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Project Partners

The Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center for Quality Employment (VRTAC-QE) is a collaboration between the following partners.

Our partners are national leaders in research and training with a wide range of collective experience in identifying and sharing innovative employment practices for people with disabilities.

The Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center for Quality Employment (VRTAC-QE) is funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration (CFDA H264-K200003)

University of Wisconsin-Madison


Tim Tansey, Ph.D.
Professor and Principal Investigator


Malachy Bishop, Ph.D., CRC
Norman L. and Barbara M. Berven Professor of Rehabilitation Psychology and Co-Investigator


David Rosenthal, Ph.D., CRC


Fong Chan, Ph.D., CRC
Professor and Department Chair


Jina Chun, Ph.D., CRC
Assistant Professor


Stacie Castillo
Financial Specialist and Project Manager


Emily A. Brinck , Ph.D.

QE Areas of Expertise
  • Outreach to Native Americans
  • STEM Career Pathways
  • Business Engagement
  • Transportation
  • Health and Disability
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Autism Workforce
  • David Geslak, BS, ACSM EP-C, CSCS
    President & Founder
  • Amber Pantaleo, LBS1
    Director of Development
  • Keith Coffindaffer
    Workforce Coordinator
  • Ben Schatzel
    Employment Coordinator
QE Areas of Expertise:
  • Autism
  • Business Engagement and Outreach
Advancing Disability Inclusion and Workforce Innovation
Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation (CSVAR)
QE Areas of Expertise:
  • Business Outreach
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Florida Atlantic University (FAU)
  • Michael Frain, Ph.D.
    Department of Counselor Education
QE Areas of Expertise:
  • Self-Employment
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Iowa Wesleyan University
  • Jeffrey Meyer, MLS, MA
    E-Resources and Instruction Librarian
QE Areas of Expertise:
  • Outreach to Rural Communities
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Michigan State University

  • Dr. Emre Umucu, PhD, LPC, CRC
    Assistant Professor
    Director of the Veteran WellBeing Lab
  • Beatrice Lee, Ph.D., CRC, LPC (WI)
    Co-Principal Investigator and Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation Counseling
    Director of Neurological Disorders and Stress Management Lab
QE Areas of Expertise:
  • Outreach to Veterans
  • Outreach to Asian Americans
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South Carolina State University (SCSU)
  • Cassandra Sligh Conway, Ph.D., CRC, GCDF, aPHR
    Professor of Rehabilitation Counseling Program
  • Jacques Days, Director, Health Ministry of the Seventh Episcopal District of the AME Church
  • Dr. Elaine Eskew, BCC, MSW
  • Vernell Wolfe
  • Nicolette M. Houston
QE Areas of Expertise:
  • Outreach to African Americans
  • Outreach to Faith-Based Communities
  • Disaster Preparedness
  • Counselor Bias
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Stout Vocational Rehabilitation Institute (SVRI) - UW Stout
QE Areas of Expertise:
  • Eligibility Determination
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University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • David Strauser, Ph.D., CRC
    Professor Department of Kinesiology and Community Health in Rehabilitation Psychology
  • John F. Kosciulek, PhD
    Department of Kinesiology & Community Health
  • Bryan S. Austin, PhD, LPC, CRC
    Disability & Rehabilitation Training Specialist
    Department of Kinesiology & Community Health
  • Chelsea E. Greco, PhD
    Post-Doctoral Research Associate
    Department of Kinesiology & Community Health
QE Areas of Expertise:
  • Adjudicated Persons
  • Apprenticeships
  • Career Development
  • On-the-Job Training
  • Job Placement
  • Foster Care Youth
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University of Kentucky
  • Phil Rumrill, Ph.D., CRC
    Director, Training and Research
    Human Development Institute
  • Christina Bard, MRC, CRC
    Director, Community Education
    Human Development Institute
QE Areas of Expertise:
  • Customized Training Program
  • Remote Service Provision
  • COVID-19
  • Transportation
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University of Texas at El Paso
QE Areas of Expertise:
  • Outreach to Veterans
  • Outreach to Latin(x)
Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU)
Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU)
  • Alissa Brooke, M.S., C.R.C., PBSF
    Director of Employment Research Training
  • Vicki Brooke, M. Ed.
    Dir. of Training for VCU ACE, Dir. of Business Connections, & Dir. of RRTC on Employer Practices for Individuals with Disabilities
  • Katherine Inge, Ph.D., O.T.R.
    Director of the RRTC on Employment for People with Physical Disabilities, Director of Instructional Technology
  • Kanako Iwanaga, Ph.D., CRC, LPC
    Assistant Professor
    Department of Rehabilitation Counseling
    College of Health Professions
  • Jennifer Todd McDonough, M.S., C.R.C.
    Project Director
    Associate Director of Training
    Virginia Project SEARCH Statewide Coordinator
QE Areas of Expertise:
  • Supported Employment
  • Customized Employment
  • Subminimum Wage
  • Job Coaching
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A trusted community platform for building social capital, skills, and careers.

  • David Douglas
    Co-Founder & CEO
  • Andre Dolan
    Director of Strategic Initiatives
  • Sydney Gear
    Communications and Marketing Manager
QE Areas of Expertise:
  • Business Outreach
  • Business Engagement