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A Virtual ‘Night to Shine’ 2021

A Virtual ‘Night to Shine’ 2021

The 17th annual Night to Shine prom was held on February 12. In contrast to previous years, it was a virtual experience that live-streamed for 40 minutes.  It may not have been the traditional version of the event, but it was still a night to remember for all TVS supported residents.

Historically, Night to Shine is an evening for dressing to the nines with tiaras and bow ties. However, this year TVS supported residents decided to celebrate in their pajamas! A fun twist on the evening.

Residents also spent the evening with their housemates recreating the menu from last year’s Night to Shine, which included chicken sandwich sliders, fruit/vegetable trays, cookies, and bags of popcorn that were filled and decorated.

The virtual prom greeted viewers with paparazzi and a red carpet that welcomed everyone to their special night. Tim Tebow and his wife, Demi-Leigh, hosted the event and there were cameos from several celebrity guests.

This year was the first ever “Night to Shine” dance lead by Demi-Leigh Tebow. She uploaded sneak peeks of the dance moves ahead of time to teach participants. This dance allowed for all prom attendees to dance together in unison across the globe.

Night to Shine is an unforgettable prom night experience for people with special needs (ages 14 and older) that is “centered on God’s love.” Hundreds of thousands of individuals come together from all over the world to honor and serve those with disabilities. You can learn more at


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Policies last updated: 02-17-2021

Welcome to our new website!

Welcome to our new website!

TVS launches new website featuring inclusion, employment and Feeding Our World

Transylvania Vocational Services (TVS) is proud to reveal their new website. The shining points of the site includes; TVS’ manufacturing business that feeds the needy around the world, their Programs and Services that are helping individuals with disabilities live their lives to the fullest, and their partnership with Vocational Rehab to help individuals with barriers to employment find local employment.

It is the 50-year commitment to individuals with disabilities that directed the redesigned the site with accessibility in mind. The font sizes, color schemes, and keyboard controls are just a few of the many accessibility features that are helping to accommodate for people with all abilities, while also being easy to access from any device. The site also features an accessibility widget that offers options such as keyboard commands and a text reader.

To learn more about TVS’s new website read our Website Press Release.

Recognizing Suzanne Byers for 10 years at TVS

Recognizing Suzanne Byers for 10 years at TVS

“Be kind and don’t sweat the small stuff” are the words of wisdom from Suzanne Byers as she reflects back on her decade at Transylvania Vocational Services (TVS). Her 10 years of dedicated service are decorated with glittering smiles, paint, and colored construction paper, as she has assisted with the TVS programs growth into the services we have today.

In 2010, Suzanne Byers was hired as a Direct Support Professional (DSP) to help participants build boxes on the production floor. As the programs have grown and evolved to meet North Carolina standards, so has Suzanne. “When production would be slow, program participants moved into the training room to spend some time on education,” she said. Some of the topics included counting money and eating healthy. They also worked on writing emails to “E-buddies” online.

It was past CEO and Suzanne’s Aunt-in-Law, Nancy Stricker, that suggested that she apply as a DSP in 2010. “It is impossible to believe that 10 years have flown by since she was hired,” said Nancy. “I am so proud of Suzanne. I know she is following her heart and that she will continue the important work she continues to excel in.”

In 2012, Suzanne was promoted to the Activities Coordinator for INTERACT and Life Skills; while also assisting with respite every weekend for three years. She was promoted again in 2017 to her current position as Life Sills supervisor.

Prior to TVS, Suzanne had various jobs, including working at the Boys and Girls Club and as an interim K-12 teacher in Transylvania County. Suzanne attended Brevard College and graduated in 2004 with a double major in Art and English. The following year she achieved her certification in K-12 Education, however Transylvania County Schools did not have any open job positions.

“Her practice of active listening allows her to align regulations and human need together,” Nancy said. “Suzanne’s personal creativity assures that individual participants can do the things they want to do, while experiencing and exploring their interests.”

Suzanne is described by her peers as kind, compassionate, quiet, and an advocate for individuals with disabilities.

“I really appreciate all the good times we have together, Suzanne really builds comradery amongst the team,” said Jonathan Coggins, Life Skills DSP. “She cracks jokes with us and makes us all laugh.”


Outside work, Suzanne can be found spending time with her husband, Sheridan, and their two children; Ellis and Cullen. She loves hiking and running, being in nature, and reading.

“She is a veracious reader,” Nancy said with a laugh. “Therefore, the joke in our family is that you NEVER want to play Trivial Pursuit with her, unless you don’t mind humiliation.”

Suzanne is a member of the TVS book club and has helped organize past TVS events such as group participation in the Brevard Rotary Club 5K runs.

“She is a team player and is always willing to organize larger TVS events,” Program Director Carla Hill said. “She uses art as a medium and our participants respond positively and enjoy this type of self-expression.”

Carla has been Suzanne’s supervisor for the past seven years. “I remember Suzanne helping participants make individual videos that demonstrated a specific area that they were passionate about,” Carla recalls. The project allowed the participants to develop better communication skills, organizational skills, and presentation skills, while also receiving praise from their peers and others in the room.

Suzanne works to help individuals express themselves so that their individuals’ voices are heard.

“From this career, I have become more aware of the different abilities and of the hidden disabilities,” Suzanne said. “People are people, there are no walls built around them like society portrays and you really start to see that when you work with them every day.”

Thinking back on her career at TVS, Suzanne says, “I have more compassion for the person and care less about what people around me think. I am looking forward to continue growing our programs in whatever fluid direction they take.”

Written by Jenifer Welch

TVS Gets a New Van

TVS Gets a New Van


TVS gets a new van

Earlier this year, Transylvania Vocational Services (TVS) received a grant from the Audrey Love Charitable Foundation. The generous donation allowed for TVS to purchase a new van to transport day program participants and Direct Support Providers (DSP) to community service events and volunteer activities.

The needs of TVS Life Skills program participants require special vehicles that can accommodate anyone. Ilderton Conversion Company helped in pricing and in customization. Ilderton specializes in vehicles that can serve individual purposes.

“We had been looking at purchasing a new vehicle for two years,” TVS Safety and Security Manager Jackie Compton said. “We were down to only one that had a wheelchair lift. We just did not the available funds at the time.”

The TVS Life Skills program provides enrichment opportunities for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities who are aging, retired, or have complex needs. Helping them stay engaged in the community often requires vehicles with special accommodations.

The Audrey Love Foundation has made generous donations in the past allowing TVS to continue to serve the mission of helping adults with disabilities thrive through work and social engagement.

Audrey Love would have been happy to help your worthy cause,” was written on the donation.

The Audrey Love Charitable Foundation was created by philanthropist Audrey Love, in support of her passion for the arts and philanthropy.

Love died in 2003 at 100 years old. She participated in the building of the Metropolitan Opera in New York and the Performing Arts Center in Miami.

She also had served on the Board of Directors of the New York Infirmary Hospital and as a member of the Committee for Deaf and Dumb Children in New York’s Lenox Hill Hospital. On the committee, she also assisted in raising money for the creation of its new wing.

Continuing her contributions, Love was also on the board of A.S.P.C.A. where she was awarded the Humanitarian Award.

About TVS TVS is a social enterprise contract manufacturer specializing in the blending and packaging of dry food and beverage products. Founded in 1967, their mission is to provide quality employment, job training and residential & community services to individuals with disabilities and other barriers to employment. For more information go to

Written by Jenifer Welch