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Photo of Michael Morris, NDI Executive Director Michael Morris, J.D.
Executive Director

Photo of Johnette Hartnett Johnette Hartnett, Ed.D.
Senior Director, Strategy & Research

Photo of Elizabeth Jennings Elizabeth Jennings
Deputy Director
Assistant Project Director, LEAD Center

Photo of Laura Gleneck Laura Gleneck
Program Manager, DEI

Photo of Rebecca Salon Rebecca Salon
Project Director, LEAD Center

Photo of Kathleen Brannigan Kathleen Brannigan
Director of Marketing and Communications

Photo of Nakia Matthews Nakia Matthews
Technology & Media Manager

Photo of Michael Roush Michael Roush
Manager, Financial Empowerment & Innovation
Director, Real Economic Impact Network

Photo of Katie Metz Katie Metz
Manager, Financial Empowerment & Inclusion

Photo of Jamie Robinson Jamie Robinson
Manager, Financial Empowerment & Workforce

Photo of Miranda Kennedy Miranda Kennedy
Training and Technical Assistance Manager, DEI

Photo of Mary Lynn Revoir Mary Lynn ReVoir
Co-Director, American Dream Employment Network
Manager, Community Tyze

Photo of Kevin Nickerson Kevin Nickerson
Co-Director, American Dream Employment Network

Photo of Brian Ingram Brian Ingram
Technical Assistance Liaison, DEI

Photo of Jayson Gleneck Jayson Gleneck
IT Specialist, DEI

Photo of Gail Watson Gail Watson
Operations Manager

Photo of Alexandra Kielty Alexandra Kielty
Disability Workforce Development Specialist, DEI

Photo of Brittany Taylor Brittany Taylor
Project Coordinator, LEAD Center


Nanette Goodman
Senior Research Advisor

Laurie Schaller Laurie Schaller
Manager, Financial Empowerment

Nancy Boutot Nancy Boutot
Manager, Financial Empowerment

Ashely Bray Ashley Bray
Project Coordinator

Christopher Rodriguez Christopher Rodriguez
Senior Public Policy Advisor

Doug Keast Doug Keast
Project Director, WINTAC

Terry Donovan
Training & Technical Assistance Manager, WINTAC
Christa Nieminen
Project Coordinator, WINTAC
Marlene Ulisky
Training & Technical Assistance
Katie Auchenbach
Communications Specialist
  Dave Mayer
Technical Assistance Liason, DEI
  Lou Adams
Janelle Lawrence
Training and TA
  Candice Moore
Rachel Anderson

Staff Bios


Michael Morris, J.D.

Michael Morris is the Director of National Disability Institute (NDI). He has over 30 years of experience in and outside of government pioneering new strategies to improve the lives of people with disabilities. Michael serves as an advisor and technical expert to multiple federal agencies on policy and systems relationships at federal, state, and local levels to advance economic stability, mobility and asset development for persons with disabilities.

In 1981, he was named the first Joseph P. Kennedy Fellow in Public Policy and came to Washington, DC to work in the Office of Connecticut Senator Lowell Weicker, as legal counsel to the United States Senate Subcommittee on the Handicapped. Michael also served subsequently as counsel to the U.S. Senate Small Business Committee. From Capitol Hill, Michael went to work at United Cerebral Palsy Association as the first director of government relations, then as director of community services and finally as national executive director. During his 14-year tenure, his leadership put a focus on needed assistive technology and its essential role in accommodating people with disabilities in the areas of employment, education, communications and daily living. In 2001, he helped establish NDI to advance the social and economic independence of persons with disabilities through strategic investment and technical assistance activities nationwide that bring together government, corporations, foundations and community and faith-based organizations.

Michael received his undergraduate degree with honors in Political Science from Case Western University in Cleveland, Ohio and his law degree from Emory University School of Law in Atlanta, Georgia. When not busy leading NDI, Michael loves to play tennis and creative writing.

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Johnette Hartnett, Ed.D.

Dr. Johnette Hartnett is the Senior Director of Strategy and Research for National Disability Institute (NDI). Johnette co-founded NDI's Real Economic Impact Tour that has provided free tax preparation and other asset building strategies to nearly 2.8 million taxpayers with disabilities with refunds of more than $2.7 billion. Prior to her role at NDI, Johnette was vice president of the NCB Development Corporation, in Washington, DC and assistant research professor, in the Department of Education and the Center on Disability and Community Inclusion, at the University of Vermont. A Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Congressional Fellow in the 107th Congress, Dr. Hartnett worked for Senator Rockefeller on behalf of individuals with disabilities in the reauthorization of welfare. Johnette is dedicated to working on policy and research issues that forward the quality of life and the economic well-being of Americans with disabilities.

Johnette obtained a Doctor in Education in Public Policy and Educational Leadership from the University of Vermont. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Trinity College, in Vermont, majoring in psychology and gerontology. In her free time, Johnette enjoys playing the piano, cooking, reading and spending quality time with family.

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Elizabeth Jennings

Elizabeth Jennings is the Deputy Director of National Disability Institute (NDI). Elizabeth is a national trainer on social security benefits and asset development strategies for persons with disabilities (including favorable tax provisions and the Earned Income Tax Credit, Financial Education, and protected savings opportunities). Additionally, she has extensive experience in building and expanding relationships between the disability and asset building communities. Her decades-long experience includes spearheading asset development initiatives in Florida and New York, creating collaborative agreements, executing grant allocations, providing technical assistance on federal disability policy and assisting individuals in job development and understanding the effect of work on public benefits.

Elizabeth is also the Assistant Director and Training and Technical Assistance Director for NDI’s LEAD Center, funded by the Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy. The LEAD Center is a national training center with a mission to advance sustainable individual and systems level change that results in improved, competitive integrated employment and economic self-sufficiency outcomes for individuals across the spectrum of disability.  

Elizabeth earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Florida State University; and her personal goal is to leave the country once a year and eventually see as much of the world as possible. 

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Laura Gleneck

Laura Gleneck is Founder and Vice President of NDI Consulting, Inc. a women-owned for-profit small business, and is Program Manager for the Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) National Training and Technical Assistance Team, contracted by the U.S. Department of Labor. Laura has served in this capacity for both the Work Incentive Grants (WIG) and the Disability Program Navigator (DPN) Initiative since 2001. As program manager, she serves as the lead coordinator of the key technical assistance staff, manages material development, coordinates all training and technical assistance activities, produces the American Job Center Toolkit Resources of the Week and works closely with the national DEI Program Office. Prior to joining the National Technical Assistance team, Laura served as the project coordinator for federal projects with a focus on inclusion of youth with disabilities in transition and participation in community and employment. She holds a master's degree in Child Study from Tufts University and a bachelor's degree in Psychology from the George Washington University. Outside of the office, Laura enjoys reading, writing, taking walks and biking, as well as working with her husband, Jayson, transforming their house into a "home." 

[Laura is a member of the DEI Training and Technical Assistance team, which is a project of National Disability Institute.]

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Rebecca Salon

Rebecca Salon is the Project Director for the National Center on Leadership for Employment and Advancement of People with Disabilities (LEAD) Center. Rebecca is a recognized national leader in policy and program development with an emphasis on cutting edge demonstrations that promote employment and economic self-sufficiency for individuals with significant disabilities. She has over 20 years of experience with management of federally funded projects and has over thirty-five years experience working with people across the spectrum of disability. Rebecca also works at the District of Columbia Department on Disability Services (DDS), where she is the lead for DC's Employment First program initiatives, focused on creating opportunities for employment, community inclusion, and economic self-sufficiency for youth and adults in the District of Columbia. Prior to her work in DC Government, Rebecca was executive director of the Lieutenant Joseph P. Kennedy Institute. She earned her doctorate degree in Special Education with studies and research geared toward Disability Policy Studies. Her master’s and doctorate are from Syracuse University.

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Kathleen Brannigan

Kathleen Brannigan is the Director of Marketing and Communications for National Disability Institute (NDI). She brings more than 20 years experience as a journalist and public relations professional, in both the private and public sectors, to the position. Before joining NDI, she served as the director of communications for Disability.gov, an initiative of the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy. Prior to that, Kathy held the position of senior director, Global Communications for the Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE), a nonprofit serving the international business travel industry. A graduate of State University of New York, College at Cortland, Kathy holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and English Literature. In her free time, Kathy enjoys writing literary fiction, hiking, international travel, practicing tai chi and qigong and growing different kinds of heirloom tomatoes.

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Nakia Matthews

Nakia Matthews is the Technology & Media Manager for National Disability Institute (NDI). In her position, Nakia combines her knowledge of and interest in technology and design to aid NDI in its mission to build a better economic future for Americans with disabilities. A seasoned technology professional with over a decades-worth of experience in the nonprofit sector, Nakia oversees all technology, website and design needs for NDI. Her responsibilities include web content, email campaigns, electronic document 508-compliance, graphic design and information technology management. Nakia holds a Bachelor of Arts in Hearing and Speech Sciences from the University of Maryland. A native of Baltimore, Nakia is a season ticket holder for the Baltimore Orioles and an avid follower of Major League Baseball. Go O’s!

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Michael Roush

Michael R. Roush is the Manager of Financial Empowerment and Innovation at National Disability Institute (NDI). Michael provides training and technical assistance across the country on Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA), financial education and other asset development strategies to empower individuals, organizations and other stakeholders on the importance of economic self-sufficiency for persons with disabilities. In addition, Michael develops and assists with the implementation of new innovative projects including the Financial Success Collaborative, the My American Dream Video Contest, Virtual VITA Pilot, and NDI's E-Learning project. Prior to joining NDI, Michael was a consultant with the University of South Florida's Center for Inclusive Communities, a disability program navigator for WorkNet Pinellas, and served as director of the Learning Center for the George G. Glenner Family Centers in San Diego, California. He holds a Master of Arts in Human Behavior.

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Katie Metz

Katie Metz is the Manager of Financial Empowerment and Inclusion for National Disability Institute (NDI). Katie has more than 15 years of professional experience and expertise in a variety of areas related to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and asset development and financial education training for individuals with disabilities, military, Veterans and their families. At NDI, Katie leads Veteran partnerships and is responsible for creating and organizing various tools, curriculums and webinars to ensure educational opportunities are available to national partners. She also co-manages MyFreeTaxes (MFT), a national initiative providing free tax preparation and assistance to qualifying taxpayers and their families. Prior to joining NDI, Katie served as the City of Jacksonville’s manager of disabled services and the City's ADA coordinator. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology – graduating Cum Laude. Katie resides in Jacksonville, Florida, and outside of work, you’ll most likely find her hanging out with friends and family on her boat and rooting on her Georgia Bulldogs.  

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Jamie Robinson

Jamie Robinson is the Manager of Financial Empowerment and Workforce for National Disability Institute (NDI). She has over 15 years’ experience working to increase employment and financial stability of individuals with disabilities. She served as national technical assistance liaison under two successive disability-employment initiatives for the US Department of Labor, assisting job centers to implement universal access and systems change. Jamie has also served as project manager for the MyFreeTaxes Partnership, a national initiative providing free tax preparation and assistance to qualifying taxpayers and their families. Prior to NDI, Jamie worked for three workforce centers in Massachusetts as a disability program navigator and served as coordinator of a vocational program for d/Deaf and hard-of-hearing adults at the Lexington School for the Deaf in New York. Jamie holds a master’s degree in Deafness Rehabilitation from New York University and a bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders from the University of Connecticut. She is also fluent in American Sign Language. Jamie enjoys coordinating her local elementary school's disability awareness program, and can be found hanging out with her husband and children riding bikes, roller skating and playing sports.

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Miranda Kennedy

Miranda Kennedy is the Director of Training and Senior Technical Advisor for the Disability Employment Initiative (DEI), contracted by the U.S. Department of Labor. In her role at NDI, Miranda brings extensive expertise in the areas of researching and analyzing policy issues, developing and executing training, and implementing promising practices in the areas of youth in transition, workforce development, cross-system service coordination, employment, entrepreneurship, asset development, assistive technology, community participation and inclusion. Prior to joining NDI, Miranda served in a similar capacity with DEI's predecessor, working closely with the 47 states and four U.S. territories funded by Employment and Training Administration (ETA) as Disability Program Navigator (DPN) projects. Miranda holds a master's degree in Public Policy from the University of Denver Institute for Public Policy Studies and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

[Miranda is a member of the DEI Training and Technical Assistance team, which is a project of National Disability Institute.]

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Mary Lynn ReVoir

Mary Lynn ReVoir is Co-Director of the American Dream Employment Network, a division of National Disability Institute (NDI), and Manager of Community Tyze. Mary Lynn has more than 34 years of experience developing and operating programs to enhance the lives of individuals with disabilities. Tapping into eight years of experience working in the public workforce system, and as a nationally recognized subject matter expert on Ticket to Work, Mary Lynn joined the NDI Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) Technical Assistance Team as the ticket coordinator for two years. Prior to working with the DEI Technical Assistance Team, Mary Lynn held leadership positions with the Ticket to Work program and a private disability services provider and developed the Iowa State Workforce Partners Employment Network. She is a graduate from the University of Wisconsin. In her spare time, Mary Lynn enjoys yoga, biking and ukulele.

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Brian Ingram

Brian Ingram is the Technical Assistance Liaison for National Disability Institute (NDI). Brian is a nationally recognized subject matter expert on the Integrated Resource Team approach and on working with partners in and outside of the workforce system to assist individual job seekers with multiple challenges to employment. He has over 15 years professional experience in the fields of disability and employment, focusing on issues of access to Workforce Investment Act (WIA) services for customers with disabilities and other challenges to employment at a center, regional, state and national level. Brian holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Portland State University.

[Brian is a member of the DEI Training and Technical Assistance team, which is a project of National Disability Institute.]

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Jayson Gleneck

Jayson Gleneck is the Information Technology Specialist for National Disability Institute (NDI). A digital artist, whose professional career includes graphic design, web design, photography, illustration, and video, Jayson provides website design, management and support for the Disability Employment Initiative (DEI). Prior to joining NDI, Jayson worked extensively in web and television and developed all types of visual advertisements/displays. He is also the former president of the Nashua Area Artists Association (NAAA) and is a current board member. Jayson earned a four year diploma from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and a Bachelor in Fine Arts from Tufts University. When not working, Jayson spends most of his spare time appreciating and drawing inspiration from the art and artists he encounters during his journeys.

[Jayson is a member of the DEI Training and Technical Assistance team, which is a project of National Disability Institute.]

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Gail Watson

Gail Watson is the Operations Manager for National Disability Institute (NDI). She brings over 25 years experience as an accounting professional, in both the nonprofit and for-profit industries, to the position. Prior to joining NDI, she served as the finance and human resources (HR) manager for The Saylor Foundation and The Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault. In these roles, she was responsible for all accounting, grant management and HR functions. A graduate of Virginia State University, Gail holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting. Outside of work, Gail enjoys traveling, reading and outdoor activities.

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Brittany Taylor

Brittany Taylor is the Program Coordinator for the National Disability Institute-led National Center on Leadership for Employment and Advancement of People with Disabilities (LEAD) Center. As program coordinator, Brittany oversees all administrative and programatic logistics, tracking and reporting for the LEAD Center. Additional responsibilities include, providing professional, communication and technical assistance to LEAD Center staff, contractors and partners. Brittany has extensive experience in nonprofit program management and coordinating nationally, and has led efforts for systems change in the areas of employment, education and training and workforce development. Prior to entering the nonprofit sector, Brittany worked as a legislative aide for the U.S. House of Representatives. Brittany holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and International Political Economy from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. In her free time, Brittany enjoys teaching others yoga, and loves the Wisconsin Badgers. On Wisconsin!

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Alexandra Kielty

Alexandra “Alex” Kielty is the Disability Workforce Development Specialist for National Disability Institute's (NDI) technical assistance to Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) grants with the Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA). Alex retired from ETA in 2011, following 32 years of public service where she led disability-related workforce policy and programs. Alex has worked closely with the Social Security Administration to provide opportunities for entry or reentry to the world of work and economic independence, including workforce engagement with Ticket to Work. Having been involved with the systemic evolution of workforce legislation since the 1970’s, she is now engaged in Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) implementation and its impact on access for adults and youth with disabilities. Alex holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Master of Arts in Guidance and Counseling.

[Alexandra is a member of the DEI Training and Technical Assistance team, which is a project of National Disability Institute.]

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Kevin Nickerson

Kevin Nickerson is Co-Director of the American Dream Employment Network, a division of National Disability Institute (NDI). Kevin is a nationally recognized expert on the effective implementation of Employment Networks (EN) within the public workforce system, as well as within for-profit and non-profit organizations that serve individuals with disabilities. Kevin has over 20 years of experience helping SSA disability beneficiaries, is a certified community work incentive coordinator (CWIC), and has worked under SSA’s former Benefits Planning Assistance & Outreach (BPAO) project, as well as the Work Incentive Planning Assistance (WIPA) project. A graduate of Cortland State University, Kevin holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology. When not focused on the work of NDI, you’ll find Kevin restoring vintage arcade machines and other artifacts from the past - bringing new life to these interesting mechanical machines.

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Laurie Schaller

 Laurie Schaller is the Manager of Financial Empowerment at National Disability Institute (NDI). Laurie manages and coordinates activities and builds partnerships with federal, state and local community leaders with an emphasis on expanding the mission of NDI. She serves as a subject matter expert on the public workforce system, Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), benefits planning and financial education and coaching. Prior to joining NDI, Laurie served as a navigator with the NYStateofHealth marketplace and worked as a disability resource coordinator for the State of New York. Laurie is certified as a Community Work Incentives Counselor, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Community and Human Services from Empire State College. A talented musician, when not working or playing in quartets, Laurie also enjoys cross country skiing, sailing, gardening and hiking.

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Nancy Boutot

Nancy Boutot is a Manager of Financial Empowerment at National Disability Institute (NDI). Nancy provides training on Social Security work incentives, benefits planning and work supports and other asset development strategies to empower individuals and communities to maximize financial capabilities. Prior to joining NDI, she spent eight years with the Agency for Persons with Disabilities in Florida and 14 years directing nonprofit community based employment programs in Florida and New Jersey. Nancy earned her bachelor's degree from Northeastern University, a Master of Science from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and is also a certified Community Work Incentives Coordinator (CWIC) through Virginia Commonwealth University's National Training Center. In her free time, Nancy enjoys traveling extensively through the United States and Europe. 

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Ashley Bray

Ashley Bray is the Project Coordinator for the Training and Technical Assistance Team at National Disability Institute (NDI). Ashley has extensive experience in expanding workforce development and financial inclusion opportunities to diverse populations. Prior to joining NDI, Ashley worked as a program coordinator at an affordable housing nonprofit brining financial empowerment programing and resources to a diverse and historically underrepresented population. Ashley holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Development from Virginia Tech University and a Master of Art in Human Development and Education with a concentration in Vocational Evaluation from The George Washington University. Ahsley’s hobbies include traveling and cheering on the Virginia Tech Hokies.

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Christopher Rodriguez

Chris Rodriguez is the Senior Public Policy Advisor for National Disability Institute (NDI). Chris has extensive experience working on behalf of individuals with disabilities both on the state and national levels. Prior to joining NDI, he worked for Michigan Protection & Advocacy Service, Inc. as director of governmental affairs and media relations. He has also worked for UCP National, the National Association of Councils for Developmental Disabilities, and The Arc of Texas. Chris earned a bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley, and a master's degree in Public Affairs from the University of Texas, concentrating on Social and Economic Policy as well as Disability Studies. His drive to assist individuals with disabilities is a result of his personal experience with disability: Chris is the younger brother to an individual with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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Doug Keast

Doug Keast is the Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) Technical Assistance and Ticket Coordinator at National Disability Institute (NDI), and has worked in the employment and disability arena since 1979. At NDI, Doug serves as a specialist in Employment Network (EN) operation. Prior to joining NDI, Doug worked in a variety of disability settings and coordinated a supported employment program for seven years. Additionally, Doug also has extensive experience in coordinating the implementation of the Work Incentive Grant, Disability Program Navigator Initiative, Work Incentive Planning and Assistance and DEI at the state level. Doug holds a Master of Science in Vocational Rehabilitation Placement from Drake University. Outside of work, Doug competes in marathons and bike rides.

[Doug is a member of the DEI Training and Technical Assistance team, which is a project of National Disability Institute.]

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