Recognition and Awards

In December Opengate presented awards to very deserving employees who consistently exhibit their excellence in performance. Employee of the Year, Direct Support Professional (DSP) of the Year, and scholarships were awarded.

Employee of the Year: Vikki Nassetta

Victoria Ribon and Vikki Nassetta

Vikki has been an employee of Opengate since December 1998.  When her department was short a Training Specialist, she played an integral part coordinating the program, exceeding our expectations.

When Resident Managers need to ensure their training is up to date, Vikki is always willing to assist them, often accommodating her schedule, working longer hours, and meeting the needs of the agency. 

Vikki has always shown herself to be an exceptional employee and well deserving of this honor.

DSP of the Year: Sashan Lee

Victoria Ribon and Sashan Lee

Since June, 2016, Sashan has been a valuable member of the Day and Residential Programs. She is respected by the individuals she works with and their families, along with her co-workers and supervisors.

She uses her good judgement skills when completing assigned documents and delivers them promptly and correctly. Sashan has proven to be extremely dependable and takes her position quite seriously, always striving to achieve excellence.

Scholarships Awarded:

Vervelyn Morgan-Pierre

DSP at Auerbach

Attending Fordham University Advanced Program pursuing a Masters in Social Work

Emma Jensen

DSP at Rivera

Attending Mercy College pursuing a Bachelors in Social Work

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