Each school pilot is working with a coach who provides regular and intense training and technical assistance on a wide variety of topics such as job development, fading job supports, using natural supports, person- centered planning, and Customized Employment. In addition, trainings are coordinated for the schools on particular topics that all schools seem to be struggling with. For example, schools participated in a Customized Employment training with Michael Callahan in year one. In year two, schools will receive in depth training on the Discovery process.
Meet the Coaches
Coach for Holmen, Grafton, Oconomowoc, New Auburn and Rhinelander
Shannon Huff has 20 years experience in the field of disabilities – working as a job coach, job developer, supported employment program manager, support broker, project consultant and trainer. Beginning in 2004, she pioneered supported self-employment pilots in Wisconsin and later developed the Customized Self-Employment Toolkit with the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR). As a project consultant and trainer with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services’ Medicaid Infrastructure Grant, Shannon spent six years fostering innovation, developing resources, working extensively with individuals and families, and providing training and technical assistance to increase integrated employment and strengthen self-directed supports in Wisconsin’s long-term care programs (Family Care and IRIS). Shannon continues to work closely with the TMG-IRIS Consultant Agency on their employment initiative. In 2011, Shannon was awarded the Rehabilitation Leadership Award from the WI Rehabilitation Association. Shannon has served on the WI Employment and Training Association Board of Directors and current serves on the Wisconsin APSE Board of Directors. Shannon is a certified NXLevel Business Planning Instructor, is trained in Systematic Instruction and several person-centered planning methods, and has received extensive training in Customized Employment. She is also working toward certification as a Community Work Incentives Counselor with Virginia Commonwealth University.
Nancy Farnon-Molfenter, Ph.D.
Coach for Kewaunee County Schools, Manitowoc, Stoughton, West Allis/West Milwaukee and Rhinelander.
Nancy Farnon-Molfenter holds a Master’s degree in Special Education from Northeastern University and a doctorate from the University of WI Madison in the department of Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education. She has been working in the field of disability services for over twenty years. Nancy has worked as a special educator, transition coordinator, and administrator for both individualized employment and home support agencies. Nancy currently is the statewide transition specialist for the Department of Public Instruction. She also teaches courses and supervises future special educators at the UW-Madison and UW-Whitewater.