SDC would like to congratulate Lois Foy and thank her for her outstanding service as a Direct Support Professional.
Lois Foy has worked in the field of Developmental Disabilities for over a decade. Her experiential wisdom and empathic nature are what makes Lois stand out as SDC’s Employee of the Month. As a Direct Support Professional, she shines. Her nonjudgmental and accepting nature helps individuals relate to her quickly. Lois is particularly skilled in assisting individuals in managing their own behaviors and in deescalating tense situations. Lois has a knack for helping individuals express their anger and frustrations appropriately and for helping them get their needs met in a more productive manner.
Lois is extremely intuitive and tuned in to the individuals needs in her care. Her intuitive nature and excellent insight into behaviors is evident to all who work with her. Lois’s gift for understanding people has enabled her to build strong relationships with individuals and co-workers alike.
In addition, Lois is knowledgeable on OPWDD regulations and has stepped up to mentor new employees on documentation, working with individuals, and the ins-and-outs of day programming. Reva Zawel, director of the Striving on Strength Day program, credits Lois for being a natural leader in the program. Reva states, “When I am out, Lois is extremely instrumental in ensuring the program runs efficiently, in accordance with regulations and ensures individuals’ needs are met.” Lois has taken on this role proactively, without being asked or told to do so.
Finally, Lois exudes a happy, upbeat attitude on a daily basis, to which individuals and co-workers respond well. Lois’s natural leadership, ability to build relationships, knowledge of regulations and procedures, and positive, charismatic attitude are what make Lois stand out. SDC couldn’t be happier to have such a wonderful DSP as Lois to help our agency fulfill its mission.