Mike and Kathy Martinez (center) of Platte County received the Vocational Services’ Parent/Guardian of the Year award during the recent VSI Community Awards Night. Presenting the award were long-time VSI supporters Bob and Cindy Sevier of Liberty.

Area Residents, Leaders Honored at VSI Awards Night

Northlanders with disabilities, volunteers, community and business leaders were all honored June 22 during the Vocational Services Community Awards Night in the Courtyard by Marriott at Briarcliff.

The event began with a silent auction and celebration of VSI’s efforts since 1966 providing employment and other opportunities for people with developmental disabilities. Nearly 400 people attended the event.

VSI Production Employee of the Year Andy Martinez was honored for his outstanding work ethic. He has also displayed notable athletic achievements that this year included award-winning performances at the Winter Special Olympics in Austria. Martinez has missed only a few days of work since starting with VSI in 2007 and has steadily added skills and abilities to his resume.

Jimmy Dayton was recognized as Supported Employment Consumer of the Year. His efforts earned him the nickname “Mr. Responsibility” by his employer, Dollar General. Often working extra shifts, Dayton is now relied on to open and close the store.

Parent/Guardian of the Year honors went to Mike and Kathy Martinez, whose son, Andy, earned Production Employee honors. Besides their epic trip to Austria for the Winter Special Olympics, the couple has consistently shown remarkable commitment to maximizing their son’s opportunities and has volunteered for dozens of events and programs.

VSI’s Vendor of the Year Jeff Billings and Septagon Construction have provided the region, including VSI, with excellent service since 1971. This vendor has been instrumental in several major projects for VSI and if not with their support would have been difficult if not impossible to complete.

VSI Customer of the Year was accepted by Tom West of TNEMEC in North Kansas City. VSI places special value on working with companies extensively such as TNEMEC because the non-profit relies extensively on revenue from business services to such firms. TNEMEC, an advanced service manufacturer in North Kansas City, has shown outstanding quality and been an excellent partner.

Clay County Employer of the Year, the Liberty Wal-Mart, has partnered with VSI for more than 12 years. VSI currently has five individuals who work for Wal-Mart, with a collective total of 55 years of service to the store in areas such as maintenance, lawn and garden and parking lot services.

Platte County Employer of the Year was the Primrose Retirement Community where a VSI consumer has worked as an attendant for five years. In 2016, the relationship was renewed and Primrose offered another individual a dining room attendant position. They have provided an environment where our consumers can learn their jobs and maintain employment long-term.

The VSI Benefactor’s Award recognized Harrah’s North Kansas City Charitable Fund many years of continued dedicated support to our organization and the citizens of North Kansas City.

Tim Gaines of the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, received the Working for the Public Good. A 30-year veteran, Gaines was a tremendous asset in developing and implementing the new Career Counseling program for Missouri sheltered workshops required by new federal requirements.

Volunteer of the Year Rusty Turner was honored for his many years of helping VSI consumers celebrate holidays and other events. A professional DJ, Turner has followed the footsteps of a friend, the late Jerry Davis. Turner also gives time each month attending meetings and doing “homework” as a member of the VSI Board of Directors.

The Director’s Award recognized six years of dedicated service by VSI Associate Director Bill Barr as well as his long-term work for workshops throughout Missouri. During his long career, Barr has served as president of the Missouri Sheltered Workshop Managers Association and has provided leadership in two other sheltered workshops in the state.

Adam Moyers received the VSI Board Member of the Year Award. Managing partner and CFO for Outrider, a consulting firm specializing in talent acquisition for the oil & gas, power and mining industries. Currently serving as the VSI Board Treasurer, he regularly attends at least two monthly meetings for VSI and consistently provides hard work and dedication.

Long-time VSI staff member Roxanne Dabbs received the Employee of the Year honors. One of VSI’s longest-tenured employees, she serves as general manager and has consistently provides the best employment services possible to the individuals VSI serves. Her dedication and insight helps the organization run smoothly and successfully.

VSI also recognized retiring employees Jodi Mason and Carol Bricker.

For over 50 years, Vocational Services, Inc. has been working for the public good: providing employment and other vital services for citizens with developmental disabilities, and serving the business community with on-demand, flexible services and programs.

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