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August 25, 2015

Michelle Wolfe, Joslin Outstanding Performance Award Co-Recipient

Category: General — NYSID @ 1:22 pm

Congratulations to Michelle Wolfe, a food processing worker with The Arc of Madison Cortland/Alternatives Industry in Oneida, who has been named NYSID’s 2015 William B. Joslin Outstanding Performance Award co-recipient.

Michelle is a key player in The Arc’s prevocational program, working in the food processing department or cutting rags on NYSID Preferred Source contracts. She can’t say enough about the food processing work she does for NYSID. “I like to be busy,” she says. Food processing is “active, keeps me moving, it’s more interesting than other jobs, and it pays better.”

Michelle Wolfe, The Arc of Madison Cortland/Alternatives Industry in Oneida, is a 2015 William B. Joslin Outstanding Performance Award co-recipient

Over the years, she has had several jobs, but she says that her current jobs are the best she’s ever had. Michelle also works at Oneida Savings Bank as a cleaner through an Arc community placement program. She loves the bank because they keep her busy and because she gets a sense of accomplishment when she sees that everything is clean and in its place.

Eleven Central New Yorkers with disabilities are among 60 statewide Joslin Outstanding Performers recognized through NYSID’s annual people-centered awards program.

In its 12th year, NYSID’s Joslin Awards Program has recognized nearly 600 Outstanding Performers, and awarded 15 of those individuals with the final William B. Joslin Outstanding Performance Award.

In addition to Michelle, the Outstanding Performers for 2015 from Central New York are:

  • Francis Burke, Arc of Onondaga/Monarch Industries (Syracuse), custodial
  • Beth Carpenter, Jefferson Rehabilitation Center (Watertown), machine operation
  • Richard Larkin, The Arc of Chemung/Southern Tier Industries (Elmira), custodial
  • Tihona Lee, Clarus Linen Systems/Atlas Health Care Linen Services (Syracuse), laundry
  • Julie Lewus, The Arc/Oneida‐Lewis Chapter/Progress Industries (Utica), custodial
  • Al Penny, JM Murray, (Cortland), janitorial/groundskeeping
  • Trisha Peters, ACHIEVE/Country Valley Industries, (Binghamton), laundry
  • Richard Sullivan, Human Technologies Corporation (Utica), custodial
  • Lanny Willard, St. Lawrence NYSARC/Seaway Industries (Canton), custodial
  • Manda Mae Wright, The Arc Otsego (Oneonta), light manufacturing


“NYSID has been turning business opportunities into jobs for New Yorkers with disabilities for 40 years, and we are proud to recognize this year’s group of Joslin Outstanding Performers,” said Ron Romano, NYSID president & CEO. “As NYSID celebrates ’40 Years of Looking Forward’ during this anniversary year, these individuals and organizations provide incredible examples of how much New York State benefits by having a workforce that is inclusive of persons with disabilities.”

NYSID will coordinate NYSID Works! A Community “Thank You” Event on Thursday, September 17 to thank New York State for creating jobs for New Yorkers with disabilities –– a celebration of work by working. In appreciation for thousands of job opportunities for New Yorkers with disabilities, NYSID will join its member agencies and corporate partners in a day of volunteer service by cleaning parks and beautifying communities across New York State.

The 2015 William B. Joslin Outstanding Performance Award co-recipients and all 2015 Joslin Outstanding Performers will be honored during NYSID’s Annual Meeting on Wednesday, September 30 at 5 p.m. at The Saratoga Hilton in Saratoga Springs. That evening, NYSID will conclude its year-long celebration of the 40th anniversary of its founding.

Congratulations to Michelle and the 2015 Joslin Outstanding Performers from Central New York. Be sure to follow NYSID on our blog and social media as we announce our Joslin Outstanding Performers from New York City/Long Island, the Capital Region and Western New York.


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