About us

President

Cayte Anderson, Ph.D., CRC has been involved in the field of disability and employment since 1996. As the Executive Director of the Stout Vocational Rehabilitation Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, she addresses research, practice, and policy issues pertaining to employment for individuals with disabilities. Current research and project affiliation includes the Rehabilitation Research & Training Center (RRTC) focusing on evidence-based practice and knowledge translation in Vocational Rehabilitation, the PROMISE grant, the national VR Program Evaluation & Quality Assurance (PEQA) Technical Assistance Center, and the national VR Targeted Communities Technical Assistance Center. Previous experience includes job development and placement, vocational evaluation, program management, and work incentives benefits counseling. Cayte is the Immediate Past-President of the National Rehabilitation Counselors and Educators Association (RCEA),a Past-President of the Wisconsin Rehabilitation Association (WRA) and NADBS, and a member of the National Association of Rehabilitation Leadership (NARL).

Immediate Past-President

Priscialla Matthews, M.S., C.R.C., P.V.E., is a Rehabilitation Information Specialist at the Stout Vocational Rehabilitation Institute and Adjunct Faculty for the Department of Rehabilitation and Counseling.

President-Elect

 

To Be Announced Soon.

Treasurer

 

Amy Thomson

Amy earned her Masters Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from UW-Madison.  She has practiced work incentive benefits planning for over 15 years, and was a benefits specialist trainer in a previous position.  She is currently an Outreach Specialist/Employment Policy Analyst with the Employment Initiatives team and UW-Stout Vocational Rehabilitation Institute based at the Department of Health Services, with a focus on work incentive benefits planning and employment for people with disabilities.  She is currently working on the SSDI Benefits Offset National Demonstration or BOND and focusing on outreach and recruitment for the Promoting the Readiness Of Minors in Supplement Security Income or PROMISE grant. She also is on the board of the Wisconsin Rehabilitation Association and chair of the peer review committee of the Work Incentive Benefits Specialist Association. She has been the WRA secretary since 2009.

Legislative Chairperson

John W. Lui, Ph.D, MBA, CRC, is the Director of Research and Knowledge Mobilization (KMb) at the University of Wisconsin-Stout Vocational Rehabilitation Institute. He has had many leadership roles with the National Rehabilitation Association (NRA) and its professional divisions; and the Certified Disability Management Specialist Commission (CDMSC). He is currently a member of the Advisory Panel on Medicare Education and Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Department of Health and Human Services. He has presented nationally and internationally and published extensively in the areas of benefits counseling, managed care, case management, ethics, disability management, absence management, health and productivity management, aging, and work-life planning.

Secretary/Board Member at Large-Northeast

Tobey Partch-Davies, Ph.D., Community Economic Development Dr. Partch-Davies is currently the Project Director on Poverty and Disability at the UNH-Institute on Disability, and an instructor for UNH-Discovery Program where she teaches The Right to Be Disabled. Her work consists of coordinating research and evaluation projects funded by government agencies, private foundations and private contractors. Her scholarly agenda involves the social determinants of health with a special focus on financial capability and poverty among individuals with disabilities, and more recently the use of an implementation science framework for evaluating evidence based practices.  Prior to her work as a researcher,  she coordinated employment and community based services in partnership with Vocational Rehabilitation, community rehabilitation providers and developmental services.  Since then she has led multiple studies investigating the effects of 1) work incentives and asset accumulation on financial capability of persons with disabilities; 2) workforce development systems on employment outcomes for persons with disabilities served by NH Vocational Rehabilitation, developmental services and behavioral health; and, 3) led the development of New Hampshire’s statewide employment reporting system for adults with developmental disabilities.  Recent studies include a multi-site quasi-experimental random control trial of a financial coaching protocol in Wisconsin and New Hampshire for adult workers with disabilities that led to statistically significant reductions in household consumer debt for participants. In addition, she completed a quasi-experimental study in her role as Principal Investigator for the NH Maternal and Child Health Home Visiting Program Evaluation that found positive statistically significant improvements in staff attitudes associated with a leadership training series designed to improve fidelity of implementation for an evidence based home visiting practice.  Dr. Partch-Davies currently services on the UNH Commission on the Status of Persons with Disabilities and is Secretary for the National Association of Disability Benefit Specialists, a division of the National Rehabilitation Association.  Prior to returning to the UNH-IOD in 2009, Dr. Partch-Davies served for six years as founding Director of the Center for Community Economic Development & Disability at Southern New Hampshire University, where she served as Principal Investigator for a NIDRR funded Asset Accumulation and Tax Policy Project; a three state Asset for Independence Act grant to administer Individual Development Accounts; Living with Independence, Freedom & Equality (LIFE) Project, and the Principal Investigator for several CMS funded sub-studies for New Hampshire’s Medicaid Infrastructure Grant.  Dr.  Partch-Davies has extensive experience implementing systems change efforts in the area of employment, asset building and community economic development.  She earned her PhD in Community Economic Development & Policy, Southern New Hampshire University-School of Community Economic Development, May 2011; M.A. Community Economic Development & Policy, Southern New Hampshire University, 2011; and her M.S. Community Economic Development, New Hampshire College, 1998.

Board Member at Large-Southeast

Paige Tidwell obtained her Master’s in Rehabilitation Counseling from University of South Carolina’s School of Medicine in 1996 and is currently working on her Specialist degree in Special Education and Transition, with a concentration in Vocational Evaluation from George Washington University. She holds a Certification in Rehabilitation Counseling, Vocational Evaluation; is a Licensed Professional Counselor and is a Registered Professional Vocational Evaluator. She has over twenty years experience working in the counseling, psychiatric, medical and rehabilitation fields to include 3 years with a community rehabilitation program and the last 9 with Vocational Rehabilitation program where she has been a counselor, evaluator, manager and is now the Vocational Preparation Services Coordinator for the state office. As a state coordinator, Paige provides oversight and technical assistance to the VR field staff regarding Supported Employment, Self-Employment, Job Readiness and Assessments. In addition to serving on the NADBS Board of Directors, Paige is currently the president-elect for the Georgia Rehabilitation Association, serves on the National Vocational Evaluation Work Adjustment Association Board of Directors and is the current Chair for the Professional Vocational Evaluation Registry.

Board Member at Large-Western

Pam Redding is an Employment & Benefits Specialist with Southern Oregon Goodwill Industries, located in Klamath Falls Oregon.


         ...I enjoy working with people and helping them to realize their hopes and dreams...

 

After sustaining a work injury, Pam went through the VR process, went back to school then worked in the Aerospace Industry for 13 years during which time she opened a business with her husband, and then moved to Northern California. When the business started having financial trouble after 15 years, she re-entered the workforce, working as a Benefits Counselor with an Independent Living Center in Klamath Falls in 2002. While meeting with clients, it was discovered many people needed business plans, as self-employment is a very viable option, so this service was added. Currently, Pam works for Southern Oregon Goodwill Industries and provides services for people who want to enter or re-enter the workforce. She does Benefits Counseling, PASS Plans, Business Plans and assists with finding wage employment. She is also managing an asset development program titled Dream$avers - Individual Development Accounts (IDA) for people in Southern Oregon that meet specific criteria.

 

Board Member at Large-Western

Juliet Fried, Ed.D., CRC, CVE, PVE, is a Professor of Human Rehabilitative Services in the School ofHuman Sciences at the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) in Greeley, CO. In addition to teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in rehabilitation counseling, vocational evaluation/assessment, and human services, Dr. Fried has been Project Director for various training and research grants, and served as Chair of the Department of Human Services and Executive Director of the Rehabilitative Services Clinic during her years at UNC. Her professional experience also includes employment as a vocational evaluator, vocational evaluation supervisor, rehabilitation counselor, and director of a comprehensive career development center. Dr. Fried has a doctorate in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Northern Colorado and a master’s degree in Vocational Rehabilitation with a specialty in Vocational Evaluation from the University of Wisconsin-Stout. In addition to publishing a number of articles and making numerous presentations on a variety of rehabilitation topics, she has a lengthy history of involvement in professional organizations at the local, state, regional and national levels. Juliet developed a strong interest in the area of disability benefits a few years ago, thanks to John Lui. She served as his major research advisor for his doctoral study on the role and function of disability benefits specialists. During her last sabbatical, she focused on studying and researching more about this area as she believes that disability benefits analysis and counseling must be given a wider audience within the rehabilitation field.

Board Member at Large-Midstates


Ron Swain has provided Benefits Planning and Analysis to over 8000 beneficiaries throughout Ohio in his 18 year career in the benefits field. He was instrumental in educating Ohio legislators regarding the need for Medicaid Buy-In for Workers with Disabilities and has provided formal benefits analyses on a fee-for-service basis to the Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation and the Bureau of Services for the Visually Impaired consumers in 82 of Ohio’s 88 counties. He previously directed three Social Security Administration cooperative agreements for COVA covering 50 counties. Ron is currently the Senior Benefits Analyst for the Fairfield County Board of Developmental Disabilities in Lancaster, Ohio and continues to provide benefits consultation/analysis for BVR and BSVI throughout the state. He is a Past-President of the Ohio Rehabilitation Association, has attended the National Rehabilitation Association’s annual Governmental Affairs Summit over a 12-year time frame and continues to serve on the board of the National Association of Disability Benefits Specialists. Ron is a recognized leader in the benefits planning field and presents at local, state and national conferences including the United States Psychosocial Rehabilitation Association and the National Rehabilitation Association. He is a Social Security Administration certified Community Work Incentives Coordinator and works closely with Social Security claims representatives, Plan for Achieving Self Support specialists and Area Work Incentives Coordinators to provide accurate, practical benefits analyses and work incentives.

Board Member at Large-Midstates

Sheila Stoeckel, Community Work Incentive Coordinator with Iowa Work Incentive Planning and Assistance Project covering the state of Iowa. Prior to this position, she was employed as a Disability Program Navigator for 4 years with Iowa Workforce Development. Sheila has previous experience as a Benefit Planner and 27 years of administrative and direct care service experience working with individuals with a variety of disabilities and mental health issues. She has a Bachelors Degree in Human Services and Psychology from Buena Vista University. Sheila has a Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Drake University and credentialed as a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC). She has also received in-depth and on-going training on Social Security rules, work incentives, Medicaid for Employed People with Disabilities (MEPD), and other state and local supports. Sheila also serves as a board member with the National Association of Disability Benefit Specialist (NADBS).

Board Member at Large-Northeast

Currently Vacant

Membership Chairperson

Cayte Anderson

Key Advisors

 Paul Andrew served as the Managing Director for the Employment and Community Services Customer Services Unit for the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).  He has over 40 years of personal and professional experience with individuals who have disabilities and challenges to employment as well as 15 years in the management, coordination, and administration of public and privately funded vocational rehabilitation programs. He graduated from the College of Education at the University of Arizona and has a master's degree from the University of Wisconsin.  His role at CARF involved facilitating the development of market driven accreditation standards and approaches, which help to continuously improve services to consumers, enhance organizational design, and improve reponsiveness to community stakeholders. Paul is formerly a provider of services and trainer for the University of San Francisco, McLaren College of Business, providing training and technical assistance to over 5,000 organizations and individuals each year in the United States and Canada. 

Joe Entwisle, MS, began working as a Senior Policy Analyst for Health and Disability Advocates (HDA) and the National Consortium for Health Systems Development (NCHSD) in 2005.  He provides training and technical assistance to states regarding policy and programmatic initiatives related to Medicaid and Medicaid Buy-In programs, SSI, vocational rehabilitation, benefits planning programs and technology, asset building/development, inclusive public policymaking, transportation, and assistive technology.  He previously worked on the Bridges to Work Project at the University of Wisconsin's Waisman Center as a Senior Policy Analyst with project development and management responsibilities.  He also created and implemented the first automated comprehensive benefits offset software.  Joe was formerly the Executive Director of the Wisconsin State Independent Living Center, responsible for coordinating federal, state, and local resources and implementation of the state plan for independent living.  He has also worked for the state's Department of Health Services Pathways to Independence Project.  Joe has valuable field experience as a benefits specialist/employment consultant, substance abuse mental health counselor, clubhouse counselor, and state vocational rehabilitation counselor.

David Rosenthal, Ph.D, CRC, is Chairperson of the Department of Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to joining the faculty at UW-Madison in 2002, Dr. Rosenthal was an assistant professor at Penn State University for three years and was at UW-Stout for five years. Dr. Rosenthal attained his Ph.D at the UW-Madison in Rehabilitation Psychology in 1993. He has worked as a rehabilitation counselor, vocational placement specialist, and a vocational consultant in the private sector, an expert witness in workers' compensation litigations, and a special educator/program director. Dr. Rosenthal has over 50 published or in press articles and chapters pertaining to rehabilitation psychology. He has been the Principal Investigator (PI), Co-PI, and author on several reserach and training projects funded by the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA), the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation research (NIDRR), and Medicaid Infrastructure Grants (MIG).