CPD honors volunteer, organization and alumnus of the year

Martell Menlove

2010 Alumni of the Year:

Martell Menlove finished his doctorate while he worked as program director for the Utah Assistive Technology Program.  From there he went to the Box Elder School District as the Special Education Director and then the Superintendent.  He is now Deputy Superintendent at the Utah State Office of Education.

Chalese Buttars

2010 Volunteer of the Year:

Chalese Buttars is a senior in Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education. She’s also a hard worker. She spent several hours a week helping out at the CPD in the Assistive Technology lab and the Project PEER (Post-Secondary Education, Employment and Research) classroom, where young adults with intellectual disabilities can learn social, educational and employment skills.

ASA officers Gagik Melikayn, Mikayel Khachatryan and Sergey Ghazaryan with volunteer coordinator Jeff Sheen (center) and CPD Director Bryce Fifield (right).

2010 Organization of the Year:

Members of the Armenian Student Association have supported the CPD through cleaning up the Bear River Activity and Skills Center grounds, pitching in at a fundraiser and building raised garden beds, again at BRASC.

Though the CPD's annual awards are given to people from all over the community, two of them went to USU students this year.They earned their recognition with hard work.

"Undergraduate students are among the most energetic, positive, and self-motivated people on the USU Campus." said CPD Director Bryce Fifield. "During the past year, we have been pleased to work with the Armenian Student Association and with undergraduate volunteers who have provided many hours of service to the people we work with.  This was not some class assignment.  These students contacted us on their own and it has been delightful to work with them. "

CPD by the numbers

An estimated 2000 hours of service were donated to the CPD over the last year, by an estimated 240 volunteers. Thanks for the support, everyone!

Work continues to improve services for people who have sustained a traumatic brain injury

The project will focus specifically on young children and veterans. It will also foster improvement in the delivery of services to people who have sustained a TBI.

The CPD is working with many partners to improve services to Utahns who have sustained a traumatic brain injury. The latest project will focus on children ages 0 to 4 and veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afganistan. It will also foster improvements  in the TBI service delivery system in Utah.

The CPD is one of several organizations participating in the project. It is funded by the federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau, with seven Utah agencies contributing matching funds in a massive cooperative effort. For more information, read the  featured story on the CPD website.

In addition, the CPD's Judith Holt received the lifetime service award at the Brain Injury Association of Utah’s Annual Conference earlier this month. Since 2001, Dr. Holt has directed USU’s portion of four Traumatic Brain Injury grants in the state of Utah.  She and her staff have conducted two statewide needs assessments and developed and piloted TBI curriculum for state agencies and providers.

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