Palmetto PRIDE

More than 200 Disability Determination Services (DDS) employees from around the state converged on Columbia for the annual DDS PRIDE Awards Ceremony on March 30 to celebrate outstanding staff achievements throughout the state.

PRIDE (People Responsibly Influencing Decisional Excellence), which began in the Social Security Administration Atlanta Regional Office in 1985, recognizes the positive contributions made by DDS employees through a regional award and recognition program.

Each nominee and winner exemplifies customer service, forward thinking and dedication to their job. DDS staff were recognized for their work both within the agency and their community, including exceptional leadership; helping to provide interpretive services so that a claimant could receive a needed consultative examination; improving the quality of training; and streamlining procedures to reduce confusion and improve case processing time.

The Nominees were chosen based on their performance in fiscal year 2016. The winner in each category will represent South Carolina in the 2017 Atlanta Region PRIDE Awards. 

Congratulations to the following winners of the SC DDS 2017 PRIDE awards!

2017 PRIDE Award Winners

 
 

Office of State Claims Excellence Award
Lauren Northcutt - Columbia DDS

Support Person of the Year
Kimberly Mangrum - Charleston DDS

Staff Person of the Year
Eden Spencer - Greenville DDS

Examiner of the Year
Myran Porterfield - Columbia DDS

Rookie Examiner of the Year
Andrea Sullivan - Greenville DDS

Medical Consultant of the Year
Dr. Michael Neboschick - Charleston DDS

Staff Supervisor of the Year
Summer Ham - Columbia DDS

Case Processing Supervisor of the Year
Gail Davis - Greenville DDS

Mary Simmons Special Act of Service
Debbie Pell, Terry White, Sally Phillips - Charleston DDS

Thomas M. Leahy Creative Achievement Award
Monica Glazier - Columbia DDS

Carl Fullbright / Robert R. Hinrichs DDS Humanitarian Award
Megan Ward - Charleston DDS

Maria Terese Pierce Award
Wanda Scott - Greenville DDS

 

Atlanta Region 2016 PRIDE Award Winners

South Carolina’s Atlanta Region 2016 PRIDE Award Winners were recognized during the March 30, 2017 SC PRIDE Banquet. These regional awards were based on performance in fiscal year 2015.

 
 

Support Person of the Year
Cassie Keeton - Charleston DDS

Case Processing Supervisor of the Year
Teresa London - Columbia DDS

Medical Consultant of the Year
Dr. Craig Horn - Greenville DDS

Robert Hinrichs Humanitarian Award
Justin Murray - Charleston DDS

Mary Simmons Special Act of Service Award
Sylvie Hasapis, Candace Harmon - Charleston DDS

Thomas M. Leahy Creative Achievement Award
Failure to Cooperate Desk Aid Group (Front row: Gail Davis, Summer Ham, Nena Vincent. Back row: Shirley Jarrett, DDS Director; Melissa Goeringer; Susan Vlahos) - Greenville DDS

 

PRIDE began in the Atlanta Regional Office in 1985, recognizing the positive contributions made by DDS employees through an annual, regional award and recognition program. The Atlanta Region includes Alabama, Florida, Georgia,Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.