DSI recognized several local residents at awards banquet

Developmental Services Inc. recently held its 44th annual awards banquet, giving recognition to several local clients, workers and volunteers.

Among the local residents honored were:

  • Dennis England of Seymour was chosen for the consumer achievement award.
  • Magen Pillar of Columbus received the volunteer and service award.
  • Kevin Trotter of Seymour received the direct support professional award.
  • Kelly Hoffman of Columbus was chosen for the SPIRIT Award for her 16 years of service with the agency.
  • The DSI Excellence Award was presented to Judy Brown of Columbus who has spent 40 years with DSI ranging from receptionist to manager of information and technology.
  • Jennifer Heinemann of Hope was honored with a community impact award.
  • Dane Whitlock of Columbus received special recognition for his impact on the lives of children and adults with disabilities over the years.

Elaina Sims, a Columbus East graduate studying biochemistry at IU, received the $1,000 William K. Hadar Scholarship, named after the agency’s longest serving chief executive officer.

Magen Pillar







Dane Whitlock







Jennifer Heinemann






Judy Brown






Elaina Sims
Kelly Hoffman. Submitted photos