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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June 17, 2019

Tristan Johnson

Direct Support Professional
REM North Dakota

“I enjoy taking the individuals we serve out to movies, concerts, fishing, and other activities; assisting them to reach their full potential and gain independence; and ensuring they keep in touch with the people who matter to them most.”

June 10, 2019

Marie Sergile Octela

Direct Support Professional
Massachusetts Adult Day Health

“What I love most about working in a direct support role is being able to have conversations with the people we serve and begin to understand how life was for them. We share stories and laugh together.  I also enjoy the community events when I am able to sing to people. When I sing a song the reactions on their faces brings me joy and happiness—it’s my way of giving back to my community and getting to know everybody.”

June 3, 2019

Shayenne Cash

Direct Support Professional
MENTOR Oregon

“My favorite thing about working in a direct support role is seeing the people we serve meet goals they never thought they’d meet and seeing them surpass the goals they set for themselves. I also enjoy going to community events and doing fun activities with all the different houses. I love interacting with the individuals we serve and seeing everyone get together as a big family and enjoy each other’s company.”

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