Congratulations Melwood 2017 Ability Awards Recipients and Special Guests
December 12, 2017
Congratulations Melwood 2017 Ability Awards Recipients and thank you to our special guests and Ability Awards Sponsors 2017.
Pictured, from left to right:
Research and Innovation Recipients
Nelson A. Carbonell & Michele Carbonell, founding donors, and Kevin A. Pelphrey, PhD, Director, George Washington University Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders Institute
Peggy Fox, Emmy Award-Winning Journalist, WUSA9
Corporate Leadership Recipient
CVS Health, Accepting on their behalf, Charnetia Young, Advisor, Workforce Initiatives
Cari DeSantis, President & CEO, Melwood
Rob Jones, veteran hero & athlete – learn more about Rob
Lifetime Achievement Recipient
Linda Chandler, President & CEO, Linden Resources, Arlington, Va.
Community Impact Recipient
Don Thompson, Owner, Don’s Café, Hyattsville, Md.
Melwood is one of the largest employers of people with disabilities in the country, employing more than 1,600 workers – nearly 1,000 of whom are people with disabilities. Melwood offers job placement, job training, life skills for independence, and support services to more than 2,500 people each year in DC, Maryland, and Virginia. Melwood also has an inclusive summer camp program for children and provides employment and support services to veterans and active-duty military members who have experienced service-related trauma or injury. For more information, visit www.Melwood.org.
Vice President of Government and Public Relations