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WHO WE ARE

The Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE) is the only national organization focused exclusively on Employment First to facilitate the full inclusion of people with disabilities in the workplace and community.

APSE members recognize that everyone has abilities to contribute and their work should be recognized and rewarded with fair pay, creating inclusive workplaces. Employment enriches and adds meaning to every life, and workplaces and communities are enhanced when they embrace differences.

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Employment First is a national systems-change movement and set of values centered on the premise that all people, including those people with the most significant disabilities, are capable of full participation in Competitive Integrated Employment (CIE) and community life. 

Competitive Integrated Employment means that all career seekers with disabilities can pursue meaningful work of their own choosing where they earn fair wages, experience full inclusion in the general workforce, and have the opportunity to advance or be promoted, just like anyone else. 

Vision

All people with disabilities have access to competitive, inclusive employment in the general workforce.

Values

We believe that everyone can and should work, and have the dignity of determining their career path.

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Colorado APSE Board

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Shantelle Rockman, MPH, CPWIC
Co-President

Direct of Integrating Supports Colorado and Co-Chair of Employment First Advisory Partnership (EFAP)

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Vikki Ortiz, MS, CESP
Co-President
Communications Committee Chair

 Curriculum Developer and Trainer with the Colorado Office of Employment First

APSE Emerging Leaders Graduate

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Tiffany Cron, PhD
Vice President

 Director of the Colorado Office

of Employment First

APSE Emerging Leaders Graduate

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Karin Cowan
Secretary

Employment Services Program Director with Common Roots

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Holly Ewing
Treasurer

Program Manager with the Center for People With Disabilities

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Kim Cortes
Policy Committee Chair

Competitive and Supported Employment Unit Supervisor with the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing

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Amanda Gillenwater 
Board Member

Self-Advocate

The Arc People First Volunteer

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Heather Hagen 
Board Member

Assistant Director of Employment Services with the Developmental Disabilities Resource 

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Jamie Howard
Board Member

Director of Supported Employment with Friends of Broomfield

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Kelley Land 
Former Co-President

Trainer and Technical Assistance Liaison with

Virginia Commonwealth University

National Training and Data Center 

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Charlene Parris
Benefits Navigation Committee Chair 

Manager with Office of Independent Living 

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Darby Remley
Board Member

Supported Employment Coordinator/Trainer with the

Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

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Deirdre Sage
Board Member

IPS Curriculum Developer/Trainer with the Colorado Office of Employment First

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Thomas Wilson
Board Member

Owner/Lead Story Virtuoso with

R&H Creative Storytelling and Advocacy

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