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Congratulations to our Spotlight Award Winners!


 

Siham Mahamood - April 2021

Siham Mahamood, a Case Manager Supervisor with New Path Services, LLC, was nominated by Sheyhan Gelle, Executive Director of New Path Services, LLC for the Spotlight Award!

Siham has recently evolved in her role as a supervisor and manages a staff of 6 case managers, who manage caseloads close to 200 people. Siham has gone above and beyond to ensure that her staff are not only well prepared, trained and actively involved in their day to day lives, but she also provides a nurturing environment during these hard times. Siham is efficient and makes sure that person waiver services are person centered, and ensures that case managers are working as a team with the person they serve and their support network.

As a new supervisor, Siham has quickly been able to serve as a mentor to new staff and existing staff. Siham rolls up her sleeves and helps with no questions asked. Siham has been a great addition to our growing agency and as a result, we have seen staff morale increase. Her staff are eager to take on additional duties, and that goes to show that their leader leads by example.

 NAQ would like to sincerely thank Siham for her willingness to lend a hand and lead by example! Your efforts at providing exceptional services have not gone unnoticed.


 

Jeanne Cullison - March 2021 

Jeanne Cullison, Sponsored Coordinator with Support Services of Virginia, Inc was nominated for the Spotlight Award by Andie Plumley, Vice President of Support Services of Virginia, Inc.

Jeanne has been in the ID / DD field for over 4 decades - and she has not lost one ounce of her passion for supporting people in living their best lives. Jeanne walks the walk of advocacy, equality and social justice for the people she supports. As head of the Sponsored Residential Program for SSVA, Jeanne mentors and supports people as they develop in the role as QIDPs, continues to support a case load of people receiving sponsored residential supports, and acts as an internal Human Rights Advocate.

Jeanne is constantly working to improve processes, systems, AND the lives of the people supported by SSVA. Additionally, she has created a model for a single user, short stay residential location, similar to an Air B and B, but with fully trained support staff, with options for vacation (it is by the beach), short stays for emergencies and scheduled events, and transition stop between places of residence.


NAQ would like to thank Jeanne for her passion and innovation for supporting the people she serves. Where would we be without disability professionals like you!    

Do you know a QIDP or case manager that consistently goes above and beyond – someone who deserves a little extra recognition for a job well done? If so, please nominate them for NAQs Spotlight Award - an honor given each month to an exceptional disability professional.  

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