Richardson, Bernard Fineson

Hilton Howard, Broome

Tracy Colon, Brooklyn

Melinda Pelkey, Capital District

Michael Laribee, Central New York

Anne Lefever, Central New York

Julee Burns, Finger Lakes

Holly Noody, Finger Lakes

Natacha Dufrene, Hudson Valley

Sophia Banton, Hudson Valley

Joel Appiah, Metro NY

Rondell Radcliff, Staten Island

Comfort Naxela, Staten Island

Antionette King, Long Island

Tamika Brooks, Sunmount

Amanda Bouyea, Sunmount

Joann Cerra, Taconic

Maria Salas, Western New York