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Category: Member Spotlight

Member Spotlight: Deb Thompson


By Employment Network, 2017-09-11

Meet Deb.  When she’s not reading or spending time with her grandchildren, this Vocational Specialist loves helping people with disabilities find employment.  She encourages people to take risks and not to become discouraged when looking for employment.  We are so fortunate to have Deb as a member of the Employment Network.

  • What kind of work do you do?  Where do you work at?

 Deb is a Vocational Specialist with Curative Works. She meets with people with disabilities to assess their vocational skills through paper and pencil, work samples and through interviews to find out what they are interested in, are good at and what their short term and long term goals are. She explains that she really enjoys this work because everyone comes to the table with different skills and abilities and vocational goals and we explore some options based on the test results.

  • Tell us some good news: what’s the most exciting thing happening for you or for people with disabilities who want to work?

 Right now,  Deb says that the most exciting thing happening in her field is that Wisconsin is leading the way as a state that is hiring more people with disabilities.  “I am very proud of this fact, although we still have a ways to go with hiring and educating employers about the benefits of hiring people with disabilities,” she points out.

  • What employment tip or resource would you like to share with people who want to work?

Deb encourages people to learn to advocate for themselves and not to be afraid to take a risk when looking for work. She explains that even though you may be working with a job developer, it is important to also look for jobs too with your job developer.  She also encourages people not to be discouraged when looking for work. “I have worked with people who finally found work after two years of looking. Sometimes it takes time to find the right job and the right employer,” she says.

  • What’s your dream vacation?

Deb’s dream vacation would be at a cottage on a lake with lots of books to read.

  • What are some of your hobbies?

Deb is an avid reader, and says she sometimes will read the weekend away. She also has two grandchildren who she loves to spend time with.

 ***We love hearing the views and opinions of Network members.  We need to mention that the views and opinions expressed on this site are those of the person who is sharing them. They do not necessarily reflect InControl Wisconsin or any of our supporters and funders.    

Member Spotlight: Kristine


By Employment Network, 2017-07-14

Meet Kristine. Having worked in the field since she was very young, she has a passion for helping people with disabilities find employment.  Known for her contagious enthusiasm when people make connections, she full-heartedly believes that collaboration is key. We’re so fortunate to have her as a member of the Employment Network!     

What kind of work do you do?  Where do you work at?

Kristine the Corporate Director of Employment and Community Life Engagement at Bethesda Lutheran Communities headquartered in Watertown, WI. In an easier way, she explains that she oversees the employment and day programs for Bethesda. They operate in 13 states throughout the country and have been in existence since 1904. She joined Bethesda a little over a year ago after spending 33 years in the public education world, most recently as a transition teacher in Watertown. She has spent most of her life working in this field going back to when she was 11 years old when she started volunteering at St. Coletta’s in Jefferson, WI. “The list of what I have done is long such as respite provider, emergency foster parent, conference speaker and so on but basically, doing this type of work is my life’s work and I wouldn’t change it for the world,” she says.

Tell us some good news: what’s the most exciting thing happening for you or for people with disabilities who want to work?

Kristine is very excited for the movement of Employment First and the journey ahead as we give everyone the same opportunity for employment in their communities. They are in the process of moving this forward with their employment services at Bethesda which they call “Career Connections.”  She feels like it’s definitely time to pull down the roadblocks of having to prove to be ready for employment just because you have a disability. Her passion can sometimes be overwhelming in her job and she’s often known to clap in meetings because she gets so excited by all that can be done to connect people to their communities. She thinks it is very important in today’s world to have providers/agencies collaborate together and share ideas. She believes that we all learn so much from each other and we are moving forward for the same mission. She’s interested in getting more involved in the Employment First movement and being a part of committees and organizations that believe in opening the opportunities for everyone.

What message would you like to share with the members of the Employment Network?

Kristine says that, “together, we can do so much for those we are honored to support.”

What’s your dream vacation?

Kristine would love to go on a cruise someday. 

What are some of your hobbies?

Kristine doesn’t really have any true hobbies right now because she’s on the road a lot.  When she is home, she just likes to relax.

 ***We love hearing the views and opinions of Network members.  We need to mention that the views and opinions expressed on this site are those of the person who is sharing them. They do not necessarily reflect InControl Wisconsin or any of our supporters and funders.    

Member Spotlight: Nick Isham


By Employment Network, 2017-05-04

pic2.jpgMeet Nick.  When he isn’t traveling the world looking for his next cuisine to cook, he wears dual hats as a Benefits Specialist and an Independent Living Specialist at an Independent Living Center.  He has a wealth of knowledge about work incentive benefits available to people with disabilities.  He works daily to help people understand that they can work while receiving government benefits.  He shares some great tips and resources with us.  We are so fortunate to have him as a member of the Network.

What kind of work do you do?  Where do you work at? 

Nick works at Access To Independence which is an Independent Living Center that provides advocacy, services and resources for people with any type of disability and of all ages. He is a Work Incentives Benefits Specialist. He works with people who receive SSI or SSDI who are interested in starting or returning to work. He educates them on work incentives available to them and how to transition off of benefits or how to supplement their benefits with earned income. Nick is also an Independent Living Specialist with Access To Independence which means he helps people with disabilities overcome barriers that may keep them from living as independently as they would like.

 Tell us some good news: what’s the most exciting thing happening for you or for people with disabilities who want to work?

Nick points out that if people are on Social Security benefits, they can still work!! He hears about a lot of misinformation that is floating around that you will immediately lose your benefits and health insurance if you go to work. He explains that work incentives are special rules created by the Social Security Administration to allow people to try out working without losing their SSDI, SSI, Medicare, or Medicaid right away. Work Incentives give people time to explore how much they can physically or mentally work comfortably while staying on benefits.  “Work Incentives give people time to transition off of benefits. You can even keep your Medicaid if you earn too much to receive SSI,” he says. 

What employment tip or resource would you like to share with people who want to work?

Nick explains that if you are receiving Social Security benefits and working with DVR (Division of Vocational Rehabilitation) on obtaining employment, be sure to ask your counselor for a Benefits Analysis. A Benefits Analysis will result in a report that will explain the current benefits you are receiving and explain the work incentives available to you to help you achieve your employment and financial goals. The report is specific to your situation and will tell you exactly what happens to your benefits and health insurance if you are working a certain number of hours per week, working part-time, or working full-time. “Knowledge is power,” he exclaims!!

What message would you like to share with the members of the Employment Network?

Nick shares that Access To Independence has been starting some exciting new youth programs! He explains that they have been putting on sessions for youths called Help Yourself! and Skills To Pay The Bills. HelpYourself! is a curriculum that focuses on teaching youths self-advocacy skills and Skills To Pay The Bills is a curriculum that focuses on building “soft skills” for the workplace. They are also putting together a presentation called “Accepting Independence” that they will be doing at the end of June for parents of children with disabilities. The presentation focuses on understanding public benefits for children, dispelling disability myths, and transitioning into adulthood with benefits and explanation of work incentives available.  Nick encourages people to contact Access To Independence if you would like to know more about these programs!

What’s your dream vacation?

Nick has already been doing his dream vacations! Recently, he has been to India, Bangladesh, road tripped the southern states, and South Korea! Next on his radar is to road trip all over Mexico (he says he knows it’s dangerous; he promises to be careful) and to explore Tokyo. All of his trips are motivated by getting inspired by the cuisine to expand his cooking prowess!

What are some of your hobbies? 

Nick absolutely LOVES to cook! He says he, “can’t stop, won’t stop!”  He loves exploring new ways to cook something or exploring new ways to use an ingredient.  “I almost never make the same thing the same way again and I like getting a little weird,” he says. He explains that he once depicted an ancient battle between octopuses and quails for earth rule on a large platter with a few delicious sauces.  He also has a dog who is a troublemaker, but he likes him. 

 ***We love hearing the views and opinions of Network members.  We need to mention that the views and opinions expressed on this site are those of the person who is sharing them. They do not necessarily reflect InControl Wisconsin or any of our supporters and funders.

Member Spotlight: Lisa Wettstein


By Employment Network, 2017-01-16

lisa.jpgMeet Lisa Wettstein.  When she’s not attending sporting events and spending time with her family, she’s busy running a work skills center at a vocational rehabilitation facility.  Lisa believes that it’s best to create an environment where individuals feel safe, protected, and are able to do what they love.  She firmly believes that optimism is key!  We are so fortunate to have Lisa as a member of the Employment Network.

What kind of work do you do?  Where do you work at?

Lisa works at Brooke Industries, Inc. which is a vocational rehabilitation facility.  Her job is to run the Work Skills Center/Day Services.  She explains that her main goal is to help individuals remain as independent as possible, while helping them attain the skills necessary to gain competitive employment in the community.

Tell us some good news: what’s the most exciting thing happening for you or for people with disabilities who want to work? 

Lisa says that one of the most exciting things happening right now is that individuals can stay working at their facility while looking for employment in the community.  They work diligently, each day, to help the people they work with gain the skills necessary to obtain employment in the community.  “Many individuals find this place home, this is what they call their work site.  These individuals are our Brooke family, and we strive to create an environment where they feel great about a day’s work and safe in the environment they work in,” she explains.

What employment tip or resource would you like to share with people who want to work? 

Lisa believes that the best practice, when working with people with disabilities, is to create an environment where they feel safe, protected, and happy to be doing the job they are doing.  She says, “if they are happy where they are, they will do their best work.” 

What message would you like to share with the members of the Employment Network?

Lisa explains that some days are harder than others.  When you are done with the day, she suggests reflecting on the good things that happened…you’ll always feel better the next day.  “Optimism wins,” she enthusiastically exclaims!

What’s your dream vacation? 

Lisa’s dream vacation would be to take her family to New York City to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and to see all that New York has to offer!

What are some of your hobbies? 

Lisa loves spending time with my family and friends. She has two sons (ages two and four) who keep her very busy!  She and her husband enjoy attending sporting events (Packers, Badgers, Timber Rattlers, Brewers, etc.) and they look forward to their sons enjoying this time with them when they become a bit older.  Other hobbies Lisa enjoys are gardening, milking cows (her husband is a dairy farmer), and taking the boys for rides on their UTV.

 ***We love hearing the views and opinions of Network members.  We need to mention that the views and opinions expressed on this site are those of the person who is sharing them. They do not necessarily reflect InControl Wisconsin or any of our supporters and funders.    

Member Spotlight: Danielle Skenadore


By Employment Network, 2016-11-16

Meet one of our great Network Hosts, Danielle Skenadore.  As a consultant for a company which supports many different types of organizations and providers in developing and expanding programs to improve lives for people with disabilities, she full-heartedly believes in the power of networking.  Danielle encourages people to never give up on finding their dream career.  We’re so fortunate to have her as an active member of the Employment Network!

 What kind of work do you do?  Where do you work at?

Danielle currently works as a consultant for Collective Insight, LLC.   It’s a company that is available to support peer advocacy and peer support organizations, not-for-profit community-based organizations, for profit and not-for-profit managed care entities and providers, and publicly funded programs to develop and expand programming, design and implement meaningful engagement practices, and improve quality of lives for people with disabilities. 

Tell us some good news: what’s the most exciting thing happening for you or for people with disabilities who want to work?

Through her work at Collective Insight, Danielle has had the opportunity to work in different states; she finds it encouraging to see incorporation of quality, integrated employment models within managed long term care programs around the country. 

What employment tip or resource would you like to share with people who want to work?

Danielle encourages people to never give up on finding their dream career.  She points out that  finding a career is a journey and most people strike out a few times; finding out what doesn’t work is just as important as finding what does.  “Keep an open mind, explore multiple opportunities and don’t give up,” she says.

What message would you like to share with the members of the Employment Network?

Danielle suggests that people stay engaged in the Network, recommend it to friends and colleagues, and share it with your local business association.  She explains, “together, we can continue to grow meaningful opportunities for individuals who want to work.” 

What’s your dream vacation?

Danielle would love to road trip with her family up the entire West Coast--from southern California to Washington State. 

What are some of your hobbies?

Danielle loves to cook with her family; they also love to eat!   She and her family have maintained a garden for the past four years, but she says they are still learning.  This year was especially fun, as her two-year-old daughter, Nola, was able to join in. 

 ***We love hearing the views and opinions of Network members.  We need to mention that the views and opinions expressed on this site are those of the person who is sharing them. They do not necessarily reflect InControl Wisconsin or any of our supporters and funders.    

Member Spotlight: Beth Wroblewski


By Employment Network, 2016-09-07

Meet Beth Wroblewski.  As the Executive Director of a Wisconsin company  that provides various employment services to people with disabilities, Beth strives to make sure people have the correct information about their benefits and how employment will affect their finances.  She has a wealth of knowledge about employment resources that are available.  We are so fortunate to have her as a member of the Employment Network.

 

What kind of work do you do?  Where do you work at?

Beth is the Executive Director at Employment Resources Inc. (ERI) which a non-profit based out of Madison, Wisconsin. She explains that ERI provides services and supports to help people with disabilities to be employed and to advance their employment and earnings. Their services include employment and benefits counseling services to people with disabilities who are considering or pursuing employment. ERI also offers statewide consultation, training and technical assistance to employers, human service professionals, disability advocates, government agencies and the public regarding disability and employment issues.

Tell us some good news: what’s the most exciting thing happening for you or for people with disabilities who want to work?

Beth is excited that ERI offers services to help people understand their benefits and to make the most of their finances. This includes a series of articles about understanding of the opportunities that the ABLE Accounts create for savings and independent financial choices.  You can learn more about it on their website. “We are also doing more work related to individual employment choices and customized employment solutions,” she says.

What employment tip or resource would you like to share with people who want to work?

Beth wants people to understand that there are lots of supports available to help you return to work or to begin employment.  She says, “there are a lot of myths out there about whether people with disabilities are able to work and keep important benefits like Medicaid and long-term care services.  It is important to work with people who are experts on work incentives and other opportunities for people with disabilities so you can work.”

What message would you like to share with the members of the Employment Network?

Beth stresses that employment is an important part of our lives.  “It connects us to our community every day and your income allows you to make your own choices about how you live your life,” she explains. 

What’s your dream vacation?

Beth’s dream vacation would be anywhere that she could be with her whole family and enjoy time with them.  Her favorite city is Washington D.C. and she loves to get there whenever she can! 

What are some of your hobbies?

Beth is an avid landscape gardener; she loves to try out how new plants look and arrange these in her yard.  Currently, she’s trying to restore prairie grasses to one area of her yard. 

 ***We love hearing the views and opinions of Network members.  We need to mention that the views and opinions expressed on this site are those of the person who is sharing them. They do not necessarily reflect InControl Wisconsin or any of our supporters and funders.    

Member Spotlight: Mary Cerretti


By Employment Network, 2016-07-12

Meet Mary Cerretti.  As a special education advocate, she firmly believes that all people with disabilities can work if given a chance.  She has high hopes that a recent law that was passed will help fill the gap for people with disabilities looking for employment.  When she’s not busy advocating, Mary enjoys playing games and vacationing with her family.  We’re so fortunate to have her as a member of the Employment Network!

What kind of work do you do?  Where do you work at?

Mary is an Advocacy Specialist at Disability Rights Wisconsin.  She’s on the Schools and Civil Rights team where her primary role is a special education advocate.  She attends IEP meetings to help students and families understand their rights.  She also provides trainings and helps people with disabilities understand their right to vote.

 Mary began advocating after learning special education law while advocating for her son and she began to help area families. Then while working in adult long-term care--particularly regarding employment--she felt there needed to be more opportunities for students during transition. She felt that with the right supports and services and increased peer interaction, students would have those experiences as well as the confidence to know they can do anything.

Tell us some good news: what’s the most exciting thing happening for you or for people with disabilities who want to work?

Mary feels there have been some big strides made with employment options for people with disabilities, and she is really hoping that the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) will help fill the gap for the high schoolers who want to work jobs like their peers. 

What employment tip or resource would you like to share with people who want to work?

Mary encourages people to never allow anyone to tell you that "you can't" do something.  “Whether it's continuing education or wanting a better job, or whatever your employment goal is...anything is possible,” she says.

What message would you like to share with the members of the Employment Network?

Mary says, “the most important thing to remember, regardless of role, is to stop limiting someone to jobs the rest of us don't want.”  She points out that people with disabilities do amazing things when someone believes in them and gives them an opportunity. We need to make sure those opportunities are being given!  

 What’s your dream vacation? 

Every couple of years, Mary’s parents take all six of their children, along with their spouses and kids, on vacation.  “Wherever my family trip happens to be is where my dream vacation is,” she says.

What are some of your hobbies?

In her spare time,  Mary enjoys doing things such as bowling, throwing bags, and playing Progressive Rummy with her family. 

 ***We love hearing the views and opinions of Network members.  We need to mention that the views and opinions expressed on this site are those of the person who is sharing them. They do not necessarily reflect InControl Wisconsin or any of our supporters and funders.    

Member Spotlight: LaNae Jabas


By Employment Network, 2016-05-06

This month, we're shining the Member Spotlight on LaNae Jabas. As a regional coordinator for the Wisconsin Transition Improvement Grant, she has a wealth of knowledge about everything related to transition.  She works closely with community-based integrated employment and has lots of great resources to share.  We are so fortunate to have her as a part of the Employment Network. 

What kind of work do you do?  Where do you work at?

I am the Central Regional Coordinator for the Wisconsin Transition Improvement Grant (TIG), whose mission is to provide professional development to educators, youth, families and transition partners to ensure every child graduates, college and career ready!   I serve districts in the CESA 5 & 6 area.  My office is located at CESA 5 in Portage, WI.

Tell us some good news: what’s the most exciting thing happening for you or for people with disabilities who want to work?

Community-Based Integrated Employment (CBIE) Stipend Project:

An exciting opportunity offered through the TIG grant to eligible Wisconsin schools is the Community-Based Integrated Employment Stipend.  The project aligns with agenda 2017’s “Every Child a graduate, college and career ready,” specific to students with disabilities (SwD) and is part of a broader state effort to improve WI Post-School Outcomes results for students with disabilities.  Through CBIE work in my region, several opportunities are being created and implemented to prepare students for future employment.  These activities include:

  • Project Discovery: Education Associates, Inc., developer and publisher of Project Discovery, has teamed with Dr. Amy Spriggs, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation Counseling, University of Kentucky, to develop an EXCITING Project Discovery package for students with ASD and moderate/severe disabilities.  We are excited to announce that we are ready for the beta testing stage of this package which will occur during the Fall 2015 semester and finish during Jan/Feb. 2016.  Education Associates, Inc. will be beta testing with select school districts across the U.S.  
  • Articulated Courses/Dual Credit (Fox Valley Tech. College): The Oshkosh Area School District (OASD) will be offering the Accuplacer Assessment, a required entrance assessment students must take to enroll into any technical college program. The assessment will be used to help OASD identify students eligible for Introduction to College Reading and College Success; two Articulated/Dual Credit courses being offered in fall 2016. These course will assist students with pursuing their career area of interest through providing a smooth transition into their program of study at the Fox Valley Technical College.
  • Oshkosh Corporation recently began a partnership with North High School; special education team Jill Williams, Kyle Quednow, the technology Instructors and Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce; educational supports, Patti Andresen-Shew, to increase awareness about the growing need for manufacturing careers in the Fox Cities. Members from Oshkosh Corporation’s engineering human resources, and marketing teams were present to kick off the event and work side by side with Oshkosh North juniors and seniors to create a product following the Project G.R.I.L.L. curriculum. Oshkosh Corporation has hired North high school’s “Spartan Manufacturing Company” to design and produce a grill. Along with the production of the grill comes hands-on career exploration education and activities in marketing, finance, and design to help produce and sell the 2015-2016 grill design.

  • Project SEARCH, an international trademarked and copyrighted program model, which is funded through a collaborative effort is another great opportunity being offered in the area. This unique, business-led, school-to-work High School Transition Program is for youth ages 18-21 with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities who desire to achieve competitive employment. Students attend the program for a full school year in the host business/hospital. The business provides access to an on-site classroom that can accommodate up to 12 students.  The site is staffed by a special education teacher and one to three job coaches to meet the educational  and training needs of the students. In Fall 2016, a site will open in Oshkosh,WI at Mercy Medical Center.  In addition, two new Wisconsin sites opened this fall:  Sauk Prairie Healthcare in Prairie du Sac and the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells. 

What employment tip or resource would you like to share with people who want to work? 

The TIG website is full of created materials, online learning modules and  high quality transition resources and services.  Visit our website at  www.witig.org and sign up for a FREE account today!

What message would you like to share with the members of the Employment Network?

Students who had a job at the time of high school exit were  5.1 times more likely to be engaged in post-school employment according to the National Predictors Post School Success.

What’s your dream vacation?

I’d love to spend a month touring Greece!

Are you a dog person or a cat person?

I’m definitely a dog person.  I own two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Maddy seven-year-old Blenheim and three-year-old ruby named Scooter.

 ***We love hearing the views and opinions of Network members.  We need to mention that the views and opinions expressed on this site are those of the person who is sharing them. They do not necessarily reflect InControl Wisconsin or any of our supporters and funders.    

 

Member Spotlight: Jessica Klemens


By Employment Network, 2016-03-04

For March, the Employment Network is shining the Spotlight on Jessica Klemens.  As a Vocational Specialist, she loves helping people with disabilities find employment.  She is a big believer in the power of networking and believes that everyone can work.  We are so fortunate to have her as a member of the Employment Network.

What kind of work do you do?  Where do you work at?

Jessica is  a Vocational Specialist at East Shore Industries. She assists individuals with disabilities find integrated jobs in the community throughout a process of job development, temporary employment, and job shadows. She also offers supports on the job.

Tell us some good news: what’s the most exciting thing happening for you or for people with disabilities who want to work?

Jessica really enjoys watching her customers succeed.  It’s very satisfying seeing people who are eager to work, obtain employment in the community and be proud of themselves for it.  She says, I am a true believer that anyone who wants to work CAN work with the right supports.”

What employment tip or resource would you like to share with people who want to work?

Jessica really believes in the power of networking.  She points out that 80% of jobs are never even advertised, so people need to use their resources and connections wisely.

What’s your dream vacation?

Jessica’s dream vacation would be to go on a remote island and relax with her family.

Are you a dog person or a cat person?

Jessica is a dog person.  She has a yellow lab named Mutzy.

 ***We love hearing the views and opinions of Network members.  We need to mention that the views and opinions expressed on this site are those of the person who is sharing them. They do not necessarily reflect InControl Wisconsin or any of our supporters and funders.    

 

Member Spotlight: Candace Altschul


By Employment Network, 2016-01-18

 

This month, the Employment Network is shining the Spotlight on Candace Altschul.  In addition to being the Lead Benefit and Employment Specialist at a company, she also owns and operates her own benefits and financial consulting business.  She is extremely  knowledgable in all aspects of benefits planning and really enjoys helping  individuals reach their employment goals.   We are so fortunate to have her as a member of the Employment Network.

·  What kind of work do you do?  Where do you work at?

I am a Public Benefits & Personal Finance Consultant specializing in Work Incentive Benefits Planning. My primary contract is with Feist Vocational Counseling & Placement, LLC where I serve as the Lead Benefit & Employment Specialist. Through this partnership I am able to provide benefits counseling services to DVR job seekers. In addition to my work with Feist VCP and DVR, I own and operate CTA Consulting, LLC which provides benefits and financial consulting for individuals, employers, and organizations. Most of my work is in the Madison, WI area, but I often travel to work with people in other parts of the state.

·  Tell us some good news: what’s the most exciting thing happening for you or for people with disabilities who want to work?
The big thing right now is the ABLE Act. People are getting very excited about the development of ABLE accounts, as they should be! It's very exciting that people with disabilities will be able to save a significant amount of money without losing eligibility for critical health care they may need. On a daily basis, I really enjoy communicating with people about how they can work and balance their Social Security benefits and health insurance. So often there is a misunderstanding of program rules, as well as work incentives that can help people start or return to work. I am humbled everyday when so many that I work with are genuinely grateful to have the information. It gives them a real sense of control over their future, and the confidence to move forward with their employment goals.

·  What employment tip or resource would you like to share with people who want to work?
As a benefits specialist it would have to be, look into the work incentives that are available to you if you are receiving a public benefit. Examples could include SSI/SSDI, Medicare/Medicaid, Housing Assistance, FoodShare, W-2, etc. Work Incentives may include continued cash payments and continued medical benefits while you are working. There are free resources in every county to help. Your local ADRC (Aging and Disability Resource Center) and/or WIPA (Work Incentives Planning & Assistance) agency is a great place to start. You can also reach out to the DVR (Division of Vocational Rehabilitation https://dwd.wisconsin.gov/dvr/) for assistance. They may be able to refer you to a Work Incentives Benefit Specialist in your area. Also, believe in yourself, your ability, and the unique qualities and perspective you bring to the job. There is nobody in the world like you, and that is a good thing!

·  What message would you like to share with the members of the Employment Network?
I love working with and connecting with people, which is why I enjoy being a part of networking communities like this one. Building connections is so important for professional and personal growth. It's good to know you're part of a team, and to learn about ways we can help each other.

·  What’s your dream vacation?
I like warmth, water, and quiet. Any place my kids can play and I can rest is a dream for me.

 

·  Are you a dog person or a cat person?

I love dogs! I can't resist a cuddly pup. They are so warm and welcoming. 

 

***We love hearing the views and opinions of Network members.  We need to mention that the views and opinions expressed on this site are those of the person who is sharing them. They do not necessarily reflect InControl Wisconsin or any of our supporters and funders.    

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