Our Team

Way2Work Project Team

Richard Luecking, Ed.D. 

This is a photo of Rich Luecking. 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.

This is a headshot of Ellen Fabian. 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.

This is a headshot of Kelli Crane. 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., NCC

This is a photo of Natasha Mitchell. Natasha 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.

 

 

Paul Gold, Ph.D.

This is a headshot of Paul Gold. Paul B. Gold, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor at the University of Maryland College of Education and the lead evaluator for Way2Work and PROMISE. He earned his doctorate from the University of Missouri, Columbia, and has worked at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Medical University of South Carolina. He has worked in the field of career transition for youth with disabilities for the past eight years. Dr. Gold is a licensed psychologist and a counselor educator whose primary areas of interest are team- and community-based rehabilitation approaches for helping persons with severe mental disorders, addictions, and work disabilities to regain capacities to enter the competitive labor market. Other interests include methodological innovations; research ethics; and strategies that large organizations use to create and sustain cultures of innovation.

Lynn Cook, MHS

This is a headshot of Lynn CookLynn is a communication professional and adjunct faculty member at UMD whose interests include health, education, youth, and families. She has two grown children who attended Montgomery County public schools and was formerly a recruiter for the UMD School of Public Health.



 

 

Latricia Lee, MBA

This is a headshot Latricia Lee. Latricia Lee has worked with the Maryland PROMISE program for the past 3 years. She currently splits time as a Quality Assurance Data Specialist for the Maryland Department of Disabilities and a Dissemination Team Lead for the University of Maryland. She holds an MBA, a B.S. in Accounting as well as professional certifications in the areas of Six Sigma, Microsoft SharePoint and Data Analytics. An avid marathon runner and mother of four, Latricia has worked in both Food Service and Financial sectors.

 

 

Larry Abramson, BS

This is a headshot of Lawrence AbramsonLarry is a graduate of the University Maryland and a national leader in the provision of transition services to students with mental health challenges. As Director of Vocational services at St. Luke’s House, Larry established the Career Transition Program and was the Site Director of the SSA funded Youth Transition Demonstration Program. Vocational Programs at St. Luke's House were the recipients of many awards such as: National Association of State Mental Health Directors Employment Services Award, Service to the Business Community Awards from the Chamber of Commerce and The President’s Committee on Employment of Disabilities Exemplary Program Award. Larry has help design programs that bridge the gap between school systems, mental health systems and vocational rehabilitation systems. Larry has been able to design employment programs that meet the career goals of students as well as the needs of the business community.

Amy D’Agati, MS

This is a photo of Amy D’Agati. Amy has worked for years assisting youth with disabilities and businesses in developing career matches, and has trained school personnel and employment specialists across the country in customized employment and job placement strategies. She enjoys working with a young workforce and connecting them with businesses who need their talent! She has a younger brother with disabilities who has taught her a lot, and is happy in his career of the past 10 years.


 

Meredith Gramlich, MA

This is a headshot of Meredith Gramlich. Meredith Gramlich, MA, is a Technical Assistance Specialist on the Way2Work Maryland Project. She has a master’s degree in Transition Special Education with emphasis on Secondary and Vocational Programming and Business-Education Partnerships from George Washington University and has worked in the transition field for almost 30 years. Prior to joining Way2Work Maryland, Meredith was Training and Technical Assistance Specialist for Maryland PROMISE, Senior Research Associate with TransCen, Inc. and was a teacher in the Alternative Programs in Montgomery County Public Schools, Montgomery County, MD where she developed the Career Program. Ms. Gramlich is a trainer for the Employment Services Certificate endorsed by the Association for Community Rehabilitation Educators (ACRE). She has authored or co-authored articles and educational materials on business–education partnerships, customized work, and workplace mentoring. Ms. Gramlich began her career promoting creative strategies for independence with her sister.

Taylor Morris, MA

This is a photo of Taylor Morris.Taylor Morris, MA, is a graduate assistant on the Way2Work project helping with recruitment and evaluation. He is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Maryland in the Counseling Psychology program. His research interest is career development.



 

 

Vidhi Trivedi, BA

This is a headshot of Vidhi Trivedi. Vidhi Trivedi is a graduate assistant on the Way2Work project and assists with recruitment and other various technological supports. She is an M.Ed. candidate at the University of Maryland in the School Counseling program. Prior to pursuing a graduate degree, Vidhi worked as a teacher and has a background in event planning.


 

 

Jessica Katz, MA

This is a photo of Jessica KatzJessica is a graduate assistant and an M.Ed candidate in the School Counseling program. Previously, she earned her Master of Arts in Teaching from Goucher College and brings her past teaching experience in Montgomery County to this project. She is excited to be part of projects that contribute to equity in public education.