Quinta Sloan-Beasley wore a huge smile as she glanced around the room at Bethany Lutheran Church in Batavia.
The North Aurora resident was performing her role as the rehabilitation manager for the Association for Individual Development, an organization that provides support for those with developmental disabilities. Sloan-Beasley looked around a room filled with smiling faces and said she truly enjoys her duties.
"It almost doesn't feel like it's work," she said.
That attitude especially impressed one person, who said Sloan-Beasley is one of the greatest people she knows.
Sloan-Beasley was nominated as an Everyday Hero by Deb Russo, who said Sloan-Beasley goes well above and beyond her job description to care for Russo's brother, who has Down syndrome.
"He loves Quinta, as we all do!" Russo wrote in her nomination form, adding, "I can't say enough about her kind ways and warmth she shows her clients. I appreciate her every day."
Reached via phone, Russo added that Sloan-Beasley, 31, shows she truly cares for those she sees on a regular basis. Russo said if any difficult situations might come up, Sloan Beasley responds with kindness.
She said her brother can be stubborn at times, but Sloan-Beasley "has the touch to keep everything cheerful. She has the energy."
Russo said her mother was unable to travel to visit her brother, but Sloan-Beasley found a way to drive him for a visit. Russo praised Sloan-Beasley, saying that the trip has been made several times, which shows she is willing to go "way beyond her duties."
Sloan-Beasley said she understood it was a big deal for Russo's brother to be able to visit his mother, and she knew his mother couldn't travel. She said she wanted "to make sure he's able to get home and see his mom."
"It's important to give back," Sloan-Beasley said, adding that such an opportunity is "a way to bless others."
Sloan-Beasley said such a job comes naturally to her, since she has been tasked with helping people since she was very young. She said she was taught as a child that it is necessary to give back whenever possible and provide random acts of kindness.
"Everybody is in need of something," she said. "The simple, little things you do every day can go a long way."
She said she knows she's doing what she is meant to do. She said she feels good about her work.
"I'm rewarded for it," she said. "It's rewarding just seeing them progress."
Russo said she is impressed that Sloan-Beasley is able to thrive in an environment that others might find difficult. She said Sloan-Beasley will be at an outing with those she cares for, and the atmosphere is upbeat and positive even though Russo said she knows it can be a challenge.
"She's done a wonderful job with that," Russo said.
Also, Russo noted that Sloan-Beasley gives so freely while also raising her own three children.
"I know she has the best heart in the world," Russo said, adding "she's a very humble person."
The Sloan-Beasley lowdown
Who she is: Quinta Sloan-Beasley, rehabilitation manager for the Association for Individual Development
Town of residence: North Aurora
Family: Husband, Archie Beasley, and three children – Archie Beasley, Mani Underwood and Irie Underwood
Hobbies: She does hair on the side and is involved in young women's ministry at her church.
Fun fact: She is a jokester.