Office for People With Developmental Disabilities

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Kelly Smith

REGION 3 – Hudson Valley
09/12/18
Kelly Smith

Position: Direct Support Assistant

Years of Service: 15

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

Kelly says she enjoys making the people in her care happy. She will go above and beyond to make sure that they feel special and that they have the best day possible.

ABOUT KELLY:

Ulhas Athavale, Developmental Assistant 2, says Kelly is on top of the needs of the people in her care, as well as the daily needs of the home in which she works. 

“She knows what needs to be done and always ensures that it gets done,” Athavale adds. “She has excellent people skills. She has developed great personal relationships with family members, as well as great working relationships with the clinical team members and with community physician offices.”

People are drawn to Kelly’s unique personality, says Athavale. “Kelly is always light and fun, which makes working with her a pleasure. Her personality makes others around her want to be more involved and engaging with the individuals. Family members have commented on how they feel secure knowing their child is being taken care of by her.”

“Kelly is a great asset to the home,” Athavale continues. “It makes my job a lot easier knowing that she knows how to handle situations as they arise.

Kelly takes an active role in supporting the people she works with, Athavale concludes. “She is always willing to try new things and to go places with the individuals. She has a positive attitude and outlook on enriching the daily lives of those we support.”