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 who have developmental disabilities.

Shawn HarperOur Third Annual Golden Leaf Awards will take place Wednesday, October 28, 2020, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Courtyard By Marriott in Springfield. Our guest speaker will be former NFL player, author, and CEO Shawn Harper. Shawn went from academic failure to college graduate; from sub-par football player to NFL career; from stutterer to international speaker, from a broken home to family man and business owner. Learn how he overcame insurmountable odds to win at the game of life. Listen to an entertaining, yet powerful personal testimony of overcoming adversity to inspire and motivate. Click here for a clip from one of Shawn’s speaking engagements.

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Tickets are $25 per person or $250 for a table of eight. Tickets can be purchased online at Ticket sales end at midnight on October 23, 2020. TICKETS GO ON SALE SEPT 1.


The Rosemary Paxson Award: Rosemary was a pioneer in advocating for individuals with developmental disabilities in Clark County. In 1951, she worked with a group of parents to create educational services in Clark County for individuals with developmental disabilities. This was the beginning of a long and rich heritage of services here in Clark County. The award winner helps individuals understand their rights, advocates for them at all levels, works for their acceptance in the community, builds relationships with them, and helps them build relationships with others. Winner encourages growth and development of the individual’s abilities, over and above any paid responsibilities.

The Dr. F.F. Mueller Visionary Award: Dr. Mueller was instrumental in creating the Town and Country Day school, pioneering organized transportation, and creating a residential center honoring his name. Dr. Mueller was a highly respected community leader in Springfield, as well as a parent of son, Dick, who had developmental disabilities. Dr. Mueller served as the Executive Director for countywide services, dating back to 1956. His vision of creating services locally for individuals continues, ensuring all Clark County citizens can be an integral part of their community. The award winner has provided at least 15 years of service to people with DD. Winner has made a significant positive impact on the quality of life of individuals with DD through innovative programs and services, advocacy resulting in major community change, and the creation of inclusive environments. Winner promotes a culture that sees individuals for their abilities, models this behavior for others, and is a leader for change in the community. Winner is a visionary, seeing the possibilities in our community as well as in individuals. Winner is actively involved in the lives of individuals, helping them become independent and supporting their goals and dreams.

The Champion City Employer of the Year Award: October celebrates National Disability Employment Awareness Month. The award winner employs at least one individual with DD. Winner encourages growth and development in the individual(s) employed. Winner’s staff go over and above their job responsibilities to show inclusion and acceptance of the individual(s).

The DSP Excellence Award: Direct Service Professional or DSP is the term used for people who are paid to provide direct services for individuals with developmental disabilities. The award winner performs over and above his/her job description. It is not enough to say he/she is kind to individuals. His/Her behavior should set him/her apart from other DSPs.

The Donnis Bailey Self Advocacy Award: Donnis Bailey worked for Developmental Disabilities of Clark County for 24 years and was a friend to, and advocate for, many people with DD. Donnis pioneered the Self-Advocacy group in Clark County. The award winner is a person with a developmental disability who is actively involved in causing positive change that helps advance inclusion and acceptance for individuals with DD in our community and/or state.


Dr. F.F. Mueller Visionary Award
2018 Mary Brandstetter
2019 Michael Brassfield

The Rosemary Paxson Award
2018 Springfield Rotary
2019 Derek Snowden, InDistress

The Champion City Employer of the Year Award
2018 Yamada N.A.
2019 Clark County Job and Family Services

The DSP Excellence Award
2018 Jackie Lanum
2019 Janie Gearhart

The Donnis Bailey Self Advocacy Award
2018 Ebony Whitesell
2019 Jennifer Lemmons