HRC Program Specialist Accepted into Leadership Academy

Human Resources Center, Inc. Program Specialist, JoHanna Wnenta-Schultz, was accepted to the highly selective ANCOR Leadership Academy in February, 2022. The ANCOR Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to supporting the development of innovative programs and disseminating information intended to improve the quality of life for individuals with disabilities. ANCOR’s Leadership Academy, established in 2017, exists to provide training and mentorship to mid-level leaders in the intellectual and developmental disability services industry. Over the course of two years, the ANCOR Foundation supports selected professionals in cultivating their areas of expertise, promoting thought-leadership in an effort to shape the next generation of leaders.

JoHanna was selected as one of twenty professionals across the nation to participate in ANCOR’s Leadership Academy. JoHanna, Community Participation Support Specialist at HRC’s Church Street Day Program, is no stranger to balancing continued education while maintaining her work of supporting individuals with disabilities. Just last year, she obtained her Master’s in Education: Curriculum and Instruction for Special Education from Liberty University and graduated with Highest Honors of Distinction in just two years. Now, JoHanna hopes to build upon her leadership skills as she embarks on her new journey in March.

JoHanna’s participation in the ANCOR Leadership Academy will be sponsored by her employer, Human Resources Center, Inc. HRC fosters a culture of continuous learning and encourages staff to seek additional avenues of education by financially supporting them in work-related educational endeavors. These values stem from HRC’s mission to provide individuals with disabilities gold-standard service and support.

Human Resources Center, Inc. Becomes NADSP Members

Human Resources Center, Inc. is becoming a NADSP Member organization with the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP), which demonstrates a dedication to Direct Support Professionals (DSPs), other employees, and people receiving services. Through NADSP Membership, HRC is taking proactive steps to invest in staff development and allocate resources to elevate the status of DSPs, by providing the tools needed for success in their work.

“As a member of NADSP, we can now offer our direct support professionals an increased opportunity to expand their knowledge and to further develop new skills sets as they support individuals with disabilities,” says Darlene Glynn, HRC’s CEO.

HRC is initiating its NADSP Membership in 2021, which will continue throughout the calendar year. HRC will use NADSP Membership to advance its mission to serve and support individuals with disabilities in the Northeast Pennsylvania region.

“Especially in the midst of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, it’s critical that we show DSPs that they are essential,” says Joseph Macbeth, President and Chief Executive Officer of NADSP. “NADSP Membership means that organizations are going from praise to promise – not just acknowledging the work of DSPs, but especially providing tangible support and advocacy.”

HRC is a 501(3)c nonprofit organization based in Northeast Pennsylvania providing support and services to individuals with disabilities in Wayne, Pike, Carbon, Monroe, Lackawanna, and Susquehanna counties. Established in 1973, HRC began as a passion project to serve an underrepresented group of the community by promoting inclusion and acceptance. Over four decades later, HRC has grown into a devoted institution of over 400 caring and qualified individuals with a shared goal in mind: serve and support.

With its NADSP membership, employees of HRC will be able to access a robust library of archived webinars on subjects important to DSPs, receive e-newsletters, take advantage of discounted rates for the NADSP E-Badge Academy and the annual NADSP Conference, as well as apply a 10% discount for NADSP Training offerings. Along with these member benefits, HRC will be featured on NADSP’s website, highlighting their dedication to the people they employ, and the in turn, the people they support