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2022 Award Winners

Lucia Russo McPherson

Lucia Russo McPherson
2022 Cynthia Blomquist Quality Client Care Award Winner


Cynthia Blomquist was the very first employee hired by The House Next Door. The history of our agency was positively shaped by her dedication, out of the box thinking and exceptional work ethic. As the first employee she embraced the notion of supporting the family unit and believed in the power of the family structure. At the heart of work was her passion to always provide the highest quality of care to our clients. This passion continues to be present in her work today in the insurance field. Cynthia provided quality client care, before standards of care existed. Her passion laid the groundwork for what we today refer to as HND standard of care.  

The Cynthia Blomquist Quality Client Care award was created to recognize and celebrate a staff member who has gone above and beyond to provide high quality care to our clients. The recipient of the Cynthia Blomquist Quality Client Care award must have demonstrated throughout the past year, dedication to providing high quality care, embraced meeting the client where they are, and helped the client decrease risk factors while increasing protective factors, combined with providing HND level of high standard of care. This year’s recipient is someone who always puts the clients' needs as the top priority. Going the extra mile for each of her students is her standard of care.  Please join me in congratulating our 21/22 Cynthia Blomquist Quality Client Care award winner Lucia Russo-McPherson.  


Danesha Britt

2022 Ella Bryan HND Values Award Winner

Ella Bryan dedicated her life to strengthening and supporting families.  Working through The House Next Door and her church, she made a difference for thousands of families through the years.  With a loving heart she listened to children, parents, and staff with compassion, never passing judgement.  Ella had a gift for seeing your potential and making you believe in it too.  She was a tireless mentor, always there with an encouraging word and giving strength with her faith in you.  If Ella was awake, she was working to make a change in her community and to strengthen the individuals who lived within it.  A humble woman, she was always willing to extend her hand not only to help, but in friendship.  Her passion and belief in each person’s value led her to a leadership position in the Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association (FADAA) on the State level.  She believed with all her heart that we would find the answers and make the needed changes working together – families, professionals, communities  

The Ella Bryan HND Values Award was created to recognize and celebrate a staff member who demonstrates our values. The recipient of the Ella Bryan HND Values Award must have demonstrated the following values: Family is the foundation, advocated for change, made a difference, instilled hope, listened with compassion, inspired growth, empowered our community and showed strength in diversity. Our recipient this year is someone who fiercely believes and lives each of our values every day. Please join me in congratulating our 20/21 Ella Bryan HND Values Award winner Danesha Britt.  

Danesha Britt
Waleska Guadalupe

Waleska Guadalupe
2022 Ann Grell Employee of the Year Award Winner


The Ann Grell Employee of the Year award was created to recognize an employee that goes above and beyond in all aspects of their job. Ann Grell Co-Founder and First Executive Director of HND was a pioneer in advocating for families. With a shoestring budget, a clear vision and a heart for her community, Ann laid a strong foundation for HND. After many years of leading the agency, she went back to school to obtain her masters in mental health from UCF and worked in our therapy department as a therapist and later as a Supervisor. In every role that she has held, Ann is an inspirational force that lovingly encourages each of us to go above and beyond to better ourselves, our agency, and our community.  

Our employee of the year for 2021/2022 is certainly an agent of the House Next Door, not just their specific department. Our recipient has a heart for serving families. I’ve had the pleasure of working very closely in the past with this employee and could not be more excited at having her as our employee of the year.  Please join me in congratulating our 21/22 Ann Grell Employee of the Year Waleska Guadalupe.  

The State of Florida Department of Children and Families and LSF Health Systems, LLC

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The House Next Door is an equal opportunity provider and employer. 

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