PUBLISHED: 5:13 PM on Wednesday, May 9, 2007
Direct service professionals honored
The Alaska Alliance for Direct Service Careers announces the 2007 winners of the Outstanding Direct Service Professionals of the Year Award, which include Kathy Evans.

Evans is a program coordinator with Gateway Center for Human Services in Ketchikan and was highlighted for her work with people who need mental health services.

Alaska Alliance for Direct Service Careers is a statewide initiative directed toward recruitment, retention and training of direct support personnel working in all community settings serving individuals with developmental disabilities, Alzheimer's disease and related disorders, mental illness, and chronic alcoholism throughout Alaska. We are a coalition of agencies, state policy makers, administrators and direct service professionals committed to strengthening the direct service workforce and addressing industry-wide conditions that are harmful to people who rely on direct services.

With the help of our funder, the Alaska Mental Health Authority, and our partners, the Governor's Council on Disabilities and Special Education and the Center for Human Development, The Alaska Alliance for Direct Service Careers has given these awards for the past five years. The winners receive a trip to the Full Lives Conference in Alaska and a professional development stipend up to $2,000 to attend a U.S. conference of their choice during the next year.