- Tom Miller Award for Advocacy
Opportunity Village | Las Vegas, NV
Monica Harrison is this year's recipient of the award honoring an employee with a significant disability who has demonstrated outstanding achievement and remarkable passion for self-advocacy on a local or national level. She is an accomplished staff member at Opportunity Village in Las Vegas, providing direct care services to people with disabilities. In addition, as Chairperson of the largest self-advocacy organization in Nevada, Monica tirelessly advocates for issues such as better accessibility at the voting booth for those who often cannot advocate for themselves.
- William M. Usdane Award
Powerworks Industries | Fort Benning, GA
Joy Diolosa is the recipient of this award honoring an AbilityOne Program employee with a significant disability who has exhibited outstanding achievement and exceptional character. When she began her job in 2009 at Powerworks Industries, Inc., at Fort Benning, Georgia, Ms. Diolosa, who has physical and intellectual/developmental disabilities, rarely spoke. Now she is an engaging and positive influence on her co-workers thanks to her sunny attitude and perseverance.
- President's Award
Goodwill Industries of Lower South Carolina | Charleston, South Carolina
Tim Zarzecki received this year's award honoring a person with a significant disability who has exhibited outstanding leadership and exceptional character. He currently works for Goodwill Industries of Lower South Carolina as a food service worker on a contract with Naval Special Warfare Development Group in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Born with a congenital birth defect and suffering from a depressive disorder, Tim has forged strong connections with wounded service members. He's also president of the organization's self-advocacy program and is working to improve transportation options for people with disabilities who need to get to their jobs on base.
- Evelyne Villines Award
Goodwill Industries of San Antonio Contract Services | San Antonio, TX
William "Scotty" Weatherly is this year's recipient of the award honoring an individual with a significant disability who has advanced to a management role from work on an AbilityOne contract. Scotty has advanced through the ranks of Goodwill Industries of San Antonio to oversee a team of 70 employees with significant disabilities. Under his guidance, they manage nearly 60,000 U.S. Army veteran medical and dental records to facilitate Veterans Administration disability claims processing. His colleagues praise his unwavering dedication, his positive outlook and his care and patience with his team members.
- Honor Roll for Veterans with Disabilities Award
Peckham Inc. | Lansing, MI
Gary Hunter, current recipient of the Honor Roll for Veterans with Disabilities Award, is a U.S. Army veteran with schizoaffective disorder who struggled to find a job after his disability was diagnosed. As a customer service technician for Peckham, Inc., he’s flourished. He provides outstanding service, mentors other employees and is building a database of information for other customer service agents to answer client questions.