Graduation to DSP Employment Taskforce

The Graduation to DSP Employment program will address the needs of the Intellectual Disability/Autism services field and the DSP workforce crisis alongside the needs of high school students who are at risk of dropping out. The program will provide students with the opportunity to become credentialed as a DSP on their path to graduation and beyond. This type of model has met success in Ohio and PAR is exploring how to create a program that will have success in Pennsylvania.
 
The taskforce will explore feasible paths forward in developing a program to provide at risk high school students with a DSP credential on their path to graduation and beyond. This will include evaluating what will be required to make the program successful in Pennsylvania and the intersection of all the stakeholders and systems. After a feasible path is determined, the taskforce will develop and implement a work plan.

Sue Soderberg, Chair

Senior Vice President, Mission Services 
Goodwill Keystone Area
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As Senior Vice President of Mission and Business Services for Goodwill, Sue has overall responsibility for the organization’s services that fulfill its mission “to support people with disabilities and other barriers to independence to reach their fullest potential as workers and members of the broader community”. These services span all divisions and provide services to both employees and clients across 22 counties in central and eastern Pennsylvania. Sue has worked for Goodwill for over 30 years, serving in a variety of roles. 

Sue has always taken great pride in her ability to help others grow to their highest potential- whether it was her clients in her earliest role in the organization, direct care staff as she moved into supervisory positions or, now, both staff and leaders in her division and across the organization. Because of her passion for Leadership Development, after Sue’s completion of her Executive Development Program through Goodwill Industries International in 2013, she returned to her local Goodwill and developed a Manager in Training Program that trained current and future leaders across all divisions.

In addition to her work, Sue has served on a number of Boards, both at a local and state level- these have been in the service sector, professional organizations and church related organizations. Sue earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Messiah College and her Master of Science in Clinical Psychology from Millersville University.