2019 Outstanding DSP Award

MediSked is recognizing outstanding direct support professionals (DSPs) who deliver innovative care for people with disabilities in honor of the 2019 National DSP Recognition Week. The Outstanding DSP Award recognizes the vital work of extraordinary DSPs who consistently surpass their basic duties to ensure the individuals they support can live their best lives. Three truly exceptional professionals who exemplify the important work carried out by providers each day were selected from entries across the country.

JoAnne McHugh

Joanne McHugh

JoAnne goes above and beyond to engage the people she supports in meaningful activities, developing special relationships with clients and generally being kind, caring, approachable, and flexible. McHugh noticed that a client had signs of a possible serious medical condition and alerted the nurse. That person was taken to the hospital for emergency surgery.


Charles Dixon

Charles is recognized for his patience, positive energy, and hardworking attitude. Dixon has quickly built a strong bond with both his clients and his peers. Individuals request him specifically for services and outings. Spina shared that Dixon witnessed a person sitting outside alone who began to choke. Dixon saved the life of the individual by performing the Heimlich maneuver.


Michelle Woodson

Michelle often focuses on those individuals who are facing the most challenging circumstances and doesn’t give up. She finds creative ways to engage with the ‘circles of support’ including the individuals, parents, and guardians. Michelle is well known for her quality and consistently scores at the highest levels for her daily progress notes.