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Lutheran Family Services of Virginia > Supported Employment Services Staff

Supported Employment Services Staff

Supported Employment Coordinator, Ashley Thompson

Ashley is a Qualified Intellectual Disability Professional with over 10 years of experience working with individuals with developmental disabilities and/or mental health diagnoses in areas including supported employment, psychosocial rehabilitation, support coordination, and skills building. Ashley is committed to supporting participants as they recognize their strengths, abilities, and employment potential and find and retain meaningful community-based employment. Ashley has a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Christopher Newport University and has received a National Certificate of Achievement in Employment Services from Virginia Commonwealth University following completion of Association of Community Rehabilitation Educators (ACRE)-endorsed curriculum.

Employment Specialist, Deidra Preston

Deidra is an Employment Specialist who provides support and job coaching to individuals as they obtain and retain community based competitive employment. Deidra has over 5 years of experience working with individuals with Intellectual/Developmental disabilities, during which she provided support with everyday living skills and helped individuals gain independence and confidence. In addition, Deidra has extensive experience in human resources and retail management, which has strengthened her connections to the Roanoke business community. She is currently pursuing her Associates degree in Business Administration from Virginia Western Community College and is enrolled in the Association of Community Rehabilitation Educators (ACRE)-endorsed Supported Employment Certificate Series through Virginia Commonwealth University.

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