Maxim Healthcare Services is proud to announce that Liselotte “Lisel” Penix has been named the Behavioral Caregiver of the Year for 2022. The Caregiver of the Year award recognizes nurses, caregivers and behavioral health professionals who embody our values and demonstrate excellence with their patients and communities. Lisel is a Certified Behavior Technician in the Tacoma, Washington, area and has been a shining example of commitment to her craft and clients.

Lisel has been with Maxim for five years and remains a Behavior Technician even though she has the education and credentials to move into another position because she enjoys the hands-on nature of her work. “Sunshine [and] joy – that really does exemplify the kind of attitude Lisel brings when she’s around,” says Justin Krzmarzick, Board Certified Behavior Analyst and Maxim Clinical Manager, “I would say the thing that makes Lisel most special is her ability to connect with families, the staff she works with and her clients.”

Presently, Lisel works with Chase, a boy with nonverbal autism, helping him learn life and communication skills. With her help, he’s progressed from using minimal signing to using his talker device to communicate. Nicole, Chase’s mom, commented, “She has a wonderful sense of humor and a massive amount of patience. I don’t think I’ve ever seen her in a bad mood. She has an ability to bring out the best in Chase.”

Her compassion and dedication have made a big difference in the lives of her clients. “It means a lot and it’s very heartwarming when I hear the families say how much help that I’m able to provide for their kids. That’s why I keep doing what I do.”

Lisel is one of four regional winners selected from hundreds of nominations across the country. One of our regional winners will be chosen as the National Caregiver of the Year at this year’s award ceremony.

Watch Lisel’s video to learn more about how she’s helping Chase achieve his goals and the benefits of Maxim’s ABA services.

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