Staff Feature

June 18, 2021

Tommy Bowie

Tommy Bowie, a black man with graying hair and beard with glasses
Tommy Bowie

Tommy has been with Disability Network Work since September of 2016.  After completing a Veterans training  program he united with the organization as an employee.  Since being employed with DNCAP he has gone on to earn a BA in Sociology 09/19 from Ashford University.  Currently he is enrolled at the University of Arizona Global Campus in the Master’s program  (Human Services).  He is a Vietnam Era Veteran who first enrolled into college in 1971. After raising 5 children earning, a degree from college is an accomplishment he cherishes  deeply and he is looking forward to climbing greater heights.

 

June 11, 2021

John Wilson

John Wilson, A man with short light-brown hair and glasses
John Wilson

My name is John Wilson, and I am excited to be coming on board with the Disability Network. I just recently excepted the position of Community Transition Services Navigator. Most of my career has been in healthcare and service. I have worked in the field of clinical dialysis for the last nineteen years and other multiple service areas. I am a new BSW graduate from Spring Arbor University. My wife and I live in the Lansing area and have been blessed with two wonderful children. I enjoy family, music, and cooking. I am a MSU fan just to spite my wife , who is a Michigan fan. I am looking forward to meeting and working with everyone and learning new ways the serve.

June 4, 2021

Ludie Jones

On June 19 Ludie will be celebrating one year with Disability Network Capital Area. She was thrilled to be offered the position as Employment Specialist/Job Developer, as she has previous experience in this area, and is very passionate about serving people. In her free time she enjoys serving God, spending time with her children, traveling and making new memories. She is very passionate about the community and the people within it. Her and her children spend a lot of time volunteering, feeding the homeless, and raising funds to assist the under privilege in their time of need.

Ludie Jones, a short haired black woman pictured with her CPR and first aid training equipment
Ludie Jones

Ludie is looking forward to what’s to come in the future as the Disability network is growing and she is growing personally. She recently became a certified CPR and first aid instructor and currently own and operate Heart to Serve and Save first aid and CPR.

Ludie lives by the mantra, “Treat people the was you wanna be treated, it’s a blessing to be a blessing, focus on the good in every situation, and in everybody, as growth comes from struggles and hard times”.

 

May 28, 2021

Rachel Burdette-Comer

Rachel Burdette-Comer with her dog Frankie. Rachel is a white woman with bright red hair, she is with her dog Frankie and they are seated and surrounded by hearts.
Rachel Burdette-Comer with her dog Frankie

Say Hi to Rachel Burdette-Comer!  Rachel has been with Disability Network Capital Area for 8 years!  She recently transitioned into a new role as an Independent Living & Employment Specialist for Adult Services back in March 2021.  She was recently accepted into the accelerated master’s in social work program at Spring Arbor University and will begin in July 2021.  Rachel graduated from Spring Arbor University with her bachelor’s in social work degree back in November 2020.  When she is not at work, she loves to spend time with her husband, family, friends, and her dog Frankie.  Pictured is Rachel with dog Frankie.

May 21, 2021

Maria Paton-Glassbrook

Maria Paton-Glassbrook, A portrait of a young woman with light brown long hair with bangs
Maria Paton-Glassbrook

Maria Paton-Glassbrook (she, her) began her role as Community Resilience Coordinator at Disability Network Capital Area (DNCAP) in early January of 2021. Having worked in human services for eight years, she noticed a severe deficit in considerations for people with disabilities and was excited to discover the new emergency preparedness program at DNCAP. Advocacy is her passion, and she is energized to utilize her skills in emergency preparedness and safety planning for communities throughout Ingham, Eaton, Clinton, and Shiawassee counties. So far, she appreciates getting to know her new co-workers and the organizational focus on person-centered programs and services. Maria also serves as a medical advocate for local organization End Violent Encounters (EVE, Inc.) and is secretary of the board of the Women’s Center of Greater Lansing. She enjoys skating with the East Lansing Roller Derby team and can’t help but spoil her adorable cats, Juniper and Mr. Fig.

May 14, 2021

Doreen Patino

Portrait of Doreen Patino, a thin woman with brown hair and glasses, smiling.
Doreen Patino

Doreen started working at Disability Network on January 19th, 2021. She has been an active advocate for the disability community for over 30 years. She has mentored parents and families, cared for children with disabilities while she was the owner of a licensed family childcare business and childcare provider for over 16 years, been a parent advocate and collaborated with her local school systems administration and with the ISD early on programs in her community, and volunteered at her local school district in the classroom. Doreen has been in the customer service field for over 35 years. She was in the banking industry as a customer service representative for 16 years, a mortgage loan officer assistant for 5 years and was a solutions specialist in the credit repair industry for 10 years. Doreen enjoys spending time with her family and their dogs, volunteering, and gardening.

 

May 7, 2021

Travis L. Poland

Portrait of an individual with extremeley short brown hair, a beard, and glasses
Travis L. Poland

Travis L. Poland is another of the newer employees here at DNCAP, having started in early January. Travis is one of DNCAP’s Benefits Planners, helping our consumers with Social Security, Medicare, and more. Travis also is part of the social media team, designed and built the DNCAP website, and is responsible for much of DNCAP’s communication efforts. Travis has a Master’s degree from Michigan State University in Health and Risk Communication. In their spare time Travis likes to travel with their wife and play with their three cats and two dogs. Travis is also a 40-year cystic fibrosis survivor, having received a double-lung transplant just short of five years ago. Travis is excited to be working for DNCAP, as their goal in life has always been to help others with disabilities like Travis has faced himself.

 

April 30, 2021

Jessica Beckman

Jessica Beckman: a DNCAP staff member with white skin and long brunette hair
Jessica Beckman

Jessica Beckman is one of DNCAP’s newer employees, starting this past January. She is our Nursing Facility Transition Program Administrative Assistant and Housing Information & Referral Specialist. She has a Bachelors degree in Psychology and also teaches yoga and meditation. She was drawn to working for DNCAP having lived experience of growing up with a a sibling with a disability, which gave her the desire to work in human services. For fun she likes to garden, hike, do wood carving and burning, and photography. So far, she is enjoying her time at DNCAP, saying “The mission and integrity of the company, including the staff, has been inspiring and comforting”. We enjoy having Jessica on the team as well, and are happy to have her!

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