It is that time of the year when we gather together to honor the heart and soul of ADEC- our incredible team members. The Employee Service Awards Brunch held on January 18th, 2024, at the Elcona Country Club in Bristol, was a day filled with laughter, reminiscing, and a whole lot of celebration. Join us as we celebrate the 28 honorees from this year’s Service Awards!

5 years

We kicked off the festivities by recognizing the vibrant individuals who have been part of the ADEC family for five incredible years. A round of applause for Lori Vanderbosch from Finance, Sarah Medlin from Elkhart Day Program, Elizabeth Marvel from Group Homes, Ashley Schrader from Lutz, Vincent BeCraft from Human Resources, Ashley Hamilton from Terrace Park, Cailin Beck from Middlebury Day Program, and Eric Cabrera from Supporting Living. Your dedication and hard work have laid the foundation for the fantastic journey ahead!

10 Years

Moving on to the impressive 10-year milestones! Congratulations to Kathy Richardson from Middlebury Day Program, Michael Ndaiga from Supported Living, Laura Zalas from Human Resources, Nancy Bowlin from Supporting Living, Olivia Olvera from Group Homes, Anneliese Bennett from Foster, Dawn Porter from Supported Living, Clairissa Oliynyk from Bridlewood, Joyce Tirado from Bristol Day Program, and Perry Stephens from Middlebury Men’s. A decade of commitment deserves more than just a round of applause- it deserves a standing ovation!

15 Years

Crescencia Felty from Supported Living, Noah Sandlin from The Shop, and Jeff Wagner from Supported Living, you’ve not just been part of ADEC; you’ve helped shape its legacy. Your 15-year commitment is a testament to your passion and dedication.

20 & 25 Years

We celebrated Janet Taylor from Hawthorne and Steven White from Transportation for two decades of unwavering dedication, as well as Anne Craft from The Shop for 25 years of service. Your commitment has undoubtedly left an indelible mark on the ADEC story.

30 Years

Amy O’Grady from Bristol Day Program, Stacey Damron from Village Women’s, and Steven Bishop from The Shop stand as a beacon of commitment with an incredible 30 years of service. We are profoundly grateful for your unwavering dedication.

40 Years

Finally, the legendary Mike Hedrington from Employment Services celebrated 40 years of service with ADEC. Your journey with ADEC is nothing short of extraordinary, and we are honored you have dedicated 40 years of your life to ADEC’s mission.

“When I started working at ADEC, I began as a training supervisor and worked in that position for 10 years. For the past 30 years, I have been working as an Employment Consultant. With this job, every day is different, and I love the variety it has to offer. I have the opportunity to work within the community and hear the success stories of our clients, which is truly rewarding and makes me feel a part of something bigger.”


We can’t help but feel inspired by the incredible individuals who make ADEC the extraordinary organization it is. The Service Awards Brunch was not just a celebration of years served; it was a tribute to the individuals who have shaped our past and continue to shape our future.

Here’s to many more years of success, growth, and shared memories at ADEC- where each milestone is a step towards an even brighter future. Cheers to our phenomenal team at ADEC!