Ability Awards

2018 Able Trust Ability Awards Recipients

The Ability Awards honor select individuals from throughout the state for their contributions to the mission of The Able Trust. The Able Trust and its partners have helped put thousands of people with disabilities to work throughout Florida, and this annual celebration allows The Able Trust to thank some of the very important colleagues who work with The Able Trust in achieving this critical mission. 

The 2018 Ability Awards recipients are as follows:

Legislator of the Year: Senate President-designate Bill Galvano (R-Bradenton), District 21

Dr. George Spelios Leadership Award: Karenne Levy, President/CEO, MacDonald Training Center, Tampa

Beverly Chapman Employment Placement Program of the Year: Best Buddies, Orlando

Public Employee of the Year: Lucy Mohs, Public Affairs Director, The Florida Department of Education, Department of Vocational Rehabilitation, Tallahassee

Young Adult Leader of the Year: R.J. Curtis, Student, Land O’Lakes

Adult Leader of the Year: Justin Shea, Gulfport

Employer of the Year: Caribe Royale Resort, Orlando

Employer of the Year: Pitney Bowes, Jacksonville

Employer of the Year: Tavistock Development Company, Orlando

High School High Tech Site of the Year: Madison County, Madison

Media Representative of the Year: Tim Croft, Editor, The Star, Port St. Joe

Volunteer of the Year: Richard E. Herring, Attorney, Tallahassee

“The Able Trust is honored to have worked with these individuals and organizations on the mission of employment for people with disabilities,” said Dr. Susanne Homant, president and CEO of The Able Trust. “Along with our Board and staff, they work very hard to make sure that a job, and for many a career, are viable options for Floridians with disabilities. We are proud to call them partners in this mission.”