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2016 Code of Conduct Recognition Award Recipients

The Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs announces the winners of the 2016 Code of Conduct Recognition Award. This award honors staff who embody the ethical standards outlined in the Code of Conduct for Custodians of People with Special Needs. Family members, personal representatives and provider agencies submitted the names of 60 candidates to the Justice Center and 17 individuals were selected for recognition.


Of those nominees, the Justice Center's Advisory Council selected four individuals to receive the 2016 Code of Conduct award at an award ceremony which was held on Sept. 29. The winners, listed below, work in programs overseen by the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) and the Office of Mental Health (OMH):

  • Diane Celano-Carnahan, Supervisor, Operations for Community Living, Inc (OMH) in Smithtown, NY. Celano-Carnahan has a long history of working in the field, with 30 years at Options. She was noted for her exceptional commitment to the people she serves - including organizing and planning a wedding for two residence receiving services at an agency site. She was also cited for diligence in maintaining culturally diverse programs.
  • Rickie and Rose Hoseler, Family Care Providers (OPWDD) in Malone, NY. The Hoselers, who are receiving this award as a couple, were cited for their tireless attention to a child with special needs who they took into their home as family, ensuring to the best of their ability, that he would live his life uninhibited by disabilities and health challenges. They provided loving care to this child throughout his life until his final days.
  • Michael Maloney, Unity House (OMH) in Troy, NY. Maloney is an Assistant Service Director of Community Resources, is the first point of contact for those who come to Unity House for help with food, clothing, employment and homelessness prevention. He helped create a program using peer-to-peer mentoring to encourage adults to find and receive mental health services available to them.
  • Susan Polmateer, Community Habitation/Respite Worker at Saratoga Bridges (OPWDD) in Ballston Spa, NY. Polmateer was nominated by a parent of a non-verbal child she was assisting. The parent described Ms. Polmateer's tireless and creative approaches to teaching daily life skills to the child and how she not only improved the quality of the child's life but that of the entire family.

The following individuals were also recognized for their good work:

  • Olakunle Dada-Bello, Direct Support Professional, On Your Mark, Staten Island, NY
  • Lisa Falbo, Chief of Residential Services, Rockland Psychiatric Center, Orangeburg, NY
  • Marlene Frazier, Manager, AHRC Nassau, Brookville, NY
  • Lisa Getman, Sr. Vice President Corporate Compliance/HIPAA Officer, United Cerebral Palsy, Utica, NY
  • Ryan Haner, Youth Division Aide 3, Finger Lakes Residential Center, Lansing, NY
  • Mike Hill, Teacher, Long Island Developmental Disabilities Service Office, Hauppauge, NY
  • Cynthia Jones, Residential Shift Supervisor/ DSP-R, The Arc of Ulster-Greene, Kingston, NY
  • Lathia Jones, Program Manager, The Children's Village, Dobbs Ferry, NY
  • Cynthia Longo, Director of Residential Services, CN Guidance and Services, Hicksville, NY
  • Maureen Martinez, Director, Residential Services, Job Path, New York, NY
  • Heather Oatman, Mental Health Therapist, Credo Community Center, Watertown, NY
  • Emily Schmerbeck, Behavioral Intervention Specialist, Catholic >Charities Community Services, Rochester, NY
  • Jacqueline Smith, Day Hab Coordinator, Seneca Cayuga ARC, Waterloo and Auburn, NY

Members of the Justice Center's Advisory Council reviewed the nominations and selected award winners who demonstrated an unwavering commitment to the Code of Conduct Recognition Award received a certificate and were honored at an Advisory Council luncheon.

Photo courtesy of The Justice Center. Featured in the photo:
Front row l-r : Susan Polmateer (Saratoga Bridges), Rose Hoseler (Family Care Provider), Diane Celano-Carnahan (Options for Community Living, Inc.),

Back row l-r: Glenn Liebman (Justice Center Advisory Council), William Gettman (Justice Center Advisory Council, Chair) Rickie Hoseler (Family Care Provider), Michael Maloney (Unity House), Jay Kiyonaga (Justice Center, Executive Deputy Director)