Direct Support Professional Awards

Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) are one of the most critical aspects of Long-Term Services & Supports for more than 160,000 Iowans. The Association recognizes exceptional DSPs every year during National Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week. 

Nominations demonstrate appreciation of DSP professionals and helps IACP advance policy goals that support the DSP workforce. It’s also an opportunity for IACP members to nominate DSPs who stand out and provide exemplary service in the profession. 

The 2020 DSP Awards will be announced in celebration of National DSP Recognition Week, September 12-19, 2020. 

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2019 Award Winners

Edward Henry Jodi Warford
Julie Rottinghaus Edvin Lopez
Zachary Norton Justin Christian
Abdulai Kamara Justin Paulsen
Dee Van Dyke Cassie Shivers


2018 Award Winners

KATIE BAYLOR, Pursuit of Independence 
MICHELLE GREAR, Tenco 
KATIE GOEDKEN ARC, ECI 
VICKY PHIPPS, TASC 
DORIE PAULSEN, North Iowa Transition Center 
KATE SIMONSON, Horizons Unlimited 
CRYSTAL CHRISTENSEN, Crossroads of Western Iowa 
TRACY HOUSTON, Wesco 
ANGELA VANDERHOFF, Lifeworks Community Services