Richard Luecking, Ed.D.Richard Luecking, Ed.D., is Co-Director of the Center for Transition and Career Innovation for Youth with Disabilities and is a Research Professor in the Department of Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education in the College of Education. He previously served for 28 years as President of TransCen, Inc., a national non-profit organization dedicated to improving employment success of people with disabilities. During his tenure at TransCen he was responsible for the implementation of numerous model demonstration and research projects related to school-to-work transition and competitive integrated employment of individuals with disabilities. Dr. Luecking’s professional history also includes serving as a state vocational rehabilitation counselor and the director of non-profit competitive integrated employment service programs. He also served as a Policy Advisor to the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy, where he helped establish its national Employment First initiative. His research interest is the translation of knowledge for both policy makers and practitioners.
Ellen Fabian, Ph.D.Dr. Fabian a professor in the Dept. of Counseling, Higher Education & Special Education in the College of Education. She is also the PI/Co-PI of the Way2Work and PROMISE research and evaluation projects at the Center of Transition & Career Innovation at the University of Maryland. Dr. Fabian has worked in the field of disability in various capacities for over 30 years; most recently her research has been in the area of transition from school to work for students and youth with disabilities. Over the past 30 years, she has developed, taught and managed academic and research projects related to disability issues, including transition for youth with disabilities. She is pleased that the Center on Transition & Career Innovation will be at the forefront in the design and dissemination of effective and evidence-based practices to improve the lives of youth with disabilities.
Kelli Crane, Ph.D.Kelli Thuli Crane, Ph.D., is co-principal investigator and co-project director for Way2Work Maryland. She earned her doctorate from Virginia Tech in vocational special needs education. She received her master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in rehabilitation psychology and graduated with high honors from University of Wisconsin-Stout with a bachelor’s degree in vocational rehabilitation and secondary special education. She is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and Assistant Research Professor at the University of Maryland.
Prior to joining Way2Work, Dr. Crane served in leadership roles on the Youth Transition Demonstration project, Maryland PROMISE, and the Center on Transition to Employment. She has worked in Federal and state government agencies including the National School to Work Office (funded by the US Departments of Education and Labor) and the Center on Education and Work, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Crane is a recognized leader in the field transition and employment. She has a long history of organizing and leading diverse audiences at the national, state, and local levels.
Natasha Mitchell, Ph.D., NCCNatasha is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the School Counseling program at UMD. She earned a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and a Master's Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling. She has served as a Chief Executive Officer for Student Services for PGCPS and a school counselor in AACPS. Natasha is committed to students having meaningful access to services and opportunities that lead to their success.