April 24, 2014

NENA Board

Meet the NENA Board

As an Employment Network (EN) or State Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) agency serving consumers in the Ticket Program, the NENA Board is your best peer-mentor resource.

The 13 Directors on the Board operate with a diverse range of business models–they have faced the very problems you face right now. And, because they are among the most stable and successful EN and VR Ticket programs, they have proven answers that work.

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Chair, Paul Luttrell Paul Luttrell, MBA, NENA Chair. VP-Business Development and Coordinator of the Ticket program for Adelante Development Center, Inc., Albuquerque, NM. Largest New Mexico EN, more than 130 Tickets assigned. Chair of the New Mexico DD Supported Employment Council for 7 years. Co-presented with Karen Davidson at 2009 NISH/AbilityOne National Conference. 30 years experience with employment programs in Indiana and New Mexico.
President, Susan Webb Susan Webb, MBA, JD, NENA President and co-founder. 36 years of personal experience with a significant disability and is a former Social Security Disability beneficiary. A certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and Director of non-profit ABIL Employment Services in Phoenix, one of the nation’s top-producing ENs, serving Arizona consumers. Former member of Ticket Advisory Panel, influential in drafting the original Ticket legislation, and is frequently requested to testify to Congress.
Director, Lisa Jordan Lisa Jordan, MS, CRC, GCDF-I, NENA Vice President. President of for-profit Human Solutions LLC, a national EN based in Buena Park, CA, providing virtual services to consumers. In 15 years as a professional, Lisa has managed four disability-related programs serving over 2500 clients annually. Several programs won awards for outstanding performance/innovative service delivery. Lisa currently works with state-wide and national nonprofit, government and WIA-funded programs doing curriculum development, training, and technical assistance on disability and work-related issues.
Director, Pam Walker Pam Walker, NENA Secretary. CEO of Alliance Professional Services, LLC, for-profit EN established in 2008 and providing Ticketholders with pre-employment and job placement assistance. Over 25 years of management experience working in the legal arena and with major service corporations where she managed HR functions, developed training programs, policies, procedures and work tools that created streamlined, effective, cost/time saving business processes and contributed to a high employee retention rate. Leadership and Officer roles for national, state and local civic organizations.
LindaPatino Linda Patino, CWIC, NENA Treasurer. CEO of A Ticket to Success based in California, one of the largest ENs in the country. Trained other ENs since 2006, frequent presenter for Maximus and SSA training events. In 20 years of professional experience, I have assisted individuals with multiple barriers in job development, on-the-job training, life skills and communication. Ambassador for my local Chamber of Commerce and member in several local Chamber of Commerce chapters. Chair of Central Valley Mayor’s Committee for Partnership and Advocacy of People with Disabilities, and developed an active partnership with area One-Stop Career Centers. As a person with a disability, I personally understand the daily struggles and difficulties of those I serve through the Ticket to work Program.
Director, Joe Ashley Joe Ashley Rh.D, CRC, NENA Director. As Asst. Commsr. for Grants & Special programs at the Virginia Dept. of Rehabilitative Services, he leads implementation of Ticket to Work, SSA Cost Reimbursement, and WIA implementation. Co-director on the CMS funded Medicaid Infrastructure Grant, the DOL funded Disability Employment Initiative, and a NIDRR funded VR Return on Investment grant. Dr. Ashley is also involved with the NIDRR funded Disability Research project for developing VR services for persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder through the VCU Rehabilitation Research and Training Center. The Board appointed Dr. Ashley in April 2012, to provide special expertise in VR Partnership Plus.
Director, Olivia Clawswon Olivia Clawson, MSR, CWIC, NENA Director. Owner of national EN Employ-Ability LLC based in Arkansas. In 15 years supporting people with disabilities, Clawson helped to start microloan programs for self-employment and home-ownership, raised over $2 million for the first accessible and green building in Arkansas and managed and provided quality assurance for Medicaid waiver community based supports. Her primary interests are provision of ongoing vocational supports, systems advocacy and educating bene-ficiaries about Social Security work incentives and reporting.
Kathy Holmquist, NENA Director. President of Pathways to Independence Inc. (PTII), an Oregon EN. Holmquist has 30+ years experience working in corporate human resources and human services; majority of private sector experience served as a coach, leading human resources functions in recruiting, employee relations, and leadership and organizational development. She started PTII in 2003, serving individuals with disabilities through Oregon Vocational Rehabilitation. PTII became an EN in 2008. In addition to parenting a daughter with cerebral palsy, she works with folks with developmental disabilities, helping them to become as independent as possible. Holmquist has served on NENA’s Beneficiary Marketing Group.
Director, Tammy Liddicoat Tammy Liddicoat NENA Director. Executive Director of Employment Resources, Inc. (ERI) since 2007. ERI, a Wisconsin non-profit, has guided SSA beneficiaries through benefits and employment service systems for over 18 years. ERI services and training cover the intersections of disability, benefits and employment issues. ERI’s Ticket Program, ERI PLUS, provides employment retention services and assist people to manage the complexities of SSA and other benefits as they advance in employment post-VR. Expertise in marketing, training, planning, program development.
Director, Thomas Linder Thomas J. Linder, MS, CRC, NENA Director. Owner of Linder Consulting, a private voc rehab counseling, disability management and ergonomics consulting firm located in Oakland, CA. For-profit EN serving California consumers. Tom has over 30 years of experience in the field of vocational rehabilitation, including extensive work with disabled federal and private employees, disabled veterans and SSA Beneficiaries. Involved in the Ticket program since its inception in 1999.
Kevin Nickerson, NENA Director. Coordinates a collaborative EN model through a local agreement with a One-Stop Career Center in New York, and Ticket to Work Coordinator for the NYS Disability Employment Initiative. Over 10 years operating an EN: developed many EN administrative tools, including Ticket Data Manager, Workforce IWP, intake and screening tools. He trains startup State DEI projects, and has piloted new EN options with Maximus and SSA. Over 17 years as a Social Security benefits advisor.
Director, Steven Sachs Steven Sachs PhD, CRC, NENA Director. Co-founder of NENA and Executive Director of Ticket to Work Services, LLC, a leading national EN. He holds a doctorate in Education and Psychology from Clark University and has been a nationally board certified Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor for 25 years. He is also the author of an academic textbook, Voices of Reason, and a Licensed School Psychologist.
Director, Paula Vieillet Paula Reuben Vieillet, MA, CVE, NENA Director. CEO of Employment Options, Florida-based for-profit national EN since 2002 with a 50% placement rate. Strong advocate for new Ticket Program regulations and liasion to the International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals. Recently sponsored client who testified before Congress on her Ticket experience. Successfully placing persons with disabilities for 20 years and the author of Disabilities/ Different Abilities: A New Perspective for Job Hunters.

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