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DRS Executive Director awards announced

Thursday, January 14, 2021

OKLAHOMA CITY  — Executive Director Melinda Fruendt, of the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services, recently announced the recipients of the 2020 Executive Director's Award.

Fruendt honored Lyuda Polyun, policy development and program standard's administrator, and Stephanie Roe, DRS project coordinator.

Fruendt recognized Polyun, of Oklahoma City, for “her exceptionally high degree of courage in her leadership abilities. She is a trusted leader who earns the respect and loyalty of subordinates. She excels in conveying her knowledge to others. Overall, Lyuda is a visionary thinker and planner. She promotes a strong vision of DRS's future.”

Fruendt honored Stephanie Roe, of Edmond, “for the high priority to partners and stakeholders with whom she works side by side. She delivers consistently high performance on a multitude of projects. She views problems as opportunities. She is a strong supporter of and works incredibly hard to represent all DRS programs and services. She is a true ambassador for DRS. Stephanie excels in intercommunications and interactions, as well as in facilitating group discussions and meetings. Overall, Stephanie is able to turn visions into reality to inspire future success.”

The awards were presented at a recent meeting of the Commission for Rehabilitation Services.

The Commission is the governing board for the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services (DRS), which serves more than 88,000 Oklahomans with disabilities each year through vocational rehabilitation, employment, independent living, educational programs and the determination of medical eligibility for disability benefits.


Lyuda Polyun, left, receives a Director's Award from DRS Executive Director Melinda Fruendt.
Stephanie Roe, right, receives a Director's Award from DRS Executive Director Melinda Fruendt.

For more information

Jody Harlan, DRS Communications Director

Cell: 405-203-1318 

Last Modified on Jun 08, 2022