Meet the talented staff at EmployAbility
Andrea Mitchell, APSW, MSW, CESP - Owner
Andrea started EmployAbility in 2014 by meeting a handful of consumers out of libraries and can now boast of a thriving company with a growing staff. She has also managed to complete a Master of Social Work degree in the meantime. Andrea has worked in social services since 1999 in a wide range of areas but found her passion for vocational rehabilitation after moving to Madison, in 2007. She also dedicates energy to homeless services after having worked as a Case Manager for women experiencing homelessness for many years. Andrea does not have a lot of free time but when she does she enjoys spending time with her teenage daughters, sailing, dancing, going to hard rock and punk concerts, and doing home improvement projects.
Sophie Raupp, CESP - Operations and Training Manager
Sophie was the first job development specialist to join the EmployAbility team and has been a tremendous asset since. Sophie came to the team after completing her undergraduate degree in Psychology at UW-Madison in 2013. Sophie worked in Student Advising and Registration for two years before leaving to pursue a career in Human Services. She has always held a passion for helping people and for advocating for individuals who identify as having a disability. Sophie has a strong ability to network in the community to help find opportunities for our consumers. In her spare time, Sophie volunteers as a Special Olympics coach, and tries (unsuccessfully) to tire out her Lab, Bogart.
Michael Yang - Employment Specialist
Michael joined the EmployAbility team a year after he completed his undergraduate degree in Rehabilitation Psychology at UW-Madison in 2016. Michael worked as a Behavioral Treatment Technician for children with Autism and as a Mental Health Specialists at a crisis facility before transferring to a career in Human Services. He chose to work at EmployAbility to help people with disabilities find success in the workforce. In his spare time, Michael enjoys spending time outdoors, fishing, and being around friends and family.
Betsey Day, MS - Employer Outreach/Employment Specialist
Betsey joined the team after administering workforce training grants with the state Department of Workforce Development. She previously helped people work through various employment challenges as an intern with two different Madison non-profits. Betsey worked as an environmental scientist for many years before obtaining her degree in Human Services in 2016. She joined EmployAbility because she is passionate about connecting people with opportunities. Betsey loves sailing and outdoor music festivals in the summer; in the winter she enjoys the fresh perspective of exploring Madison’s frozen lakes on skates or a bike, and cross-country skiing in the woods.
Heather Corcoran - Employment Specialist
Heather is currently finishing her bachelor's degree in social welfare at UW-Madison. Upon graduation, in May 2020 she hopes to transition directly into the part-time master's program for social work. Heather has worked in roles where she was supportive staff to families/individuals experiencing homelessness, domestic violence, and also in-home health care. Heather chose to work at EmployAbility because she is passionate about recognizing individuals strengths and finding ways to foster that so they can become more independent and confident in their own abilities, In her spare time, Heather enjoys volunteering and spending time with her family.
Erika Pedersen - Employment Specialist
Erika joined the EmployAbility team a year after she completed her undergraduate degree in Social Work at UW-Whitewater in 2018. Erika worked as a Behavioral Treatment Technician for children on the Autism Spectrum throughout her education. Erika has also worked as an advocate for folks experiencing Intimate Partner Violence in Elkhorn and in Madison before transitioning to advocating for folks who identify as having a disability. She has a passion for advocacy and connecting with the people around her. Erika is new to the Madison area and in her free time she enjoys exploring the city, spending time with her two cats, reading, and slaying monsters playing Dungeons & Dragons.
Diana Lee - Office Assistant
Diana joined EmployAbility in January of 2018 after a three-year hiatus to care for her twin grandsons. Having worked at The Salvation Army prior to that, she knew that she was done with the corporate world and would prefer to work in a human services environment. She loves her position as Office Assistant that allows her to meet all of the fantastic consumers that pass through EmployAbility's door. She enjoys spending her spare time with her five grandchildren and taking long rides with her husband.
Ethan Brown - Office Clerk
Ethan is a lifelong Madisonian who joined the EmployAbility team during the summer of 2019. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts from St. Norbert College in De Pere and enjoys service sector jobs. He also works as a Poll Worker and worked for several years in the theatre. Additionally, Ethan has volunteered in his church's nursery for almost a decade and typed up the church's bulletin for just as long. In his free time, Ethan enjoys drawing and writing.