Congratulations Melwood 2017 Ability Awards Recipients and Special Guests

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

Featured Speaker

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.

About Melwood

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

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Jewelyn Cosgrove
Vice President of Government and Public Relations
O: 240-846-3952
[email protected]


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