Donna M. Korbel

W: (860) 486-2020

E-mail: korbel@uconn.edu

EDUCATION

Doctoral Student in Educational Psychology – Neag School of Education, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT

1997-present

Master of Education in Rehabilitation Counseling - Springfield College, Springfield, Massachusetts, 1982

Bachelor of Arts in Sociology - Framingham State College, Framingham, Massachusetts, May 1978

EXPERIENCE

Director.  Center for Students with Disabilities, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT.  July 1993 - Present.  Responsible for the overall operation of the Center to assure University compliance with all relevant state and federal legislation regarding students with disabilities.

As a consultant to all University departments:  respond to requests for interpretation of legal mandates, conduct campus training, interpret legal rulings and interpretations affecting services for students, review all renovation and new construction plans for compliance with physical access guidelines.  

Administrative responsibilities include:  the development of program services, administration of departmental budget, supervision and training of staff, development of University policies and procedures, participation in institutional committees to ensure inclusion of individuals with disabilities in all programs and services.

Student services responsibilities include:  counseling and academic advising, determination of eligibility for services as well as arrangement of appropriate accommodations, advocacy and service coordination with University entities as well as community resources, outreach activities for prospective students and communicating information about the availability of University resources for individuals with disabilities.

Rehabilitation Consultant.  Rehabilitation Partners, Inc., Stoneham, MA.

April 1991 - May 1994.

As a consultant to the insurance industry provided medical management and vocational rehabilitation expertise.

Vocational rehabilitation responsibilities included:  conducting vocational interviewing and goal setting; ordering aptitude and interest testing and interpreting results; utilizing results in vocational planning; determining suitable jobs consistent with client's interests, aptitudes, and physical abilities; providing assistance with resume formulation and job placement services; conducting labor market surveys to determine job availability and wages.

Medical management responsibilities included:  assisting clients in obtaining medical treatment; determining diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment plan from the physician; recommending medical cost-saving measures; formulating action plan to eliminate problems.

Senior Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor.  Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission, Greenfield, MA and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, MA.  1984 - 1990.  Assumed case management responsibility to assist physically, mentally and emotionally disabled individuals to achieve vocational as well as educational and social rehabilitative goals.  In addition to those duties detailed below:  Developed and implemented program goals and conferred on a regular basis with management staff regarding policy recommendations.  Fiscal management responsibility for the authorization of over $250,000, in purchase of service funds in any one fiscal year.  Monitored and evaluated program delivery effectiveness through on-site visits, reports, reviews and conferences to recommend improved client services and/or continued

certification of vendors; negotiated the resolution of differences between clients and services providers regarding service quality and quantity.  Provided technical assistance for the planning and administration of agency services to staff community groups, employers and service providers; developed affiliation with the private sector to negotiate and facilitate vocational programming.  Supervised and provided in-service training to staff and interns; developed and presented training sessions, seminars and workshops to ensure high service quality and effectiveness.  Prepared and reviewed reports and recommendations regarding programs and services.  Participated on boards committees and task forces to support vocational rehabilitation programs and/or services.

Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor.  Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission, Greenfield, MA and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, MA.  1980 - 1984.  Reviewed and analyzed client information obtained through records, psychometric tests, observation and interviews to determine occupational interests and abilities and the extent of disability to assess eligibility for agency services and programs and to make recommendations to meet clients' needs.  Conducted counseling interviews with individual clients to groups of clients who were physically, mentally, emotionally or otherwise disabled to guide them in their vocational rehabilitation.  Conferred with agency staff, clients' families, employers, professional specialists and others to exchange client information and determine appropriate community facilities and resources for education, training and employment for clients.  Monitored and evaluated client progress through on-site visits and review of reports to assist client adjustment to new situations and determine whether or not services, programs or placements were meeting client needs.  Maintained liaisons with public and private organizations, including employers, services providers and community groups to exchange information, resolve problems, to promote agency programs and to evaluate the suitability of educational programs, employment and other client placement resources.

Junior Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor.  Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission, Springfield, MA.  1978 - 1980.  Provided similar services to those detailed above to individuals in the Westfield, MA, area.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Instructor – Fall 2008

University of Connecticut, Higher Education and Student Affairs, Neag School of Education

Instructor – Spring 2007

University of Connecticut, Higher Education and Student Affairs, Neag School of Education

Teaching Assistant – Spring 2000 & 2001

University of Connecticut, Department of Educational Psychology, Neag School of Education

Freshmen Year Experience Instructor – Fall 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003

University of Connecticut

University of Connecticut – Fall 1998 - Present

Invited lecturer in numerous classes regarding issues concerning students with disabilities.

SERVICE TO THE UNIVERSITY

PUBLICATIONS

SELECTED PRESENTATIONS

PROFESSIONAL AWARDS AND CERTIFICATIONS

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

Disability Compliance for Higher Education Board of Advisors        

Association on Higher Education and Disability

Connecticut Association on Higher Education and Disability

National Association of Student Personnel Administrators

National Association of Student Personnel Administrators

REFERENCES

References will be furnished upon request.