“Employee of the Year” Krystal Thomas “stepped up” for a fellow Greater Richmond ARC employee and managed the Workforce Development program seamlessly, while “Dream Maker” Latashia McLeod at ARC’s Camp Baker respite program made a visit to King’s Dominion a reality for 12 people with disabilities.
Those are just a few highlights of the ARC’s annual Employee Recognition banquet held on November 18 at ARCenter. Emcee Kat Simons of Lite 98 handed out awards that also included: “Individuals of the Year” Brion Raposa, ARC’s Infant and Child Development Services; Reginald Thompson, Camp Baker Day Support Services; Victoria Nielsen, Camp Baker After School Services; Lucas Spicely, Camp Baker Summer Camp Program; Dean Smith, Camp Baker Respite Services; Christian Langer, ARC Employment Services Workforce Development; Jo Ellen Coger, ARC Employment Services Production Facility; Patrick Farmer, ARC Employment Services-Off-Site/Federal Contracts; John Driscoll, Saunders After School Services; and Ben Manley, Saunders Day Support Services.
Current Board member and past Board Chair Bob Sommerville was named “Volunteer of the Year.” La Toya Thompson was “Family/Caregiver of the Year” and Jessica Lawson was “Case Manager of the Year.”
Altria Companies Employee Community Fund was named “Philanthropist of the Year” and Ray Holmes of Uptown Color was “Vendor of the Year.”
Among the ARC staff, Delvan Kersey of Saunders Day Support, Josi Toothman of Camp Baker Services, and Caitlyn Berry of Infant Child Development Services were named “Team Players of the Year.” Rachel Ball and Danielle Williams from Saunders Day Support program were named “Family Partners of the Year.”
About the Greater Richmond ARC
In partnership with families, the Greater Richmond ARC creates life-fulfilling opportunities for individuals with disabilities. Founded in 1954, we are an organization created by families, for families; an organization that has grown to provide a continuum of programs and services for individuals with disabilities across the lifespan. Programs spanning the lifecycle and assisting people with disabilities to live happy, successful and meaningful lives include: Infant & Child Development Services; After School & Day Support Services; ARC Employment Services; and Camp Baker Services.
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