The MENTOR Network is proud to announce the 11th Annual Ripple of Hope Award recipients. The winners were selected from nearly 300 nominations and represent the very best among us—employees, Mentors, independent contractors and
partners—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 of The MENTOR Network.
The winners will be honored during a special ceremony on October 28, 2015, at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate in Boston, Massachusetts. To help celebrate the Ripple of Hope Awards, Dante Evans, who receives support through Massachusetts MENTOR, will honor the winners with a live vocal performance as this year’s winner of our Network Nightingale contest. The contest was open to individuals served by The MENTOR Network and its partners.
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. Recognizing that the mission of The MENTOR Network could not be fulfilled without partnerships, in 2013 The MENTOR Network honored for the first time an external party with a Ripple of Hope Award.
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.”
2015 Ripple of Hope Award Recipients
Toni Bethke – Administrative Assistant and Clinical Programs Student Coordinator, CareMeridian, California
Kristy DeVan – Area Director, Ohio MENTOR
Deloris Johnson – Team Lead, Alabama MENTOR
Brandon Mason – Direct Support Professional, REM Iowa
Grace Menor – RN Administrator, California MENTOR
Angela Sommer – Speech-Language Pathologist, NeuroRestorative Maryland
Carolyn and Larry Walsh – Mentors, Pennsylvania MENTOR
Patricia Zubrowski – Direct Support Professional, REM Ohio
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 will once again recognize an outstanding community partner with a Ripple of Hope Award: James T. Brett, president and chief executive officer of New England Council.