Celebrating the Lives of Our Team Members

The InVisionary

Celebrating the Lives of Our Team Members

As we prepare for the new year, we would like to take this time to honor InVision team members who have sadly passed away in 2023. Please join us in celebrating the lives of those we have lost this year through the words of those who worked closely with them.

Andria Reynolds 

Andria Reynolds had a several-year history with InVision and cared deeply for the people she supported. Andria was a strong advocate for people who experience disabilities and would never hesitate to go out of her way to help someone in need.
“Andria was fierce in her advocacy for the people we support and never backed away from a challenge,” Marie Palmer, program manager, stated. “She was not afraid to speak her mind and helped bring a voice for numerous individuals. Andria embodied the principles of positive approaches, was a caring teammate, and a peer and friend to many. She will be sorely missed by our department.”
Andria leaves behind a daughter, Jillian. To offer condolences to the family, please visit Andria’s memorial website.  

Dwan Young 

Dwan Young has been described as kind, honest, and a pleasant person to talk too. He was always willing to lend a helping hand when needed and was a huge fan of the Denver Broncos.
“When I think of Dwan, I will always think of his trip to New York with Mike, the person he supported, to the Taping of Live with Kelly and Michael. I don’t know how he did it, but Dwan arranged for Mike to be the featured dancer during the prize wheel segment. It was a wonderful moment for Mike,” Regional HR Manager of InVision’s Eastern region, Cheryl Travis, shared. 

Ryan Springer 

Ryan Springer was seen as an amazing coworker and friend to his colleagues and people supported at InVision. Dustin, a person supported by Ryan for five years, remembers Ryan for their shared memories together—joking about Dustin’s beagle statue biting him in the nose, predicting the score during Steelers games, and Ryan’s nickname for Dustin- Dooker. Dustin also shared that Ryan kept the sunroom curtains in his home tied in a stylish knot at the bottoms, which he has asked staff to keep that way in honor of Ryan. 
“Ryan would go out of his way to help the team succeed in every way possible. I considered Ryan a true friend and his loss will deeply impact me as well as our team at InVision,” Ryan’s fellow DSP, MJ Markley, stated. “He was one of a kind and he would make me laugh every day that we worked together. I will miss him dearly, as will our team. We will keep his memory alive by telling stories of how Ryan impacted our lives.” 

Richard Walker Sr. 

Richard Walker Sr. was a dedicated team member who went above and beyond his job duties to ensure he provided the utmost care to the person he supported. Richard played a key role in getting the person he supported involved with his community by taking him to church, encouraging employment, and pushing for involvement in other activities. 
“Richard treated the person he supported like family and made sure he always had a place to go for the holidays,” Paul Young, residential program supervisor, said. “When Richard went on his medical leave, he still stayed in touch with the person he supported and motivated him by phone until his own health declined. Sadly, both have now passed away and will be greatly missed.” 

Larry Pishko

Larry Pishko joined our team after his involvement with a training conducted for an outside entity that inspired him to apply for a position with InVision. Larry was extremely passionate about his work and dedicated to supporting people who experience disabilities. 
“Larry had a rare, calming trait when he spoke that relaxed individuals and helped subdue their anxieties,” Vocation Specialist, Jaquelynn Holmes, said. “He was brilliantly funny and made us laugh, a lot! Larry’s warmth, clever wit, and caring ways will be missed tremendously.” 

Malford Wade

Malford Wade has been described as a kind and gentle man with a welcoming and contagious smile, and an infectious laugh to those around him. 
“Malford’s focus was always on the person he supported, and he made every effort to do so with the utmost care and thoughtfulness,” David Fritsch, residential operations manager, shared. “Malford had the opportunity to work with several of the people we support, and though their level of care varied from person to person, Malford's dedication was always true and steady. Malford could not only light up a room, but continuously brought brightness into the lives of the people we support and those around him.  Losing someone is never easy, and the InVision family lost a great man and advocate with Malford.  He will be missed by many, and we wish his family and friends peace.”

Amelia Paye 

Amelia Paye began her time with InVision in May of 2021 and has been described as someone who always had a smile on her face, displayed the strength and willingness to help anyone in need, and was always willing to learn. 
“Amelia never backed down from a challenge and was willing to go wherever she was needed,” Sarah Kahando, residential operations manager, said. “A memorable moment I have with Amelia was at a Thanksgiving party at the office, and while we were chatting, Amelia gazed at the person she supports and said ‘I am privileged to work with her, she is so special and willing to learn anything to help her continue having a full life. I am lucky to work with her.’ That’s who Amelia was, always looking to best support and advocate for the people she supported. I am grateful we had a chance to experience her love and care here at InVision. May she rest in peace.” 
InVision is grateful to have known each one of these team members for the people they were. We are thankful for their dedication to our organization and the people we support. As we honor their memories, our thoughts go out to the families of Andria, Dwan, Ryan, Amelia, Richard, Larry, and Malford—they will be greatly missed. 

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