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Announcing Redwood’s 2022 Celebration of Abilities Awards Finalists

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At Redwood, we believe uniqueness is power and we want to celebrate those who have achieved great things, despite what others may perceive as a disability, as well as those who are actively working to shatter barriers to full inclusion for individuals of all abilities. We are proud to announce the finalists for the inaugural Celebration of Abilities Awards, celebrating those who go above and beyond to provide opportunities to grow their abilities, shatter barriers and shine bright!

The 2022 Celebration of Abilities Awards Finalists are:

Growing Abilities Award – This award recognizes an individual and an organization on the cutting-edge of innovative, personalized care that helps individuals with distinct abilities shatter barriers.


  • Lauren Wang, Dr. Corey Keeton, Dr. Tim Freeman (deceased)
  • Maggie Bushelman & Tammi Morris
  • Danielle Rice


  • Cincinnati Parks Foundation
  • Joseph Home
  • Special Olympics Hamilton County

Shattering Barriers Award – This award recognizes empowering employers who demonstrate their commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace for individuals with distinct abilities. These employers focus on what individuals can do so that they can contribute to the success of the community.

Small Employer (less than 500 employees)

  • Cincinnati Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired
  • Clovernook Center for the Blind & Visually Impaired

Large Employer (more than 500 employees)

  • Dan Meyer & Nehemiah Manufacturing
  • ABB Optical Group

Shining Bright Award – This award goes to individuals with distinct abilities who have overcome barriers and serve as role models to our community. These individuals inspire us by what they can do!

Child (Age 21 & Under)

  • Rose Cryer
  • Lawrence Bedford
  • Destiny Owen

Adult (Over Age 18)

  • Roger Grein
  • Edwin Krajecki
  • JR Goetz

Thank you to the star-studded panel of judges who selected the award finalists:

  • Brent Cooper, CEO, Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce
  • Nancy Grayson, CEO, Horizon Fund
  • John Hawkins, CEO, MPI Consulting
  • Sherry Hughes, Director of Strategic Community Engagement, Cincinnati Cancer Advisors; Journalist
  • Jodi Keely, CEO, Lovesome Stables
  • Nick Krall, General Manager, Cincinnati Reds
  • Lisa Lickert, CEO, EMI Network
  • Ronnie Marshall, Redwood client
  • Colin Mayfield, Anchor, WLWT

The Celebration of Abilities award winners will be honored on June 17 during Redwood @ the Reds with an evening of baseball and fireworks in the Machine Room at Great American Ball Park. Tickets include admission to the game and can be purchased online here.

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