Mid Atlantic Region Elections
Ralph Roach MAR President Elect Nominee Statement:
As both a NRA and PRA member since 2012 and a PA State OVR employee since 2008, I have a strong commitment to both the role of NRA, our state chapters, and the mid-Atlantic region (MAR), in promoting our organizations mission and goals to promote excellence in the practice of serving and employing (CIE) individuals with a disability (IwD) and to promote full inclusion and independence in community settings. As a professional practitioner organization NRA, our state chapters and MAR can meet the needs of and be a value added professional organization for any state public VR staff (DSU), and rehabilitation professionals in the private and not-for- profit sector, or community rehabilitation programs by offering regional State chapter and MAR continuing education webinars, events , an community of practice to explore and promote promising practices in the field of vocational rehabilitation. In addition, we can add value to our state members and their chapters by promoting an annual NRA-MAR service recognition award to a state chapter member and employer that a distinguished record of service and promoting the hiring of individuals with disabilities. As the PA OVR Business services and Outreach Division Chief, CSAVR PA VE-NET point of contact and prior GWU TACE business/employer mid-Atlantic region community of practice member, and past PRA president and 2nd vice president, board-member-at-large, I believe I am uniquely qualified for this position should I be elected to serve. Ralph Roach, M.S., CRC, Pa L.P.C.
MAR Liaison to NRA
My name is Leah Spivey and I have a Master's Degree from the University of Massachusetts - Boston in Rehabilitation Counseling and hold a CRC. I have worked with people with barriers to employment for 7+ years and have placed over 125 people in careers that meet their employment, hour and wage goals. I have also assisted my teams with over 300 additional placements.
I joined the MRA and NRA this past year when I moved to Maryland and was hired by DORS/Office of Blindness and Vision Services. Before that, I was working in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, and was an active member of CESP and ACRE and received both of these certifications.
I have volunteered to be on committees to help host the MRA Conference this year and next year. In the past, I have worked on boards for NSACA, and its state affiliate MSACA which involved writing and reviewing policy, organizing conferences, and choosing presenters for a variety of events.
It is my passion for advocacy and working with individuals to become as independent as they are capable of being that pushes me on in this field. This passion is what I am looking to bring to the MAR.