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The Networks' Team
Meet Our Staff

With varied experience and interests, Networks' staff are well equipped to provide interactive, fun, and thought-provoking training on a variety of topics. Each member of the team has a particular area of expertise, which adds value to individual training and consultative events for all involved. Click on the names below to view information about our staff:

Julia Barol

Julia Barol, M.Ed.

Julia Barol, M.Ed. has been with Networks for Training and Development, Inc. since 2007 as Director of Special Projects. In this role, she is involved with several projects related to transition-age youth in Philadelphia, including co-chairing the Transition work group within the “Employment 1st Philadelphia!” initiative and coordinating the Transition Planning Project. Julia helped to develop the employer-based video for Philadelphia’s “One City, One Vision”, and the more recent “When I Grow Up” video.  She conducts trainings to small groups and agencies on Social Security and work incentives as well as an overview of the Americans with Disabilities Act. More specifically, Julia is a Certified Benefits Specialist through Virginia Commonwealth University and has worked with Social Security beneficiaries since 2001. She is a graduate of the Communication Mentors’ Course, and is certified to provide accessibility support to businesses under Title 3 of the ADA through the Mid Atlantic DBTAC. Julia currently serves as President of PA APSE. She chaired the Philadelphia Committee for the Employment of People with Disabilities from 1995 to 2008 and has also been involved in the Accessibility Advisory Board for Philadelphia’s PA CareerLink from 2004 - 2008. Julia has been working with and supporting individuals with disabilities since 1991. Most recently she has obtained a graduate certificate through the George Washington University in Transition and Special Education, and completed her Masters degree in Secondary Special Education and Transition through GWU in December of 2012. In her spare time Julia enjoys her family, gardening, travel, and baking bread. Email Julia at juliab@networksfortraining.org.

George Callaway

George Callaway

George Callaway is the Senior Clerical Specialist at Networks for Training and Development, Inc. He has been working for Networks since 1992, having worked at Networks longer than any other employee! First and foremost, George is most proud of his love of traveling around the city of Philadelphia, especially on SEPTA (public transportation system). He has a knack for making friends around town and loves showing others how to get almost anywhere. At Networks, George puts together training packets, makes copies, and maintains the evaluation database for Networks’ many training activities. George also facilitates or assists several training sessions about his work, his passions, and his many areas of brilliance! He has presented nationally and is an active member of Speaking for Ourselves, a self-advocacy organization in PA. George is the Co-Chairperson of the Public Awareness Committee for Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health / Intellectual disAbility Services. He enjoys taking trips and joining his co-workers at many retreats and conferences, including Milwaukee, Baltimore, Pittsburgh and the New Jersey shore. Don’t be surprised if you see George around town! Email George at georgec@networksfortraining.org.

Stacey Fgueroa

Stacey Figueroa

Stacey Figueroa is the Special Events Coordinator at Networks for Training and Development, Inc. She joined the Networks’  team in August 2008. Prior to this, Stacey worked in various non-profit children’s programs, including environmental education, health & wellness programs, and summer camps. At Networks, Stacey’s tasks have included providing employment support to individuals on the job, organization of the Assistive Technology library, and helping out where needed. Stacey is a graduate of the Communication Mentors’ Course. She has continued to work with the community of Mentors to help promote the belief that “Everyone Communicates”. In May 2013, Stacey graduated from Cabrini College with a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts. In her free time, she has many passions that include children, outdoor activities, photography, and various travel adventures. Email Stacey at staceyf@networksfortraining.org.

Nancy Jo Geise

Nancy Jo Geise

Nancy Jo Geise is the Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Liaison at Networks for Training and Development, Inc.’s Northcentral PA office, joining the team in April 2009. Nancy Jo enjoys working with the communication devices and Assistive Technology. She was a guest speaker on WKOK radio for a feature story on the Communication Mentors’ Network and the positive effects communication devices can have for people with disabilities. She is a member of the Community Unity and Ampes programs of Northumberland County, while also being an active member in her church. She is also a 2011 graduate of The Communication Mentors’ Course and looks forward to meeting new people, learning, and growing. Email Nancy Jo at nancyjo@networksfortraining.org.

Jill Gromen

Jill Gromen, M.S.W.

Jill Gromen, M.S.W. is the Director of Training and Consultation for Networks for Training and Development, Inc. Jill has been involved with Networks in various capacities for more than 13 years as an employee and as a consultant helping with several projects as well as serving as a member of the Board of Directors. She is a graduate of the 2009 Communication Mentors’ Course. With over 20 years of experience, Jill’s background includes direct support, supports coordination, program planning and development, training coordination and delivery, and Person Centered Planning. In her current role Jill develops and implements training, provides coordination and oversight of consultation, facilitates large and small scale planning, and develops marketing materials. A constant throughout Jill’s career is her fundamental belief that our well-being is tied to inclusive communities that hear and respect everyone’s voice. Jill loves spending time with family and friends. She balances work with all kinds of outdoor fun and involvement in community and volunteer activities. Email Jill at jillg@networksfortraining.org.

Doris Kalina

Doris Kalina

Doris Kalina began working at Networks for Training and Development, Inc. in 1998 as Administrative Specialist and is presently the Director of Administrative Services. She was previously employed by another nonprofit as assistant to the Executive Director, handling financial responsibilities there for 12 years. Doris also taught for the School District of Philadelphia for 4½ years. She is a graduate of the Communication Mentors’ Course (2010). Her areas of expertise within Networks are office management and organization with oversight of all of Networks’ organizational offices, billing, and Human Resources. Doris is also an accomplished musician performing regularly and is a proud mother and grandmother. Email Doris at dorisk@networksfortraining.org.

Diane Kehoe

Diane Kehoe

Diane Kehoe, our Director of Technology Services, graduated from Eastern University with a degree in Organizational Management. Diane began her service with Networks facilitating career planning for individuals leaving Embreeville State Hospital, and continued her work as Director of CareerNet, a small demonstration project focused on finding meaningful community employment for people with significant disabilities in Philadelphia. Diane now assists Networks with its overall technology needs and services. Her passion is to ensure universal design of the technology used here at Networks, as well as assisting our customers in accessing and utilizing the various technologies available to them through alternative software, accommodations, and built-in accessibility features. Diane continues to conduct training in various topic areas seeking out new information in the areas of universal design, and is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Instructional Technology in Education. At home you can find Diane enjoying computers, reading, music, and relaxing with her dogs. Email Diane at dianek@networksfortraining.org.

Michael Landes

Michael Landes, M.Ed.

Michael Landes, M.Ed. is the Webmaster for Networks for Training and Development, Inc. He also teaches inclusive high school social studies classes in Maui, HI. Michael has focused on supporting all individuals to live rich and meaningful lives as valued community members. He has held a variety of positions, including direct support in a community-based day program, program coordination for an independent living program, communication development and technical assistance, interactive curriculum development, and website development. Michael was a member of Philadelphia’s first graduating class of the Communication Mentors’ Course, and he continues to search for new ideas to assist people in finding effective communication systems and assistive technologies. In his free time, Michael enjoys surfing, scuba diving, music, hockey, and going to the beach with his family. Email Michael at mikel@networksfortraining.org.

Rosa McAllister

Rosa McAllister, M.Ed., A.T.P., R.M., L.M.T.

Rosa McAllister, M.Ed., A.T.P., R.M., L.M.T. is the co-founder of Networks for Training and Development, Inc. where she currently acts as Organizational Advisor, historian, staff mentor, and overall Mom!  Rosa also continues to be on the faculty of Arcadia University teaching in the area of instructional and assistive technologies and inclusive environments.  Additionally, Rosa has studied various styles of massage and energy / bodywork, is a licensed massage therapist, and is assisting Networks to further develop their Wholistic Practices services area. Rosa now lives in Maui, HI where she is furthering her service to others, providing assistance to various community groups, teaching, learning, and enjoying island life. Email Rosa at rosam@networksfortraining.org.

Jennifer McCary

Jennifer McCary, M.Ed.

Jennifer McCary, M.Ed has a B.A. in Elementary / Special Education and an M.Ed. in Special Education and has been formally working with individuals with disabilities for almost two decades. Jen’s experience includes assisting people within schools, in their communities, and in the workplace to be more independent, to better show their skills and intelligence, and to “fit in” and make friends. She has a keen interest in assistive technology, Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and inclusion, and has been a part of the Networks’ family for many years in a variety of roles. Jen has rejoined Networks to help in the coordination of school-based projects. Jen is also the proud Mom of Liam and is enjoying her role in raising and enjoying him!  Email Jen at jenmc@networksfortraining.org.

Joe Murphy

Joe Murphy, CESP

Joe Murphy, CESP is the Supports and Technology Coordinator with Networks for Training and Development, Inc. where he lends assistance to various people and projects regarding employment and Assistive Technology (AT). While not initially involved in the field of developmental disabilities, Joe discovered his passion after meeting a person and her supporters at a community pool and offered to lend a hand. Since then (1997), Joe has worked within various community support projects, always coaching people to live full and independent lives, always striving towards their best. Joe is currently on the board of PA A.P.S.E. He is a certified Employment Support Professional and has been certified as a life coach for business. Joe is also an active member of various community groups in and around Philadelphia. He is a graduate of Philadelphia’s first Communication Mentors’ Course, the Employment Mentors’ Course, and many other programs re: employment and / or AT. Joe resides in Philadelphia, PA with his wife and 2 children. During his spare time Joe is the defensive backs coach for Neuman Goretti High School’s football team. Email Joe at joem@networksfortraining.org.

Marianne Roche

Marianne Roche, M.Ed., C.R.M.

Marianne Roche, M.Ed., C.R.M. has worked in the field of Intellectual Disabilities for over 45 years, and is recently retired from her position working in the Philadelphia Office of Intellectual disAbility Services, where she was ‘outsourced’ by Networks For Training and Development. For the past  seven years, Marianne has expanded both her interest and competencies  in wholistic and complementary practices, an exciting and growing part of Networks. Her primary areas of concentration include Reiki and Healing Touch, along with Craniosacral Therapy, Reflexology and Jin Shin Do — a form of acupressure. She is especially interested in opening access to these time honored and successful techniques to people with special needs and their care givers, senior citizens and others who would benefit from ‘good’ and wholesome touch. Additionally, Marianne, again with the able support of Networks, helped to establish the Nancy Cordon Trust, named in honor of her late sister. This Trust provides short term financial assistance to people with special needs and their families. Marianne resides in Oreland, Pa. with her very caring and long supporting husband, Jim, who is also recently retired from over 50 years teaching mathematics. Email Marianne at jimmar501@aol.com.

Shauna Roman

Shauna Roman, M.S.

Shauna Roman, M.S., the Executive Director of Networks for Training and Development, Inc., has worked in the field of disabilities for many years. Shauna has been involved with people with developmental disabilities, their families, and supporters to increase understanding, provide support, and encourage people to live more inclusive lives. As a Qualified Facilitator of The Leadership Challenge® (Kouzes and Posner), Shauna is interested in creating organizational learning opportunities through the use of assessment tools, training, and innovative consultative practices. Her current project involvement includes: the “Employment 1st Philadelphia!” initiative and school-to-community transition planning efforts. Within these projects, Shauna provides value-based leadership, strategic planning, and mentoring. She also is an adjunct professor at Penn State Abington campus. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, music of all kinds, and travel. Email Shauna at shaunar@networksfortraining.org.

Ann Salomon

Ann Salomon

Ann graduated from Thomas Jerfferson University- College of Allied Health , with an RN/ BSN degree. After over twenty years of various nursing related experiences, Ann joined Networks as a job coach, supporting people with developmental disabilities in employment. In addition, Ann has worked as a case manager for a workers compensation program. Ann is married and has two wonderful children. One of her children has Autism. Ann describes her true passion as advocacy, stating, 'I love to help people'. Email Ann at anns@networksfortraining.org.

Julie Sozio

Julie Sozio, M.H.S.

Julie Sozio, M.H.S. enjoys her position as Training Coordinator at Networks. A Bucks County resident and Iowa native, she looks forward to talking with and meeting people as she coordinates various trainings and events around Philadelphia and throughout the state! Julie has been with Networks since 2008, and brings over 30 years experience supporting people who experience a variety of disabilities! She is a graduate of the Communication Mentors’ Course, and assists the Networks’ team with Assistive Technology support. Julie’s true passion lies in advocacy for community inclusion. Her experience and her strong determination for advocacy have led her to find competitive employment and an “Everyday Life” for many individuals with disabilities. In her spare time, Julie loves spending time with family and friends, working on stained glass, and home improvement projects! Email Julie at julies@networksfortraining.org.

Jessica Stover

Jessica Stover, M.S., A.T.P.

Jessica Stover, M.S., A.T.P. is the Assistive Technology Specialist and Central PA Coordinator for Networks for Training and Development, Inc. She has been a member of the Networks’ team since 2006, and is a RESNA (Rehabilitation and Engineering Society of North America) certified Assistive Technology Practitioner (A.T.P). With experience in low to high technologies, Jessica continues to assist people to live the lives they wish at home, work, school, or play. Jessica has a special interest in switch access as related to body mechanics and movement and has studied and practiced in a variety of methods pertaining to AT. She has presented and co-presented at national, regional, and local conferences and trainings to assist people and their teams to hear and recognize communication, live their dreams, uphold the mantra “Everyone Communicates!” and assist people to “notice what you notice” through innovative (and sometimes very easy and simple) supports and systems of AT. Email Jessica at jessicas@networksfortraining.org.

Andrew Vizuete

Andrew Vizuete

Andrew Vizuete is the IT Support and Service Specialist for Networks for Training and Development, Inc. He helps design Networks’ many marketing materials, helps maintain our training database, which includes registering people for training and tracking attendance. Andrew also assists trainers with presentations, demonstrating his use of various Assistive Technologies. He has many interests such as watching sports, TV and movies, listening to music, and having fun. And he is currently working on the development of his life story with regards to his use of Assistive Technology and getting a job for training presentations and to inspire others. Email Andrew at andrewv@networksfortraining.org.

Paul Bartolemeo, Esq.

Paul J. Bartolomeo, Jr., Esq.

The Networks Board has supported and encouraged creative program development and sustainable administrative and fiscal practices since the organization's inception. As the organization has developed over time, the board has changed in terms of composition, structure, and involvement. We thank our board members for their time and commitment to our continued success!

Mike Fitipaldi

Michael Fitipaldi, CPA / MBA / ABV

The Networks Board has supported and encouraged creative program development and sustainable administrative and fiscal practices since the organization's inception. As the organization has developed over time, the board has changed in terms of composition, structure, and involvement. We thank our board members for their time and commitment to our continued success!

Ruth Landsman

Ruth Landsman

The Networks Board has supported and encouraged creative program development and sustainable administrative and fiscal practices since the organization's inception. As the organization has developed over time, the board has changed in terms of composition, structure, and involvement. We thank our board members for their time and commitment to our continued success!

Rosa McAllister

Rosa McAllister, M.Ed., A.T.P., R.M., L.M.T.

The Networks Board has supported and encouraged creative program development and sustainable administrative and fiscal practices since the organization's inception. As the organization has developed over time, the board has changed in terms of composition, structure, and involvement. We thank our board members for their time and commitment to our continued success!

Steve Nasuti

Steve Nasuti

The Networks Board has supported and encouraged creative program development and sustainable administrative and fiscal practices since the organization's inception. As the organization has developed over time, the board has changed in terms of composition, structure, and involvement. We thank our board members for their time and commitment to our continued success!

Michelle Sparling

Michelle Sparling

The Networks Board has supported and encouraged creative program development and sustainable administrative and fiscal practices since the organization's inception. As the organization has developed over time, the board has changed in terms of composition, structure, and involvement. We thank our board members for their time and commitment to our continued success!

Beth McKeown, MS.Ed.

Beth McKeown, MS.Ed.

Beth McKeown has been supporting people with disabilities to realize their dreams for a home, meaningful work, connection with friends and family, ongoing education and a rich spiritual life for twenty-five years. Beth has held a variety of positions from front line, direct support staff to program director in both residential, employment and community based settings. She has lived and worked in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maine, Texas, and Wisconsin. More recently, she has worked with Networks for Training and Development, Inc. providing technical assistance and training on a variety of topics. Beth has a lifelong interest in the areas of stress reduction and creative life empowerment. She currently resides in Jenkintown, PA with her husband and two young children. Email Beth at bethm@networksfortraining.org.

Ramenta Cottrell, M.Ed.

Ramenta Cottrell, M.Ed., M.A.

Ramenta Cotrell, M.Ed., M.A. officially joined Networks for Training and Development, Inc. on a part-time basis in January of 2011 as a member of the Assistive Technology and Transition/Inclusive Education teams. After completing Networks’ Communication Mentors’ Course in 2009, Ramenta continued her work supporting individuals transitioning from institutions to independent living. She currently lives in Maryland and works full-time as Client Services Manager for the Workforce and Development Department at Goodwill Industries of Monocacy Valley where she oversees the management of various programs geared towards helping people within the community obtain vocational skills and competitive employment opportunities. Other duties involve developing Person Centered Planning and Self-Advocacy training as well as a Support Broker for individuals seeking services from New Directions; a self-directed waiver centered upon supporting people receiving community based services. Ramenta’s educational background includes Bachelor degrees in Psychology and Spanish from Temple University and a Masters degree in Special Education from Arcadia University. In May of 2012, Ramenta completed a second Masters degree from Arcadia University in Counseling Psychology with concentrations in Family & Child Therapy and Trauma Therapy. Future aspirations include providing family and individual support to persons with developmental disabilities who have experienced trauma, incorporating alternative healing practices with traditional counseling services, and teaching counseling professionals at the graduate university level.  In her spare time, Ramenta enjoys spending time with her family and friends, learning, traveling, listening to music, and creative writing. Email Ramenta at ramentac@networksfortraining.org.

Tracy Katz, M.Ed.

Tracy Katz, M.Ed., CESP

Tracy Katz, M.Ed., CESP attended both undergraduate and graduate school at Virginia Commonwealth University earning a BME (Bachelor of Music Education) and Master of Special Education. During her master’s program, Tracy began working in the research department of VCU Rehabilitation Research and Training Center. Eventually she began working as a job coach providing job development, placement and training for individuals who had suffered a traumatic brain injury. In 1991, Tracy moved to PA and continued to work as a job and life skills coach through Hershey Medical Center throughout the central Pennsylvania area. After settling in the area, Tracy began working in the middle and high schools with students both as an academic and daily living skills classroom teacher for students with learning disabilities as well as classroom support for the school work program in which all of the high school students participated. Tracy took some time ‘off’ to raise her family but continued to work as a home based business manager with Discovery Toys helping to educate parents about the power of play. Tracy works with Networks for Training and Development as the Coordinator of Business Development and continues to teach private clarinet lessons. In June 2012 Tracy became one of the first 100 persons in the country to earn certification as a Certified Employment Support Professional through National APSE (Association for People Supporting EmploymentFirst). Tracy is passionate about increasing the opportunities for people with disabilities in their community and in the workplace. Along with that, she is very excited to have the opportunity to work with businesses to help them increase their bottom line while including people with disabilities in their workforce. Email Tracy at tracyk@networksfortraining.org.

Suzanne Erb, M.S.

Suzanne Erb, M.S.

Suzanne Erb, M.S. brings to Networks over 25 years of work experience in the disability and welfare to work fields, and currently serves as our Accessibility Advisor. With an M.S. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, Ms. Erb has not only counseled both disabled and non-disabled job seekers, but has also supervised others in those fields. Her most recent positions have been with JEVS Human Services and Abilitech. In her role as an advocate, Ms. Erb has been Chairperson of the City of Philadelphia Mayor’s Commission on People with Disabilities. She currently serves as the Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Tenants Union Representative Network, and also serves as the Secretary for the Board of Directors of the Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania. She also serves on the Pennsylvania Institute on Disabilities Consumer Advisory Council, and was recently elected the Vice Chair for the CAPABOL special interest group of RESNA. As a blind person, Ms. Erb uses assistive technology both personally and professionally. She uses both Windows and Mac operating systems, and provides consultation around universal design and accessibility. Suzanne also provides technical assistance to students at the University of Pennsylvania and Washington University. Email Suzanne at suzannee@networksfortraining.org.

Dana Bowser

Dana Bowser, M.S.W.

Dana Bowser, M.S.W. has a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Foreign Language Education from Temple University, as well as a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Temple University. Dana is a graduate of the Communication Mentors’ Course (2010). She has always been interested in communication, the barriers that exist, and has always wanted to work with teams to explore possibilities with helping individuals to communicate more thoroughly and be understood. Dana has been in the human services field for approximately 14 years. She has worked with children as young as 4 years old and has also worked with retired senior citizens. Dana is also a part of the original group that created “Communication Champions” in Philadelphia County at the Office of Intellectual disAbility Services. She serves as a communication champion/liaison at her full-time place of employment (Partnership For Community Supports) in Philadelphia. Dana has always had a strong interest in the arts such as writing, singing, dancing and performing and believes that each of these is a form of self-expression. Dana hopes to one day incorporate the arts with communication, as she feels the options are endless. In her free time, Dana enjoys writing and recording songs, writing poetry, dancing, working out, and spending time with her family (husband-Mark, son-Justin, step-daughter-Justice, and spoiled shih tzu-Toi Lina). Dana is very anxious and excited to be on board with Networks and is looking forward to working to further develop skills and relationships! Email Dana at danab@networksfortraining.org.

Patricia Amos, M.A.

The Networks Board has supported and encouraged creative program development and sustainable administrative and fiscal practices since the organization's inception. As the organization has developed over time, the board has changed in terms of composition, structure, and involvement. We thank our board members for their time and commitment to our continued success!