Creative Solutions for Community Living, Ep. 6: Workforce Development and Creative Solutions
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In the midst of the Direct Support Professional shortage, finding creative ways to attract new employees and retain current employees is essential. Whitney Kays and Jenny Lengyel will discuss small and large efforts in these areas that are showing success. In addition we will explore how to best work with a diverse workforce.

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When: Friday, April 3, 2020
1:00-2:00 PM Eastern
Where: Online Zoom webinar
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This is the sixth part of TASH's six-part webinar series, Creative Solutions to the Community Living Crisis. To learn more or register for the complete series, click here.

1:00 PM Eastern, Friday, April 3, 2020

Whitney Kays, Director of Service Innovation, Mattingly Edge

Jennifer Lengyel, Executive Director, Total Living Concept

About this Episode

In the midst of the Direct Support Professional shortage, finding creative ways to attract new employees and retain current employees is essential. Whitney Kays and Jenny Lengyel will discuss small and large efforts in these areas that are showing success. In addition we will explore how to best work with a diverse workforce.

About the Presenters

A portrait of Whitney Kays. She is brightly illuminated against a dark background of deep green leaves. She is wearing a bright teal shirt and rectangular glasses and has tight-curled shoulder-length hair.Whitney Kays has a Bachelor of Science in Education with a specialization in Moderate/Severe Disabilities. She also has her Master’s in Education with an emphasis in Teacher Leadership. She has been working in the field of disability since 1995 but has been working in Disability Integration since 2006. The many roles she has held in the field have been: teacher, job coach, camp counselor, direct support worker, consultant, support coordinator, and now Director of Service Innovation with Mattingly Edge. When she is not working, she is also a mother of three, a kickball player, a storyteller, and a culinary scientist!

A color portrait of Jennifer Lengyel. She is smiling with pursed lips. She has straight, shoulder-length brown hair, a red shirt with a white undershirt, and a thin golden necklace.The background has large slanted windows with bright light streaming in.Jennifer Lengyel is the Executive Director of Total Living Concept in Kent, Washington, a person centered agency supporting over 70 individuals in different capacities to live, work and become valued community members. She has been working and advocating for individuals with disabilities to live in their own homes for the last 24 years.