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Linda LeMoigne and Valeria Ortiz: CBS Employees of the Year 2023

In the vibrant tapestry of CBS, there are stars that shine exceptionally brightly.

In the vibrant tapestry of Community Based Services (CBS), there are stars that shine exceptionally brightly. Among them, two remarkable staff members have emerged as our Employees of the Year for 2023 – Linda LeMoigne, DSP at the Putnam WOW program and Valeria Ortiz in the residential program.

CBS Employee of the Year Valeria Ortiz

A Well-Deserved Honor

Linda and Valeria’s journey to this prestigious honor began with a secret ballot vote by our dedicated direct support staff from CBS programs. These votes were not just a reflection of their colleagues’ appreciation but a testament to their unwavering commitment to CBS’s mission.

Champions of Quality of Life

At the heart of CBS’s mission lies the commitment to enhance the quality of life for the people we support, those with autism and other disabilities. Linda and Valeria epitomize this commitment through their exceptional work in both the residential and day programs.

Joining the Ranks of Excellence

Linda and Valeria now join the esteemed ranks of previous Employees of the Year, each of whom has left an indelible mark on our organization. Their nominations shone a light on several outstanding qualities, including:

  • Impeccable Attendance: Reliability is a cornerstone of their dedication.


  • Creativity: They bring innovation and fresh perspectives to their roles.


  • Compassion: A genuine care for others defines their interactions.


  • Strong Work Ethic: Their commitment to excellence is unwavering.

“Please know that I, and so many others at CBS, including family members and the participants themselves, profoundly extend our gratitude for your efforts. CBS would not be able to provide such outstanding care and support without you. Our entire CBS community can’t thank you enough!”

Celebrating Excellence

To honor their exceptional contributions, Linda and Valeria were each presented with a certificate of achievement and a box of chocolates on Thursday, September 15. In addition to these tokens of our immense gratitude for their dedication and hard work, they will both receive a $1000 bonus.

CBS DSP Deborah Taylor nominee for employee of the year
Nominee Deborah Taylor
employee of the year nominee Sheryl Brown-Lewis
Nominee Sheryl Brown-Lewis
Nominee Heather Scozzafava

In addition to these two exceptional staff members, a number of DSPs are recognized as nominees for this prestigious award. They are Nick Mancuso, Alfredo Garcia, Janay Dennis, Waylon Bacchus, Petagaye Clarke, Adama Kabia, Veronica Bennett, Viviana Mota, Valerie Phillip, Deborah Taylor, Heather Scozzafava, and Sheryl Brown Lewis (Employee of the Year 2022). Their commitment has been extraordinary!

As we celebrate the winners and nominees, we also celebrate the spirit of CBS – a spirit that thrives on compassion, innovation, and an unyielding commitment to the well-being of the people we support.

Let us congratulate Linda and Valeria for their outstanding achievements and for embodying the very essence of CBS. We look forward to the continued impact they will undoubtedly make in the days and years to come.



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