The MENTOR Network

Ripple of Hope Awards

In 2005, The Network established the Ripple of Hope Award to recognize the most outstanding among us—employees, Mentors and other independent contractors—whose passion, energy and skill have created a positive impact in the lives of others. Whether they work in direct care, operations or supporting business roles, these outstanding employees, foster parents and Host Home providers create a “ripple of hope,” and a legacy of compassion and caring for others to follow. Recognizing that the mission of The MENTOR Network could not be fulfilled without partnerships, 2013 marked the first time that The MENTOR Network honored an external party with a Ripple of Hope Award.

The award’s name echoes words spoken by the late United States Senator Robert F. Kennedy in his 1966 address at the University of Cape Town in South Africa, during the height of Apartheid:

“Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”

This year’s ceremony will be held October 25, 2016, in Boston, Massachusetts at the John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse. View 2016 Award Announcement

Learn about all of our Ripple of Hope Award winners from previous years below.

 

 

 

 


Patricia Zubrowski

Direct Support Professional,
REM Ohio

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Toni Bethke

Administrative Assistant & Clinical Programs Student Coordinator,
CareMeridian, California

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Deloris Johnson

Team Lead,
Alabama MENTOR

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Carolyn and Larry Walsh

Mentors,
Pennsylvania MENTOR

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Kristy DeVan

Area Director,
Ohio MENTOR

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Brandon Mason

Direct Support Professional,
REM Iowa

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Angela Sommer

Speech-Language Pathologist ,
NeuroRestorative Maryland

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Grace Menor

RN Administrator,
California MENTOR

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James Brett

President and Chief Executive Officer,
New England Council

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The MENTOR Network's 2014 Ripple of Hope Award Winner Dianne McGinn of MENTOR Maryland
Dianne McGinn

Program Director,
MENTOR Maryland

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The MENTOR Network's 2014 Ripple of Hope Award Winner Jessica Klimesh of REM Minnesota
Jessica Klimesh

Direct Support Professional,
REM Minnesota

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The MENTOR Network's 2014 Ripple of Hope Award Winner Tim Labrie of CareMeridian
Tim LaBrie

Maintenance Specialist,
CareMeridian

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The MENTOR Network's 2014 Ripple of Hope Award Winners Connie and David West of MENTOR Maryland
Constance & David West

Mentors,
MENTOR Maryland

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The MENTOR Network's 2014 Ripple of Hope Award Winner Tori Harding of NeuroRestorative
Victoria Harding

Vice President of Development,
NeuroRestorative

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The MENTOR Network's 2014 Ripple of Hope Award Winner Megan Beckett of REM Iowa
Megan Beckett

Direct Support Professional,
REM Iowa

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The MENTOR Network's 2014 Ripple of Hope Award Winner Miracle Pygum of New Jersey MENTOR
Miracle Pygum

Case Manager,
New Jersey MENTOR

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The MENTOR Network's 2014 Ripple of Hope Award Winners Maria and Nat Aponte of Pennsylvania MENTOR
Maria & Nat Aponte

Mentors,
Pennsylvania MENTOR

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Ripple of Hope Award Winner Margaret Cavaness
Margaret Cavaness

Direct Support Professional,
Cole Vocational Services

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2013 Ripple of Hope Winner
Linda Gammage

Program Director,
Arizona MENTOR

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2013 Ripple of Hope Winner
Robert Alves

Residential Team Lead,
NeuroRestorative Massachusetts

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2013 Ripple of Hope Winner
Jim and Joan Schoon

Mentors,
Indiana MENTOR

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2013 Ripple of Hope Winner
Colby Perez

Director of Nursing and Administration,
CareMeridian

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Ripple of Hope Winner 2013
Melvin & Jessica Dennis

Mentors,
Pennsylvania MENTOR

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2013 Ripple of Hope Winner
Barbara Driscoll

Direct Support Professional,
REM Iowa

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2013 Ripple of Hope Winner
Diane Pisculli

House Manager,
REM New Jersey

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2013 Ripple of Hope Award Winner
Special Presentation

Governor Christie and Staff,
New Jersey Department of Human Services

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Donald Coleman

Direct Support Professional,
REM West Virginia

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2012 Ripple of Hope Winner
DeAnna Hand

Program Manager,
Alabama MENTOR

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2012 Ripple of Hope Winner
Ken Hellman

Residential Supervisor,
NeuroRestorative Rhode Island

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2012 Ripple of Hope Winner
Benjamin Darval

Program Coordinator,
REM River Bluffs

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2012 Ripple of Hope Winner
Barbara Donaldson

Mentor,
Massachusetts MENTOR

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2012 Ripple of Hope Winner
Silvia Miranda

Certified Nursing Assistant,
CareMeridian

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2012 Ripple of Hope Winner
Eric and Rosemary Stanley

Mentors,
Georgia MENTOR

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2012 Ripple of Hope Winner
Dave Petersen

President, Redwood Operating Group,
The MENTOR Network

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2011 Ripple of Hope Winner
Linda Hahn

Program Coordinator,
REM Ohio

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2011 Ripple of Hope Winner
Annette and Erick Gilliam

Mentors,
Indiana MENTOR

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2011 Ripple of Hope Winner
Patricia Kane

Director of Operations,
New Jersey MENTOR

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2011 Ripple of Hope Winner
Lucas Lawrence

Licensed Practical Nurse,
REM Iowa

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2011 Ripple of Hope Winner
Rita Pathmanaban

Vice President, Clinical Programs & QA,
CareMeridian

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2011 Ripple of Hope Winner
Jodi Haram

Program Coordinator,
REM MN Community Services

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2011 Ripple of Hope Winner
Robert Hollingsworth

Direct Support Professional,
REM Ramsey

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2010 Ripple of Hope Winner
Jim Fouty

Maintenance Director,
REM West Virginia

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2010 Ripple of Hope Winner
Lisa Pitcock

Mentor,
Indiana MENTOR

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2010 Ripple of Hope Winners
Angel & Sheryll Franscisco

Mentors,
California MENTOR

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2010 Ripple of Hope Winner
Staff of REM Dommo

REM Dommo,
REM Wisconsin

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2010 Ripple of Hope Winner
Darlene Pike

House Manager,
NeuroRestorative Virginia

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2010 Ripple of Hope Winner
Diane Goodwin

Program Coordinator,
REM Ohio

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2010 Ripple of Hope Winner
Mary Rodenberg-Roberts

General Counsel, Regulatory and Licensing,
The MENTOR Network

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2010 Ripple of Hope Winner
Andrea & Nathan Cook

Mentors,
Florida MENTOR

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2009 Ripple of Hope Winner
Deletta Theede

Program Supervisor,
REM Central Lakes

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2009 Ripple of Hope Winner
Cornelius & Lillie Brown

Mentors,
Ohio MENTOR

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2009 Ripple of Hope Winner
Shirley Lane

Direct Support Professional,
REM Iowa

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2009 Ripple of Hope Winners
Tim & Delia Shires

Mentors,
California MENTOR

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2009 Ripple of Hope Winner
Robert Costa, Jr.

Coordinator Supervisor,
Massachusetts MENTOR

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2009 Ripple of Hope Winner with The MENTOR Network
Anthony Cleveland

Home Manager,
New Jersey MENTOR

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2009 Ripple of Hope Winner
Rich Brandt

Direct Support Professional,
REM Wisconsin

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2009 Ripple of Hope Winner
Rene Myers

Mentor,
South Carolina MENTOR

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2008 Ripple of Hope Winner
Robert Kearney

Direct Support Professional,
MENTOR Oregon

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2008 Ripple of Hope Winner
Joanne Malise

Program Manager,
Rhode Island MENTOR

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2008 Ripple of Hope Winner
Vicki Engelby

Direct Support Professional,
REM Central Lakes

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2008 Ripple of Hope Winners
Billy Chapman & John Acfalle

Mentors,
California MENTOR

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2008 Ripple of Hope Winner
Richard Clemo

Mentor,
Massachusetts MENTOR

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2008 Ripple of Hope Winner
Kathy Parrish

Program Coordinator,
REM West Virginia

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2008 Ripple of Hope Winner
Michael Csmereka

Social Services Coordinator,
Indiana MENTOR

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2008 Ripple of Hope Winner
Bill & Vickie Springer

Mentors,
Alabama MENTOR

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2007 Ripple of Hope Winner
Lori Larson

Director of Program Services,
REM Heartland

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2007 Ripple of Hope Winner
Jennifer Hinds

Direct Support Professional,
REM Pleasant

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2007 Ripple of Hope Winner
Katherine Mace

Director of Nursing,
REM Wisconsin

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2007 Ripple of Hope Winner
Sarah Martin

Mentor,
Illinois MENTOR

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2007 Ripple of Hope Winner
Beth Thompson

Direct Support Professional & Team Leader,
REM Iowa

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2007 Ripple of Hope Winner
Rayna Oien

Clinical Supervisor,
Massachusetts MENTOR

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2007 Ripple of Hope Winner
Barbara V. Hawkins

Mentor,
MENTOR Maryland

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2006 Ripple of Hope Winner
Karleen Larson

Mentor,
Illinois MENTOR

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2006 Ripple of Hope Winner
Liz Leddige

Director of Program Services,
REM North Star

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2006 Ripple of Hope Winner
Jose Castillo

Mentor,
Massachusetts MENTOR

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2006 Ripple of Hope Winner
Eric Levin

Counselor,
Center for Comprehensive Services

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2006 Ripple of Hope Winner
Maureen Keller

Program Director,
Indiana MENTOR

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2006 Ripple of Hope Winner
Faye Stanley

Mentor Coordinator,
North Carolina MENTOR

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2006 Ripple of Hope Winner
Scott Kruczek

Program Manager,
CCS - New England

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2006 Ripple of Hope Winner
Carolyn Garscia

Program Coordinator,
REM Ramsey

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2005 Ripple of Hope Winner
Vincent Diorio

Clinical Coordinator,
New Jersey MENTOR

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2005 Ripple of Hope Winner
Peggy Kunkel

Regional Director,
REM Heartland

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2005 Ripple of Hope Winner
Lance Goebel

Mentor,
Illinois MENTOR

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2005 Ripple of Hope Award Winner
Melinda Sams

Program Manager,
Georgia MENTOR

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2005 Ripple of Hope Winner
Wendell Watson

Direct Support Professional,
REM Hennepin

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2005 Ripple of Hope Award
Larry Deal

Brokerage Director,
MENTOR Oregon

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2005 Ripple of Hope Winner
Linda Miller

Mentor,
REM Ohio

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2005 Ripple of Hope Winner
Kim Larimer

Registered Nurse,
REM Iowa

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