Ability 1st Board & Staff

Who are we?

Ability 1st Utah is a private, non-profit, non-residential facility that provides services to individuals with disabilities of any age and any type of disability to promote independence in their chosen community environment. Ability 1st Utah has been serving individuals with disabilities since January of 2001. We are one of six centers in the state of Utah. We provide Independent Living Services in the Utah, Juab, Wasatch and Sanpete County areas.

Board of Directors

Ability 1st Utah Board of Directors provides center governance and direction for the center. Board members are volunteers from communities in our centers service area. As a federal mandate membership of our Board of Directors must be at least 51% individuals with disabilities. The Board of Directors meets once a month except for July and December no Board meetings are held on these months. The Board meetings are held every third Thursday of each month at the Center. If you are interested in becoming a Board member or would like more formation about Ability 1st Utah Board of Directors, please call Sandra at 801-373-5044.

Board Members

Vickie Jaussi

Chairperson

Pat Doherty

Member

Gordon Romney

Member

Chad Snelson

Member

Christina Heath

Vice-Chairperson

Mac Carter

Member

Member

Ed Sanches

Member

Board Orientation Manual

Board Orientation Manual

Staff Members

Sandra M. Curcio

Executive Director

The Director oversees and manages the day to day operations of Ability 1st Utah, all human resources activities, marketing and advertising of center, grant writing & fundraising activities as well as ensures that the Centers mission and goals are accomplished.

E-mail: Sandra@ability1stutah.org Phone Extension # 205

Jhilma Miranda

Independent Living Specialist/Case Management

Responsibilities are case management services for consumers, are to develop and maintain Consumers Service Records, Implements Core services with consumers, provides options counseling, and also supports and supervises designated staff members in light human resource activities.

E-mail: Jhilma@ability1stutah.org Phone Extension#201

Cheryl Campbell

Fiscal Officer/Bookkeeper

The Fiscal Officer/ Bookkeeper is responsible to manage all of the financial data enties into the Quick books accounting software program.  The fiscal officer also works with the Executive Director in managing all of the centers budgets and completes all Accounts Payable activities and many other activities. They also work with the Executive Director, assisting them with quality improvement and reporting activities.

E-mail: Cheryl@ability1stutah.org Phone Extension#202

Cynthia Gonzalez

Receptionist/Inventory Manager

 

Responsibilities is to implement receptionist duties in the pm hours, implements Information and Referral activities, provides light options counseling activities, light secretarial duties for the Executive Director, orders and tracks the office supplies and tracks the office inventory.

E-mail: Cynthia@ability1stutah.org Phone Extension#200

 

Wendy Hansen

Independent Living Specialist/ Nursing home Transition

 

Responsibilities are to implement (Transition) services to individuals with disabilities living in a long term care facilities to improve capacity for community living, develop & maintain consumer service records, implement five core services, provide options counseling, increase community supports for consumers at risk of nursing home placement (Diversion) activities for center consumers in the Sanpete and Juab County areas.

E-mail: Wendy@ability1stutah.org Phone # 435-283-4949

 

Deon Anderson

Independent Living Specialist/ Nursing home Transition

Responsibilities are to implement (Transition) services to individuals with disabilities living in a long term care facilities to improve capacity for community living, develop & maintain consumer service records, implement five core services, provide options counseling, increase community supports for consumers at risk of nursing home placement (Diversion) activities for center consumers.

E-mail: Deon@ability1stutah.org Phone Extention# 207

Ann Rosine

ADA Specialist/ Outreach Specialist & Job Coach

 

Responsibilities are to implement Center outreach activities informing the public about the services provided by the center, ADA technical support for local business, and support to consumers on ADA issues, Ticket to Work Job Coach, provide support services to Social Security Beneficiaries to maintain their employment.

E-mail: Ann@ability1stutah.org Phone Extension#212

 

Shelly Pitchforth

Assistive Technology Coordinator

Responsibilities are to provide Assistive Technology evaluation services to consumers, implement Assistive Technology follow-up activities, cultivate working relationships with Vendors and other agencies, provide evaluation services to V.R. clients.

E-mail: Shelly@ability1stutah.org Phone Extension#208

Bryce R. Harper

Assistive Technology Coordinator/ Van Driver

 

Responsibilities are to provide Assistive Technology evaluation services to consumers, implement Assistive Technology follow-up activities, cultivate working relationships with Vendors and other agencies. Provide transportation to and from Center activities. Assist Equipment Manager with equipment loan bank deliveries.

E-mail: Bryce@ability1stutah.org Phone Extension #213

 

Kathy Tucker

Equipment Manager/ Van Driver

Responsibilities are to maintain, organize and keep an accurate inventory of the Assistive Technology loan bank equipment, distribute and pickup equipment from consumers and community donors, provide Transportation to and from Center activities  for consumers, coordinate maintenance of Center vehicles.

E-mail: Kathy@abilityfirstutah.org Phone Extension #211

Sage Wohlgemuth

Independent Living Program Coordinator

Responsibilities are to Implement Life Skills Classes, Community Integration Activities & Case Management services for the youth & Adult programs. They will teach youth life skills to assist them to transition from school to community living, and they will teach adults life skills to maintain & increase their independence, and develop and maintain Consumer Services Records for all consumers, as well as implement the five core services to the youth and adults, working with youth in transition services, developing leadership skills, develop youth calendars for classes and activities.

E-mail:Sage@ability1stutah.org Phone Extension #209

Janine Culver

TTW Employment Coordinator

Responsibilities are to Implement all activities for the employment network, working with Social Security beneficiaries providing employment network services to assist in obtaining and maintaining employment for beneficiaries.

E-mail: Janine@ability1stutah.org Phone Extension #204