Meet the talented staff at EmployAbility
Andrea started EmployAbility in 2014 by meeting a handful of clients 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 Employment Specialist to join the EmployAbility team in 2015 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, is a Master Gardener, and tries (unsuccessfully) to tire out her Lab, Bogart.
Michael joined the EmployAbility team in 2017, a year after he completed his undergraduate degree in Rehabilitation Psychology at UW-Madison. Michael worked as a Behavioral Treatment Technician for children with Autism and as a Mental Health Specialist at a crisis facility before transferring to a career in Vocational Rehabilitation. He chose to work at EmployAbility to help people 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 in 2018 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.
Tierney has an undergraduate degree in psychology and is currently pursuing 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 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.
Bri is a UW-Madison graduate with a degree in Community and Nonprofit Leadership. She has a variety of work experience in human services supporting those with disabilities, refugee youth, and those experiencing homelessness. She is passionate about people and supporting others in recognizing their own strengths and potential. She looks forward to being an advocate and support for those working towards achieving their housing goals. In her free time, she likes spending time with her family, taking care of her houseplants, and snuggling her puppy Scout.
Alaina graduated from UW-Madison with a bachelor’s degree in Social Welfare and Criminal Justice. Alaina has volunteered at both a youth shelter and a women’s recovery home. In addition, she spent the past two years working in job development for people with disabilities before transitioning to housing services. She is passionate about mental health and social policies, and she is excited to help others in achieving their housing goals. Alaina enjoys musicals, board games, exploring nature, and cross-stitching.
Morgan recently graduated from UW-Madison with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice. She is currently enrolled in UW-Madison's full-time Master's of Social Work program. She has experience working in the criminal justice system and is passionate about assisting people with diverse histories. Morgan is excited to be a part of the EmployAbility team and to be able to support individuals throughout the housing process. In her free time, Morgan enjoys reading, visiting national parks, and hanging out with her cat, CC.
Estiven joined EmployAbility a year after graduating from Edgewood College with a Sociology degree with a Human Services concentration. He has experience working with individuals with different immigrant backgrounds and is passionate about helping individuals gain self-empowerment. He looks forward to working with consumers on their independent living skills and eager to get back to working in the community. Outside of EmployAbility, he’s a full-time corgi and cat parent, photographer, musician, and a lifelong learner.
Jocelyn graduated with her Bachelors of Science in Spanish from UW-Madison, and her Masters of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from UW-Whitewater. She is formally trained in EMDR and Brainspotting, and frequently uses these treatment techniques with clients. Jocelyn has spent the past year and a half working with individuals on developing coping skills and working through mental health challenges such as trauma, anxiety, mood-related issues, relationship struggles, and more. In her free time, she enjoys board games, singing, painting, and playing with her dogs Nico and Auri.
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.