Welcome to Dyanna Gregory, The Arc of Monroe’s new Director of Fairport Day Services! Dyanna joins the team with more than a decade of experience working with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Dyanna received a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology, as well as a Master’s Degree in Human Service Counseling. She previously worked as a Direct Support Professional (DSP) at Lifetime Assistance Inc. here in the Rochester area, a Medicaid Service Coordinator (MSC), and a Program Coordinator at a day habilitation program in the Bronx.
After taking some time to stay home with her kids, Dyanna says she is excited to continue her career working with people that The Arc supports back in her hometown of Rochester, NY.
“The director position was a natural next step for me. I was kind of on the fence about coming back to work after being a stay-at-home mom, but once I did the interview, it just felt like I belonged here,” Dyanna said. “Working here for the last few weeks, I’ve met so many people who have been here for decades, so it’s a good sign of the company. It shows how much The Arc is invested in their workers.”
Day habilitation services offer a unique opportunity for staff and the people they support to explore their community and stay active. The Arc of Monroe’s Fairport Day Services is no exception. People who attend the program love to travel and get out of the building whenever possible. During Dyanna’s time at a similar day habilitation site in the Bronx, she took full advantage of being in such a fun city. She recalls being able to take people who had lived their entire life in NYC – often more than 50 years – and help them see iconic places such as the Statue of Liberty and the Brooklyn Bridge. It was always a priority for Dyanna to help the people she supported experience fun day trips that they may not have previously enjoyed because of the lack of accessibility.
“I know it’s very cliché to say, ‘I’m very passionate about this,’ but I am.” Dyanna said. “What I like most about Day Hab is that we have the opportunity to let the people we serve have opportunities they wouldn’t otherwise have. Let’s get these people out and get them doing different things. I’m really excited about what I can do here and how I can grow here. I have a lot of ideas, even though I’ve only been here three weeks. I want them to do more things that aren’t just for people with disabilities.”