Past NCAPPS Webinars

Opening the Door: Importance of Great Person-Centered Conversations on Employment

Wednesday October 19, 2022

Facilitating guided, person-centered conversations around employment can help people who use Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) make their own informed decisions about work. Such conversations help people and their circles of support discover employment possibilities and understand the options that exist. In recognition of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), this webinar co-hosted by the National Center on Advancing Person-Centered Practices and Systems (NCAPPS) and the State Employment Leadership Network (SELN) will highlight successful person-centered approaches and tools for discussing employment.

Meet the presenters

Amy Huppi

Amy Huppi is the Program Coordinator for the State Employment Leadership Network (SELN), within the Institute for Community Inclusion at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Amy has worked in various direct care and management roles and in state government over the last ten years. Her current work focuses on supporting case managers to develop competencies in the employment process and developing resources and opportunities for state employment leaders to learn promising practices in employment supports.

Bryn Peterson

Bryn Peterson is a Senior Training Consultant at Applied Self-Direction. Erica has 25 years of experience in the Health and Human Services field. Erica also has Spinal Muscular Atrophy and lives a self-directed life and has directed her own care for over 20 years. Erica also owns a business called Empowering U. Erica is a Support Broker and is dedicated to helping Disabled People self-direct and make the most out of their lives.

Lisa Wade

Lisa Wade’s advocacy on disability issues began more than 20 years ago when her youngest child was diagnosed with autism. Since then, she has served on committees and with organizations on many disability issues. For three years she worked at the Utah Parent Center as a Person-Centered Planning Consultant. She recently began working for Utah's developmental disabilities agency on the Employment, Planning, and Inclusion team. She is a Charting the LifeCourse Ambassador

TeMerra Blackwater

TeMerra Blackwater is an Employment and Community Inclusion Program Specialist for Utah's Division of Services for People with Disabilities (DSPD). Her career began by providing direct support to families and children in mental health services. Currently, she focuses on improving employment and community inclusion outcomes for people with disabilities by partnering with community agencies in project development, strategic planning, training and committee workgroups to implement person-centered practices. She is a Charting the Life Course Ambassador.

Corrine Frazier

Corrine Frazier is contracted with the Utah Division of Services for People with Disabilities to provide case management services and is the Executive Director for Synergy Case Management. Corrine is committed to assisting special needs participants and their families in Home and Community Medicaid Waiver programs. Corrine has worked in the Social Work field for over 20 years. She holds a degree in Psychology with a minor in Spanish and a Social Worker Service License.


NCAPPS is an initiative from the Administration for Community Living and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to help States, Tribes, and Territories to implement person-centered practices. NCAPPS webinars are open to the public, and are geared toward human services administrators, providers, and people who use long-term services and supports. All NCAPPS webinars will be recorded and archived at