The American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR), the leading voice in Washington for providers of community-based services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, has awarded 3L student, Mark Matulka, with its prestigious Suellen Galbraith Award for Excellence in Public Policy. In addition to being a JD candidate, Matulka is non-profit Mosaic’s VP of Government Relations. Matulka is one of only three people across the country being recognized with this honor.
With its national headquarters in Omaha, Mosaic is a whole-person healthcare organization reaching across 10 states. Its services empower people with disabilities, mental and behavioral health needs and autism, as well as aging adults to live their best life.
Upon being bestowed with ANCOR’s award, Matulka said, “I’m grateful and humbled to work alongside so many dedicated advocates. I’m even more humbled by Mosaic’s frontline staff who do the difficult, gritty work that make my efforts successful. ANCOR has not forgotten about people with disabilities; let’s continue making sure that decision-makers also do not forget.
“Advocates are the light to the darkness of injustice,” he added. “Sadly, our world is marred by injustices. People with disabilities deserve justice. We must advocate for robust services for them. We must advocate for better resources. Go advocate. Be the light.”
ANCOR’s Chief Executive Officer Barbara Merrill said, “From the moment he joined our association several years ago, Mark has had a tremendous impact on our advocacy. But to see how he has stepped up as a thoughtful and passionate leader, especially at such a difficult time for disability service providers, reminds us how grateful we are to have Mark as a partner in our mission. That’s why we’re so pleased to be able to honor him with a Suellen Galbraith Award for Excellence in Public Policy.”