2018 National Rehabilitation Association Elections
Business Relations Coordinator
Texas Workforce Solutions Vocational Rehabilitation Services
Jonathan Mize currently works as a Business Relations Coordinator program specialist for Texas Workforce Solutions Vocational Rehabilitation Services (TWS-VRS) in Waco serving customers in the Austin, Bryan/College Station, and Waco areas.
He has over 23 years of work experience with a variety of public sector agencies that include Texas Workforce Solutions Vocational Rehabilitation Services, the former legacy Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services agency, legacy Texas Commission for the Blind, & Texas Rehabilitation Commission organizations that includes work as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor for DARS-Division for Rehabilitation Services, Transition Counselor for the Texas Commission for the Blind covering the Fort Worth, Abilene, and San Angelo areas and work as an Employment Assistance Specialist for the Texas Commission for the Blind. Mr. Mize is also a former advisory board member for the Brazos Valley Center on Disability and Development coordinated through Texas A&M University (2008-2010 and a current Bridge to Careers advisory board member with Texas A and M University since 2012. Mr. Mize currently is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor credentialed for over 21 years, an Advanced Communicator with Toastmasters International, and serves as the Treasurer of the Board for 2 different 501C3 non-profit organizations; The National Rehabilitation Association (NRA) and Doulos International.
Mr. Mize is a Texas panhandle native, born in Canyon, and a graduate of Pampa High School. Mr. Mize has celebrated 20 years of marriage in July and is the father of 3; Audrey age 11, Keller age 7, and Reagan age 3.
He received an Associate’s of Science degree from South Plains College, a Bachelor of Science degree- Magna Cum Laude in Rehabilitation and a Masters of Arts degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Stephen F. Austin State University.
Office/position for nomination: NRA president elect
Why I wish to seek this position: My plan as a perspective NRA president elect is to integrity and solid accounting practices concerning the NRA’s organization’s guiding principles and balance sheet paramount to being the strong voice for rehabilitation needs across the United States. I have over 2 years of experience as a treasurer of the board of NRA to help learn the leadership roles Germain to keeping NRA a strong organization with a key focus to the chapters and divisions.
DeAnna Henderson is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. Additionally, she has been employed at The Ohio State University as a Disability Program Manager. Previously, Dr. Henderson served as the Chief Operations Officer of The Neighborhood House, Inc., Director of the Residential Treatment Center at Ohio Hospital for Psychiatry, and most recently as an Associate, tenured Professor at Alabama State University. Dr. Henderson has co-authored two book chapters, Psychosocial Aspects of Disability Case Studies and Worker Disability Benefits Programs and written articles in the area of rehabilitation counseling.
DeAnna Henderson is a member of the American Counseling Association, American Rehabilitation Counseling Association, National Rehabilitation Association, and the National Association for Multicultural Rehabilitation Concerns. Dr. Henderson currently serves as Program Chair for the College of Humanities and Sciences at University of Phoenix, Central Valley Campus.
Ph.D., Ohio University; M.A., The Ohio State University; B.A., Kentucky State University
Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and the impact on the family system, multicultural issues related to counseling, psychosocial aspects and issues for people with disabilities, and innovative treatment for individuals with disabilities. She is also interested in mentoring, mentorship of women, and leadership.
The National Rehabilitation Association is positioned itself to become the leader in the field of rehabilitation. As the next leader of NRA, my work is to leverage this position and our partnerships with the various associations and divisions across the nation. It’s imperative that we revitalize the culture of NRA and the contributions that we make to the field of rehabilitation. As an organization, we must provide the tools for our members to be successful. This can be accomplished by:
Creating an environment where member’s voices are heard and valued;
Strengthening the Journal of Rehabilitation to promote excellence in research and practice by highlighting current and relevant issues to practitioners, educators along with individuals with disabilities and their families;
Continue to provide professional development activities to poise our members as leaders in the field of rehabilitation who are competent in skill and cultural awareness;
Finally, I will strive to empower individuals with disabilities to advocate on behalf of themselves and transform the culture surrounding rehabilitation.
Candidates for Treasurer
As a member of the National Rehabilitation Association (NRA) since 1987 and with over 33 years in the world of finance and audit I believe I have the qualifications to serve as your Treasurer.
As a member of NRA I have served at the state, regional, divisional and national level in leadership and financial roles. Currently I am the Treasurer of the Virginia Rehabilitation and have served in that role for well over 15 years, as well as Treasurer of the National Association for Rehabilitation Leadership (NARL). Also, I am serving and have served on the NRA Finance Committee for a number of years and feel that I am well versed in the budget and financial transactions of the organization.
If elected I will bring a wealth of knowledge and understanding into the position of treasurer and work hard to ensure solvency and transparency in the area of finance.
Dr. Carl Flowers is an Emeritus Professor and retired Director of the Rehabilitation Institute and Interim Director of the Department of Counseling, Quantitative Methods and Special Education (CQMSE), academic programs in the College of Education and Human Services at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Dr. Flowers received his doctorate in Rehabilitation from Southern Illinois University in 1993. His professional experiences include work as a rehabilitation educator, with undergraduates and graduates in the Rehabilitation Institute. Dr. Flowers was a trainer/provocateur with the Great Lakes and Pacific Northwest Rehabilitation Continuing Education Programs for more than a decade and he was the Lead Specialist on a multi-year federal grant designed to provide awareness, sensitivity and diversity training for public vocational rehabilitation agency counselors, staff and administrators in RSA Region V (Illinois, Ohio, Indiana, Minnesota and Wisconsin).
Dr. Flowers is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) and a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC). He is a past president of the National Rehabilitation Association (NRA) and past Board Chair and President of the National Association of Multicultural Rehabilitation Concerns (NAMRC).
Dr. Flowers has presented at a number of international and national conferences and published more than 30 articles, five book chapters and two books. He has served on the editorial board of three professional journals, Journal of Research, Policy and Education, Rehabilitation Counselors and Educators (RCEA) Journal and the Journal of Rehabilitation. Additionally, he has served as Guest Editor for the Journal of Rehabilitation Administration (JRA) and Psychological Record (PR) and is the Managing Editor (ME) of the Journal of Rehabilitation Administration.
Dr. Flowers, a Life-member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., is married to Dr. Linda Flowers, a Life-member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Carl is the father of two adult children, Cameron (Auditor with KMPG Accounting in Chicago) and Courtney (Card Services Representative with the Southern Illinois Credit Union), and the proud grandfather of Jordan, Isaiah, and Anaiah Flowers.
I am seeking the office of NRA Treasurer beginning in the 2019 term. The position of Treasurer is highly important to the Association in providing the services to the membership and in support of People with Disabilities.
I have served NRA in several capacities since becoming a member of NRA in 1980. From Board member to Treasurer on the State level. From Board member on the National level to serving as the first Secretary to the NRA Board of Directors for a 4-year term. I believe I am an honest person and would do my best for NRA.
Thank you for your support and I look forward to working with each of you.
Oklahoma Rehabilitation Association