Congratulations to the 5 Award Winners of the 2013 Alaska Alliance for Direct Service Careers

Outstanding Direct Service Professionals of the Year Awards!

The 2013 AADSC Outstanding Direct Service Professionals of the Year received $1,000, a full-paid trip to the 2013 Full Lives Conference to accept this award if they lived outside of the Anchorage area, and free registration to the 2014 Full Lives Conference!

These Direct Service Professionals provide support to a wide range of individuals in a variety of settings including the individual's home, workplace, residential center, day center, and community. Positions include, but are not limited to, PCAs, CNAs, home care providers, recreation staff, clinicians, job coaches, counselors, early intervention associates - anyone who works directly with an infant, child, adolescent, adult or senior who depends on support to be more self-sufficient. To be a direct service professional, a person must spend AT LEAST 75% of their time in direct care activities.

2013 Award Winners


  • Brittanee Raeburn - Works with Individuals with Developmental Disabilities
  • Donald Harpole - Works with Individuals in Substance Abuse/Chronic Alcoholism Treatment
  • Colleen Robertia - Works with Individuals Experiencing Mental Illness
  • Cathy Genaux - Works with Individuals with Brain Injuries Elizabeth Weeks - Works with Individuals with Alzheimer's Disease and Other Age-Related Dementia
  • Elizabeth Weeks - Works with Individuals with Alzheimer's Disease and Other Age-Related Dementia

About the Conference

We just closed out the 12th annual Full Lives Conference for Direct Service Professionals on April 11-12, 2013 and are looking forward to the 13th conference in April 2014! We hope to see you next year!

The Full Lives Conference features national and Alaskan experts on key issues that affect direct service staff and the people they support, including people with developmental disabilities, severe mental illness, chronic alcoholism/substance abuse, traumatic brain injuries, Alzheimer's disease and other age-related dementia.

Presentations are provided on a wide variety of topics, allowing attendees to choose sessions based on their personal and professional interests such as: Promoting Healthy Relationships, Person-centered Best Practices, Honoring Cultural Diversity, Stress Management, Climbing the Career Ladder, and Community Inclusion Strategies.

View additional conference information online at www.fulllivesconference.org