6 December Pace Mentor of the Year Award for 2016 December 6, 2016 By ODRC Adult Parole Authority (APA), Akron Adult Parole Authority Brenda Duenas, Pace Mentor, APA, Pace Program, Kenmore Christian Community 0 Senior Officer Brenda Duenas received the 2016 Pace Mentor of the Year Award. For those of us who know Brenda this comes as no surprise. Brenda has been modeling the mentor role for past 22 years with the Adult Parole Authority. She recalls how she first learned the art of mentoring after her son was diagnosed with autism and also several learning disabilities. Brenda states: “Mentoring is a huge part of my life!” Her skill as a mentor to her son crossed over into the work place and is appreciated by her colleagues as Brenda is always willing to be a mentor toward staff. She enjoys teaching and making connections with people and jokes that her children refer to her as “Mom-ter” as she is their Mom and Mentor. Brenda first became involved in the Pace Program in 1997 when she was a protégé and for many years now she has been ‘paying it forward’ by mentoring others. In addition to colleagues, Brenda employs the same philosophy in her supervision of offenders. After work, Brenda continues to be active in the Kenmore Christian Community and very active with the Autism community. Her participation in her community and passion for mentoring people, especially those with disabilities, is appreciated and speaks to the overall mission to reduce recidivism among those we touch. Related Director Awards NERC's Jim Monyak ODRC Employee of the Year 2017 TCI Staff Selected as the Investigator of the Year for 2016 ODRC Employee of the Year for Community Impact awarded to NCI staff member 2017 Northeast Region Support Team Member of The Year Award MSW II Field Instructor of the Year Award NERC Volunteers of the Year 2016 Comments are closed.