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, Co-Chair

Chief Mission Officer 
Goodwill Keystone Area
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As Chief Mission Officer 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.

 

Anne Couldridge, Co-Chair

Executive Director 
The Arc of Cumberland and Perry Counties
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Anne Couldridge has served as Executive Director for The Arc of Cumberland & Perry Counties (CPARC) since 2017. Under her leadership, the organization has found innovative ways to take on the challenges facing the disability field. This includes a strategic focus on workforce development, legislative advocacy, systems reform, and community development. 

 

Anne’s passion for CPARC began in 2003.  Her special needs family relocated to the area and they found themselves in need of support from CPARC’s Advocacy services. Wanting to give back to the organization that helped her family, Anne began volunteering with CPARC. This developed into several leadership positions including her six years of service on the CPARC Board of Directors. Anne was also a member of CPARC Leadership Team and held the position of Director of Development.

 

Anne is active in organizations outside of CPARC. She currently serves as President to the Arc of Pennsylvania’s Council of Executive Directors. She received the 2021 Erman A. Gentile leadership award from her Arc Chapter peers. Anne also serves as Vice-President of the Cumberland-Perry Housing Initiative which serves to expand housing opportunities in Cumberland and Perry Counties for vulnerable populations with low to moderate incomes. In June of 2022, she graduated from Leadership Harrisburg Area’s Executive Leadership Series.

 

Anne’s passion and determination to improve the lives of people with intellectual disabilities is derived from her 26 years of life experience as a special needs parent. Anne was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. She is mom to three boys including her stepson, Mathew 32, Andrew 28, and Connor 22. Her family settled in the Carlisle area in 2003, when her husband, Mark retired from a 20+ year career in the United States Air Force. Their favorite assignment was the 6 years they lived in Alaska. Anne graduated Summa Cum Laude from Shippensburg University and holds a BS in Business Administration with a concentration in Entrepreneurial Studies.