District Administrators – Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR).
October 9, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Joyce welcomes Marci Katona and Shannon Austin, District Administrators – Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR).  Both guests will discuss in-depth their disability advocacy, roles and the mission of OVR.

Bio of Marci Katona:

  • Has worked for the Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation's (OVR) Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (BVRS) for 18 ½ years and has been the District Administrator at Pittsburgh OVR-BVRS since June 2011.
  • Has worked as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, Vocational Rehabilitation Supervisor, Assistant District Administrator, and Western Regional Manager.
  • Some accomplishments include:  Chairperson for the Allegheny County/City of Pittsburgh Transition Coordinating Council, Steering Committee member of UPMC Project SEARCH, member of University of Pittsburgh Rehabilitation Counseling Advisory Board, Board member of the local workforce investment board, Partner4Work, and member of the United Way of Allegheny County’s 21 and Able Advisory.

Bio of Shannon Austin:

  • District Administrator with the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR)/Bureau of Blindness & Visual Services (BBVS) that serves nine counties within Southwestern Pennsylvania. 
  • Responsible for developing, implementing and monitoring complex vocational rehabilitation programs in Vocational Rehabilitation (VR), Independence Living for Older Blind (ILOB), and Specialized Services Child (SSC).
  • Has championed numerous public/private collaborative projects and has always been committed to creating and maintaining effective working relationships with employers, community partners and professional organizations to address the needs of individuals with disabilities and minority communities. Strives to increase diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

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