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2nd Annual Otero County School to Work Transition Fair
6 May 2021


Exciting update for this year: We are Very Happy to announce we will be featuring a Keynote Address by Lt. Governor Howie Morales at 1:10pm. Don’t miss it!



Virtual Presentation Rooms

Virtual Presentation will be available on 6 May 2021 at the time indicated. Click on the link (you may be asked to download and install the Zoom App), Enter your First Name and Last Initial, and wait to be admitted to the room. Once in the room you can chat with the presenters and host. We have added a 15 min transition time to the schedule between each presentation. Please take some time to visit our Virtual Tables (some of the tables have an associated Zoom Room where you can speak with the exhibitors). Please check them out!

Update: All Presentations Will be Recorded And The Links Will be Update After the Event.



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Virtual Exhibitor Tables

(Exhibitors are Listed in Alphabetical Order)

Disability Rights New Mexico

Contacts: Joan Curtiss Joan’s Email

Disability Rights New Mexico – DRNM – is a private, non-profit organization whose mission is to protect, promote and expand the rights of persons with disabilities. We are the designated protection and advocacy program for New Mexico, and as such we have authority under federal law to pursue legal, administrative and other remedies on behalf of persons with disabilities. More information at or by calling 575-541-1305 or 575-647-9027.


Contact: ​Rebecca L. Cobos Rebecca’s Email

The Special Services Department provides an important component in the comprehensive community university mission of ENMU-Roswell by providing services and programs to students with disabilities. The Special Services Department seeks to maximize the educational and career opportunities for all students with disabilities.

Education for Parents of Indian Children with Special Needs (EPICS)

Contact: ​Melissa Wassana, Executive Director Melissa’s Email and Sacheen-Dana Begay, Training Specialist Sacheen’s Email

EPICS aims to assist families to influence change in their communities to maximize positive outcomes for children with disabilities and special healthcare needs.

Independent Living Resource Center

Contact: Barbara Baker Barbara’s Email

The Independent Living Resource Center (ILRC) serves individuals with disabilities in a sixteen county service area by providing support, advocacy, and removing barriers that prevent people with disabilities from full and equal participation in all aspects of community life. Services are designed to increase independence and self-sufficiency.

NM Commission for the Blind

Contact: ​Lucy Mallahan Lucy’s Email

The Commission for the Blind provides vocational rehabilitation and independent living services designed to enable persons who are blind to become more participating and contributing members of society. Blind people lead normal lives, have families, raise children, participate in community activities, and work in a wide range of jobs. They are secretaries, lawyers, teachers, engineers, machinists, scientists, supervisors and business owners. The real challenge is to educate blind people about their own potential and to educate society about the capabilities of persons who are blind.

The Commission believes blind people are normal, and blindness, in and of itself, should not keep a blind person from leading a productive life. The Commission provides services that enable blind persons to enhance their abilities and assume roles in the community as working, taxpaying, and contributing citizens.

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NM Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Contact: ​Susana Santillan, Phone: (575) 525-1037 V/TTY, (575) 202-2814 Cell, (575) 541-3400 Video Phone

Providing effective leadership, education, advocacy and programs to reduce barriers to the social, economic, educational, cultural and intellectual well-being of Deaf and Hard of Hearing New Mexicans and their families, friends and colleagues.

NM Department of Health / Developmental Disabilities Supports Division

Contacts: ​Deborah Lassiter Deborah’s Email and Nicole Hernandez Nicole’s Email

Our mission is to effectively administer a system of person-centered community supports and services that promotes positive outcomes for all stakeholders with a primary focus on assisting individuals with developmental disabilities and their families to exercise their right to make choices, grow and contribute to their community.

NM Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

The purpose of the NMDVR is to help people with disabilities achieve a suitable employment outcome. Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) is a State and Federally funded program designed to help eligible individuals with documented disabilities find suitable employment. VR is a voluntary program, and services persons who want to work. With a long history of success and proven methodology for making the best fits, time and again, DVR is committed to helping our clients succeed. In addition, we partner with companies and agencies seeking opportunities to enhance and diversify their workforce.

The NMDVR has more than 50 years of experience in helping individuals with disabilities obtain and maintain employment. DVR is a trusted partner in helping our job seekers find meaningful employment. We provide the best training, support and career placement services. We constantly strive toward building relationships with employers so our job seekers can compete for employment opportunities and obtain jobs that meet their needs.

Benefits Advisor

Contact: Jessica Banda Jessica’s Email

DVR is a government agency to assist people with disabilities to obtain, regain, and maintain employment. We serve participants starting at age 14. DVR serves transition students with pre-employment services including accurate information about what happens to Supplemental Security Income when a student works.

School to Work Transition Program

Contact: Lisa Jones Lisa’s Email and Monique Glenn Monique’s Email

The School to Work Transition Program help students who have an Individual Educational Plan (IEP), or who have a 504 plan, train for a job, continue their education, and/or work after leaving high school. All students with disabilities are encouraged to apply for vocational rehabilitation services. NMDVR counselors are here to help students in their transition from high school to the working world, whether it is to find a job directly after high school, or continue with secondary education to pursue a vocational goal. Services typically are initiated during the beginning of a student’s senior year. The student, with a counselor, discusses what jobs or careers would be a good vocational fit.

NM Human Services Department Income Support Division

Contact: ​Tamara Sanchez Tamara’s Email

Our mission is to transform lives. Working with our partners, we design and deliver innovative, high quality health and human services that improve the security and promote independence for New Mexicans in their communities.

NM School for the Blind & Visually Impaired (NMSBVI)

Contacts: ​Holly Bird Holly’s Email

NMSBVI, an innovative leader and unifying entity in the field of educating students birth to high school who are blind or visually impaired, will identify and ensure quality education through collaborative relationships with students, families, and local/ state/national partners to provide outstanding advocacy, training, resources, and support services, thus ensuring that all students who are blind or visually impaired will become independent, productive members of their communities.

NM School for the Deaf (NMSD)

Contact: Connie L. Pierett Connie Email and Meena Mann-McMillian Meena’s Email

The mission of the New Mexico School for the Deaf (NMSD), New Mexico’s first public school, is to provide for the unique needs of children and students who are deaf/hard of hearing, their families, and professional partners by providing a comprehensive array of school and statewide programs.


Accessibility Services Department (ASD)

Contact: ​Gary Bond Gary’s Email

The Accessibility Services Department assists individuals with documented disabilities to obtain appropriate academic accommodations at NMSU-A. Students with sensory, mobility, learning, or other recognized impairments are encouraged to apply for services through this office.

Pathways and Career Education (PACE)

Contact: ​Veronica Hernandez PACE Email

The PACE office (formerly Adult Education or AE) is available to assist adult individuals needing to increase academic skills and to assist in preparing for the GED® computer based testing. Courses are offered in: High School Equivalency Preparation, High School Refresher, Workforce Readiness Skills, Career Pathways, ELA (English Language Learner), Fast Track Class, and Computer Skills.

NM Workforce Connections

Apprenticeship Office

Contact: ​Katrina Vigil Katrina’s Email

Apprenticeship and Pre-Apprenticeship programs combine paid on-the-job training with related classroom instruction. The goal is to prepare individuals for skilled occupations while equipping them with the practical experience that employers seek in applicants. As a result, employers often ensure that program completers retain employment at an increased wage.

WIOA Adult program

Contact: Milly Flores Milly’s Email

Under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), the Governor of each State must submit a Unified or Combined State Plan to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor that outlines a four-year strategy for the State’s workforce development system. The publicly-funded workforce development system is a national network of Federal, State, regional, and local agencies and organizations that provide a range of employment, education, training, and related services and supports to help all job-seekers secure good jobs while providing businesses with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy

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Otero County Advocates for Developmental Disabilities (OCADD)

Contact: ​Christina Hastings and Chinda Lucoski OCADD’s Email

The purpose for which the corporation is organized is exclusively to promote awareness, training/education, self-advocacy, support employment of, and inclusion for our intellectual and developmentally disabled community, as well as to develop a resource center for families in need of services.

The organization promotes acceptance and awareness for these community members through training opportunities and corporate incentives to companies that take steps to become more inclusive of this population. We provide scholarships to individuals and their families to be able to attend workshops and conferences to better themselves. Also, we hold bi-weekly support groups, workshops and actively distribute literature everywhere those with a diagnosis are likely to see it.

Parents Reaching Out

Contact: ​ Jenn Donelli Jenn’s Email

The mission of Parents Reaching Out is to enhance positive outcomes for families and children in New Mexico through informed decision making, advocacy, education, and resources.

Project SEARCH

Contact: ​Steven Starkovich Steven’s Email

Project SEARCH is based at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. The administrative team oversees a large international network of Project SEARCH program sites. We maintain an active, ongoing program of technical assistance, program evaluation, program development, and continuous improvement.

Roswell Job Corps Center

Contact: ​Sofia Hughes Sofia’s Email

At Roswell Job Corps Center, we support the Job Corps program’s mission to teach eligible young people the skills they need to become employable and independent and place them in meaningful jobs or further education.

The Ability Center

Contact: ​Albert Montoya The Ability Center’s Email

TACIL’s mission is to provide and(or) locate necessary support services for persons with disABILITIES that promote their independence and full integration in their community as active equal citizens.

University of New Mexico

Center for Development and Disabilities – Partners for Employment

Contact: ​Alex Rios Alex’s Email

Our mission is to build capacity by providing training, technical assistance and opportunities for networking and collaboration. We work with state agency personnel, supported employment service providers, educators, family members, self-advocates and employers to advance promising practices for inclusive employment throughout New Mexico.

Autism Family and Provider Resource Team

Contact: Resource Team Resource Team’s Email

The Autism Program Family and Provider Resource team are resource specialists who can assist individuals with ASD, families and providers in finding autism specific resources as well as offer guidance in navigating the service system. Our staff members, through phone or email, are here to help you and your family however we can. The team includes bilingual staff and certified Family Peer Support Workers. We assist with topics ranging from problem-solving individual issues to helping you connect with autism specific resources in your area.

Zia Therapy Center

Contact: ​Denise Kohls Denise’s Email

Our mission is to provide an array of high quality, person-centered, inclusive programs and services that support the rights and dignity of each person we serve as they work to achieve their dreams.