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Honoring Devereux's Direct Care Team Members

Devereux’s direct care professionals (DCPs), direct support professionals (DSPs) and youth care professionals (YCPs) always put others before themselves. These individuals are the heart and soul of our organization, providing exemplary service and outstanding support to the youth and adults they serve, every single day.

Look below to read testimonials from team members about how Devereux’s DCPs, DSPs and YCPs are making a difference at their centers, and in the lives of the individuals and families they serve.



Jermaine Stewart

Devereux Arizona DCP Jermaine Stewart

Jermaine Stewart, DCP
Devereux Arizona

“Jermaine understands the partnership and collaboration that are involved in making sure students participate in their education. He reads the room, and activity, and adjusts his interactions to make sure all students are engaged. He interacts with students in a way that makes them eager to participate. His infectious smile and laughter are refreshing not only to our students, but also to his colleagues. Knowing that Jermaine is in the house is an indication that it is going to be a great day! ”
Theresa Leal-Holmes, Devereux Arizona bilingual
special education teacher



Lindsey Esparza

Devereux Arizona LDCP Lindsey Esparza

Lindsey Esparza, LDCP
Devereux Arizona

“Lindsey is an education whisperer; she interacts and plans high interest educational activities for our youth. When she engages with students, she is aware of their interactions and ability to participate. She adjusts timing and activities to ensure all students are successful and involved in the learning. ”
Theresa Leal-Holmes, Devereux Arizona bilingual
special education teacher



Rosie Mayer

Devereux Arizona DCP Rosie Mayer

Rosie Mayer, DCP
Devereux Arizona

“Rosie makes a big difference to our youth because she is kind, intuitive and motivates students to participate in their education. She interacts with students in a way that makes them want to join. She is aware when they may be feeling overwhelmed and redirects them in a positive and respectful manner. She is a team player and is respected not only by our youth, but also by her colleagues and supervisors. ”
Theresa Leal-Holmes, Devereux Arizona bilingual
special education teacher



Taylor Powell

Devereux Georgia DSP Taylor Powell

Taylor Powell, DSP
Devereux Georgia

“Taylor has been with Devereux Georgia for several years, and she is the epitome of a servant leader. She has an amazingly positive attitude and great rapport with all staff and individuals. Her infectious smile and upbeat personality bring a light to all those around her. Taylor’s personal mission is to treat others with respect and kindness in an effort to foster a safe and positive environment. She’s tremendously instrumental in daily milieu operations, fulfilling roles on every shift and unit and providing support to supervisors. Taylor is a leader among her peers, and it is such a pleasure working with her.”
Melanie Washington, Devereux Georgia direct care
team member



Ivan and Michelle

Devereux Massachusetts and Rhode Island DCP Ivan Ankamafio (right) with Program Coordinator Michelle Beaver during a holiday gift exchange.

Ivan Ankamafio, DCP
Devereux Massachusetts/Rhode Island

“Ivan is an amazing staff member who goes above and beyond for our individuals. He’s a strong advocate for them – and his co-workers. He has a kind heart and really cares about his work. Ivan is always up for the task of learning new things and taking on additional responsibilities. He demonstrates what it means to be part of a team at the Oakhill group home by helping with Servant Leadership and keeping the team together as one united front.”
Michelle Beaver, Devereux Massachusetts and Rhode
Island program coordinator


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