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March 2006

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Vocational Rehab Honors 2005 ‘All-Stars’ and ‘Superstars’

The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) has honored staff members in Fayetteville, Greenville and Morehead City with its statewide “VR All-Star Award.”

  • For outstanding achievement in leadership, the agency honored Nelda Creech, a quality development specialist (now retired) in its Morehead City office. Creech was praised for her hands-on problem solving and compassionate concern for her clients. She was also cited for being at “the forefront of teaching, leading and inspiring her co-workers.”
  • The agency honored Linda Vaughn, an office assistant in its Fayetteville Independent Living office, for outstanding achievement in customer service. Vaughn was cited for her “positive, customer-oriented professionalism” that “leaves you feeling you are the most important person in the world.”
  • Rick Dickerson, a rehabilitation engineer in the agency’s Greenville office, was honored for the creativity of his work. Dickerson was recognized for “jumping right in, analyzing his client’s needs and not stopping until he has exhausted all options” and for “seeing old problems in new ways and new challenges with a fresh approach.”

The three were chosen from recipients of the division’s regional “Superstar Awards.” They also include—

  • Leadership: Sandra Britt, unit manager in the Lumberton office; Mary Walls, unit manager in the Albemarle office; and Jo Perkins, an assistant director in the agency’s Raleigh administrative office.
  • Customer Service: Susan Adams, a rehabilitation education specialist in the Raleigh administrative office; Jimmette Graham, a rehabilitation counselor in the Kinston office; and Gloria Evans, a rehabilitation counselor in the Statesville office.
  • Creativity/Innovation: Phil Protz, a rehabilitation assistive technology specialist in the Raleigh administrative office; Diane Renfrow, a rehabilitation counselor in the Durham office; and Nancy Rummage, rehabilitation counselor in the Albemarle office.

The division provides counseling, training, education, medical, transportation and other services to persons with physical or mental disabilities to assist them in living independently or in becoming job-ready.

Last year, the agency assisted almost 9,000 North Carolinians in achieving employment and more than 2,000 in achieving their independent living goals.




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