The MENTOR Network

ANCOR DSP of the Year Award Winners

Each year the American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR), the national association representing providers of community-based services to people with disabilities, chooses a Direct Support Professional from each state to be recognized for their outstanding contributions to the people they serve.

Nominees are judged on their success in helping people with disabilities build social networks and engage in substantive community participation and for advocating for the people they serve.

The MENTOR Network is proud to announce that four of our DSPs were chosen as ANCOR’s 2018 Direct Support Professional of the Year for their respective states:

  • Lucy Garadwey, MENTOR Oregon
  • Lou Perkins, REM West Virginia
  • Robert Ruskowski, Arizona MENTOR
  • Marty Shaw, REM North Dakota

In addition, Janet Johnson, a Direct Support Professional from Illinois MENTOR, received ANCOR’s inaugural Relationships Award.

We invite you to meet all of our outstanding winners and see how they’re making a difference each day for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.


Lucy Garadwey

Winner, ANCOR 2018 Oregon Direct Support Professional of the Year

Lead Direct Support Professional, MENTOR Oregon

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Lou Perkins

Winner, ANCOR 2018 West Virginia Direct Support Professional of the Year

Direct Support Professional, REM West Virginia

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Robert Ruskowski

Winner, ANCOR 2018 Arizona Direct Support Professional of the Year

Program Supervisor, Arizona MENTOR

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Marty Shaw

Winner, ANCOR 2018 North Dakota Direct Support Professional of the Year

Direct Support Professional, REM North Dakota

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Janet Johnson

Winner, ANCOR 2018 Relationships Award

Direct Support Professional, Illinois MENTOR

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Tanya Croy

Direct Support Professional,
REM Mississippi

Winner,
ANCOR 2017 Mississippi Direct Support Professional of the Year Award

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Fabian Cervantes

Direct Support Professional,
California MENTOR

Nominee,
ANCOR 2017 Direct Support Professional of the Year Award

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Casey Champagne

Program Coordinator,
REM Minnesota

Nominee,
ANCOR 2017 Direct Support Professional of the Year Award

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Roberta Corcoran

Program Coordinator,
REM Wisconsin

Nominee,
ANCOR 2017 Direct Support Professional of the Year Award

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Eliseo Del Rosario

Direct Support Professional,
Unlimited Quest

Nominee,
ANCOR 2017 Direct Support Professional of the Year Award

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Jon Hanson

Direct Support Professional,
REM Minnesota

Nominee,
ANCOR 2017 Direct Support Professional of the Year Award

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Rebecca Henderson

Program Coordinator,
REM Iowa

Nominee,
ANCOR 2017 Direct Support Professional of the Year Award

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Nona Huddleston

Direct Support Professional,
Indiana MENTOR

Nominee,
ANCOR 2017 Direct Support Professional of the Year Award

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Mallory Lima

Licensed Practical Nurse,
Georgia MENTOR

Nominee,
ANCOR 2017 Direct Support Professional of the Year Award

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Travis Logsdon

Direct Support Professional,
Indiana MENTOR

Nominee,
ANCOR 2017 Direct Support Professional of the Year Award

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Ashley Rasmusson

Direct Support Professional,
REM Iowa Developmental Services

Nominee,
ANCOR 2017 Direct Support Professional of the Year Award

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Christine Wenger

Program Director,
REM Minnesota

Nominee,
ANCOR 2017 Direct Support Professional of the Year Award

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Regina Bess

Direct Support Professional,
Indiana MENTOR

Nominee,
ANCOR 2017 Direct Support Professional of the Year Award

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Daisy Cobian

Direct Support Professional,
Cole Vocational Services Signal Hill

Nominee,
ANCOR 2016 Direct Support Professional of the Year Award

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Angela Fisher

Direct Support Professional,
REM Iowa Community Services

Nominee,
ANCOR 2016 Direct Support Professional of the Year Award

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Brianna Flaherty

Direct Support Professional,
REM Iowa Community Services

Nominee,
ANCOR 2016 Direct Support Professional of the Year Award

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Leslie Hollingquest

Direct Support Professional,
MENTOR Oregon

Nominee,
ANCOR 2016 Direct Support Professional of the Year Award

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Dorina Ibarra

Direct Support Professional,
California MENTOR

Nominee,
ANCOR 2016 Direct Support Professional of the Year Award

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Damien Johnson

Direct Support Professional,
MENTOR Oregon

Nominee,
ANCOR 2016 Direct Support Professional of the Year Award

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Cherknika King

Direct Support Professional,
Georgia MENTOR

Nominee,
ANCOR 2016 Direct Support Professional of the Year Award

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Martin Kjella

Direct Support Professional,
REM Minnesota

Nominee,
ANCOR 2016 Direct Support Professional of the Year Award

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Antwelyon (Ann) Mangrum

Direct Support Professional,
Illinois MENTOR Community Services, Inc.

Nominee,
ANCOR 2016 Direct Support Professional of the Year Award

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Peter Mullany

Program Coordinator,
REM Iowa Community Services

Winner,
ANCOR 2016 Iowa Direct Support Professional of the Year Award

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Ayana Owens

Direct Support Professional,
Illinois MENTOR Community Services, Inc.

Nominee,
ANCOR 2016 Direct Support Professional of the Year Award

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Logan Ruesink

Direct Support Professional,
REM Minnesota

Nominee,
ANCOR 2016 Direct Support Professional of the Year Award

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Olive (Joy) Sanchez

Group Home Manager,
Florida MENTOR

Nominee,
ANCOR 2016 Direct Support Professional of the Year Award

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April Stephens

Direct Support Professional,
Cole Vocational Services Norwalk

Nominee,
ANCOR 2016 Direct Support Professional of the Year Award

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Megan Warren

Direct Support Professional,
Indiana MENTOR

Nominee,
ANCOR 2016 Direct Support Professional of the Year Award

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