Auburn Woman Wins Award for Excellence and Dedication

by | Nov 20, 2021

Stefanie Salome, an Auburn resident and HMEA employee has recently been awarded by the agency for her dedication to the individuals she serves.

HMEA—a private, not for profit agency that supports nearly 4,000 children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families — announced that Auburn resident Stefanie Salome has received the agency’s 2021 Exemplary Staff Award. The HMEA Exemplary Staff Award is given to an employee who can be counted upon for consistent, outstanding contribution and who possesses energy, enthusiasm, and commitment to high standards.

Salome was nominated by her entire team of colleagues at the Darnell School in Hudson, where she serves as program director.

She began her career at HMEA as a behavior therapist in 2005. After leaving for a few years to work in a public school system, she returned to HMEA to work with the children’s services team, overseeing employees who were planning to become board-certified behavior analysts (BCBAs).

During the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, there was an urgent need for support at the school, and Salome stepped up to fill in as program director. It wasn’t long before she and the staff knew she wanted to become a permanent member of their team. Salome is an outstanding supervisor who goes above and beyond to support other staff members during hard times. Throughout the pandemic, she has coordinated the school’s programs, protected staff and students, and ensured safety protocols were followed.

“Stefanie is always there to lend a helping hand and never gives up on anyone,” said colleagues Akinropo Farinto and Jolene Perry. “You can find her on the floor working anytime the school is short-staffed. She pulls all the available resources together and makes sure we work together as a team. She is an outstanding leader and we are so lucky to have her.”

Salome received the award at HMEA’s 32nd Annual Awards Night.