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Congratulations Golden Leaf Award Winners

Developmental Disabilities of Clark County is pleased to announce the winners of the first annual Golden Leaf Awards. The Golden Leaf Awards recognize dedicated and community-minded people who have worked to exemplify excellence in inclusion, employment, advocacy, and support on behalf of citizens in Clark County who have developmental disabilities.


The winners are:

Rosemary Paxson Golden Leaf Award: Springfield Rotary-Services to People with Disabilities;

DSP Excellence Golden Leaf Award: Jackie Lanum, Self-Reliance, Inc.;

Donnis Bailey Self Advocacy Golden Leaf Award: Ebony Whitesell;

Champion City Employer of the Year Golden Leaf Award: Yamada North America;

Dr. F.F. Mueller Visionary Golden Leaf Award: Mary Brandstetter, TAC – The Abilities Connection.


Nominations from the public were accepted over the summer. Winners were selected by an independent panel of judges. Awards will be presented during a luncheon on October 17, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Courtyard by Marriott in downtown Springfield. This event will feature a plated meal, awards ceremony, and special guest speaker, Chris Lucas. Lucas is the co-author of the best-selling book “Seeing Home: The Ed Lucas Story.” It’s the story of his father who overcame blindness, discrimination, and a battle to win custody of his sons after they were taken away because he was disabled. Tickets are available via the Developmental Disabilities of Clark County’s website at clarkdd.org.


Developmental Disabilities of Clark County is a publicly funded agency that empowers people throughout their lifetime to achieve their fullest potential. Developmental Disabilities of Clark County funds and supports the F.F. Mueller Residential Center, QUEST Adult Services, in-home early intervention programs for children, transportation in specialized vehicles, family resources and respite care, and vocational training.  We also offer assistance and training to other providers of developmental disabilities services, including home care agencies and independent providers.