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Melissa Diehl

M.A. Ed., CRC

Melissa Diehl has over 20 years of experience and expertise working in the State VR Program, the Rehabilitation Services Administration, and the Technical Assistance and Continuing Education Center. Her work with the State VR Program included specialized case management and counseling individuals who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing as well as working with a general caseload and over 9 years working as the State VR agencies Human Resource Development Specialist, managing and administrating the In Service Training Activities, providing leadership development and succession planning, and working with staff in their ongoing professional development needs.

Her work with the US Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services, Rehabilitative Services Administration as a Vocational Rehabilitation Program Specialist for the State Monitoring Program Improvement Division offered invaluable experience in understanding how the Federal VR program administers and provides assistance to State VR agencies in understanding the Federal regulatory requirements as they are incorporated into each States’ VR program. Her work at GW’s Technical Assistance and Continuing Education Center (TACE III), included training and technical assistance to the State VR agencies on topics related to the Comprehensive Statewide Needs Assessment, State Planning, Policy Development, and a host of continuing education needs.

Melissa Continues to work with The George Washington University’s Center for Rehabilitation Counseling Research and Education (GW CRCRE) on special projects and contracts with State VR agencies and their stakeholders. She also provides consultation, training, and technical assistance to State VR agencies and their Stakeholders as a consultant and content expert.