How WorkAbility Began

What started as an idea became a reality for UCP of Southern Arizona (UCPSA). UCPSA was receiving feedback from families speaking about the lack of employment opportunities for their kids of transition age. Vanessa Zuber, Director of Employment Services for UCPSA, sought to set up a volunteer position for a client that was 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 100 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 businesses, people with disabilities, highschools, and 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

Jessica Clements

Jessica Clements

Job Coach

Nubia Velazco

Nubia Velazco

Employment Specialist

Mark Mendibles

Mark Mendibles

Outreach Coordinator

Emily Flower

Emily Flower

Employment Specialist

Manuel Peters

Manuel Peters

Employment Specialist

Caela Consolian

Caela Consolian

Job Coach

Brenda Datillo

Brenda Datillo

Employment Specialist

Adam Huertas

Adam Huertas

Job Coach

Kathleen VanOmmeren

Kathleen VanOmmeren

Employment Specialist

Jacqueline Beem

Jacqueline Beem

Employment Specialist

Sharon Ray

Sharon Ray

Job Coach