Six people and one organization were honored at the 2017 “A Commitment to Compassion” luncheon: Diane Riff, Mary Haynes, Betty J. Adkins, Sarah Daniel, Dr. Jonathan Sayat, Chris Stevenson on behalf of Cedar Lake, and Lisa Benner.

Passport Health Plan, Compassionate Louisville, and Insider Louisville celebrate inspiring individuals and organizations in healthcare annually through “A Commitment to Compassion,” a luncheon that shines a light on those who embody compassion and make a difference in the lives of others every day. This is the first of several features that will recognize the recipients of 2017 awards for their “commitment to compassion.”

Prior to 2017, “A Commitment to Compassion” awards were given only to individuals, but Cedar Lake immediately caught the award committee’s attention as the only organization where multiple employees had nominated co-workers.

Cedar Lake, a private not-for-profit organization activates its commitment to compassion through its support of more than 200 of our neighbors with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  The faith-based organization was founded in 1970 by Louisville-area parents of people with intellectual disabilities. Cedar Lake employs nearly 500 staff members, five of whom were nominated by their colleagues as models for compassion in action:

  • Stephanie Foster, Residential Coordinator, oversees Cedar Lake’s multiple properties. She respects all people, shows unconditional love for all, and believes in the abundant possibilities within each individual.  She is recognized as a courageous and creative leader.
  • Gwenevere Josey, Director of Human Resources Strategic Support, is known for her compassionate, no-nonsense approach to motivating and equipping the team to deliver highly compassionate, capable care. She nurtures a highly-supportive environment that fosters teamwork and collaboration so that optimal results are achieved. Gwenevere’s compassionate approach ignites abundant possibilities for team members and the community as a whole.
  • Lindsay Purvis, Director of Health Services, is not only outspoken and driven, she is respected and confident to speak up when no one else will. She displays a loving attitude and focus for everyone, works hard to always facilitate best possible choices. Her sense of humor inspires positivity with members of her team and other leaders in the organization.
  • Karen Smith, Community Support Direct Support Professional, has been a committed and compassionate Direct Support Professional in the Community Supports Program at Cedar Lake for 5 1/2 years. Whether she is recruiting for an Olympic team or supporting an individual endeavor in track and field, swimming or bowling events, you will find Karen in the midst of organizing practices, designing (with participant’s input) uniforms and scheduling transportation to competitions. Karen is the embodiment of Cedar Lake’s vision to enrich each other’s lives through meaningful interactions, unconditional love and compassionate and capable care.
  • Danyel Tingle, Direct Support Professional, makes a daily commitment to show compassion to the individuals in her care. She goes above and beyond searching for and securing opportunities and options for all 9 of the people she supports, ensuring their health, safety, and overall care are the best they can be.
  • Cedar Lake and its employees exemplify true compassion in our city. We are fortunate and proud to have them call Louisville home.

The Compassionate Louisville Healthcare Constellation activates, convenes, and hosts initiatives that enable Compassion to be the driving force of the healthcare experiences in our community.