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Winter 2014

Robyn Carroll Honored with NJ APSE Special Tribute Award

Robyn Carroll

Robyn Carroll, MSW, was honored with NJ APSE Special Tribute Award by the Board of New Jersey Association of People Supporting Employment First, (NJ APSE).  As one of the first chapters of the national APSE organization, NJ APSE is comprised of members committed to the mission of advancing employment opportunities for people with disabilities. The award recognized Robyn for enhancing and promoting training opportunities that enable supported employment professionals to reach their career goals and expand their ability to provide knowledgeable and informed choices to the individuals with disabilities they support.

Robyn was presented with the award at the 22nd Annual Facing the Future Conference, “Building Bridges to Successful Employment: Finding Solutions to Span Employment Gaps,” on March 21, 2014 in Somerset, NJ. Robyn serves as the Communications Manager at The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. She is responsible for event coordination, including the Developmental Disabilities Lecture Series and conferences, as well as the continuing education, dissemination, and data systems for The Boggs Center. She has supervised the coordination of the Facing the Future Conference, which highlights best practices in supporting people with disabilities in career planning, customized employment, and transition from school to work, since 2006.

Sharon Lohrmann, PhD and Blair Rosenthal, PhD Present at Conference on Positive Behavior Support

Sharon Lohrman Blair Rosenthal
The Boggs Center’s Sharon Lohrmann, PhD and Blair Rosenthal, PhD presented several workshops at the 11th Annual International Conference on Positive Behavior Support, held by the Association for Positive Behavior Support (APBS) from March 5-8, 2014 in Chicago, IL.  Their sessions included “Differentiating PBIS Coaching Support: A Sample Protocol and Outcome Data,” “Implementing Tier 1 of the PBIS Framework: Practices for Initial Implementers,” and “Examples of PBIS Implementation in High Schools.”  The workshops shared the multi-tiered technical assistance protocol used by the New Jersey Positive Behavior Supports in Schools initiative to differentiate coaching supports across a wide range of schools, helped to familiarize participants with beginning Universal Tier 1 Intervention in K-12 schools, and captured examples of systems-level interventions in high school settings respectively.

Sharon Lohrmann, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities and Director of the New Jersey Positive Behavior Support in Schools initiative.  Blair Rosenthal, PhD is a Training & Consultation Specialist at The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities and provides training and technical assistance to schools involved in the New Jersey Positive Behavior Support in Schools initiative.

The Boggs Center Welcomes Joel Nudi, MBA, PMP
Joel Nudi

Joel Nudi joined the The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities as UCEDD Administrator. Prior to coming to The Boggs Center, Joel held the position of Senior Project Manager for the New York State Office of Mental Health. In 1997, he relocated to Dublin, Ireland, working as a Business Support Professional for Intel and KPMG. In 2001, he created a consultancy firm providing Business & IT Systems advice to private and public clients. In 2008, he relocated to New Mexico and worked as a Projects and Program Manager with the Public Education Department as well as the Office of the State Engineer. In 2012, he started his role as the Director of Administration at the New Mexico UCEDD. Joel earned his Bachelor in Industrial & Management Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, and his Masters of Business Administration with honors from the Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business at UCD in Dublin.

The Boggs Center Welcomes Susan Ellien, MSW
Susan Ellien

Susan Ellien recently joined The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities as Policy and Dissemination Coordinator. In her role, Susan works on a range of policy and dissemination activities, provides information and referral assistance to individuals with disabilities and their families, and provides staff support for The Boggs Center’s Consumer Advisory Council. Susan was an Interdisciplinary Trainee at The Boggs Center during the 2012-2013 academic year. Prior to her employment at The Boggs Center, Susan completed a field placement at The Arc of New Jersey. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Rowan University and her Master of Social Work in Nonprofit and Public Management from Rutgers School of Social Work.

The Boggs Center Welcomes Angela Hunter, BA

Angela Hunter

Angela Hunter recently joined The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities as a member of the Project Support Team. In her role, Angela provides administrative support to the Direct Support Workforce Development and Health related projects. Angela also supports the Employment and Management training courses. Angela previously worked as an Administrative Assistant for a Transitional Housing Facility. Angela received her Bachelor of the Arts Degree in Sociology at The College of New Jersey and is currently pursuing her Master of Public Health degree in Epidemiology at Rutgers School of Public Health.







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