Our Highest Honor
President's Award: Hon. Billie Breaux
Article ImageFor many years, the Honorable Billie Breaux has been a true champion for Noble, dedicating countless hours to serving on our Board of Directors and now on our Advisory Board. At every opportunity, she has shared the impact of Noble's mission with friends, family and colleagues. 
She taught in the IPS school system for over 30 years before running for the Indiana State Senate. She held that seat for 16 years before running for Marion County Auditor, a position she served with distinction for eight years. She is also a former president of the Indianapolis Education Association and a former vice president of the Indiana State Teachers Association. For her long-term dedication to our community, we are proud to recognize her with Noble's 2018 President's Award. 
Harriet P. Irsay Distinguished Parent Award
Linda Barton
Article ImageWhen her daughter Leslie was born over 45 years ago, autism was just barely understood. Linda knew Leslie was not developing at the same pace as her older sister had, but until they received the diagnosis through Noble in the early 1970s, they did not know what to expect. Because of Linda’s persistent advocacy, however, Leslie went on to experience many “firsts.” She entered public school in 1975 when it was first mandated for schools to accept students with disabilities, and soon after, Linda and several other parents formed the first group home for Indiana children with autism.
Today, Leslie participates in our day services, where she has made many friends. According to Linda, Noble has helped Leslie become engaged in life and enjoy a meaningful day. In the meantime, Linda continues to strongly advocate for all people with disabilities. She participates in events like Noble’s Legislative Forum, volunteers regularly with the people we serve and takes every opportunity to engage others in Noble’s mission.
Champion Award
Eli Lilly and Company
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An innovative leader in its field, Lilly is a vital pillar of our community in terms of its economic impact and corporate citizenship. A true champion of Noble’s mission, its workforce culture has incorporated the talents of people with disabilities through our employment services for many years. Over the past year, Lilly and Noble have been partnering in the development of a human resource model that has the potential to set a new standard for hiring, training and retaining well qualified individuals with disabilities.     

Beyond work, Lilly has been an incredible partner by encouraging its staff to volunteer each year at Noble through its Day of Caring, helping with everything from painting and landscaping to working directly with the people we serve. This focus on volunteerism extends to the top, with a number of its corporate executives serving on Noble’s Board of Directors over the years. In addition, Lilly has demonstrated its generous support of our mission through its sponsorship of our fundraising events and by effectively advocating for the contributions individuals with disabilities can make to our workforce and our community. 
Citizenship Award
Marty Davenport
Article ImageMarty has worked in the grocery business for over 30 years. The vast majority of that was for Marsh, but several years ago, he moved to the other side of town and began working at Kroger. The store is typically busy, which he loves. Customers often get into his line so they can chat with him, and he wows them with his customer service.

“I like the people. The ones I work with, and the ones who shop here,” he says. If that slows down, he returns items to store shelves and rounds up grocery carts. Outside of work, he lives in his own apartment and enjoys listening to music and hanging out with friends. He has competed in many Special Olympic sports over the years, but his newest interest is gardening.
Marissa Manlove Distinguished Service Award
Kristy Stewart
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During her 23 years at Noble, Kristy has held a number of positions, helping adults with significant challenges develop skills and pursue their dreams. This is especially true in her current position in Community Employment, where she has received accolades from individuals, families and Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors. Several note that Kristy “captured” their goals like no one had before. By taking the time to really understand each individual's skills, challenges, and dreams, she employs a truly person-centered approach. She helps both clients and employers by problem solving when issues arise, offering fair guidance on ADA accommodations. 
Kristy is highly respected by her fellow team members and is often asked for assistance and advice. By embracing Noble’s vision and values in all aspects of her professional and personal life, she is a role model for us all. 

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