Jeff Connors - There is some excitement surrounding Mr. Connors’ arrival - anyone who has spent time with an uncooperative computer will be glad to know Mr. Connors is our new Information Technology specialist. “I’ll be maintaining the network and the desktop workstations,” he said during a conversation on his first day. “I’ll have input on purchases and acquisitions.” Mr. Connors comes to us from a former computer contractor at DCS. He is retired from the U.S. Army and enjoys shooting sports, as well as playing guitar in his church’s spirit band. His job at DCS will allow him to do just what he enjoys, as he circulates through our facilities, keeping the computers running smoothly. “I just like working with computers,” he said. “I like working with different people. When you’re in IT, you meet everybody.”
Katie Clendaniel - Coordinator of Housing and Community Development Katie Clendaniel comes to us from the Easton Main Street Program, where she was staff liaison for the Affordable Housing Program. She also worked with community grant programs for the town. Now that she is with DCS, she said, “I’ll be helping with grants and the new senior center project,” as well as identifying other funding sources. Ms. Clendaniel recently bought a house outside Secretary. “I’ll be giving it some TLC over the next couple of years,” she said. She and her dog Millar enjoy the quiet, rural setting of their new home, where there is plenty of wildlife to observe, as well as opportunities for boating and bike riding.
Sandy Russum - Administrative Assistant Sandy Russum joins the office team in Cambridge, where she will work closely with CEO Santo Grande and Hennie Hayden. Ms. Russum previously worked at Lane Engineering, a civil engineering and surveying firm, where she was office manager and project manager. When she is not busy at work, she has plenty to do close to home in the Neck District, where her husband is chief of the fire company and she is treasurer. In her spare time, Ms. Russum enjoys reading and going to the beach.
Antioney Holmes - Laurel, Delaware native Antioney (Tony) Holmes is a residential one-on-one caregiver. In his short time with DCS, Mr. Holmes has already caught on to the spirit of the organization. “The people here are really cool,” he said, adding that he enjoys “just being able to help somebody.” Thinking of the developmentally disabled individual cares for, Mr. Homes said, “They say he’s been better since I’ve worked with him.” During his free time, Mr. Holmes enjoys basketball, movies and music.
Medayashe’ Lawson - Residential Coordinator Medayashe’ (Shay) Lawson is responsible for making sure people in group homes have the services they require, including transportation and medical needs. He also works to give the developmentally disabled individuals opportunities to integrate in their communities. Mr. Lawson, who is from Prince George’s County, earned a degree in Psychology from Bowie State University. It was during his junior year there that he discovered an interest in working with the developmentally disabled. He said he enjoys “being able to help individuals who really need somebody’s support. It makes me feel good because they really need assistance and they appreciate it.” Mr. Lawson likes to listen to music, as well as play basketball and video games.
Johnette Lawson - Johnette Lawson was away for a while, but now the 11-year DCS veteran is back with us, working for individuals with developmental disabilities. “It’s my first love and I’m back,” she said. Deputy Director of Residential and Day Services Lawson discovered her vocation while studying for her undergraduate degree in psychology, when she had an internship with individuals with special needs. “I’ve always been interested in case work,” she said. Ms. Lawson noted that she is pleased there is a new emphasis on self-determination for the developmentally disabled, adding that she likes “seeing the successes of the people we serve.” Ms. Lawson enjoys reading, travel, collecting elephants and especially hanging out with her grandson.
Dave Ryan - Marketing Specialist/Travel Trainer Dave Ryan joined the One Stop Office team during the spring. His responsibilities will include keeping the public informed on DCS’ many services and activities, as well as helping new customers learn to ride our buses. “We have such a great team here,” Mr. Ryan said. Teaching clients to use public transportation is an effective way to help them maintain their independence and enjoy life. He especially enjoys driving folks to and from doctor’s appointments. “I get so much satisfaction from directly helping people,” he said. Mr. Ryan coaches track and field and weightlifting at Cambridge-South Dorchester High School. He likes cooking and music.