Kent-Sussex Industries Honors Outstanding Employees

KSI CEO B. Craig Crouch (right) with 2010 Outstanding Employee of the Year Lisa Bush

Kent-Sussex Industries, Inc. (KSI) honored its outstanding employees and staff of 2010 during the organization’s 49th Annual Awards Dinner, June 14 at the Sheraton Dover Hotel. Approximately 250 KSI supporters, customers, participants, and their friends and families joined KSI staff in acknowledging the dedication and accomplishments of the 2010 Employees of the Quarter Reginald Fisher, Deborah Hrupsa, Lisa Bush and Charles Fox. Additionally, KSI awarded its Clifford T. Crouch Excellence In Service Award to Maureen Yocum, and the distinction of Outstanding Employee of the Year to Lisa Bush.

KSI staff member Maureen Yocum has been with KSI since 1989, beginning as a floor supervisor and quickly being promoted to program manager in 1990. She’s known for her fierce dedication to KSI’s participants and work, going the extra mile to make a difference in people’s lives. Maureen is someone with an amazingly clear understanding of KSI’s purpose who passionately works to help the individuals it serves. Additionally, she has made room in her home for many years to provide foster care for persons with disabilities. Mrs. Yocum plans to retire from KSI in August of this year, but will continue her involvement through part time and volunteer opportunities with the organization.

Outstanding Employee of the Year Lisa Bush started as a participant with KSI in 2001with anxiety conditions and a fear of loud noise and bright light. However, she persevered to overcome her anxieties and fears time and time again to encounter new opportunities for success. Entering Procter & Gamble’s Dover Wipes plant as a KSI Community-Based crew member a few years ago, she was overwhelmed by the immensity of the space, the glaring lights and the constant noise of machinery. But despite her initial fears, and with support from KSI supervisors, she conquered her challenges through sheer determination. In the time she’s been part of the P&G crew, she’s proven herself as a hard-working and adaptable member of the team, succeeding in ways that exceeded all expectations of her.

KSI is very proud to have Mrs. Yocum, Ms. Bush and the other honorees as parts of its team and thank them for their dedication and contributions to the organization’s programs. They are shining examples of KSI’s mission for nearly 50 years of helping persons with disabilities to reach their potential through meaningful employment and participation in their communities, while helping them achieve more productive and independent lives. KSI accomplishes this goal through partnerships with businesses seeking additional production and personnel capacity to streamline their operations and accomplish their business goals more affordably. KSI provides diverse production capacity within its Milford facility and on-site Community-Based crews to supplement companies’ existing workforces.

To learn more about KSI, call Alicia Hollis, Director of Community Relations, at (302) 422-4014 ext. 3015.

Maureen Yocum (left) accepts the Clifford T. Crouch Excellence in Service Award from KSI CEO B. Craig Crouch