My name is Jack Malone, and I am thrilled to join MNCCD as its next project coordinator! I will be working at the Consortium part-time while I pursue a Master of Public Policy at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs.
Before enrolling at Humphrey, I worked with developmentally disabled adults for two years at Opportunity Partners and Phoenix Alternatives, Inc. As an Employment Specialist, it was my responsibility to find job opportunities for disabled individuals out in the community. More than anything, this job required persistence. As you could probably guess, it was almost always an uphill battle to convince hiring managers that my clients deserved a chance to prove themselves. While I’m proud to say that I helped a good number of disabled individuals secure independent employment, there were so many more that could have succeeded if given the chance. That’s why I’m grateful to continue my work at MNCCD; this organization recognizes that disabled individuals deserve the same opportunities and choices as anyone else, especially in regards to employment, housing, and leisure activity.
I have spent the last week learning all that I can about MNCCD, and I can’t wait to get started! I look forward to meeting with all of our partner agencies to coordinate the best strategies for disability rights reform. Together, we will make the changes necessary for disabled Minnesotans to live more independent and fulfilling lives.
My name is Sammie Farmer and I started at MNCCD in July as the 2018 Conference Coordinating Intern this summer. I am starting graduate school at the Humphrey Public Policy school this fall.
I have recently finished a year as an AmeriCorps Vista where I helped plan a conference for the Northern Illinois Food Bank. It was a great experience for me to see an event from start to finish. It was an awesome event to share information with our partner food pantries. I think this conference will be an even better way to connect with our community and truly help people improve their health and wellbeing! Be sure to register for the conference! https://www.mnccd.org/registration.html