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NC Department of Health and Human Services

N.C. Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services honors eastern region ‘Superstars’

Release Date: October 1, 2008
Contact: Ed Bristol, 919-855-3569

Three employees of the N.C. Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services –  in Elizabeth City, Greenville and Wilmington – are recipients of the division’s “VR Superstar Award” for excellence in leadership, customer service and creativity.

Employee volunteers manage the awards program in which agency staff nominate and vote for their co-workers.

Gneeda Hopkins, a counselor-in-charge in the agency’s Wilmington office, is cited for outstanding achievement in leadership. The award praises Hopkins for her “personal integrity, willingness to work hard, and ability to think outside the box to promote positive change.”

Carolyn McKeel, a casework assistant in the agency’s Greenville office, is cited for her customer service. The award recognizes her “dedication, loyalty and professionalism’” and routinely going “out of her way to ensure that office and caseload operations run smoothly and efficiently so that clients are better served.”  

Charles Godfrey, a rehabilitation engineer in the agency’s Elizabeth City office, is cited for his creativity. The award honors Godfrey for developing creative solutions for a number of the agency’s independent-living consumers, including adapting kitchens and making home entrances more accessible for residents who use wheelchairs.

The division provides counseling, training, education, medical, transportation and other services to people with physical or mental disabilities in order to help them become independent, job-ready or both. Last year, the division assisted more than 6,000 North Carolinians in achieving employment and more than 2,000 in reaching their independent-living objectives.

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Updated: October 14, 2008