GVRA names liaison to Ga. Vocational Services Board, State Rehab. Council

November 2, 2018

(Atlanta) - In an effort to further strengthen relationships with those we serve and create a direct communications channel between their representative boards and councils and Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency’s (GVRA) leadership, GVRA has named employment services veteran Michelle Mason as liaison after an extensive recruiting process. Mason, who first joined the organization in 2008, will support the Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Services (GVRS) Board, the State Rehabilitation Council (SRC) and the Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC).

Mason started her career in employment services in 1996 as a Supported Employment Specialist with UCP of NYC, Inc. She has since committed to serving the disability community and special populations in the role of Job Developer, Recruitment Coordinator, Apprenticeship Program Recruiter, Workforce Development Manager, Contract Manager, and Vocational Counselor. Michele successfully coordinated outreach and collaborative strategy for several citywide economic development initiatives in New York City, such as the U.S. Open at Shea Stadium, Steiner Studios production assistant program, and the NYC Training Grant program.

Michele joined GVRA as a Rehabilitation Employment Specialist, and in 2014, was promoted to Employment Services Manager for the Metro Quadrant. Said Executive Director Sean T. Casey, “The Board, SRC and SILC are vital to us as a client-first organization. We’ll be counting on Michele, who’s a proven communicator, to ensure the voice of the consumer is represented in the way we do business.”

Tom Wilson has chaired the GVRS Board since May 2017. “Michele is the right person to help us stay connected to the programs and initiatives happening at GVRA,” he said. “With her help, we’ll have the resources needed to successfully advise and support the agency in its mission.”

Mason will also coordinate with the SRC, which was created to represent the voice of the VR consumer. “I believe Michele’s personal and professional passion for serving individuals with disabilities has prepared her to be the liaison we need to move to bigger and better things as a council,” SRC Chair Rossany Rios said.

Mason studied Human Services at Audrey Cohen College of Human Services and obtained a degree in Organizational Leadership from Point University. She begins her new role effective immediately.

Media Contact: Communications@gvs.ga.gov