State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) announced earlier this week that Patricia Kennedy of Oneonta, Chief Executive Officer at Springbrook, has been awarded a 2015 New York State Senate “Woman of Distinction.”  The senate’s “Woman of Distinction” program was created in 1998 to honor New York women who exemplify personal excellence, or whose professional achievements or acts of courage, selflessness, integrity or perseverance serve as an example to all New Yorkers.

“Women like Patricia Kennedy provide a better quality of life for our communities and are a prime reason why New York is so special,” said Senator Seward. “Patricia has helped mold and shape the way individuals with developmental disabilities receive care. She has devoted a great deal of time and energy to assisting others and is a real trailblazer. I am extremely proud to honor her as a senate Woman of Distinction.”

Springbrook is a not-for-profit, state-licensed organization serving over 850 people with developmental disabilities from across New York State and beyond. The Otsego County based facility employs more than 1,200 individuals and is a recognized leader in its field.

Kennedy has received many accolades for her work including being named the 2005 New York State Developmental Disabilities Council Administrator of the Year. Under Kennedy’s leadership, Springbrook has expanded services greatly to include residential, educational, therapeutic, and community support options that span a person’s lifetime.

Patricia Kennedy will be honored on May 5th at an Albany reception at the Capitol along with other “Women of Distinction” from across the state.