Posted on August 26, 2020
Penn-Mar Human Services (Penn-Mar), the region’s leading provider of services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), is proud to announce that Direct Support Professional (DSP) Chevon Miller has been asked to join the inaugural advisory council for the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP).
Miller has been with Penn-Mar since 2016 and recently received her DSP-3 certification. In addition, she is one of the nonprofit’s Community Activity Instructors, working out of Penn-Mar’s Far Hills Day Program in New Freedom, Pa. with Penn-Mar residents who have IDD, and is on Penn-Mar’s Person-Centered Supports Committee which focuses on the group’s customized approach to individual life goal planning. In her new role with NADSP, Miller will offer an invaluable perspective to the Alliance’s board and staff, providing guidance into long-term strategies and guidelines that assist NADSP’s mission of delivering improved guidance and support for DSPs.
NADSP’s decision to name Miller to this new board is both a testament to Penn-Mar’s reputation as a national human services leader and to Miller’s unwavering devotion to improving the lives of others.
“It’s my passion to work with people and help them move forward and grow,” she says. “Caring for others takes patience, compassion and empathy, and your heart has to be in the right place. Now as an advisor for NADSP, I have the chance to help other DSPs create better connections and relationships so they can feel as empowered as I do with Penn-Mar, while also helping them overcome the challenges that DSPs face every day.”
Miller’s life has been one devoted to caring for those around her, including more than 25 years in customer service, raising three children on her own, caring for her mother, aunt, and godmother, and aiding her nephew who suffered from cerebral palsy. Later, she took on the role of dispatcher for York County’s Rabbittransit, often coordinating rides for people from Penn-Mar. Becoming a DSP was simply a natural progression in a life dedicated to helping others live their best life.
“Chevon is a perfect example of someone who was destined to thrive as a DSP,” says Penn-Mar CEO Greg Miller. “She is fully committed to making life better for everyone around her, doing whatever she can to improve the circumstances for others, and selflessly devoting her time to anyone who needs help. She is the ideal person to join this new advisory council and provide ideas that can guide her peers.
“We’re honored to have Chevon representing Penn-Mar on the national stage.”
About Penn-Mar Human Services
Penn-Mar Human Services’ mission is to transform life into living in ways that promote value, independence, and self-determination. Through meaningful employment, community inclusion, and residential choice, the people we support live a life of purpose and meaning. Innovation and pioneering spirit are the heartbeat of our services. Our approach is unique, empowering, and successful. Founded in 1981, serves nearly 500 adults with intellectual disabilities through its residential, respite, educational, vocational and supported employment programs in northern Baltimore, Carroll, and Harford Counties in Maryland, and in southern York County in Pennsylvania. www.penn-mar.org.