Summary of Qualifications:
Positive, flexible, reliable and dependable employee
Highly experienced vocational rehabilitation professional with background in counseling, testing and assessment, placement, case management, employee accommodation analyses
Extensive experience with planning and launching small businesses
Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Project, Visio)
Experienced, professional presenter
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Goodwill Industries of Southwestern Michigan, Kalamazoo, MI (2013 – Present)
HIRE Program Manager
Provide job placement and case management support to individuals with disabilities and criminal backgrounds to assist them in obtaining and maintaining competitive employment. Also provide vocational assessment, job development services.
Keeter Consulting LLC, Grand Rapids, MI (2006 – 2013)
Assisted customers of Michigan Rehabilitation Services and the Veterans Administration with validating, developing and implementing business plans for self-employment; assisted individuals, agencies and businesses with vocational rehabilitation counseling issues including assessment, labor market surveys, employer accommodation analyses and recommendations, transferable skills analyses, job search skills training and support.
Michigan Rehabilitation Services, Muskegon, MI (2005 – 2006)
Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor
Assisted persons with physical and/or cognitive disabilities with identifying, preparing for, obtaining and retaining competive employment. Conducted vocational assessments, transferable skills analyses, labor market surveys; wrote résumés and related correspondence.
Michigan Rehabilitation Services, Lansing, MI (2003 – 2005)
Contracted, "blended staff" team member of Michigan Rehabilitation Services Disability Management Program. This program provided vocational rehabilitation counseling services to State of Michigan employees and individuals displaced from work due to disabilities covered by workers' compensation, auto no-fault and long term disability insurance plans.
Steelcase, Grand Rapids, MI (1994 – 2002)
Supervisor, HR Web Services
Developed and maintained Inter- , Intra- and Extranet based HR content including implementation of SAP Employee Self Service functionality.
Vocational Career Counselor
Participated in development of comprehensive disability management program for corporation; facilitated internal “job club” and job placement activities; acted as case manager for individuals off work for short- and long-term disability claims; facilitated return-to-work activities; performed employee accommodation analyses for ADA compliance. First 12 months were as a contractor.
SCORE - Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo, MI (2014 – Present)
Animal Rescue Project, Kalamazoo, MI (2013 – Present)
Kentwood AYSO, Kentwood, MI (2012)
Assistant Coach, Boy’s U-14 soccer team
Excel Charter Academy, Grand Rapids, MI (2010 – 2013)
Web Developer/Webmaster for www.exceleaglessports.com web site
FOCUS+ ADHD Support Group, Holland, MI (2008 – 2010)
Crash’s Landing, Grand Rapids, MI (2006 – 2008)
Volunteer at local no-kill cat sanctuary
American Cancer Society, Grand Rapids, MI (1997 – 2001)
Planning Committee Member
Skills and Abilities:
Proficient in Microsoft Office 2007, Access, Word, Excel, Front Page, Outlook, PowerPoint, Publisher, HTML, Blogger, WordPress, Twitter
Experienced Trainer and Public Speaker