How WorkAbility Began

What started as an idea became a reality for UCP of Southern Arizona (UCPSA). Vanessa Zuber, who had been a Habilitation manager, received feedback from families speaking about the lack of employment opportunities for their kids of transition age. Vanessa sought to set up a volunteer position for a client, on her case load, at the UCPSA office, which would ultimately turn into a paid position for the individual. Between the position at the UCPSA and feedback from families wanting a bridge program from high school to adulthood, this became the catalyst for the future WorkAbility program. 

Vanessa and the WorkAbility team kicked off the Starting Line for Employment and new intakes on January 20th 2014 – Martin Luther King holiday. We felt that this day was apropos!

Since 2014, we have assisted more than 70 members into post – secondary and competitive and integrated employment. We believe in the power of building partnerships and providing education within our community.  
 
Presently, WorkAbility offers a variety of employment services and resources to the community. 
Vanessa Zuber

Vanessa Zuber

Director of WorkAbility Program

Hannah Woelke

Hannah Woelke

Curriculum Services Coordinator

Lisa Dean

Lisa Dean

Employment Services Coordinator

Julie Williams

Julie Williams

Employment Services Coordinator

DeeDee Skinner

DeeDee Skinner

Job Developer

Nubia Velazco

Nubia Velazco

Employment Specialist

Mark Mendibles

Mark Mendibles

Outreach Coordinator

Matiana Cascio

Matiana Cascio

Employment Specialist

Manuel Peters

Manuel Peters

Employment Specialist

Caela Consolian

Caela Consolian

Job Coach

Devorah Yelton

Devorah Yelton

Job Coach

Brenda Datillo

Brenda Datillo

Employment Specialist

Adam Huertas

Adam Huertas

Job Coach

Jacqueline Beam

Jacqueline Beam

Employment Specialist