The MENTOR Network is proud to announce the 12th Annual Ripple of Hope Award recipients. The winners were selected from nearly 300 nominations and represent the very best among us—employees, Mentors and other independent contractors—whose dedication to the individuals The MENTOR Network serves has led to positive change and created a legacy for others to follow.
“Their stories of hope, selflessness and commitment are inspiring and—like those of so many others dedicated to our mission—deserving of our gratitude and appreciation,” says Bruce Nardella, President and Chief Executive Officer, The MENTOR Network.
In 2005, The MENTOR Network established the Ripple of Hope Awards to recognize The Network’s most outstanding employees, Mentors and independent contractors whose passion, energy and skill have created a positive impact in the lives of others. Whether they work in direct care, operations or supporting business roles, these outstanding employees and service providers create a “ripple of hope,” and a legacy of compassion and caring for others to follow.
The title of the award is inspired by the words of late U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy:
“Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”
2016 Ripple of Hope Award Recipients
Milton and Cindy Brekle—Mentors, Alabama MENTOR
Michelle Faulk—Admissions Funding Coordinator, NeuroRestorative Southeast Region
Savannah Geare—Activity Coordinator, CareMeridian Arizona
Rachael Hartfiel—Human Resources Coordinator, REM Minnesota
Carol Heck—Direct Support Professional, REM West Virginia
Leslie Ann Milton “Miss Ann”—Mentor, Massachusetts MENTOR
Kari Montgomery—Program Director, REM Wisconsin
Nicole Pierce—Program Coordinator, REM Minnesota
Because our mission could not be fulfilled without partnerships marked by a shared commitment to bringing quality community-based supports to those who need them most, we once again recognize an outstanding community partner with a Ripple of Hope Award: Governor John R. Kasich and the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities.
The winners will be honored during a special ceremony on October 25, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts.