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About the Employment Assistance and Resource Network

The Employer Assistance and Resource Network (EARN) is a service of the National Employer Technical Assistance Center (NETAC) based at Cornell University's Employment and Disability Institute. NETAC is funded by the Office of Disability Employment Policy, U.S. Department of Labor.


Directors

Susanne Bruyère

Susanne Bruyere PhotoSusanne Bruyère directs the Employer Assistance and Resource Network and is the Director of the Employment and Disability Institute at Cornell University. Susanne holds a doctoral degree in Rehabilitation Counseling Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and has extensive expertise in employment and disability policy; effective workplace and HR policies and practices; and disability management.

Susanne is a frequent presenter at major diversity and employment conferences, and has published extensively in a wide range of disability, HR and diversity journals.

Learn more about Susanne's work at Cornell University

Education

  • Ph.D. - University of Wisconsin, Rehabilitation, Counseling Psychology
  • M.P.A. - Public Administration, Seattle University
  • M.A. - Adult Education, Seattle University
  • M.S. Ed. - Rehabilitation Counseling, University of Southern California
  • B.A. - Psychology and Special Education, D'Youville College

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Judy Young

Judy Young PhotoJudy Young manages the Employer Assistance and Resource Network. Her areas of expertise include outreach and recruitment, diversity and inclusion, accessibility, worksite accommodations, disability etiquette, and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and the placement and retention of aging workers and veterans with disabilities. She has extensive experience in designing and delivering customized training programs for organizations seeking to improve the integration of people with disabilities in the workplace and marketplace.

Judy is a frequent presenter at major diversity and employment conferences and is a member of the speaker's bureau of the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM).

Learn more about Judy's work at Cornell University

Education

  • M.A. - English Literature
  • B.A. - English Literature

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Staff

David Brewer

David Brewer PhotoDavid Brewer directs the development and maintenance of EARN's sister site, eFedLink.org, a Community of Practice (CoP) website designed to support federal managers and human resources personnel to advance the hiring and advancement of persons with disabilities in the federal government.

David has over thirty years of experience in special education and transition from school to adult life, and holds a Permanent New York State Teaching Certificate in Special Education.

Learn more about David's work at Cornell University

Education

  • M.S. - Portland State University, Education
  • B.S. - Portland State University, Education

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Bill Erickson

Bill Erickson PhotoBill Erickson develops customized disability statistics for EARN, employers, disability services providers, state and local governments, and others, and provides technical assistance related to disability statistics. Bill develops many of the estimates available on DisabilityStatistics.org and is also the primary author of the Annual Disability Status Report series.

Learn more about Bill's work at Cornell University

Education

  • M.S. - Cornell University, Human-Environment Relations
  • B.A. - University of Rochester, Psychology and Sociology

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Nancy Hinkley

Nancy Hinkley PhotoNancy Hinkley facilitates user interaction on EARN's sister site, eFedLink.org, a Community of Practice (CoP) website designed to support federal managers and human resources personnel to advance the hiring and advancement of persons with disabilities in the federal government.

Nancy has presented nationally and internationally on strategic Community of Practice development.

Learn more about Nancy's work at Cornell University

Education

  • Ed.D. candidate - Binghamton University
  • C.A.S. - SUNY Cortland, Educational Administration
  • MS.Ed. - SUNY Oneonta, Education
  • B.S. Ed. - Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, Special Education and Elementary Education

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Maria Hopko

Maria Hopko PhotoMaria Hopko provides project and marketing support for EARN. She writes and distributes the EARN newsletter and email updates; coordinates, supports and promotes EARN events; and develops promotional materials.

Learn more about Maria's work at Cornell University

Education

  • B.A. - Pace University, English

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Camille Lee

Camille Lee PhotoCamille Lee manages web development for AskEARN.org and eFedLink.org. She has expertise in developing user-friendly, accessible and attractive websites and web applications, as well as in usability and accessibility testing and graphic design.

Learn more about Camille's work at Cornell University

Education

  • B.S. - Cornell University, Design and Environmental Analysis

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Kathleen Lee

Kathleen Lee PhotoKathleen Lee is EARN's Business Outreach Specialist. She provides technical assistance, training and consultation to employers related to the employment of individuals and veterans with disabilities. She also matches private employers with students and recent graduates through the Workforce Recruitment Program.

Kathleen has extensive experience providing technical assistance to national and regional employers in the areas of accessibility, accommodations and adaptive technology, recruitment, and retention. Her primary interests are in organizational culture and strategic human resources management of diversified workplaces that are inclusive of individuals and veterans with disabilities.

Learn more about Kathleen's work at Cornell University

Education

  • M.S. - Rehabilitation Institute, Southern Illinois University, Rehabilitation Administration
  • B.A. - Southern Illinois University, Psychology

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Valerie Malzer

Valerie Malzer PhotoValerie Malzer coordinates the development and maintenance of AskEARN.org and evaluation of user experience on the site. She also coordinates marketing for EARN and assists in the development of EARN informational and marketing materials.

Learn more about Valerie's work at Cornell University

Education

  • M.P.A - Cornell University
  • B.S. - Loyola University Chicago, Psychology

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Erin Sember-Chase

Erin Sember-Chase PhotoErin Sember-Chase is the Technical Assistance (TA) Coordinator for EARN. She supports EARN's team of Technical Assistance Specialists, who provide consultation to employers seeking to diversify their workforce by recruiting , hiring, and retaining employees with disabilities.

Learn more about Erin's work at Cornell University

Education

  • M.A. - Mansfield University, Mansfield, PA, Clinical-Community Psychology
  • B.S. - Mansfield University, Mansfield, PA, Psychology

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Luz Semeah

Luz Semeah PhotoLuz Semeah is a Technical Assistance Specialist for EARN. She provides telephone and online support for employers and is also available for consultations on the recruitment, hiring, retention and advancement of individuals and veterans with disabilities.

Learn more about Luz's work at Cornell University

Luz is a native Spanish speaker and has extensive experience with ADA compliance issues. She previously worked for the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) as ADA Coordinator and served as an ADA Consultant with the Americans with Disabilities Act Services office at Virginia Tech University.

Education

  • Ph.D. candidate - Virginia Tech
  • M.P.A. - Virginia Tech
  • B.S. - Shaw University, Business Administration

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Ellice Switzer

Ellice Switzer PhotoEllice Switzer is a Technical Assistance Specialist for EARN. She provides telephone and online support for employers and is also available for consultations on the recruitment, hiring, retention and advancement of individuals and veterans with disabilities.

Learn more about Ellice's work at Cornell University

Ellice has spent the last 15 years providing, developing, and managing services for individuals with disabilities. Her primary focus has been in the field of vocational rehabilitation with an emphasis on psychiatric rehabilitation. Previously, Ellice developed and then managed a comprehensive program for adults which combined day habilitation and pre-vocational services.

Education

  • B.A. 1996 - Ithaca College - English / Writing

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Sarah von Schrader

Sarah von Schrader PhotoSarah von Schrader directs EARN's internal program evaluation to facilitate better understand of employer needs and improve program effectiveness. In addition, Sarah has conducted research in several employer-relevant areas, including: disability disclosure, effective employer practices and disability employment discrimination charges.

Learn more about Sarah's work at Cornell University

Education

  • Ph.D. - University of Iowa, Educational Measurement and Statistics
  • M.A. - University of Iowa, Educational Measurement and Statistics
  • B.A. - Colorado College, Mathematics

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