Work is a Fundamental Right of all Citizens
Ian Froemming is the Employment Services Liaison at the Munroe-Meyer Institute, University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD). He is a Certified Employment Support Professional (CESP). In his current position at Munroe-Meyer, he is responsible for coordinating vocational training programs including the UNMC/NE Medicine Project SEARCH program. Graduates of these programs receive special certifications that can lead to new career pathways. Before joining Munroe-Meyer, he was the Assistant Director of the Employment Services Program at Madonna School. He has been providing direct support to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to pursue and acquire employment for the past eight years.
Tara Harper, MPA, CESP, is a Project Manager for a Kessler Foundation Signature Employment grant through the Munroe-Meyer Institute University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (MMI UCEDD). She is a Disability Consultant and owner of Harper Self-Directed Services, LLC. Tara earned her master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She is a first-year Ph.D. student in Public Administration at Northcentral University.
Tara’s experience includes employment services for individuals with IDD, placement and transition services, applied behavior analysis (ABA), and project management. Within the UCEDD, Tara has helped facilitate developmental disability training along with a parent panel for the Heartland Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training and the Douglas County Corrections Department. Previously, she was responsible for overseeing one of the only mixed Project SEARCH sites in the state of Nebraska – with transition age students and adults receiving home and community-based services. She helped grow the program from 6 interns to 15 over three years. Tara’s passion for increasing awareness about co-occurring disorders is extremely important to her. She has both personal and professional experience working with systems in the areas of developmental disabilities, behavioral health, juvenile justice, foster care, adoption, and advocacy.
Cheryl Montgomery is the Program Specialist for NorthStar Services; a community based HCBS Service Provider covering 22 counties in Northeast and North Central Nebraska. She has a BA from Doane College (University), and over 30 years of experience in the field of human services, including DD/ID community based services, behavioral health and dual diagnosis, and child protection services.
Over the course of her career Cheryl has promoted person centered services, encouraging supports to be designed around the person in ways that facilitate true community integration. She has been active in the supported competitive employment services throughout the years – including a 2 year grant through Developmental Disabilities Council to create a curriculum for Career Planning and Job Support. Additionally, she was instrumental in NorthStar Services Organizational Change transition from facility based to individual based/community based services.
She has been a member of several organizations including Nebraska Developmental Disabilities Council, Association of Community Professionals, and Nebraska APSE.
Mary is the Administrator at PAKS Developmental Services, providing support for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. In addition Mary serves as the electronic documentation consultant and online training administrator for Region II Services.in southwest Nebraska.
After graduating from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Mary began her career in the field of I/DD services for the State of Texas working in a coed residential setting as an Habilitation Specialist. From Texas the trail led through Wyoming and New Mexico and stopped in Oklahoma where Mary worked as an Employment Specialist and then Case Manager for the State of Oklahoma. Mary became involved in OK-APSE in the
while working in Oklahoma, starting a local Employment Specialist Organization focusing on excellence in employment supports. The trail led back to Nebraska where Mary has been involved with NE-APSE for more than 20 years.