Easterseals MA salutes its incredible staff for being the backbone of its mission.
Easterseals Massachusetts provides 22,000 services annually for children and adults with disabilities and their families, offering a wide range of services. Our therapists and specialists are experts in their field helping our clients build the skills and access the resources they need to live, learn, work and play.
Patrick Remy | Public Affairs & Youth Services Program Specialist
Easterseals MA's own Public Affairs & Youth Services Program Services Specialist, Patrick Remy has been chosen as a recipient of the Light of Dawnn awards by Massachusetts Nonprofit Network! "The Light of Dawnn Awards honor the legacy of youth leader Dawnn Ashley Jaffier, who demonstrated an unwavering commitment to building stronger communities. Three awards are given each year to three front-line nonprofit professionals who, while not in highly-visible roles, have far-reaching and positive impacts in their communities."
Read more to find out how you can celebrate Patrick's achievement with us by attending the virtual ceremony on Tuesday, February 23, 2021, at 10 AM!
Donna Dung | Physical Therapy Assistant
Donna Dung embodies the Easterseals Massachusetts mission in her work as a Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA). As part of the Rehabilitation Services team, not only do she get to provide direct therapy to individuals, her services also help fund the other ESMA programs, therefore widening your impact on individuals who are in need. Find out more about Donna's day-to-day experiences at Easterseals Massachusetts!
Kristi Voelkerding | Assistive Technology Specialist
Kristi Voelkerding received a service award for her 20 impactful years of work as an Assistive Technology Specialist for Easterseals Massachusetts. Kristi says: "There's always an opportunity to learn more and to discover new solutions. The technology is always changing. I found my niche at Easter Seals and plan to stay until I need to retire." Read more about Kristi's dedication to discovering innovative solutions with technology.
Kim Madar | Board-Certified Applied Behavior Analyst (BCBA)
Kim Madar is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) at Easterseals Massachusetts (ESMA). She knew of ESMA's long history of empowering individuals with disabilities, and she was excited for the opportunity to be a part of their ABA program. Kim loves working for ESMA, as she has the opportunity to work with fellow therapists who are just as dedicated and passionate about their field as she is. Find out more about Kim’s story on why she became a BCBA and why she loves working at ESMA!
Kristi | Augmentative & Alternative Communication Specialist
"It's easy to see why schools and parents can feel overwhelmed," reflects Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Specialist Kristi Peak-Oliveira. Peak-Oliveira is a speech-language pathologist who has provided AAC services for almost 30 years, 20 with Easterseals. "When I began as a speech-language pathologist, there was a limited range of communication devices," she says. "Now there are so many options. And new apps are released all the time."
Adam Costello | Veterans Program Coordinator
Meet Adam Costello, Worcester native, Army Veteran and Care Coordinator for Easterseals Massachusetts' newly launched Military and Veterans Services. Adam served in the United States Army as an Armored Vehicle Crewmember and a Medic from 2005 until 2012. He now helps Veterans and their families by giving them a hand up, not a hand out. Click to read more about Adam's work with the Easterseals Veterans Program.