H.O.P.E. Partners

Locally and Nationally, HOPE Partners are experts in their fields of interest or community who
join with us and with individuals and/or their families to help create self-advocacy and more
independence. HOPE Partners willingly participate with the expectation of astounding results.

Like Full Life Ahead, they don’t give up!


Griffin Hammis Associates

Cary Griffin – Montana

Expert in Customized Employment,
Self Employment, Supported Employment, and Entrepreneurship

Corey Smith, VIA, PA

Customized Employment, Rated
Funding–using a whole bunch of funding sources to fund a project, Self-Employment, Transition, Getting a GOOD job before you graduate, Autism

Beth Keeton – Florida

Customized Employment, Self-Employment,
Positive Behavior Supports, Autism

Molly Sullivan – Washington State

Employment, Self-Employment, Benefit Planning/ Work Incentives

Katherine Carol, Tango Consulting, CO
Parent, Presenter, Employment Issues,
Housing Issues (Section 8), Staffing,
Personal and Business Coaching, Full Life
Ahead and their processes

AL-APSE, Association for Persons
In Supported Employment

Provides technical assistance and training in all areas of disability and employment

AL Dept. of Rehabilitation Services
Provides services to enable Alabama’s
(ADRS) children and adults to reach their
maximum potential

AL Council for Developmental Disabilities
Provides funding for projects to help
better the lives of individuals with

AL Dept. of Mental Health
Byron White
Supported Employment and Waivers

Wanda Berry, AL

Benefits Specialist, PASS information, other
work related issues

Joe Longcor, MIG Program Mgr, MI

Employment (Wage, Self-Employment,
Customized Employment), Benefits (similar to Dave Hammis), General Conduit to most related topics for self-advocates and families

Grant Revell, VCU University, VA

Funding, Policy, State Systems

Janet Heino, British Columbia

Transition, Customized Employment,
Residential services, benefits consultation

Russell Sickles, Job Squad, WV

Benefits Planning/PASS Support,
Discovery T/A, Self-Employment Support, On-going supports, Employer negotiation strategies, Most anything to do with jobs

 Vickie Vining, CA
Strategic Planning based on values and
Beliefs, organizational change for agencies serving people with disabilities, self determination and individual budgets, supported living

Deborah Lamoree, AZ
Guardianship, SSI, Transition, AZ Division
of Developmental Disabilities, IEP’s, Advocacy, Independent living, Full Life Ahead Planning

Beck Tschirgi Head shot 9.15TMBecky Tschirgi, CA
Becky Tschirgi is a highly dedicated and creative leader and consultant with over 35 years experience. Prior to forming her own micro-business, Becky worked in a variety of organizations and academic institutions. Over the past ten years she developed and provided employment related training for rehabilitation organizations and Department of Rehabilitation staffs throughout California, Nevada and Arizona and she has been a presenter at various conferences. Becky currently consults with individuals and their support teams in investigating and starting micro businesses and/or customizing employment opportunities. She holds a Masters degree in Rehabilitation Administration and a Bachelors degree in social work.