Office for People With Developmental Disabilities

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Kelly McConnon

REGION: 1 – Finger Lakes
09/13/17
Kelly McConnon

Position: Developmental Assistant 2

Years of Service: 8

KELLY’S FAVORITE OR MOST REWARDING PART ABOUT BEING A DSP:

Kelly says, “My favorite part of being a DSP is enjoying time with the individuals. I love to see smiles on their faces when we do something they enjoy. The most important part of being a DSP is advocating for the people that I help take care of; we are their supports and family!”

ABOUT KELLY:

Brandi Kuzmenko, Kelly’s fellow DSA, says that she is always a “team player.”

“Kelly picks up overtime to help out. She will come in early to relieve staff on overtime. She is there for her staff when they need her and will answer her phone whenever we call. We know we can depend on her through the good and the bad. She has the biggest heart in the world and truly cares about her staff,” Kuzmenko says.

In addition to being supportive of staff, Kuzmenko says Kelly is wonderful with the individuals in her care.

“She is a volunteer and will come get people and take them out,” Kuzmenko explains. “On Easter, Kelly came and got an individual who didn't have family. She took him to church and out to brunch. She makes sure individuals have everything they need. She is even painting the house because there is no one else to do it.”

As part of decorating the home, it is important to Kelly that each person’s room be decorated to their own likes and dislikes. Kelly is working with each individual to redecorate their rooms so they are more personalized and comfortable.

Kelly is known to lead by example. She will not ask her staff to do anything she wouldn't do. Kuzmenko says she is always willing to help with whatever is needed to be done, even if it means staying at work little longer.

“Both staff and individuals have a genuine respect and affection for Kelly,” Kuzmenko says. “She is truly committed to the individuals and staff who live and work in the home.”

“Kelly makes sure the individuals are well taken care of and have everything they want and need,” Kuzmenko adds.