The Lewis Buckingham Award was presented to Susan LaMorte
from New Jersey.
Susan has been employed with the DDS since 1981 and has worked all levels of claims adjudication and has served as Alternate Supervisor.
In 1989, she
was assigned the responsibility to assist in the development and implementation of a Total Quality Management Plan for her
Beginning in 1990 she became Trainer for the 90 newly appointed adjudicators and was promoted in 1993 to the position of Claims Supervisor.
In 4/94 she became her agency's Training Coordinator, which she performed in her unique personal style laced with her never ending enthusiasm for six years until her recent appointment in January 2000 as a Regional Manager supervising approximately 125 employees.
As Regional Manager she is constantly recruiting her staff to become NADE members.
Her skill as an organizer, leader and her enthusiastic support of NADE's commitment to the Social Security Disability Process has helped mold her Chapter, her Region and the entire association into an innovative and progressive organization, which she has demonstrated while she served as NADE President, Membership Director, NADE/SSA Systems Liaison and currently DDS/SSA Administrator's Liaison.
was referred to being "cordially persistent" by the then Associate Commissioner Susan Daniels in her
pursuit of achieving NADE's goals-while she
was National President.
is a warm, caring and positive person, who always goes "above and beyond the call of duty".
is always ready to pitch in and get the job done or just be your friend.
takes genuine interest in NADE
believes in the purpose and philosophy of NADE
as a professional organization that can improve the job and service we deliver.