Griffin-Hammis Associates


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Beth Keeton
Executive Director

For the last 20 years, Beth has provided extensive training and technical assistance to individuals and agencies on systems change, customized employment, self-employment, systematic instruction, and benefits analysis.  Her work includes the development and implementation of statewide self-employment provider certification programs in Texas and Florida as well as the creation of multiple online benefits training programs promoting financial self-sufficiency through employment and work incentive utilization. Beth served as a national Subject Matter Expert for the WIOA-mandated Congressional Advisory Committee for Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities, and she works throughout the country to develop systems and supports that enhance competitive integrated employment opportunities for all citizens with disabilities. Beth co-wrote Navigating Government Benefits & Employment: A Guidebook for Veterans with Disabilities, and is a co-author of the recently revised Making Self-Employment Work for People with Disabilities.  She earned her Master’s Degree from the University of Oregon in 1996 and became a Certified Benefits Planner through Cornell University in 2007.


Nancy Brooks-Lane



Nancy Brooks-Lane’s diverse skills include: training, technical assistance and side by side mentoring in best practices; organizational and system change strategic planning; and aligning policy, funding, and change. She has assisted persons with significant disabilities obtain customized employment or start their own business and has mentored, trained and provided technical assistance to self-advocates, families, providers, citizen advocates, funders and social and political leaders in the processes of best practices and system change. She has co-authored chapters in the books Real Work for Real Pay: Inclusive Employment for Individuals with Disabilities and The Job Developers Handbook: Practical Tactics for Customized Employment, and serves on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation.



Patty Cassidy


 Patty Cassidy is a Senior Consultant with Griffin-Hammis Associates.  She provides training and technical assistance on customized and supported employment, support brokerage, and building social capital with individuals with disabilities, families, vocational providers, and school personnel. Projects include the development of CE services, customized employment in rural communities, and CE services within workforce centers.  Patty brings a wealth of experience through her work in direct service, administrative, and executive positions for publically funded agencies, and non-profits providing employment services


Doug Crandell



Doug Crandell has managed, staffed and directed community mental health and disability programs at the provider level for 25 years. He has been the Project Director for a number of demonstration grants funded through the U.S. Dept. of Labor, the Bureau of Justice Assistance and the Social Security Administration. He directed Georgia's Medicaid Infrastructure funded by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

He is a Senior Consultant with Griffin-Hammis Associaties, and on the faculty of the Institute on Human Development and Disabilityat the University of Georgia. For the last four years, Doug has provided training and technical assistance to Georgia's supported providers through a joint effort with the Carl Vinson Institute of Government. He is a Subject Matter Expert (SME) with the Office of Disability Employment Policy in D.C. and is currently working with several states to restructure their employment supports to include evidence-based supported employment, customized employment, and self-employment.

Doug works in collaboration with New Mexico's UCEDD to deliver training and technical assistance under the state's Partners for Employment Initiative. Georgia was recently awarded a Disability Employment Initiative grant, which Doug will collaborate on with the Georgia Dept. of Economic Development as well as the Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency, Georgia Tech, and others. As an author, Doug has published 7 books and is a regular contributor to the venerable SUN Magazine, where he publishes essays on labor, health and disability. 


Stephen Hall

Stephen Hall Ph.D. is the Director of Employment Policy and Research with Griffin-Hammis Associates. Stephen has a Ph.D. in Disability Policy and Adult Education from the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Supported Employment and Workplace Supports at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Stephen has strong relationships with state and federal government leaders, universities, and provider and advocacy organizations. He is a former Commissioner of Behavioral Health, State Director of Developmental Disabilities, and CEO of two Community Provider Organizations. Dr. Hall was a Subject Matter Expert with the Office of Disability and Employment Policy. He was a member of the National Association of Developmental Disabilities Directors, President-elect, and Chair of the Research Committee for seven years.

Stephen has been a presenter or keynote speaker at national conferences, state conferences, and town hall meetings. His interview with Governing was published in January 2013. Using Research Evidence to Inform Public Policy was co-authored with Charles Mosely and others and was published in the Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in October 2013. He has received numerous Governor appointments to Boards and Commissions and awards for his work. In 2012, Stephen received a state award for his partnership with Vocational Rehabilitation to ensure the employment of persons with disabilities. He received an award and was recognized by a United States Senator for Ethical Leadership in 2013.

Marsie Frawley

Marsie Frawley is a Senior Consultant at Griffin-Hammis Associates. Currently she is the Lead Consultant to the Everyone Works! She is the co-founder of Self Employment Resource Network. Marsie is the author of "Ready for Business Guide: Self Employment for People with Disabilities".  She provides training to families, students, professionals and advocates in the area of Customized Employment; Self Employment; Transition Planning and Social Security Administration.  
Ashlea Lantz

Ashlea Lantz is a Senior Consultant with Griffin-Hammis Associates. She provides training and technical assistance around Customized Employment, Supported Employment, Self-Employment, Benefits Planning, and Agency Capacity Building. Before joining Griffin-Hammis Associates, Ashlea was the director of employment of a community-based rehabilitation agency. She has extensive experience in working with families both personally and professionally. Ashlea is a certified benefits planner and has her Master's degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Drake University.

Julie McComas


Julie McComas has been providing individualized and customized support to people with disabilities since the early 1990’s.  Most recently, her work has included providing innovative direct support for job seekers and workers, as well as training and technical assistance to employers, providers, and government organizations. Julie’s background in public service includes extensive work in Social Security law and policy, along with leadership in vocational rehabilitation projects and programs. She has experience in microenterprise development, organizational change leadership, adult and transition education, person centered planning, and customized long term supports for work success


Bob Niemiec



Bob Niemiec is a Senior Consultant with Griffin-Hammis Associates. Bob served as the Director of the Minnesota Employment Training and Technical Assistance Center (MNTAT) and was the Director of Employment and Community Supports for Community Involvement Programs in Minneapolis, Minnesota where he led the transformation of a traditional day program into a high quality community employment service. Bob has provided training and consultation services in 41 states and 2 Canadian provinces as well as assisting in the planning and facilitation of Employment First events in 12 states.

Bob was a mentor for the Wisconsin Medicaid Infrastructure Grant (MIG) in their CRP Rebalancing Project and with T-TAP, a project funded by the U.S. Dept. of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy. In these roles, Bob worked with Community Rehabilitation Programs to increase integrated employment outcomes for people with disabilities and to help manage organizational change efforts. Bob is also a Subject Matter Expert (SME) with the Office of Disability Employment Policy Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program.

A graduate of Indiana University, Bob has been in the field of employment with persons with disabilities for over 35 years. Bob has been the Chair of the Minnesota State Rehabilitation Council and a member of the Minnesota Governor's Workforce Development Council. He is Past-President of APSE: the Association of People Supporting Employment First, a founding member and former President of Minnesota APSE, former President of the APSE Foundation, a current member of the Editorial Board of The Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, and a founding member of the Minnesota Employment First Coalition.

Russell Sickles

West Virginia


Russell Sickles is a Senior Consultant with GHA based in West Virginia. Russell is well versed in Supported Employment and Customized Employment. He introduced Customized Employment strategies into the West Virginia DD and VR systems. Russell has almost 20 years experience in direct services within Supported Employment, Customized Employment, and Supported Living contexts. During 10 years of these years he acted concurrently as a program director.



Corey Smith



Corey Smith is a Senior Consultant with Griffin-Hammis Associates. He provides training and technical assistance on Customized Employment, Supported Employment, braided funding, and building social capital for people with disabilities, families, provides, high schools and funding  sources.  Projects include the development of CE services in both metropolitan and rural communities, also working with funders and Universities on best practices stragtegies.  Corey brings many years of experience in direct services, administration, organizational transformation, and development, for organizations providing employment services. 

Janet Steveley


Janet is a Senior Consultant with Griffin-Hammis Associates working on the LEAD Center Customized Employment Initiative, the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities, and various other projects around customized employment and benefits planning.  Since 1997, Janet has operated Workable Solutions, LLC, a consulting firm based in Ashland, Oregon which serves as an Employment Network under Social Security's Ticket to Work Program.  She is a former special education teacher/transition specialist, and has worked on state and national technical assistance projects around employment and transition services.  Janet is well versed in microenterprise development and an expert in optimizing public benefits having helped numerous individuals achieve their employment goals through Plans to Achieve Self Support (PASS).

Molly Sullivan



For 20 years, Molly has been assisting people with disabilities pursue wage and self-employment. She has worked in direct service and program management for both non-profit and government agencies. For the last decade she has also provided training and technical assistance under numerous innovative projects at the local, state, and national level including the Social Security funded WIPA National Training and Data Center, state Medicaid Infrastructure Grants, and state Disability Employment Initiatives.


Kendra Yates

Kendra joined Griffin-Hammis Associates in February 2017 to transition into the role of Executive Assistant. She manages all administrative functions for the organization. She brings a variety of skills and experiences having performed administrative support for a hospice in Atlanta, GA, as well as software development and maintenance for legacy mainframe systems in Dallas, TX.  


Cary Griffin

CEO Emeritus



Cary Griffin is the former Principal and co-founder of Griffin-Hammis Associates. Since July 1, 2017, Cary is now enjoying retirement! He is the co-author of Making Self-Employment Work for People with Disabilities and The Job Developer’s Handbook. 

Meg Hammis

As of January 1, 2018, Meg Hammis has transitioned into retirement, or re-calibration, as she prefers to call it! She has a long history with Griffin-Hammis Associates, having been associated with it since its inception in 2000. She was officially hired as the company's Administrative Assistant in 2010 and brought a diverse and unique set of skills obtained through a background in direct service, administrative and executive positions, and owner of her own business since 2001. She holds a degree in Personnel and Human Resources Management. She worked as a trainer with direct care staff and Benefit Planners (BPAO) surrounding topics of employment and self-employment for people with disabilities. Meg spent many years working in Human Resources with a strong focus on workers' compensation and assisting injured workers return to the workforce. Meg was one of the founders of the first Active Employment Councils in the state of Colorado and was one of the early developers of the Bureau of Workers' Compensation initiative in Ohio for Transition to Work programs with employers.