Ellen Condon, M.Ed. is the Transition Projects Director, and Deaf-Blind Project Coordinator at the University of Montana's Rural Institute on Disabilities where she has worked since 1996 on Transition and Employment for youth with significant disabilities. She is also a consultant with Marc Gold & Associates (MG&A), Griffin-Hammis Associates, and she serves as a Subject Matter Expert for the Office of Disability Employment Policy at the U.S. Department of Labor on the Employment First State Leadership Mentor Project. Ellen has worked in the field of Developmental Disabilities since 1986. Prior to coming to Montana her experiences included hands-on service delivery, program development and program management in community residential and supported employment programs. She received her Master's degree in Special Education from Boston College in 1990 after completing course work in Transition and Supported Employment. At the Rural Institute she has served as the Principal Investigator and Project Director for numerous Federal and state-funded grants. She provides technical assistance, training, and on-site support to schools, agencies, and individuals and families predominantly in the areas of employment, transition, and Social Security Work Incentives. She lectures and consults with schools and adult service agencies. She and her staff have produced numerous publications on Transition issues and employment. Visit http://ruralinstitute.umt.edu/transition
Kim Brown, MSW, RSW, started her human services career in 1982 as a volunteer at a vocational program for adults with developmental disabilities. She went on to work in group homes for individuals with developmental disabilities and/or mental illnesses, a nursing home for the elderly and people with severe physical disabilities, and a psychiatric hospital for children. In 1990, Kim earned her Bachelor of Arts in Social Work degree. She accepted employment with the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services and spent the next 11 years as a public assistance caseworker, county assistance office supervisor, State public assistance policy supervisor and welfare reform project coordinator. In 2001, Kim was hired as a children’s mental health case manager, behavioral consultant and community-based psychiatric rehabilitation aide for the Bitterroot Valley. Part-time Linkages Transition Project responsibilities were added to her position description in the fall of 2002.
To continue her journey of lifelong learning, Kim joined the University of Montana Rural Institute as a Transitions Project Coordinator in July 2003. She worked as part of the Transition team for the WISER; Linkages; Graduate to Work; Partnerships for Transition; and Montana Transition Training, Information and Resource Center projects, providing technical assistance, training and on-site support to schools, agencies, families and students in the areas of transition, employment (including self-employment), and Social Security Work Incentives. She currently serves as Project Coordinator for the Youth Advisory Board and Emerging Leader Project, lectures and consults nationally and internationally on transition and customized employment, and develops Internet-based knowledge translation materials for the Southeast TACE. She completed her Master of Social Work degree in May 2007, and teaches both on-campus and online undergraduate-level social work classes.
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