Julia Barol, MEd, CESP
Julia brings a wealth of experience helping people transition from school to work, or the couch to work, focusing on strengths and passions without limitations. "She helps businesses, government entities, social service agencies, school districts, and families expand opportunities and build bridges supporting a person's potential to pursue and engage in both employment and access to their community." D.B.
Julia has been working in the field since 1991 as a job coach/job developer, trainer and counselor. She is certified as a Social Security Work Incentives Coordinator as well as in the Discovery Process and holds a Masters in Secondary Special Education and Transition.
For more information on Julia please check out her LinkedIn Page
William Del Toro Vargas
William is a life long advocate. He started out at the #IWantToWork Campaign as the Lead Legislative Advocate. In his role as legislative advocate he was instrumental in educating legislators to create Act No. 26: Work Experience for High School Students with Disabilities also know as Pre-Employment Transition Services. He was also instrumental in helping advocate for Act No. 36: Employment First which helped reinforce Governor Tom Wolf Executive order for an Employment First Pennsylvania to secure that all people with disabilities have access to competitive employment. William has been advocating for the hispanic community in North Philadelphia even before he was out of high school. William has been a board member for PA APSE since 2016.
William has also worked for The Arc of Philadelphia. In the 2016 elections he was instrumental in securing volunteering opportunities for people with disabilities during the Democratic National Convention for the DNCC. 75 youth with disabilities volunteered in the Philadelphia Airport, the Philadelphia Convention Center, Wells Fargo Center, and City Hall. William has also helped over 300 youth in finding volunteering opportunities since 2016 and have outreached over 3,000 youth in Philadelphia high schools.
William has been advocating for Access to Technology & Information Access on behalf of the Coleman Institute on Cognitive Disabilities to secure that everyone has access to the most basic technology most people have access to. William has an Associates Degree in Biology and is currently at Temple University working on his Bachelors.
For more info on William please check out his LinkedIn Page
Stacey Figueroa, CESP
For the past nine years, Stacey has enjoyed being an Employment Specialist (CESP as of Dec, 2015), Mentor , and Advocate. She is passionate about giving everyone an opportunity to have a voice and resources to meet their personal goals and dreams. She has workedwith individuals and families with intellectual disabilities, in home, school and community environments. In August of 2017, Stacey proudly joined the Transition Consults team as a Certified Supports Broker.
For more information on Stacey please check out her LinkedIn page
When in high school Ed participated with other classmates in volunteering on weekends to go to Willowbrook State Center to engage individuals living there in activities. This was shortly after Geraldo Rivera did his report and exposed the abuses going on and the horrible living conditions.
Ed graduated from Kean University with a degree in Psychology and Early Childhood Education. Each summer during college he volunteered at Camp Fatima, a camp for individuals with disabilities. Throughout his adult life Ed has tried to give back to his community volunteering with several agencies that support individuals with disabilities. He also volunteered for about 5 years as a firefighter and EMT. Ed was the head teacher at a day care program in East Orange, NJ for two years before going to work as a Compensatory Education Teacher. During this time his brother had a motorcycle dealership and was struggling. This began Ed’s long career in the motorcycle/powersports industry. After taking some time off Ed and his wife opened a small retail motorcycle shop. She decided to close it after two years and Ed began his search for a job working with individuals with disabilities. Ed has an autistic daughter and always found it rewarding to support others that needed him.
Ed began his new career as a Targeted Case Manager and within a year moved to the position of Supports Coordinator and later to Supports Coordinator Supervisor. He also worked as a mental health professional at the county's Crisis Center. Later Ed took a position at a local Agency With Choice and worked with individuals and their families to manage their self-directed services. Ed took an early retirement in 2018 but continues to work part time as a Supports Broker with Transition Consults and at the Crisis Center.
Shelly Harris has over 25 years of mental health and Intellectual disabilities experience with a variety of titles including case management, therapeutic support staff, and company director. She is a dynamic, results-oriented leader with a strong track record of performance, structuring and execution internal operations , she also excels in providing effective communication along with creative thinking in high-paced organizations. Shelly‘s keen insights and team approach to drive organizational improvements and implementation of best practices goes way beyond her job description. She possess excellent interpersonal and leadership skills, she is an inspirational leader who tells stories that inspire action while at the same time is grounded in the information that levers the business. Respected as a Community Leader, Inspirational writer, a listening ear and credible voice in decision making Shelly remains committed to empowering her clients by implementing the practice of “No Limitations, just Adaptations.“ Throughout her career, she has helped clients, family members and peers, recognize their unique capabilities and position themselves as “A” Actionous by addressing their god-given gifts, natural stimulus and independence development. She has a contagious, enthusiastic, passionate belief in people that inspires them to become prouder, stronger, and more valuable contributors to themselves, community or organizations. Professionally, Shelly has also led innovative initiatives to build start up organizations and nonprofits with in her community.
Previously, her background includes co-founding Growing Up Allentown, a non -profit that encourage kids to be their best , she created “The Creative Process” which focuses on teaching and learning from your natural stimuli and natural born gifts, The Create A Voice Project which gives Autistic and Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities a platform to express themselves and learn through the positive formation of art, acting, music, visual graphics and creative routines. Her passion is people, progress, and positivity. Shelly has a Associates from LCCC in Criminal Justice and BA in Sociology which will be continuing education in 2020.
Dionne Jones, MEd
Dionne began her career in 1997 working with adolescents with behavioral health challenges as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist. Her love for children led her to pursue a career in education. Dionne received her Master’s Degree in Special Education in 2002 and worked as a Special Education teacher for four years in the Philadelphia School District. Her true passion is to make a difference by developing better programs and services for individuals with disabilities. Dionne has developed educational and transition programs for individuals, school districts, charter schools and social service agencies. She also developed an after-school program for individuals with autism ages 13-21 with a focus on transitioning from school to adult life.
Dionne currently works as a behavior specialist working with adults with intellectual disabilities and autism. Dionne became a Certified Supports Broker in June 2018 and has joined the Transition Consults team as a part time Broker. For more information on Dionne please check out her LinkedIn Page.
Sandy Mungro King
Inspired by her late sister Cathy who had Down Syndrome, Sandra has spent over 30 years supporting children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families through program monitoring, lifesharing, employment coaching, Therapeutic support (TSS) in home and community, and direct service. Sandra has also participated in fundraising for the Arc of Warren County NJ and Abilities Inc. of NJ as the playwright of “A Parent’s Signature”, a story that chronicles a husband and wife coming to grips with their son’s diagnosis of Autism. She is also the author of the children’s book, “French Fries Please” that explores the challenges of picky eating among children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders. Sandy is a Certified Supports Broker in Pennsylvania.
For more info on Sandy please check out her LinkedIn Page
Lucille Piggott-Prawl is a Special Education/ Disability Rights Advocate. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science/Urban Studies from Rutgers University. Presently she is working on completing her Masters in Community Economic Development at Penn State. Lucille has certification from Temple University in the fields of Grant Writing and Nonprofit Fundraising.
Her professional experience includes Mental Health/Intellectual Disabilities, State and Federal Government, Education, Intensive Case Management, and Housing. Lucille serves on the boards and committees of the Pennsylvania Special Education Advisory Panel (SEAP), Disability Rights Pennsylvania, Center for Vision Loss, Monroe County’s Women’s Commission, Pennsylvania Right to Education Task Force, Local Right to Education Taskforce IU 20 and 21. Lucy is also an Arc of Pennsylvania board member and Auditor, and an elected official for Polk Township, Monroe County. She is Past Co Chair, Co-Founder Pleasant Valley School District Diversity Task Force, and the United Way of Monroe County PA - Funds Distribution Committee Member.
Lucille Piggott-Prawl resides in Kunkletown with her family.
Susan Rzucidlo, CESP
Susan, mom, advocate and business owner who has founded a nonprofit, SPEAK Unlimited Inc., in 2004, which has a national, reputation for innovative, solution-focused services for projects like the PA Premise Alert and emergency response communication tools. She has been a passionate advocate for more than 20 years and always works to find solutions by partnering with clients to reach their goals, hopes, and dreams. In October of 2017, Susan enthusiastically joined the Transition Consults team as a Certified Supports Broker.
For more information about Susan, please check her Linkedin page.
Julie Sozio, MHS
Julie’s career dates back to 1978, where she began working with people with disabilities who lived in a county home in a small town in Iowa where her job was washing pots and pans every weekend while in high school. From there, her desire to advocate for those residents flourished and she began to work her way up after high school. After 13 years she left her position as Assistant Program Director of a unit for Persons with Mental Illness.
Moving to Pennsylvania in the early 90’s Julie’s desire to advocate arose again and she became a support staff at a local agency that supported people with disabilities to live and work in their community. After working in the capacity of Employment Supports Director and then Program Administrator, she attended Lincoln University and received her Master of Human Services degree.
Julie’s true passion lies in advocacy for community inclusion. Her experience and strong determination for advocacy have led her to find competitive employment and an “Everyday Life” for many individuals with disabilities. This has led to Julie's recent certification as a Supports Broker. In her spare time, Julie loves spending time with her family and friends, home improvement projects , and traveling.
Gladys’ own childhood served as a motivation to dedicate her life to helping those who have faced challenges. As a college student, she chose to minor in Special Education (BA in Music Education) and worked with students with disabilities when she began teaching. Gladys and her husband, Paul, saw their own daughter through pediatric cancer and then worked with other children with disabilities for more than 12 years as foster parents. Through that experience, they worked and lived with children who were facing, emotional, and developmental challenges and were blessed to be able to adopt two of those precious children.
Over the past 24 years, motivated by the needs of her daughter (who was diagnosed at birth with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome), Gladys has been a tireless advocate for those who live with disabilities and she has served on the Pike County Children & Youth Advisory Board as well as the Board of Directors of the Center for Developmental Disabilities. Gladys also helped expand a social group for adults with physical and developmental disabilities as a volunteer for Katie’s House, Inc.
In January of 2017, Gladys took the next step in her journey and began working as a Supports Broker, receiving her certification in September, 2017. She brings to her work a mother’s love and passion, an understanding of the parents’ journey, a deep respect for the rights of the individual, and a heartfelt desire to help all individuals take their rightful place in the community.