In Indiana, over 19,000 people with physical and developmental disabilities rely on Direct Support Professionals for essential support with employment, connections within their community, and basic health and safety needs. As the teachers, cheerleaders and many times the primary advocate for the individuals they serve, Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) require a broad range of skills yet they earn an average wage far below the typical American worker.
To honor their important role and highlight the growing shortage of Direct Support Professionals in Indiana, Governor Mitch Daniels has declared September 11-17, 2011 to be Direct Support Professional Recognition Week.
“Pathfinder Services employs over 55 Direct Support Professionals in Wabash County,” stated Sandy Wing, Senior Director of Community Supports for Pathfinder Services. “During this week it is a time that we can offer a special thank you to our Direct Support Professionals for all of the hard work they do each and every day. Thank you!,” Wing concluded.
Pathfinder Services Direct Support Professionals in Day Services and Supported Independent Living services in Wabash County include: Rose Marie Beck, Teresa Boyd, Teresa Click, Tracy Dixon, Randy Easterday, Tracy Estep, Christina Graves, Pam Jones, Patti Keith, Joyce Lester, Kay Meyer, Natasha Moore, Catrina Payne, Angela Porter, Susan Smith, Liz Stangl and Becky Sue Walker.
Direct Support Professionals in Group Home services in Wabash County include: Curt Alexander, Annette Arney, Kim Bach, Derek Brandom, Clifton Bowling, James Cicchetti, Julie Coburn, Sherry Douglas, Tracy Eubank, Sandra Ferguson, Lisa Gibson, Diann Hawkins, Elizabeth Jeffrey, Sherry Lopez, Priscilla Mathis, Cathy McCarty, Connie Noirot, Mary Norris, Jana Olinger, Judy Overman, Regina Pitts, Myrna Rose-Sutton, Sarah Scott, Shirley Shellenbarger, Elizabeth Stodgell, Chuck Stout, Kellie Sullivan, Tammy Thomas, Kathy Thompson, Becky Tuell, Kara Valentine, and Tracy Wiley.
Substitutes in Wabash County include: Corinne Gates, Linda Grossman, Sara Hernandez, Dianna Hoffman, Tara Lynn, Roxane Mann, Elizabeth Rickner, and Diana Vigar.
Pathfinder Services would like to thank all Direct Support Professionals! Pathfinder Community Supports offers Supported Independent Living, Group Home Living, Community Integration Services, Respite Services and Teens on the Town in Wabash. Pathfinder Community Supports is a division of Pathfinder Services, Inc., a Comprehensive Human and Community Development not for profit organization serving Wabash County since 1988. Pathfinder Services, Inc. serves over 3,000 individuals with and without disabilities throughout Northeast Indiana. For more information on the services of Pathfinder Services, Inc. please call their Wabash office at (260) 563-1144 or visit www.pathfinderservices.org.