The MENTOR Network

DSP of the Week

At The MENTOR Network, we believe that our Direct Support Professionals—who help carry out The Network’s mission every day—should be valued, supported and recognized for a job well done. That’s why we’re honoring our direct support workforce and the tremendous difference they make each day in the lives of thousands of individuals we serve.

Each week, we’re recognizing one of our remarkable DSPs. Please take a moment to meet these talented individuals and remember to thank them for their commitment to the individuals we serve.

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April 23, 2018

Amanda Julian

Direct Support Professional
Indiana MENTOR

“By being with the individuals I serve every day, I feel as if I am a big part of their lives and that is very rewarding. They have all become like family to me.  It is so awesome to see them interact in the community and the smiles on their faces are big enough thanks for what I do daily.


April 16, 2018

Shane Merritt

Direct Support Professional
REM North Dakota

“I love my job and what I do. Working in a direct support role allows me to assist the individuals we serve so they may reach their potential, gain independence and achieve their goals. I enjoy getting to know the people we serve, so that I may learn how best to support them. I recently had the opportunity to assist two individuals on an outing to watch the Minnesota Twins game. It was great to see all the fun they had and how much they appreciated being there.”

April 9, 2018

Katie Pretzer

Direct Support Professional
Loyd's Liberty Homes, California

“Coming into work every day and getting ‘hellos’ and all the smiles from the individuals I serve makes my job worthwhile. I love being able to take them anywhere and to advocate for them. It means so much to me when they tell me they had a great day and they are thankful I got to help them.”

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