Monday, April 1, 2019
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST
This webinar is designed to help vocational rehabilitation (VR) professionals, whatever their role, begin to forge partnerships with counterparts in other agencies. Presenters will describe key activities in forming interagency partnerships, drawn from the research base on partnership formation; stories of successful partnerships at the state and local levels; and an array of agencies and funding streams that may be considered for partnerships with VR agencies.
- Learn how to create durable partnerships, based on key activities in successful partnerships look;
- Learn strategies from existing VR-workforce agency partnerships;
- Feel more prepared to pursue and form interagency partnerships.
Thomas Showalter, Executive Director, National Youth Employment Coalition (NYEC)
Don Spangler, Senior Advisor, NYEC
Cheryl Fambles, has served as Chief Executive Officer for Pacific Mountain Workforce Council (PacMtn) since 2012. She is an articulate advocate for rural communities, issues of inequity and the redemptive power of work. Cheryl is a Board Director for the Seattle Branch of the San Francisco Reserve Bank, and a Trustee for the Thurston County Chamber and Capital Medical Center. She represents workforce issues on the Governor’s Poverty Reduction and Military Transition Council. She has longstanding involvement with SafePlace Shelter, the YWCA and Women United of Thurston County. Cheryl completed her Master’s Degree in Public Administration at Baruch College in the CUNY system and a Senior Executive certificate at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. She graduated from the Evergreen State College and lives in west Olympia on Eld Inlet with her husband and bossy cat.
Kathleen Harvey, serves as the Director for the Division of Community, Reentry and Parole Programs for Washington state’s juvenile justice in the Rehabilitation Administrations, Department of Social and Health Services. She holds a Master’s Degree in Psychology from Chapman University with a Bachelor’s from Washington State University. Kathleen’s professional career spans 27 years in state government, civic engagement, and equity and social justice reform. She is a member of the Rehabilitation Administration Executive Leadership, the Washington State Special Education Advisory Council and represents the administration on the Washington State Sentencing Guidelines Commission. Kathleen was the recipient of the 2017 Washington State Governor’s Award for Leadership in Management. Over the course of the last ten years, Kathleen has had the distinct honor to champion change and effectuate system reform on behalf of justice involved young people by creating access, opportunity and inclusion towards a pathway of independence and self-sufficiency.
Rob Hines, is the Director for the Washington State Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. Prior to his appointment, Rob worked in Arizona and Alaska’s Vocational Rehabilitation systems. In addition, he was the Director for Alaska’s Employment Security Division’s One Stop Job Center. Rob has a master’s degree in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling. He is also a veteran of the US Air Force and has a B.S. in aeronautics and business/logistics.
Kim Osmani, is a Technical Assistance Liaison for the Y-TAC through her role as an Extension Associate at Cornell University. Kim has extensive experience in working with youth with disabilities–first as a special education teacher for 10 years, then as an Associate State Director of Special Education Services at the Oklahoma State Department of Education, and finally as the Statewide Transition Coordinator for the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services. She holds two master’s degrees—in special education and educational administration, and is currently working toward her doctorate in special education–transition. Kim Chairs the Oklahoma Transition Council, is Secretary for Oklahoma’s Chapter of the Division on Career Development and Transition (DCDT), is Chair of the CEC-DCDT Policy and Advocacy Committee, and is Past President of the National Rehabilitation Association Transition Specialties Division.