Welcome Olivia

photo of Olivia Walters

The Disability Empowerment Center announces our new full-time employee, Olivia Walters.  She comes to DEC with over 10 years of experience working with individuals with Intellectual Disabilities at several Lancaster organizations, and is joining our team as our new Independent Living/Transition Coordinator.   She is from Lancaster and is very connected to the area; has a passion for helping youth discover and pursue their dreams; … Read More

Meet the DEC Staff: Shannon Orehek

We like to take a moment on our blog to introduce you to the hardworking people that make up our staff at the Disability Empowerment Center. Today we sit down with Shannon Orehek, Service Coordinator.  For more information about Service Coordination, click here. How did you end up working at DEC? I was referred to DEC by Hillary Hasson, the … Read More

Meet the DEC Staff: Jesus Domena

We like to take a moment on our blog to introduce you to the hardworking people that make up our staff at the Disability Empowerment Center. Today we sit down with Jesus Domena, an Independent Living Specialist and Event Coordinator for DEC.  He also happens to be our decorator-extraordinaire.  If you’ve been to one of our events and see his … Read More

Meet the DEC Staff: Kim Carney

We like to take a moment on our blog to introduce you to the hardworking people that make up our staff at the Disability Empowerment Center. Today we sit down with Kim Carney, our Independent Living Specialist.  Kim also provides ADA Training and Inspections for DEC.  For more information, read about our DEC Access program by clicking here. How did you … Read More

Meet the DEC Staff: Paula Moyer

We like to take a moment on our blog to introduce you to the hardworking people that make up our staff at the Disability Empowerment Center.  Today we sit down with Paula Moyer, Independent Living Specialist in our Lebanon office. How did you end up working at DEC? I had found out DEC was hiring for a full-time Independent Living specialist in … Read More

Meet the DEC Staff: Gina Baum

We like to take a moment on our blog to introduce you to the hardworking people that make up our staff at the Disability Empowerment Center.  Today we sit down with Gina Baum, a Peer Mentor at DEC.  Gina is also a consumer and has been highlighted in our DEC Success series.  To read Gina’s DEC Success story, click here. How … Read More

Meet the DEC Staff: Katrina Stirn

We like to take a moment on our blog to introduce you to the hardworking people that make up our staff at the Disability Empowerment Center.  Today we sit down with Katrina Stirn, Office Administrator for DEC and the employee who’s been with us the longest! How did you end up working at DEC? I applied to an advertisement through an … Read More

Meet the DEC Staff: Melissa Hawkins

We like to take a moment on our blog to introduce you to the hardworking people that make up our staff at the Disability Empowerment Center.  Today we sit down with Melissa Hawkins, the Executive Director of DEC.  Deaf since birth, Melissa is keenly sensitive to the issues that persons with disabilities deal with everyday. How did you end up … Read More

Meet the DEC Staff: Barb Feaser

We like to take a moment on our blog to introduce you to the hardworking people that make up our staff at the Disability Empowerment Center.  Today we sit down with Barb Feaser, the Director of Independent Living at the Disability Empowerment Center. How did you end up working at DEC? I had previously worked at the Center For Independent Living … Read More