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AWARE Ink Newsletter

A tribe of emerging heroes - Jessica Klapan

Updated: Dec 28, 2021

We all possess an innate ability to care for others. We do the work we do in the spirit of our mission - helping people live independent lives. At times, it’s more than difficult. We’re challenged both physically and mentally, but we always persevere. We always find a way.

This pandemic has forced us to challenge what we thought was possible. It has given us the courage to break down barriers and charge into the unknown. We’ve faced our fears and conquered the obstacles that stood before us. We’ve emerged together, as a tribe of heroes dedicated to making life better for the people we serve.

Inspired by all of you, we are highlighting employees who have gone above and beyond in their duties. They have risen to the challenge, and they continue to serve our mission despite everything this pandemic has thrown at us.  

Jessica Klapan, AWARE nurse coordinator

This month’s Healthcare Hero is Jessica Klapan (pictured), who is a nurse coordinator in Butte, MT. Jessica has been instrumental during these times providing for the health and safety of the many people in our homes for people with developmental disabilities.

She is an outstanding healthcare provider and an advocate for some of the most vulnerable people we serve. She holds the utmost respect of her peers and will go out of her way to help those in need.

Jessica has also been integral in leading the charge against our COVID-19 prevention efforts. She’s always armed with factual information and encourages vaccination as a best practice. Because of her efforts, we’ve been able to minimize the effects of this emerging disease as much as possible in our Butte community.

Jessica, you are a true Healthcare Hero! Thank you for your dedication and commitment during the last 10+ years. We are truly grateful for everything you do!

If you know of an AWARE employee who should be recognized as the next Healthcare Hero, please send a tip to Bryon Higgins at

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In a world where challenges seem insurmountable, Jessica Klapan and her colleagues stand out as beacons of hope and resilience. Their dedication to the mission of helping others live independent lives is truly commendable, especially in the face of unprecedented obstacles like the COVID-19 pandemic. Jessica's leadership and compassion shine through in her role as a nurse coordinator, where she not only provides essential healthcare but also advocates for the most vulnerable members of our community. Her efforts in spearheading COVID-19 prevention initiatives have undoubtedly made a significant impact, reflecting her unwavering commitment to the well-being of others. At KDI-INC, we recognize and celebrate individuals like Jessica who exemplify the spirit of service and selflessness. As a company dedicated to…

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