During November, Pine Tree Society will spotlight the Career Development Department by highlighting the many contributions of workers with disabilities and provide education on the value of a diverse workforce.
We will start by celebrating our very own Pine Tree Society Career Services Team who bring valuable skills and talents to their work of supporting the mission of Pine Tree Society.
Chad Marshall has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Rehabilitation Services from the University of Maine at Farmington. He brings experience in working in the Mental Health Field and a former Case Manager and Camp Counselor at Pine Tree Society. Chad is nationally certified in supportive employment and specially trained in Discovering Personal Genius™ This past August, Chad was recognized as “The Best Employment Specialist Provider in Maine” by the Department of Health & Human Services during their accreditation site review!
Marie DeFranca has a Master’s Degree in Special Education from Assumption College AND a Master’s Degree in Communication from Clark University of Massachusetts. As a certified Educator for people with Moderate Disabilities, Marie worked with older youth in the WIA funded – Education for Employment program that prepared out-of-school youth between the ages of 16-22 for the GED exam, post-secondary education, specialized training and employment. Marie also worked at a staffing agency where her work included recruitment, job placements, inspection of job site safety and job performance evaluations. In addition, Marie has a Bachelor of Science degree in the food industry and first-hand experience in working in farming and working knowledge in the agricultural industry – and comprehends the business’ point of view in supported employment.
Lillian Scenna is a licensed social worker with over 30 years’ experience in program development for adults with disabilities. She joined Pine Tree Society in 2014 and has been instrumental in the development of two new program initiatives, the Autism Transition Program and Employment Services. In 2015, she became certified in supported employment through ACRE, a national organization for trainers and educators who work in the field of employment for people with disabilities.
As you can see, our Career Service staff understands how a meaningful job can transform a life and the value of being a part of the Pine Tree Society Team!