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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 2023 AHVN Annual Virtual Conference on November 16 & 17, 2023 at the Hot Springs Convention Center in Hot Springs Arkansas.

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
  • 2023 Amy Lambright PAT

2023 Scott Gordon Home Visiting Professional of the Year Winner Amy Lambright-PAT.

Amy is passionate and compassionate about her work. She is truly a consummate professional. Amy goes above and beyond the job, making her job personal. She is also continuing her education and fulfilling the goals she has for herself. The parents and children she works with love her and look forward to each visit. Although Amy doesn’t have kids of her own, she has made the kids she works with feel like family. I don’t know anyone who works harder in our office. Amy is the go-to person for questions and great ideas. We all depend on her expertise and experience. Amy is well deserving of this award.

Amy has been working in the home visiting field for 8 years. She has maintained full enrollment for the majority of her program years. Amy has a great rapport with her families and goes above and beyond to find resources and support for her families. She is very diligent in her role as a home visitor. Amy is always eager to help a colleague, our technology guru, and has so many wonderful qualities. Amy has an associate’s degree in early childhood and has enrolled this semester at Henderson State University to get her bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

Amy is our lead parent educator. She never forgets a thing and is always helping her colleagues in the office. She is the first to jump up and help when needed. Amy is an expert in the home visiting field. She is meticulous about her paperwork and knows all the guidelines and regulations. She keeps us straight. Amy has years of experience in childhood education and lends an ear, a helping hand, and advice when needed. We all look to her for support. Our team would not be the same without Amy.

2023 Scott Gordon Home Visiting Professional of the Year 1st Runner-up Sylvia Jack-NFP.

She is a team player who goes beyond t ensure the team stays on track with goals. She will lead whenever needed and shows great pride in her job by taking the initiative to complete tasks with the team in mind.”

2023 Scott Gordon Home Visiting Professional of the Year 2nd Runner-up Gaylyn Willyard-HIPPY.

She is a ray of sunshine to everyone she meets. She makes us laugh and she makes our program better just by being a part of it! She is our rock!”

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 2023 nominees:
Lakrenda Cunningham – HIPPY
Whitney Kirk – HIPPY
Meli Mendoza – HIPPY
Sylvia Jack – NFP (2023 1st Runner-up)
Kimberly Newton – HIPPY
Amy Lambright – PAT (2023 Winner)
Tiffany Jones – SafeCare Arkansas
Elizabeth Smith – HIPPY
Gaylyn Willyard (2023 2nd Runner-up)
Latrenda Harris – HIPPY

Questions? Contact Chelsea McCurdy at mccurdyce@archildrens.org

Click here to go to the 2023 AHVN Conference webpage: https://ahvnti.thinkific.com/pages/ahvnconference