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Sharing Direct Support Professionals' Success Stories

One of the most important parts of Direct Support Professional Recognition Week is sharing the stories of our amazing DSPs – in our organizations and in our communities. In this webinar, co-hosted by AAIDD, we’ll hear from Stephanie Boyle, ANCOR’s 2014 national DSP Recognition Award recipient, and 2014 state recipients Kristie Sundheim (WA) and Matthew Kuriloff (NY). They will share their passion in stories about how they have helped the people they support and their local communities embrace full community inclusion. The work of DSPs is important each day and their inspiring descriptions of personal and professional growth through the work they do and the networks they have established demonstrate their passion.

Matthew Kuriloff has worked at EEDA, a voluntary not-for-profit service provider in Riverhead, NY, for 5 years. He began as DSP working at two different group homes, a DSP at a day habilitation program, and as a supervising senior DSP and co-founder of a unique community-based performing arts program. Matthew holds a bachelor's degree in theatre from Hampshire College in Amherst, MA and has also achieved DSP certifications through both Suffolk County Community College and The College of Direct Support. Most recently, he earned an exciting promotion at EEDA; to create and manage the agency's first Marketing and Development Department. Matt will combine his performance skills with passion for EEDA’s mission to ensure that Medicaid resources are properly supplemented by private foundations and donors.

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