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VOL. 131 | NO. 119 | Wednesday, June 15, 2016

SRVS' Saulsberry Honored for Her Work

By Kate Simone

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Wendy Saulsberry is one of two recipients of the 2016 Direct Support Professional of the Year for Tennessee by the American Network of Community Options and Resources. Saulsberry is a direct support professional for SRVS, a United Way agency that supports more than 1,200 children and adults with disabilities.
Saulsberry says that as a DSP, she is deeply committed to the well-being of SRVS clients, assists them with their daily activities and advocates on behalf of their interests.

Hometown: Memphis


Experience: Graduate of Whitehaven High School, and received the Home Managers Certificate at Southwest Tennessee Community College.

Family: Two daughters, one son, and four grandchildren.

Favorite quote: “My momma always said, ‘Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.’” – Forrest Gump (from the movie “Forrest Gump”)

The sports team(s) you root for: Dallas Cowboys

What’s playing on your stereo right now? Any type of gospel music.

Activities you enjoy outside of work: I enjoy spending quality time with my family and my extended family, which include the people I support at SRVS.

What talent do you wish you had? I wish I could sing.

Who has had the greatest influence on you and why? My Auntie Juanita because she always lifts me up with her positive spirit.

What attracted you to SRVS? What drew me to SRVS was hearing about how much the agency works like a family – not just the staff working together as a team, but the love and care given to each individual we support.

What do you consider your greatest accomplishment? My greatest has to be winning the national American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR) Award for Tennessee. I was thrilled to go to Chicago to receive my award and represent SRVS!

What do you most enjoy about your work? I place a priority on respecting a person’s personality, preferences and needs. I notice the little things that the individuals I support would like to accomplish and work to help make that possible for them in the community. From organizing their first vacation out of town, to their first steps on the dance floor, my greatest delight is in empowering them to enjoy life by becoming more independent.

If you could give one piece of advice to young people, what would it be? Always believe in yourself, but be sure to live your life in a respectable way that is genuine and with a love of others.


Kelli Brignac has been promoted to senior account manager at Obsidian Public Relations, where she manages a team of junior account representatives for several clients in numerous cities. Brignac joined Obsidian in October 2011 and was promoted to account manager in July 2013.

Candace Taylor has joined the RISE Foundation as development coordinator. Taylor previously worked as a community relations manager for Chattanooga Cares, where she served 23 Tennessee counties, with a specific focus on minority populations, local and regional businesses, and potential sponsors.


Trevor Cropp has been promoted to project manager in the Memphis office of Barge, Waggoner, Sumner and Cannon Inc. Cropp previously worked in the Nashville office. He is a certified floodplain manager and has worked on a variety of land development, transportation, and water resources projects.

A Step Ahead Foundation and Girls Inc. of Memphis have awarded $100,000 in post-secondary Step Ahead Scholarships to 27 Memphis women ages 17-27. They are: Jelishia Abston, Hannah Bowers, Dekitra Durant, Terrika Fultz, Terriney Gipson, Jameka Hayes, Yakeima Holliman, Maya Jackson, Tyra Jackson, Tatiana Johnson, Elizabeth Jones, Jasmine Leavy, Asha Lester, Cymon Miller, Jasmine Murphy, Maxine Nero, Briana Palmer, Hannah Piecuch, Sha'neria Sanders, Whitney Snow, Danielle Williams, Megan Williams, RuQaiyah Williams, Tierney Wilks, Brianna Willis, Christin Wooten and Courtney Wright.

Church’s Chicken has named 10 Memphis-area students among its 2016 Church’s Scholars: Matthew Scott and Victoria Flanary, Bartlett High; Jenna Dula, Briarcrest Christian High; Austin Hord, Memphis University School; Kenton McNeal, Overton High School; Meghan Lancaster, Catherine Norwood and Mary O’Brien, St. Mary’s Episcopal; Lawson Tyrone, Christian Brothers High School; and Mackenzie Reed, Wynne High.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Five-Star Quality Rating System recognized Northeast Arkansas HomeCare with a 4-star rating in quality and a 4-star rating in patient satisfaction. According to the data, the West Memphis home health provider achieved the highest rating possible in the patient satisfaction category.

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