The Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE) awarded the APSE Public Policy Leader Award during the #APSE2020 Virtual Conference on July 7, 2020.
This award is presented to an individual who has excelled in advocacy work around Employment First. The Public Policy Leader is someone who inspires others to make a difference by engaging with elected officials and key stakeholders in discussions to promote policies that support the mission of Employment First.
This year, APSE is honored and humbled in recognizing the contributions of the 2020 winner, Bill Stumpf of Dubuque, Iowa.
Nominated by the Iowa APSE Chapter.
Bill Stumpf, 2020 Iowa APSE Public Policy Award Winner
Congratulations, Bill Stumpf! APSE 2020 Public Policy Award Winner
2019 APSE Public Policy Award Winner
Katie Wolf Whaley, Kentucky
Since 2018, Katie Wolf Whaley has served on the Kentucky Work Matters Task Force – the first state task force in the country convened following the release of the national Work Matters report. The task force included representation from all sectors of state government and statewide stakeholders. Katie also served on the disability subcommittee of the Task Force, helping to develop recommendations that were submitted to the Governor’s office.
One of the recommendations of Kentucky Work Matters was an Employment First Executive Order, which Governor Bevin signed May 15, 2018. Katie's work was instrumental in moving that Executive Order forward.
Katie was elected as the co-chair of the Kentucky Employment First Council on October 4, 2018, and began leading a cross-organization, cross-disability 27 member group that includes state government agencies, organizations, employers, providers, state Chamber of Commerce, people with disabilities and family members.
Katie was a lead writer in Kentucky’s successful application for a 2019 Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program technical assistance grant. This required collaboration between the Department of Education, Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, Department for Behavioral Health, and Division of Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities. Katie is leading efforts to work with the Office of Disability Employment Policy Technical Assistance Specialists to develop a strategic plan for Kentucky and ensure that the state is poised to move forward with a strong Employment First agenda.
their organization and found a few places that needed re-evaluating. Kim Anderson, Director of Employment for CHS said, “ We found that even within our own organization we had people working in groups and for sub-minimum wages.” Not only did CHS close two workshops they eliminated all subminimum and enclave positions in their organization.