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City honors people with disabilities, organizations dedicated to their advancement

  Oct. 21, 2013

  Contact: Mari Andrzejewski, program liaison, Human Resources,
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City honors people with disabilities, organizations dedicated to their advancement


A near fatal car accident left 18-month-old Kendra Foti severely brain damaged. While the resulting injuries hindered her ability to master reading, writing and other basic skills, they didn’t damper Kendra’s spirit. Now 22, Kendra is pursuing her associate’s degree at Scottsdale Community College. Following completion, she has her sights set on wrapping up her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and then heading to graduate school.


Kendra is among a handful of people and organizations that will be honored as part of the Mayor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities. The awards recognize individuals with disabilities who have provided outstanding examples of courage, perseverance and love in the face of adversity. In addition, the program serves to thank those who provide counseling and education and acknowledges employers that provide jobs for individuals with disabilities.


A ceremony honoring the winners will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, at Chaparral Suites, 5001 N. Scottsdale Road. The program is free and open to the public.


Other award recipients include:
Employer of the Year – Fry’s Marketplace
Employee of the Year – Amanda Cooley, STARS
Teacher of the Year – Shannan McClure, Coronado High School
Para-Educator of the Year – Carol Herrick, Coronado High School
Instructional Aide of the Year, Vocational – Larry Kenyon, STARS
Exemplar of the Year – Andrew Segura, Chaparral High School


In addition, the following people will receive scholarships:
Carlita Cotton – Arizona State University
Jeffrey Feferman – DeVry University
Shelby Nelson – Northern Arizona University
Maia Frechthandler, Jordan Herschell Paree, Kendra Foti and Lisa Priest – Scottsdale Community College
Wayne Christianson and Henry “Hank” Tufte – STARS