Corrected: April 27th, 2022 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. EST
The Employment First Community of Practice (CoP) Webinar Series augments the technical assistance areas of Employment First systems change (Capacity Building, Provider Transformation, School-to-Work Transition, Employer Engagement, and Policy/Funding Alignment). CoP participants benefit from national subject matter experts (SMEs) presenting information and resources to support Employment First efforts.
Please join a panel of experts for a conversation about Employment Networks (ENs), and how you can best take advantage of these opportunities. The panelists will discuss the various types and obligations of an EN, and provide suggestions and perspective from the administrative, state-wide, and provider level on the benefits of ENs to people and providers looking to expand Competitive Integrated Employment (CIE) opportunities. Webinar Objectives:
Help webinar attendees become familiar with Employment Networks and understand the different types of ENs
Discuss how to begin a new EN or how to make the most out of an existing EN
Explain the value of ENs for providers looking to adopt CIE outcomes
Demonstrate how adopting an EN leads to successful CIE program development
Rachel Hoffman - Virginia Career Works Rachel is the Ticket to Work Manager for The Choice Group. The Choice Group has been supporting individuals with disabilities in competitive integrated employment since 1999 as an Employment Services Organization in partnership with State Vocational Rehabilitation and an Employment Network under Social Security’s Ticket to Work Program. Rachel has a Master of Divinity as well as a Master of Science in Rehabilitative Counseling. She is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, Certified Work Incentives Specialist and a Licensed Professional Counselor. Currently Rachel serves as the Vice President on the Board of Directors for the National Employment Network Association. Her passion is to support both employers and persons with disabilities in successful employment and community integration.
Kevin Nickerson - American Dream Employment Network Kevin Nickerson is Co-Director of the American Dream Employment Network, a division of National Disability Institute (NDI). Kevin is a nationally recognized expert on the effective implementation of Employment Networks (EN) within the public workforce system, as well as within for-profit and non-profit organizations that serve individuals with disabilities. Kevin has over 20 years of experience helping SSA disability beneficiaries, is a certified community work incentive coordinator (CWIC), and has worked under SSA’s former Benefits Planning Assistance & Outreach (BPAO) project, as well as the Work Incentive Planning Assistance (WIPA) project. A graduate of Cortland State University, Kevin holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology. When not focused on the work of NDI, you’ll find Kevin restoring vintage arcade machines and other artifacts from the past – bringing new life to these interesting mechanical machines.
Mary Lynn ReVoir - American Dream Employment Network
Mary Lynn ReVoir is Co-Director of the American Dream Employment Network, a division of National Disability Institute. Mary Lynn has more than 34 years of experience developing and operating programs to enhance the lives of individuals with disabilities. Tapping into eight years of experience working in the public workforce system, and as a nationally recognized subject matter expert on Ticket to Work, Mary Lynn joined the NDI Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) Technical Assistance Team as the ticket coordinator for two years. Prior to working with the DEI Technical Assistance Team, Mary Lynn held leadership positions with the Iowa public workforce system as State Lead Disability Navigator and the state workforce Ticket to Work program. For 16 years she served as Executive Director of a private disability services provider in Iowa and developed innovative service programs for children and adults with disabilities. She is a graduate from the University of Wisconsin and certified Work Incentive Practitioner from Cornell University. In her spare time, Mary Lynn enjoys canoeing in all seasons, yoga, biking and music.
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