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Oklahoma APSE Council 

 

 

Melissa Gituma OK APSE President

OK- APSE President

Melissa Gituma

 

Melissa Gituma is a Programs Field Representative within the Developmental Disabilities Services Division of the Department of Human Services, where she supports the efforts of the Employment Services Unit. In addition, she serves as the secretary of the executive council of the Oklahoma Association for Persons in Supported Employment Foundation. Previously, Melissa held positions in case management and direct care, working with individuals with Intellectual Disabilities. Melissa holds a Bachelor's of Science degree from Oklahoma State University in Family Relations and Child Development with a focus on Individual, Family, and Community Services.
   

Teri Egner Council Member

OK-APSE Vice-President

Teri Egner
Teri Egner, M.S., LPC, CESP, has worked with people with significant disabilities in community employment, recreation, educational settings, sheltered employment and group homes for over 40 years. She has been involved in Supported Employment since it began in OK in 1988 and believes all people can work with a good job match and the appropriate supports. She currently provides technical assistance to Department of Rehabilitation Services contracted employment vendors and state rehabilitation field staff on best practices in community employment for people with significant disabilities. She also provides training and monitors employment contracts for compliance. Teri has spoken nationally about the quality and innovative services in Oklahoma. She is a certified Special Educational Teacher, a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified Employment Support Professional.
   

Judi Goldston OK APSE Secretary Treasurer

OK-APSE Secretary Treasurer

Judi Goldston

Judi Goldston is the training project manager, statewide coordinator for Project SEARCH and a certified ASTD instructor with the University of Oklahoma. Since 1992 she has offered training and technical assistance on customized employment supports to state and community provider agencies assisting individuals with disabilities to obtain community employment and independent living. During her tenure, her efforts have included Employment Consultant and Job Club curriculum development and training, Peer Support facilitation, Assistive Technology Modifications, Social Security Work Incentives, Job Development, Job Analyses, Marketing and Building Employer Relationships training, and Career Planning and Assessment.

   

OK-APSE Secretary
Robin Pokorny
Robin Pokorney is the current director for Community Enterprises in Enid, OK. Community Enterprises is a community partner, directly supporting individuals with disabilities in their pursuit of their employment goals. Previously Robin functioned as the executive director of the American Red Cross in Enid. She holds an Associate of Science degree from Norther Oklahoma College in Business Administration and Accounting.
   

Bryan Ferguson Council Member

Council Member

Bryan Ferguson

Bryan Ferguson is employed at the Department of Human Services, Developmental Disabilities Services, at state office.  Here he has worked as an administrative technician for 15years.  Previously he held positions with El Chico’s and Hudiburg Chevrolet.  He is a trainer with Oklahoma County People First and a member of Partners in Policymaking.  He also participates in Special Olympics bowling and basketball. 

   
Gay McMillin Council Member
Council Member
Gay McMillin

Gay McMillin has worked with people with intellectual disabilities in residential services of all types, community employment, sheltered employment, and supported employment for over 35 years. She is currently employed as a Program Manager for employment services at the Oklahoma Department of Human Services, Developmental Services. She provides training and consultation to interdisciplinary teams, case managers, families, and contracted providers on best practices in employment services contracts, policy, contracts, and communication skills. She is a person centered planning facilitator and advocate for persons with intellectual disabilities. She is a graduate of Oklahoma State University.

   

Council Member
Colleen Marie O’Reilly

My name is Colleen Marie O’Reilly I previously was the Director of Vocational Services for Incor in Muskogee Oklahoma. I work with people with developmental disabilities and those associated with DRS/VR contracts. We assist people in supported employment in an effort to make them self-sufficient.

I am a certified ADA trainer, supported employment specialist, and Advisor for the Muskogee chapter of Muskogee People First. My interest began as a volunteer while in High School working at a local summer camp for children with special needs. After school hours I helped with students in a multi handicapped class. After graduation from High School I attended Northeastern State University where I received a Bachelors in Arts with a Major in Psychology and Minors in Political Science and Public Speaking.

I continued my education at Northeastern completing the class work towards a Masters in Counseling Psychology. In 1994 I began working for Muskogee Goodwill Industries until 1999. That year I became a member of the Incor Family where I am presently at. I am very active in our community and work with the Muskogee in Action revitalization project. I am also a member of the Muskogee Chamber of Commerce Ambassador Committee, we work with new businesses starting up in the Muskogee area. I look forward to my continued development for people in supported employment through this committee.

 

Council Member

Linda Sechrist

 Linda Sechrist has been employed with Dale Rogers Training Center since May of 2007 as the Manager of the Employment Services Department.  This department provides job development, job placement and job retention services for individuals with disabilities seeking competitive community employment.  

Prior to her work at Dale Rogers Training Center, Linda worked in the state of Ohio for County Boards of Developmental Disabilities from 1979 – 2006.  She held various positions including Assistance Superintendent, Director of Special Education and Director of Service and Support Administrators. 

She has a Bachelors degree from Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, NY and a Masters degree from Marshall University in Huntington, WV. 










 

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