Board Member at Large Elections
Board Member at Large election
Mary JenkinsI was born in Carthage, MO. I graduated high school in LaGrange, Texas in 1987 and from there I joined the U.S. Army. I began college at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville the same week that my son started kindergarten. We were later were transferred to Colorado Springs with the Army and I completed my BSW at Colorado State University at Pueblo. In 2006 we retired to Northwest Arkansas and I worked as a substitute teacher until landing a job in a residential treatment facility. After about a year and a half, I was accepted into the Rehabilitation Counseling program at the University of Arkansas back in Fayetteville. I graduated with my MS and CRC the week before my son graduated from high school. I have worked as a job coach, a job developer, and a VRC over the past 9 years. Out of those 9 years, I have been with Missouri VR for 6 years. I have been a member of NRA since 2009 and have served as a President of the Counselors and Educators component while in Arkansas. Here in Missouri, I have served as a local Treasurer, President Elect, President, and currently am the Immediate Past President. I am always eager to serve in any capacity and help out as needed. I would like to run for the Board Member At Large position so that I may continue to be involved with what is going on within the organization and to help Missouri Rehabilitation Association to the best of my ability.
MarthaJohansonI am a native of South America. I am married and the mother of two young teenagers. I have lived in different parts of the country: South, Midwest, East Coast and now I am living in the West. I have extensive experience in the counseling field. I have worked as a school counselor, disability counselor, and disability consultant - especially with bilingual populations. Now I work for the State of California Department of Rehabilitation as a Senior Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, and I am enrolled in the masters program in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling at the University if Kentucky, where I am a RSA Scholar. I was also appointed by the California Governor to serve on the State Council of Developmental Disabilities Regional Office.
Boards and Committees:
I presently serve on the following boards:
-Chair of the Physically Challenged Board of Appeals of the City of Gilroy.
-Board of Directors of San Andreas Regional Center (serves Individuals with developmental disabilities):
—-Fiscal Committee Member
—-Quality Assurance Committee Member
Board of Directors of San Francisco Autism Society
—-Chair of Self Determination Advisory Committee
Reason to join board:
I recently attended the National Autism Society Conference in Washington DC and realized the need to be connected with other professionals in the field across the nation. I would like to serve on the board of this organization because I want to bring my energy and commitment to the board and keep growing as a professional in the field of rehabilitation counseling.
Rosemarie ChitwoodAs far back, as when I started my journey with the Department of
Rehabilitation Services, I have been a member of the National Rehabilitation
First as a member, then taking on roles of various chairmanship levels; serving as
the President of NARS, serving as Chapter Treasurer and finally, serving as the first
elected Secretary of NRA to hold this position. I feel, I hold both past and present
insight in order to shape this organization into a better one.
Your vote for me, is appreciated.
I live in Holdingford with my husband of 35 years. We have two grown daughters who are married and who have blessed us with three grandchildren. I am currently working at the St. Cloud VA and am celebrating 10 years this December. I recently graduated from St. Cloud State with a Master's Degree in Rehabilitation and Addiction Counseling. I begin a new journey as an Addiction Therapist on October 26th.
I am interested in running for the "Board Member At Large" because I am very interested in continuing to be involved in the rehabilitation realm. I hope to share my experiences in the area of rehabilitation and addiction. I look forward to the continued learning that will result from the vast amount and variety of wisdom each member brings in order to provide those we serve with the best resources and assistance possible.