Pamela Grider-Cross is a native of Arkansas for 57 years. She has been married to Curtis Cross for 20 years, and they have three beautiful daughters, Christian, Cayla and Cierra. They all share in her passion to advocate for people with disabilities. Pamela began her career as a Social Worker for the state of AR in 1993. During her career as a Social Worker; Pamela developed a special interest in servicing individuals with disabilities to assist and promote career opportunities. Her passion was great for this cause, so she began pursuing opportunities to incorporate this in her daily work. In 2000 Pamela founded the company Central Arkansas Disability Services Inc., located in North Little Rock, AR. She has served as owner/ CEO for 20 years; servicing individuals with disabilities in the area of Supportive Employment with emphasis on the following services (Job Development, Employment Placement and Job Coaching). Pamela secured a partnership with Social Security Administration Ticket to Work Program as a Nationwide Employment Network (EN), and advocate for individuals who has been denied Social Security Benefits.
Recently Pamela served as the Arkansas State Chapter President of Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE) for ten years. Under her leadership she frequently partnered and collaborated with various state, federal and non-profits to increase employment opportunities for Arkansans with disabilities. She is known as a pioneer for Employment First in Arkansas. Pamela received her education in the Little Rock Public School system. She is a graduate of Little Rock Central High. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock with a double major in Sociology and Drama; she has a minor in Anthology with emphases in Sociology. Pamela also holds local and state certifications in the following areas: Employment Placement / Employment Network for Social Security Administration Job Development/Coaching and Benefit Representative for Social Security Administration. Supportive Employment and Discovery.