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Scott Gordon Arkansas Home Visiting Professional of the Year Award

The Scott Gordon Arkansas Home Visiting Professional of the Year Award was established for the purpose of annually recognizing an individual that is making an outstanding contribution, through home visiting, to building stronger families and brighter futures for the children and communities of Arkansas. Those eligible for the award include all home visitors, home-based educators, parent educators, providers, supervisors, and coordinators who work in home visiting programs in Arkansas.

The top three nominees were recognized at the 2022 AHVN Annual Virtual Conference on November 15, 2022.

We know that all of you are doing great work across the state and want to recognize your colleagues for their efforts to support families through home visiting. In order to recognize as many efforts as possible, previous award winners are ineligible to win again for five years. Previous nominees may be nominated again.

Thank you to our previous winners:

  • 2014 Deena Dillard HFA
  • 2015 Onika Gibson-Lovett NFP
  • 2016 Laura Landrum HFA
  • 2017 Laura Morgado PAT
  • 2018 Karen Garner HIPPY
  • 2019 Audrey Zavaleta HFA
  • 2020 Wendy Forrest PAT
  • 2021 Candie Corona HFA
  • 2022 Mary Recendiz HIPPY

 

2022 Scott Gordon Home Visiting Professional of the Year Winner Mary Recendiz-HIPPY.

“Mary is always willing to help others. She will go above and beyond to make sure we work as a team. She possesses leadership by making sure she has her 18 families and pushes the other HBEs to do the same.”

“Her HIPPY families love her and swears she has the best group meetings! Mary is also hardworking and very dedicated to HIPPY and her Dawson staff.”

2022 Scott Gordon Home Visiting Professional of the Year 1st Runner-up Melissa Falley- SafeCare Arkansas.

“Melissa is the first to help, support, or encourage. She offers to sit with new providers and help them grasp the curriculum, data entry, etc. She is compassionate, kind, caring. She makes each person she comes in contact with feel loved and valued.”

2022 Scott Gordon Home Visiting Professional of the Year 2nd Runner-up Dawn Lane-SafeCare Arkansas.

She is attentive to their needs and adapts to their work schedules. She is often doing sessions at odd times to accommodate family schedules. She helped one family find a pet. The family was interested in getting a dog for the home and she assisted them with the resources to help them find one.”

Congratulations to all of this year’s nominees and winners! You are truly being the difference: meeting families where they are!


Congratulations to all of our 2022 nominees:
Spencer Crews – NFP
Melissa Falley – SafeCare Arkansas
Crystal Gibson – HIPPY
Johana Gonzalez – PAT
Nicole Hughes – PAT
Dawn Lane – SafeCare Arkansas
Beth Massey – FBBH
Jill Neely – FBBH
Kris Poole – FBBH
Mary Recendiz – HIPPY
Elizabeth Smith – HIPPY
Cynthia Sparks – SafeCare Arkansas
Danielle Vail – SafeCare Arkansas
Nelly Valentin-Mercado – PAT

Questions? Contact Chelsea McCurdy at mccurdyce@archildrens.org