Office for People With Developmental Disabilities

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Lisa Connor

REGION 4 – Taconic
Lisa Connor

Position: Direct Support Assistant

Years of Service: 36


Lisa Connor says that ensuring the individuals in her care maintain a high quality of life is the most rewarding part about being a DSP.


“Lisa Connor is the hardest working person I have worked with in my years at OPWDD,” says Daryl Martel, Developmental Assistant I. “She ensures the individuals’ needs are always met. Lisa works hard at keeping the environment safe and clean. Lisa will be greatly missed when she retires.”

Martel says Lisa goes above and beyond in her duties. “The residence was recently audited and the auditors commented that the house had the cleanest oven they have ever seen and this is credited to Lisa,” Martel adds. “Everything Lisa does is done properly and thoroughly, she knows all the individuals’ plans and follows them as written.”

Lisa maintains contact with an individual she worked with in the past, according to Martel, taking time out of her busy schedule to talk to him when he calls. 

“She has a great rapport with the individuals and her coworkers,” Martel says.

Joe Pozzuoli, Developmental Assistant 2, says, “Lisa deserves to be Direct Support Professional of the Year due to her work ethic and caring nature toward the individuals she supports. She will be retiring after 35 years of service and it would be a nice way to go out.”

“Lisa is a model employee,” Pozzuoli continues. “The moment she arrives at the home, she gets right to work. She typically finds things to do throughout her shift, right until she leaves to go off duty. But the home isn’t where she excels. It’s the care she gives to the people she works with. 

“Lisa goes above and beyond for the people at the home – she will take them out to wherever they may want to go,” Pozzuoli adds. “Whether that be to the local store or to an event that may be planned, she helps work on money management with them while out. 

“Any person who has worked with Lisa has never had a bad thing to say about her. Her priority is the individuals that she cares for,” Pozzuoli concludes.