National-Rehab JPD Election

President-Elect *

Doris Illies:
I am very excited about being a candidate for the office of President-Elect of the National Rehabilitation Association Job Placement and Development Division. I have been a long-term active member serving on the state and national level on the board of directors, and on various committees within JPD.

I have been honored by receiving the Yvonne Johnson memorial award for leadership in 2013 and served as NRA Board President in 2017.

I have worked in the field for more than 20 years in various positions working “on the street” with individuals as a Job Placement Coordinator. I am employed by Productive Alternatives Inc. in Minnesota and work through a collaboration with the State VR program.

It would be my goal as President Elect to move continue to NRAJPD into the future while preserving its past; revitalizing membership working on building new members and building a strong retention program. Working on member benefits including online and in-person training, sharing ideas among active division chapters and working with states to reactivate.

Secretary *

Frank Herd Bio Submission for Secretary of NRAJPD  

I am a certified career facilitator with extensive experience as a job developer and placement professional. In my current role as Placement Coordinator for Vocational Rehabilitation Services I employ person-centered strategies ranging from traditional to customized employment in order to assist those with disabilities in finding stable, meaningful, competitive employment. I also work to foster new and cultivate existing relationships with businesses as a means of helping both employers and job-seekers understand their complementary interests. I excel in building rapport with a broad range of folks and firmly believe that anyone who wishes to deserves a chance at meaningful, competitive, integrated employment.

How I believe I can contribute to the success of NRAJPD:

Exchanging ideas: I enjoy helping people recognize common interests and embrace the concept that by sharing resources, contacts and experience, we all win. Learning from each other and sharing resources results in a greater number of positive outcomes with partners and those we serve. I will do all I can to support a robust and relevant association.

Increasing understanding: I have experience working for private agencies and now the State of Minnesota, and have served job-seekers with disabilities from all backgrounds. I served as MRA JPD VP in 2017 and President this year, and serve now as the Editor for the MRA Spotlight Newsletter. I believe my varied experiences and roles allow me to appreciate differing perspectives and promote credibility among partners and those we serve.

Identifying goals: I am good at recognizing opportunities for growth and improvement, and I get a charge out of problem-solving. I am someone who is always looking for ways to increase skills and resources and to have a greater impact on those that depend on us to realize their goals.

Cooperative action: Policy is fundamental to our success and the more engaged we are nationally and in state legislatures, the more effective we will be. I enjoy collaboration and can offer NRAJPD my experience cooperating with other placement professionals and employers. I am also excited to explore how my prior 15 years in grassroots advocacy and organizing can contribute to the success of the NRAJPD agenda.

President *

Paul Barnes, seeking election as NRA-JPD President

Paul Barnes began his career working with people with disabilities in 1988 at the Utah State Developmental Center, assisting people with developmental disabilities. After functioning in many different capacities for various nonprofit organizations, he began his career as a job developer in 1997, working for Genesis Services. He then served as Employment Program Manager at the Brain Injury Association of Utah. Paul currently works at the Workers Compensation Fund in Sandy, UT, as the Job Development and Placement Specialist. During his time as a Job Developer, Paul has successfully helped individuals with many types of disabilities including brain injury; physical, developmental, visual and psychiatric impairments obtain meaningful employment in the community. His optimism, creativity and tenacity make him truly unique and effective in his approach to job development. Paul is a native of Utah who enjoys the scenic beauty and outdoor sports of this great state. He is married with nine children and eight grandchildren. When he is not at work, you will find him in his vegetable garden or woodshop. He is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in psychology.

Paul has been deeply involved in the National Rehabilitation Association since 2011 and serves as the JPD Representative to the board. He is current president of the Utah Rehabilitation Association and is active in his state JPD division. He has served in NRA-JPD leadership since 2014, and is committed to the goals of JPD at the national and local levels.

Treasurer *

Christa Martin, MRC/CRC, Seeking reelection to position of Treasurer for NRAJPD.

Christa currently works as a Job Placement Specialist with the Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation’s (OVR) Employer Services Branch. She is President of the Kentucky Rehabilitation Association’s Job Placement & Development Division, as well as Treasurer of the National Rehabilitation Association’s (NRA) Job Placement & Development Division and NRA Secretary. Christa is currently seeking re-election as NRAJPD Treasurer. During her current term of service she caught up the treasury, coordinated the annual development grant and NRA Pre-Conference, increased membership and treasury surplus, helped to develop new state chapter JPD divisions, and represented NRAJPD at state, regional, and national conferences. She also serves on the NRA Finance Committee amongst others.


Before coming to OVR in 2015, she was a university disability services coordinator, psychology professor, and worked with several non-profit community rehabilitation programs that provide a variety of services, including supported employment and direct job placement, to a broad range of individuals with disabilities. Christa has several years of administrative and business management experience across different industries.  She has an AA in liberal studies and a BA in psychology with a human service concentration from Kentucky State University, as well as a Master of Rehabilitation Counseling degree from the University of Kentucky. She received her CRC in the fall of 2012 and is LPCA qualified.

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