South Dakota Direct Support Professional of the Year 2017

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Aspire is proud to announce that Kristen Jung has been recognized as the SD DSP of the Year at the National ANCOR conference!

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Each month Aspire collects outstanding employee recognitions called Shooting Star nominations.  These are voted upon and awarded at our monthly staff meeting.  All of the monthly award winners are voted upon each year to select our yearly Shooting Star Award winner.  These winners are then voted on by the SD CSP Association to select the state winner.

 In March of 2017 Kristen was recognized as Aspire's March Shooting Star Award winner for recognizing that a person had stopped breathing and how she worked with the other employees that night to handle the emergency.  She did CPR while others ensured that emergency services were contacted and that everyone else was safe and calm.  Kristen went with the person to the hospital and stayed with them until they were awake and reassured to their safety.    If you ask Kristen, she didn't save him because it is her job, she did it because it is what you do for family.

In September of 2017 employees at Aspire voted on the past year's Shooting Star winners and chose Kristen. 

In November of 2017 Kristen, along with other DSP's from Aspire and across the state gathered in Chamberlain for the presentation of the yearly DSP awards called Simply the Best.  These twenty DSP's are then voted upon to select the SD DSP of the Year which was Kristen!  She was then sent to the National ANCOR conference, held in April 2018, for a time of learning and recognition.   We are so proud of Kristen; her dedication, passion and relationships are an inspiration to all of us!

If you have had an exceptional experience with an Aspire employee, please nominate them for a Shooting Star Award by clicking HERE!