Four hundred and thirty-five years is a long time. In fact, 435 years ago, the pilgrims had not even made their journey to Plymouth Rock on the Mayflower yet.

Yet a group of dedicated ADEC employees have spent a combined 435 years serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

ADEC celebrated those 39 employees — from direct support professionals to members of ADEC’s leadership team — for their milestone work anniversaries during the annual Service Award Dinner on Jan. 27 at Das Essenhaus. Because what better way is there to say thank you than a slice of Amish pie?

Nearly 400 individuals make up #teamADEC, and each one of them clocks in with one mission in mind: Providing exemplary care and support to the more than 1,000 individuals ADEC serves each year. They help the people we serve reach new levels of independence, realize their true potential and make their dreams come true.

The Service Award Dinner is just a small way to show appreciation to the employees how have spent many years serving and advocating for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities so they can lead lives full of choice and possibility.

Thank you to those members of #teamADEC who were honored at the Service Award Dinner (especially those who braved the ice and cold to celebrate), and thank you to all ADEC employees for your dedication and passion.

5 years

Beth Alexander
Pete Amstutz
Anneliese Bennett
Nancy Bowlin
Amanda Browning
Doniele Funkhouser
Mary Jane Hiles
Marianne Howard
Angie Johnson
Michael Ndaiga
Clairissa Oliynyk
Olivia Olvera
Dawn Porter
Erica Rarick
Kathy Richardson
Perry Stephens
Joyce Tirado
Mikaela Vellucci
Mitch Walorski
Carl Yoder
Laura Zalas

10 years

Crescencia Felty
Ashlee Good
Deb Holderman
Aleigha Miller
Joseph Paris
Jeff Wagner

15 years

Jean Janc
Carla Martin
Janet Taylor
Joyce Weaver
Steven White

Anne Craft

20 years

Anne Craft

“It’s rewarding to watch the clients get excited about new jobs and having a sense of accomplishment about a job well done,” Anne said.

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Deb Buras

25 years

Deb Buras

“The people we serve are so uplifting,” Deb said. “Even if I’m having a rough morning, I’ll walk through the hallway and get high fives and ‘good mornings,’ and everything changes.”

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Stacey Damron

25 years

Stacey Damron

“I stay for the people we serve,” Stacey says. “Their willingness to love everybody. It doesn’t matter what race you are, what size you are, even if they’ve been mistreated by someone in their past, they’re still willing to accept you.”

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Amy O'Grady

25 years

Amy O'Grady

“It’s not like working because I look forward to coming to work every day,” Amy says. “I feel really lucky.”

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Kelly Murphy, 30 years

Gail Vance, 35 years

Michael Hedrington, 35 years