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Direct Support Staff of the Month

February 2017

Meet Abby Brenneman, one of our Direct Support Professionals in our 2016-2017 Career Ladders program. She has been in the human services field since 1999 and came to Penn-Mar in 2009.

Abby has always loved to help people and said she enjoys assisting them to achieve their highest level of capabilities especially when that is more than they ever thought was possible. She believes that the individuals she supports can achieve anything they set their minds to and is honored to be given the opportunity and privilege to help and guide them in succeeding their goals.

Jackie Stevens, Chief Operations Officer, in Pennsylvania, said that Abby is an exceptional employee who provides excellent leadership to the staff in the home and ensures quality care to folks with complex medical needs.

Abby said, “Being in this field, I have discovered a lot about myself and my strengths. I have done quite a bit of advocating for some individuals and have discovered that I am pretty good at it. For example, one of the individuals I support wanted to go horseback riding and needed the ‘OK’ from their doctor. The doctor was not on board with it at first but after sitting down and talking with him, I learned what his hesitations were. I made sure I had put safety measures in place so I could address each concern and went back and presented them to the doctor. When he still seemed hesitant, I invited him to come and watch one of the horseback riding lessons and he agreed. Once he saw how much joy the lesson brought to the individual, he said he was glad that I kept persisting and that I took all the safety measures to make this happen.”

“It is hard to imagine my life before I came to Penn-Mar. Being able to serve the individuals I do has definitely been a life changing experience. I have grown to love and care for these incredible people. They have become a special part of my life and family.”



January 2017

We would like you to meet, Wilson Mosiori, one of our Direct Support Professionals in our 2016-2017 Career Ladders class. Wilson’s career with Penn-Mar started in October 2001 and in his 16 years here, he has held many positions up to his current position of Residential Supervisor.

Throughout the years, he has transformed the lives of many individuals in our program and now as a Supervisor, he has done the same with numerous staff. In his current position, he encouraged the growth and development of a man who spent his life institutionalized prior to coming to Penn-Mar. Since at Penn-Mar, Wilson has taught this man what turning Life Into Living is truly about.

Each participant in the Career Ladders class wrote a Statement of Professional commitment. In his letter, Wilson stated that, “after being a part of the human services field for over 10 years, my career goals are to continue to have a positive impact on the individuals I serve and to be able to advance in my position where I am able to have a greater direct effect on the lives of adults with disabilities”.  His desire is to genuinely enhance the lives of the individuals he serves.

Wilson said, “Based on my professional experiences as a human service worker, I have come to the conclusion that we must instill in our individuals that it is okay to be themselves. Yes, there are norms in society and we all want to fit in but as human beings the norms should be there to provide moral and social guidelines. The norms should not make a person feel embarrassed or less of a person because they have a disability or special need. As a human service professional throughout my career, my commitment is that I will continue to teach and guide my consumers to be responsible and productive members of society to the best of their abilities.”

It is professionals like Wilson that we felt so strongly in starting a program that will help him succeed in his career path and continue to transform Life Into Living for all the individuals he supports.

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