The disAbility Resource Center and the services that we offer are UNIQUE. Our staff, the majority of whom are living with a disability or have a family member with a disability, provide peer-mentoring services and practical life experience advice to our consumers. While other agencies might provide services, no other agency in our area serving people living with disabilities offers this person-to-person lived experience.
Debe has served as Executive Director of the dRC since 2005, after serving in other staff positions. She is a member of several local professional and community organizations. She has two children (one who is living independently with a disability) and two grandchildren.
I have been involved in the disability arena since 1991 beginning in California where I worked with the newly formed CHALLENGED Family Resource Center. I chartered two chapters of the Autism Society in two different states, was secretary of the Illinois state Autism Society, and am a 1995 graduate of Partners in Policy-making in Illinois. I am the mother of a young man on the autism spectrum and have advocated for services for him in several states across the U.S. as my family moved due to my husband’s military service. I have a degree In English/Communications from Auburn University in Montgomery, AL. I worked previously as a Youth Services and Transition Coordinator at the dRC and am now the Program Coordinator and Deputy Director.
I have worked at the disAbility Resource Center for 15 years and have been a Long-Term Care Medicaid Specialist for 13. Being a Medicaid Waiver Specialist, I help people with their long-term care needs to include Medicaid waivers and services that help individuals stay in their homes and community. I conduct training and develop programming within the community that incorporates making healthy choices and organize sessions that teach advocacy skills people can use for their everyday living needs.
My great passion is solving problems. I help my consumers, be they children or adults, to have equal access within the hearing community, to find comfort with their deafness and how they can better fit in a society with a different language and culture. This can mean equal access via technology, interpreters or any other method of inclusivity.Here at the disAbility Resource Center, I am in my bliss. I have been allowed to teach Mommy and Me classes where families who are new to deafness or speech limitations can learn how to better communicate. I also get to teach adults how they can better communicate with our community via sign language. I get to share technology services that are available. I can share my passion. In my spare time I run Signs of Fun camp, a camp for children who are deaf/hard of hearing and teach at Stafford County Schools, teaching sign language via contemporary music! Why do I do this? Our hands exist so that our soul does not remain silent!
I have been a resident of Fredericksburg since 2000 and a patient advocate for my 2 daughters with juvenile diabetes. I am also the Founder and Walk Chair of the Fredericksburg area, juvenile diabetes Walk which started in 2004.My previous work experience has been with Mary Washington Health Care, Kraft Foods, Liberty Lanes and Redfin. My 30+ years of experience with consumers and patients has given me the skills and passion to serve the community in my position with the disAbility Resource Center. I am very excited to be working with such a compassionate group of individuals.
I have always had a heart for the elderly and for community supports for those in need. When I moved from Okinawa, Japan, to Fredericksburg with my husband in 2006, I contacted the disAbility Resource Center to volunteer with the dRC’s Deaf and Hard of Hearing department. I had learned sign language in Japan and hoped I could be of help. After a year of volunteering, I came on board as dRC staff working as an administrative assistant to the dRC’s Medicaid facilitators and then became a facilitator. My work at the dRC and the people I visit have intensified my belief in the importance of community supports for people with disabilities and seniors. In addition to working at the dRC, I volunteer on the weekends providing hand care and companionship to individuals in assisted living facilities.
I am originally from Washington DC, and now live in Orange County, Virginia. I am a mother of four, three of which have autism. I have a background in law enforcement, am a member of my local SEAC, and am an IFSP Regional council member for the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services. I am a dedicated advocate for inclusion and positive change for the disability community.Through my experience advocating for my children and my community, I have gained knowledge and education in the areas of special education, disability services, community services, self-advocacy, and independent living. I continue to educate myself and am currently pursuing a degree in Public Health. My desire to share my vast experiences, to support individuals, parents and children living with disabilities brought me to the disAbility Resource Center. I am both living and working in my passion of helping individuals and their families living with disabilities.
I began working at the disAbility Resource Center in 2001 and received my Paraprofessional Counselor Certification in 1999. As a person with a disability, I found it to be the perfect position, allowing me to go through the journey of exploration with people who have found themselves lost because of a disability. I personally know the confusion and fear that comes with the new reality of disability. Helping people to learn new ways to do old things through counseling, advocacy and information is my passion.
I was born and raised on the West Coast but have called Fredericksburg home since 2006. I graduated from Germanna Community College in 2017 with an Associates of Arts degree in General Studies and certification in Paraprofessional Counseling. Continuing my educational journey, I recently obtained a bachelor’s degree in Developmental Psychology from Liberty University. I began as an intern at the dRC in January 2018 and transitioned into a full-time employee in October 2018 with the purpose of helping those with disabilities.
I am a native Virginian and a graduate of Hollins University. I have worked in non-profit association management for over 20 years with national organizations including SCORE (the Service Corps of Retired Executives), NALU (National Association of Life Underwriters) and CMAA (Club Managers Association of America). Prior to joining the dRC as a volunteer in 2015, I was the Administrative Assistant at St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Fredericksburg. In 2017, I was hired at the dRC as an Administrative Assistant. I enjoy working at the dRC because I believe in the mission of the organization, and it gives me an opportunity to work with individuals to help them overcome obstacles that may be preventing them from living their best life.
I have lived in Stafford, VA, for 27 years. I received my education at the University of Mary Washington and graduated with my Bachelor's Degree in 2015. I began interning with the dRC and transitioned into a full-time position as a service facilitator for individuals on the CCC+ waiver. In January of 2018, I became the dRC's case manager for the DD waiver. My passion for working with individuals with disabilities began when both of my grandparents needed full-time care in the early 2000s. I realized just how little is offered for those with disabilities.
Diann has been with the dRC for nearly 10 years. She and her service dog, Kato, provide information to consumers seeking assistance with acquiring a service dog. Diann currently serves as President of the Hearing Loss Association of America, Rappahannock Chapter.
I graduated from Spotsylvania High School and went to Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center to learn accounting. After my time at Woodrow, I volunteered at several places including the disAbility Resource Center. My volunteer position at the dRC turned into a part-time staff position and now I work as a Medicaid billing/data entry clerk. I am a graduate of the Virginia Partners in Policymaking program.
Hello there! My name is Eric Barnes and I administer the disAbility Resource Centers premier durable medical equipment facility: The Equipment Connection. When I'm not busy repairing and wheelchairs and walkers I enjoy cooking fiery foods that bring Summer time to the belly of the consumer. I also enjoy hiking, jogging, hunting, and heading to the range to keep my retired United States Army Infantry eyes sharp (at least as sharp as they can be 🙂). Be well and may God Bless each of you! Salute.
I recently returned to the Fredericksburg area after serving overseas for over 20 years with the International Mission Board. My desire is to assist individuals of all abilities to thrive in their community. This longing started during my time working in a women's halfway house. Since then, I have worked in various support agencies that help individuals stay and contribute to their community. I am looking forward to supporting my community as one of the new Service Facilitators. I am the mother of a college student and the wife of a wonderful guy!