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2018 IARP Annual Conference — Conference Recap and Awards
2018 IARP Annual Conference – Conference Recap

IARP Annual Conference

Thank you for joining us for the 2018 IARP Annual Conference.

October 25-27, 2018
Le Meridien Hotel | Sheraton Charlotte Hotel
Charlotte, NC


Continuing education credits have been applied for through the following organizations: ABVE, CCM, CDMS, CLCP, CRC, CVE-CWA-CCAA, Nursing Continuing Education, MSCC, NASW & NBCC.

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2018 Award Ceremony

2018 Lifetime Achievement Award

For the individual professional member who has demonstrated a history of distinguished service or life-long commitment to the rehabilitation profession and has made significant and notable contributions both to the organization and profession throughout his/her career.

Steve Yuhas


Steve has been a contributing member of IARP for many years. One of the first to be certified in Life Care Planning. He has dedicated his professional career to rehabilitation since 1985 in case management, rehabilitation, rehabilitation counseling, and Life Care Planning and through his participation with IARP and IALCP has always reached out to mentor others. His company, The Directions Group founded in 1994, further reinforced his commitment to rehabilitation. He was awarded the Sheri Jasper Recognition Award for contributions and dedication to Life Care Planning in 2013 and has served on countless committees and boards for IARP and is currently President of IARP.

2018 Emerging Professional Award

For the individual professional member who has expanded the role of rehabilitation professional through IARP participation, leadership, volunteering, and/or professional growth, thereby representing and promoting the mission of IARP to a larger audience.

Hantac Chang

Emily said that Hantac is a remarkable person with a bright future in rehabilitation. He graduated from Northern Illinois University in 2018 and currently works in Illinois in private rehabilitation. In 2017, he served on the IL IARP board as a student member representative where he received a scholarship from IL IARP to attend a national conference.  He is now serving on the scholarship committee for IL IARP and is also involved with Donka, Inc. a non-profit organization that provides computer training and job readiness services to persons with physical, visual and limited learning disabilities. He is and will make an impact on the field for years to come.

Sara Statz

Michelle said that Sara’s enthusiasm for Rehabilitation and the private sector of rehabilitation are infectious and while she was matched with Barbara Azzam in the Mentor Program she quickly developed several  informal mentors, who all helped her define her business and her skills.  She serves on the board SS VE section and has also helped with professional conferences and been a national speaker, most recently at ABVE in 2018.  Sara has a vision and strong desire to succeed and for our profession to succeed.   

2018 Outstanding Leadership Award

For the individual professional member who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in the service of IARP, either at the section level, international level, or within a particular chapter. He or she is committed to the rehabilitation profession, and has made significant and notable contributions both to the organization and profession throughout his/her career.

Michelle Aliff


Amy Vercillo  said that Michelle has demonstrated superior academic, business, membership and professional direction for the SSVE section, IARP as an organization and Rehabilitation Counseling as a profession and that she possesses a perfect combination of knowledge, energy and leadership ability. She is effective, knowledgeable and has made a substantial contribution to the field.

Matthew Sprong said that Michelle works very hard to promote the mission of IARP to rehabilitation professionals within the field and has made countless contributions to IARP and our field including: 

  1. Involved in the development of the White Paper
  2. Regular presenter at IARP conferences
  3. Chair and former board member of IARP SSVE section
  4. Publication in the Rehabilitation Professional
  5. Meets regularly with congress people and SSVE's lobbyist to promote our profession.
  6. Actively recruits new members to IARP and provides mentoring at no cost to members.  
  7. Involved in other professional organizations and is the director at large on the CRCC board.

Leslie Lloyd said that Michelle has provided outstanding leadership for the past 15 years as she willingly shares her experience and wisdom with other professionals.   She tirelessly leads the SSVE board, has held numerous positions within several professional associations and contributes to the profession by making presentations and publishing in peer-reviewed journals.  Michelle has and will continue to make a difference in the lives of many of her clients, students, Board members, IARP members and many others in the rehabilitation profession.

Outstanding Professional Member Award

Volunteerism can occur outside of the umbrella of IARP activities or in IARP sponsored charities (i.e. Kids Chance).  For purposes of evaluating candidates, the volunteer activity would predominantly be within IARP or those charities sponsored by IARP or IARP recognized chapters.

Matthew Sprong


Natalie Maurin Koop said that in addition to his tremendous service record to other professional organizations, he commits a substantial amount of time to serve IARP on committees and boards. He is constantly motivating students and others in the rehabilitation field to get involved in IARP

Noel Ysasi said that Matthew’s intellectual ability, not only carries over from his private work, his experience as a program evaluator, educator, researcher, and leadership qualities, but his true passion for establishing high standards within the counselor education profession. He generally challenges others to maintain a level of rigor and works to ensure a quality education to the students. Matthew’s personal characteristics and demeanor are those of a highly focused individual who is accustomed to rolling up his sleeves and doing the hard work.  Regarding research, Matthew has approximately 31 publications since 2012 and is considered one of the leading researchers in our field.  He is a dedicated professional seeking to enhance the profession.

Board Honors

Elizabeth Watson 2016-2018
Michelle McBroom-Weiss 2016-2018
Anne Savage-Veh 2013-2018
Toni McFarland 2015-2018

Outstanding Chapter Award Goes to the Washington Chapter

Washington Chapter Award Recipients

Pictured left to right back row: Amy Williams (2017-18 Past President), Angela Westling (President Elect), Laurel Burditt Creek (Member at Large); Michelle Jensen (Member at Large); Matt Nystul (Treasurer/Secretary): Jennifer Bowes (Member at Large): Leslie Weaver (Member at Large); Bradley Ehrlich (Member at Large); Kimberly North (Past Treasurer/Secretary) Front Row left to right: Irina Razvina (Past President); Sandra Holman (President)

For the chapter that devotes countless volunteer hours and creative energy in order to proved outstanding work as they educate their members and promote the profession. 

Selection Criteria: 

  • Leadership Activity and Organization Involvement
  • Learning and Career Development
  • Membership Growth and Retention
  • Integration of the next generation
  • Chapter Board or Chapter Activities align with the Strategic Plan
  • Advancement of IARP as a key stakeholder on legislative, regulatory and policy issues
  • Creative and innovative activities

Sandra Hollman, President
Angela Westling, President Elect
Irina Razvina, Past President
Matt Nystul, Secretary-Treasurer

Members at Large
Jennifer Bowes
Bradley K. Ehrlich
Michelle Jensen
Leslie Weaver
Laurel Burditt Creek

Washington State has a membership of 167 members with 9 highly engaged, intelligent, professional Board members that create a successful team. They are committed to preserving the vocational rehabilitation counseling profession and are cultivating training that will help all VRCs get up to date information about job search in the modern age (ie: Linkedin, applicant tracking software, etc.) They work hard to stay in touch with students regarding the private sector options in vocational rehabilitation and are working with the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries to revamp the entire vocational rehabilitation process.

President's Commendations

  • Jeff Carlisle: For serving as the Chair of Complaint Review Process and List Serv, SCRB
  • Michelle McBroom Weiss: For your leadership on the IARP Mentoring Program
  • Barbara Assam: For your leadership on the IARP Mentoring Program
  • Jon Christensen: For your leadership in planning the 2018 IARP Leadership Conference
  • Barbara Harvey: For your leadership of the Rehabilitation and Disability Case Management Section
  • George Page: For your work with the Forensic Section
  • Bob Gisclair: For your work with the International Association of Life Care Planners Section
  • Steve Duchesne: For your work with the Social Security Vocation Experts Section
  • Alan Winship: For your work with the Vocational Rehabilitation Transition Services Section
  • Michel LaCerte: For your leadership, support and contributions to IARP
  • Gil Spruance: For your willingness to serve as vice-chair of the Finance Committee
  • Carolina V. Salazar: For your leadership of the IARP Young Professionals Committee
  • Jacqueline V. Mendez: For your leadership of the IARP Young Professionals Committee
  • Mitchell Schmidt: For your leadership of the IARP Awards Committee
  • Amy Vercillo: For your leadership of the IARP Legislative/Government Affairs Committee
  • Mary Barros-Bailey: For your leadership if the IARP Ethics Committee
  • Tim Fields: For your contributions to IARP and publications
  • Tanya Owens: For your contributions to IARP and publications
  • Scott Smith: For your work as the Editor of The Rehabilitation Professional journal
  • Rick Robinson: For your leadership as Past President, guidance as chair of the Nominations/Election Committee, for serving as the IARP Research Chair and for agreeing to serve as the Editor for the RehabPro beginning in January 2019

Foundation for Life Care Planning Research (FLCPR) Awards

Sheri Jasper Memorial Recognition Award - Given in recognition of an individual's contributions to the life care planning community that exemplify the consummate professional and who continues to be a positive influence in the specialty practice of Life Care Planning through their consistent positive, supportive, friendly and encouraging attitude toward colleagues.  Presented to Tracy Albee, PHN, BSN, RN, LNCC, CLCP, FIALCP  

Outstanding Life Care Planning Educator Award - Given in recognition of an individual's significant contributions to the education of Life Care Planners through teaching, research, publications, conference presentations, community service and guidance.  Presented to Tanya R. Owen, PhD, CRC, CLCP, LPC, CDMS  

FLCPR Lifetime Achievement Award - Given to an individual in recognition of their dedication and countless contributions to the specialty practice of life care planning.  Recipients of this award have contributed significantly to the body of literature in life care planning, have advanced the specialty practice of life care planning through word and/or deed, and are known for maintaining the highest personal and professional ethical standards.  Presented to Nancy Mitchell, MA, OTR/L, CLCP, FIALCP 

Thank You, Sponsors & Exhibitors

Bag Sponsor

FIG Education

Lanyard Sponsor

Genex Services

Keynote Sponsor


Gold Chapter Sponsor


Silver Chapter Sponsor

IARP – New England Chapter

Supporting Sponsor


Supporting Sponsor


Break Sponsor



Ambassador Services Group
American Association of Nurse Life Care Planners
American Board of Vocational Experts
American Rehabilitation Economics Association

Bases of Virginia, LLC
BAYADA Home Health Care
Benchmark Rehab Partners
Elliott & Fitzpatrick
FIG Services
Florida Institute for Neurologic Rehabilitation
Gardiant Works

Hope Network Neuro Rehabilitation
Institute of Rehabilitation Education & Training (IRET)
Junna Care Software
Learning Services
Legal Nurse Systems
Neuro Community Care, LLC
Occupational Assessment Services
OrthoCarolina, PA 
Rehabilitation & Electrodiagnostics PA
Success(ion) Solutions, Inc.
William Houston Reed, PhD, Ltd