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APPLE VALLEY, Minnesota — The American Network of Community Options and Resources recently named Lisa Riley of MSS Eagan as its Direct Support Professional of the Year in Minnesota.
Riley joined more than four dozen nationwide recipients of the award, which were chosen from a field of nearly 350 nominees. The awards were presented at the ANCOR spring conference May 8 in Portland, Oregon.
“I am thrilled and honored to accept this award,” Riley said. “We need tools to give everybody the opportunity to communicate what they want first,” she added. “I really like inspiring my coworkers, too, when it comes to thinking about caring for the individual and what they may be needing.”
Riley has worked at the MSS Eagan location since 2014, and in addition to her work providing direct support, she covers different programming activities and is the assistive technology coordinator.
“MSS is overwhelmingly proud of Lisa, for her award recognition of course, but more importantly for her dedication and commitment to true community inclusion for the individuals we support,” said Julie Johnson, MSS President/CEO. “We cannot think of anyone who more clearly demonstrates the power of person-centered supports, and we’re so grateful that ANCOR has recognized Lisa with this high-profile honor.”