HPDSP2016WebThis year’s Monadnock Region DSP of the Year is Elise Wilder of Keene (pictured far right). Elise understands that relationship building is key to successful outcomes when working with individuals and families. She is sensitive to the dynamics inherent in any given household, keys in on the individual’s state of mind, and makes adjustment accordingly. A local family says of her: “She is a uniquely gifted mentor and counselor, and conveys the essence of the Gentle Teaching philosophy.”

Hilary Richardson (on the left in photo) is the Monadnock region Home Provider of the Year. She uses the “shared living” model, where she and the individual she serves together decide what activities will be done at home and out in the community. Hilary is sensitive to the physical, medical, and emotional needs of her house-mate. She has creatively helped the individual learn to moderate behaviors that are unhealthy, and turn toward a more productive and positive lifestyle. Hilary lives in Keene.

These outstanding caregivers said they were honored and humbled, and both thought the person they support and the entire team were more deserving of the accolades.

We thank all our DSPs and Home Providers for the good work they do each and every day to support people with developmental disabilities.

Other nominees for this year’s awards are:

2016 DSP Nominees
Garry Card, Winchester
Patrick Fisher, Keene
Dominic Geraci, Jaffrey
Emilee Hyland, Bennington
Annette Ifizarry, Keene
Paul Kachinsky, Peterborough
Billy Kirker, Troy
Mike McClenning, Keene
Holly Tomlinson, Greenfield MA

2016 Home Provider Nominees
Susan Bemis, Marlborough
Esther Beverly, Winchester
Diane Erb, Keene
Beth Pearce, Keene