Bridget Anderson<br/>2020 Exceptional Service Award Recipient

Bridget Anderson
2020 Exceptional Service Award Recipient

Assistant Executive Director
May Center School for Autism and Developmental Disabilities

Bridget stepped into the role of Interim Executive Director at May Center School for Autism and Developmental Disabilities to support the program during the center’s transition to a new Executive Director. During this time, the pandemic hit and impacted the program in profound and unprecedented ways. Bridget rose to the incredible challenge in an interim role and effectively led the program through one of the most challenging periods in the history of the organization.

Not only did she manage the day-to-day operations, she emerged as an organizational leader who quickly shaped policy and practice to ensure the safety of our staff and students. She quickly learned an enormous and constantly evolving body of public health information and gleaned critical details to ensure effective policy and implementation to protect the safety and well-being of our individuals.

In addition, Bridget ensured that our residential programs remained open and continued to provide residential and educational services. Further, she oversaw the implementation of remote learning for all our day students, providing continuity of education. She did this without hesitation and at great personal sacrifice. Her efforts during this time are impossible to quantify and can only be described as extraordinary. Our staff, the individuals we serve, and community we support were fortunate to have Bridget’s dedication and leadership during such a difficult time. 

According to Sangya Karkee, Director of Family Services, “Bridget handled all the novel issues that came about with COVID thoughtfully and diligently. Even during this stressful time, she kept her cool and continued to be very approachable to staff. Bridget worked countless hours, day and night, to make sure everyone felt heard, felt comfortable with the plan, and ran our school so efficiently. She deserves the highest possible award that the May can give.”

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