Meet the talented staff at EmployAbility
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. In her free time, Andrea enjoys spending time with her adult daughters, sailing, enjoying outdoor adventures, dancing, going to hard rock and punk concerts, and doing home improvement projects.
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 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 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.
Eleazar graduated from UW-Madison with a bachelor’s degree in Social Welfare. He started his professional career working in youth advocacy before starting case management and vocational development, with most of these experiences involving mental health care. He’s worked with a variety of diverse populations in organizations in Madison since high school. Eleazar is deeply passionate about community advocacy and closing achievement and opportunity gaps. He joined EmployAbility because he believes everyone should have the tools they need to create a stable, happy life. When he’s not working, Eleazar enjoys volunteering, playing board games, watching funny movies, and spending time with friends and family.
Tierney recently finished her undergraduate degree in psychology and is planning to pursue a master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Edgewood College. Her passion for helping enhance the lives of others was discovered while volunteering at Briarpatch Youth Services; where she served youth and their families. Her experience interning with an Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy Agency, Triquestrian, gave her the tools to assist individuals from diverse backgrounds. She is thrilled to join EmployAbility in guiding individuals to realize their full potential. Tierney loves to spend her free time traveling, hiking with her dogs, and practicing yoga.
Heather recently finished her bachelor's degree in social welfare at UW-Madison and is planning to pursue a 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.
Ali recently graduated from UW-Madison with a bachelor's degree in Social Work. With a passion for community relations, Ali spends her time thinking about large-scale changes and prevention strategies that will lead to a more equitable world. After interning with another CCS agency, Ali became very invested in long-term mental health care. Ali joined EmployAbility to work alongside individuals striving toward their housing and mental health goals. In her free time (& when safe), she attends live music events, visits her Chicago hometown, and gives her beloved cat, Kota, pets.
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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.