Employment First Workgroup

PAR's Employment First Workgroup is composed of providers and representatives of the Office of Developmental Programs who oversee Employment First initiatives. The definition of Employment First is that competitive integrated employment is the first consideration and preferred outcome of publicly funded education, training, employment and related services, and long-term supports and services for working age Pennsylvanians with a disability. Members work together to address how people with intellectual disability and autism can gain and hold onto employment in integrated settings at or above the minimum wage. The workgroup is also involved with promoting PA Employment First legislation and public policy, including encouraging the state and its contractors to achieve 7% employment goals of people with disabilities within its own ranks. This workgroup meets quarterly in Harrisburg.

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Gregory Miller, Chair

President and Chief Executive Officer
Penn-Mar Human Services
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Greg Miller has served as President and CEO of Penn-Mar Human Services since 2012 and has been with the organization for 30 years. Penn-Mar is an innovative community based program supporting people with ID/A in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the State of Maryland. Son of a math teacher who considered a career in accounting, Greg has a diverse educational background including a BA in Social Work, an MS in Human Services Management; a Certificate in Strategic Perspectives in Non Profit Management from Harvard University School of Business; and a Certificate in Performance Measurement of NPO's from the Harvard University Kennedy School of Business. Greg services on multiple boards, including PAR.  Greg is a devoted husband, father of four and grandfather of five. He also serves as the Associate Pastor at  New Hope Fellowship Church in Westminster, Md. Greg enjoys hunting, fishing, music and of course the Steelers.

 

Judy DotzmanJudy Dotzman, Co-Chair

Executive Director
SPIN, Inc.
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Judy Dotzman is the Executive Director at SPIN, providing inclusive lifespan services for children and adults with Intellectual Disability and Autism. SPIN provides supports and services to over 3500 people in Philadelphia, suburban and Lehigh counties and employs over 1200 people. SPIN has been named a Top Workplace for the past seven consecutive years. Judy began in the field in direct support as a Therapeutic Recreation Specialist. Within her 31 years at SPIN, Judy has dedicated herself to a career providing and ensuring the highest quality, best practice services and supports. Her commitment to innovative, inclusive community service development, partnership and collaboration and to achieving nationally recognized success in the area of workforce development has been a hallmark.