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Staff Stories


Cherry AlfreyCherryCherry began work as a Direct Support Professional at SLI in October of 2017. She graduated from Atchison County High School and was interested in working at SLI because of her love to help people facing tough circumstances.

When asked about the most enjoyable part of her day, Cherry replied, “When I come into work and everyone greets me with a big smile and a sincere hello. House visits are my favorite part of the job and the best part is picking up a client following their day at work and they greet you as if they haven’t seen you in over a week.”

Cherry’s hobbies include fishing, camping and enjoying the outdoors and she describes herself as an open book who just enjoys having a good time.

Something people might not know about Cherry is during her early years she was very daring and jumped off a bridge. “It was fun and scary at the same time. I was a crazy kid and loved to do stupid things. I’m lucky that I am alive,” she said.


DeniseDeniseDenise joined SLI in 2014 as a Direct Support Professional and enjoys working at SLI because of the people in the organization - both her co-workers and the clients.

Denise said, "My favorite moment was when I went to the SLI Arrowhead home and one of the clients, Tina, greeted me with a big hug and smile and said how much she missed me. She truly appreciates all the things I do for her."

You can tell that Denise has a strong connection to all clients that she works with!


EdEdEd is a Direct Support Professional at SLI! He is a hardworking and loyal individual that enjoys working at SLI because he loves to help people. He is passionate about spending time with the clients out in the community.

Some of their favorite activities include fishing, shooting hoops, playing games on the Wii, going out to eat and making homemade treats.

Ed is looking forward to taking clients on out of town trips with the clients more in the future..


Jan NorrisJanJanet worked at SLI part time and recently returned as a full time Direct Support Professional. She graduated from Salina High School and Washburn University and is a retired middle school teacher.

When asked why she enjoys working at SLI, Janet replied, "I enjoy helping individuals achieve a community-integrated life."

Jan stated, “The fun part of my job is being able to interact in community-related activities with the clients.”


Larrica CurryLarricaLarrica started at SLI in July of 2017 after graduating from Topeka High School. She loves to care for those in need.

“The favorite part of my job is putting smiles on people's faces. As a Direct Support Professional (DSP), that's what we strive for," stated Larrica.

In addition to brightening people's days, Larrica also enjoys making visits to various residences of clients. "When you come through your location's door and clients greet you and give you a hug, that is a gratifying feeling," said Larrica.

The best advice Larrica has received is to never dwell in the past for it is over or in the future for it is yet to come. Live in the present and make it your own. When asked to provide three descriptive words that best describe herself, she said helpful, loving and humble.

A perfect day for Larrica would entail a visit to the local park on a warm summer day with friends and family.

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