MRA Elections

2018/2019 MRA Election Candidate Info

Voting is done online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YL9CTN6

Winners will be anno8nced at the MRA Annual Meeting November 2 at 400 held during re:con

 

Adriza Caesar, M.A, CRC, LPC

Background:

I have over 12 years of experience providing vocational rehabilitation services as a Vocational Rehabilitation counselor and now Site Manager with Michigan Rehabilitation Services.  I am current President of the Michigan Association of Multicultural Rehabilitation Concerns and a Board member of the National Association of Multicultural Rehabilitation Concerns.  I have my Master’s degree from Michigan State University in Rehabilitation Counseling.

Goals for MRA:

  • Continue to work on the membership committee and gaining awareness of the association
    1. Encourage more minority to enter the field of vocational rehabilitation
  • Engage in professional development to work with our organization on being knowledgeable advocates on local, statewide and national disability trends.

Renee Craig

Background:
Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and LPC with a background in service students with disabilities within K-12 and higher education

Goals:

Increase over all awareness of the organization, increase member involvement, and improve member benefits.

 

 

Donna Prieur


Background:

I worked for the State of Michigan as a Rehabilitation Counselor which included 23 years at Northville Psychiatric Hospital in the Work Therapy Program and 12 years with Michigan Rehabilitation Services. I received my Masters’ Degree in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling from Wayne State University, graduate certificates in Human Resources Administration from CMU  and Rehabilitation Facility Administrator from DePaul University.

Goals for MRA:

To promote rehabilitation services with the changing social attitudes and policies towards disability; continue to implement new ideas and approaches to rehabilitation so the community will look to the agency as the leader and resource in the field.

 

Jessica Diener

Background:

I am an MSU Rehabilitation Counseling Master’s Program graduate and currently hold both my CRC and LPC. I have worked primarily in evaluative services at Peckham, Inc. where I conduct a variety of vocational assessments for referred clients. I have also spent time working as a Disability Specialist at MSU where I determined accommodation for students with Psychiatric Conditions and Autism Spectrum Disorders. I have participated in MRA since 2012 and have served on the board since 2013; participating in Membership and Public Policy Committees, as well as serving as the re:con Program Co-Chair and a member of the re:con steering committee.

Goals for MRA:

My current goals for MRA focus strongly around strengthening the organization and membership to better serve rehabilitation professionals. I believe that maintaining current membership and gaining new members is essential to MRA’s future success. I also believe it is necessary to reevaluate the organization as a whole, and determine how to best serve professionals in this field, through more continuing education opportunities, advocacy, and other  membership benefits.

 

Janis Benstead

Background:

 I have working as a VRC for the past 15 years. I have been a member of MRA for the duration of my career and part of the board for much of that time.

Goals for MRA:

 I hope to help MRA continue to transition into an organization that remains relevant and active in the field of rehabilitation.

 

Rita Wooten

Background:

Goals:

 

Toni Jordan

Background:

I hold a BS in Biopsychology and Cognitive Sciences from the University of Michigan and a MA in Rehabilitation Counseling from Michigan State University.  I have been employed with MRS for over 2 years as a rehabilitation counselor.  I have enjoyed being an active member of MRS for the past 2 years.

Goals:

I hold a BS in Biopsychology and Cognitive Sciences from the University of Michigan and a MA in Rehabilitation Counseling from Michigan State University.  I have been employed with MRS for over 2 years as a rehabilitation counselor.  I have enjoyed being an active member of MRS for the past 2 years.

 

Harold Wasner

Background:

Past President of MRA and MRCA.  MRA member since 1976. Rehabilitation Counselor with CRC and LPC for 30+ years in public and private sector. Current President of the NRA Great Lakes Region.

Goals:

Professional rehabilitation associations are being challenged more than ever to demonstrate that they are a meaningful and valuable asset to those working in the rehabilitation and disability field. As a Board member I will work diligently to improve MRA’s value to its members and others in the field.

 

David Campbell

Background:

Master’s Degree Rehabilitation Counseling; 8 years Supervisor of the Disability Management Program at Steelcase Inc.; 14 years with the Workers’ Compensation Agency; Past President MRA, JPD, & NRAGLR; MRA Board Member since 1994.

Goals:

MRA has a long and storied history, both at the state and national levels.  We have always tried to “lead from the front” and set the example for others around the nation to strive for.  Today’s advocacy environment is much different than it was 20, 30, or 40 years ago.  As today’s MRA takes time to reflect, revamp and revitalize our mission and vision, I commit to assisting the organization in finding its passion and purpose as we move forward, and mentoring our young future leaders so as to preserve and enhance MRA’s ongoing vitality as a professional association.

John Foster:

Background

NRA member since 1982, MRA Board member 2003-present, MRA Treasurer 2007-present, MI-JPD Board 1999-present (Board President 2001 & 2004) MI-JPD Treasurer 2010-present, MI-VEWAA Board 1990-1998. I have served on MRA Membership and Finance Committees, and the Executive Board. I have also served several times on the presentation planning committee for the annual Re:Con training conference.

Goals:

As Treasurer, my main goal has been, and will continue to be to maintain stable financial accounts (investments.) In addition, I will continue to ensure that the annual budget reflects the goals and best interests of MRA. Over the past 6 or 7 years, MRA has continued to see its fund balance increase. Sound management and stewardship of these funds is an important goal, while providing leadership of the Finance Committee and the Board as a whole.

 

Claudia Pettit:

Background:

I have over 24 years of experience working in the rehabilitation field. I graduated from MSU with a Master’s in Rehabilitation Counseling in 1998. I have 13 years of experience working for non-profits in various positions including Associate Director of Michigan Ability Partners and 11 years of experience working as a Rehabilitation Counselor for the State of Michigan. I have recently started a new position as a Rehabilitation Consultant for MRS in Performance Accountability. I am currently serving on the MRA Board of Directors. I have served as the MRA secretary and I as the RECON conference program co-chair in 2011 and conference co-chair in 2012 and 2016. I have also held the positions of MRCEA President and MRCEA Secretary.

Goals:

I would like to continue to assist the current leadership with national as well as local concerns to continue improving the field of disability for consumers as well as professionals. I would also like to increase our membership and provide guidance to the field on changes in legislation and issues that affect our profession.