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About EARN

The Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN) is a free resource that helps employers tap the benefits of disability diversity by educating public- and private-sector organizations on ways to build inclusive workplace cultures.

Getting Started

Start here to learn how to recruit, hire, retain and advance people with disabilities — and how EARN’s resources can help.

    Phases of Employment

  • Recruit

    Build a pipeline of talent that includes people with disabilities.

  • Hire

    Identify people who have the skills and attributes for the job.

  • Retain

    Keep talented employees with disabilities, including those who acquire them on the job.

  • Advance

    Ensure that employees with disabilities have equal opportunities for advancement.

News & Events

EARN makes it easy to stay up-to-date on disability employment news and information. Start by subscribing to our e-blasts and monthly e-newsletter, which will connect you to upcoming events, developing news and promising practices in the world of disability diversity and inclusion. And don’t forget to follow EARN on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn

EARN Staff

Meet the EARN Staff

Cornell Staff Bios

Susanne Bruyere, Co-Director

smb23@cornell.edu 

Susanne M. Bruyère, Ph.D., CRC, is the Director of the K. Lisa Yang and Hock E. Tan Institute on Employment and Disability and Co-Director and Co-Principal Director of EARN. For EARN, her efforts are focused on collaborating with project partners, fiscal administration and contributing to research around employment disability nondiscrimination and disability employment policy. As Director of the Yang Tan Institute, Susanne is responsible for the strategic and financial direction of a multi-million dollar research, training, technical assistance and information dissemination organization devoted to improving employment outcomes and inclusive communities for people with disabilities. Susanne is also a Professor of Disability Studies at Cornell. She has a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin. 

Wendy Strobel Gower, Co-Director

ws283@cornell.edu 

Wendy Strobel Gower is the Program Director for Inclusive Workplaces at the K. Lisa Yang and Hock E. Tan Institute on Employment and Disability and Co-Director and Co-Principal Director of EARN. Wendy leads the Training and Technical Assistance Team and manages the daily operation of the EARN project. Wendy has almost 30 years’ experience in employment and disability and has been with Cornell University for 14 years. She has extensive experience with knowledge translation, product development and project leadership. Wendy has a master’s degree from the Medical College of Virginia at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Sarah von Schrader, Research Lead

sv282@cornell.edu 

Sarah is the Associate Director of Research for the K. Lisa Yang and Hock E. Tan Institute on Employment and Disability. She leads EARN’s research team. Sarah’s research focuses on employer practices related to employer success in recruiting, hiring and advancing individuals with disabilities. Sarah has a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa.

Ellice Switzer, Training and Technical Assistance

Es656@cornell.edu

Ellice is an Extension Associate for the K. Lisa Yang and Hock E. Tan Institute on Employment and Disability. She provides content development, training and technical assistance for EARN. As an Extension Associate, she provides national technical assistance and training on topics related to disability and employment, and U.S. disability policy. Her areas of focus include employer practices to support workforce disability inclusion, demand-side strategies to improve employer engagement among disability service providers and evidence-based practices to support post-school success for youth with disabilities. Ellice has a master’s degree from the State University of New York, Empire State College.

Kathleen Lee, Training and Technical Assistance

kal238@cornell.edu 

Kathleen is an Extension Associate for the K. Lisa Yang and Hock E. Tan Institute on Employment and Disability. Kathleen provides content development, training and technical assistance for EARN. Kathleen provides technical assistance training and consultation for the business community on issues related to the employment of individuals and veterans with disabilities by sharing best employment practices and resources. Kathleen's experience includes more than twenty years in disability inclusion, human resources and workforce development. Kathleen has a master’s degree from Southern Illinois University. 

Matt Saleh, Research Team

mcs378@cornell.edu

Matt Saleh serves as a Research Associate for the K. Lisa Yang and Hock E. Tan Institute on Employment and Disability. He serves as part of EARN’s research team. Matt's research focuses on employment of people with disabilities and career pathways for youth with disabilities and barriers to employment, such as justice involvement. At Cornell, Matt teaches undergraduate courses in the disability studies track, and a course in the Government Department on mass incarceration in the U.S. Matt has a Ph.D. from Columbia University and a J.D. from Syracuse University.

Bill Erickson, Research Team

wae1@cornell.edu 

Bill serves as a Senior Research Specialist for the K. Lisa Yang and Hock E. Tan Institute on Employment and Disability. He serves as part of EARN’s research team. He has been actively involved with disability research for over 20 years and has extensive experience in employer research, disability statistics, secondary data sources, survey design, web accessibility and youth transition related research. He has been involved in employer research since 2000 in both the private and federal sector in the U.S. as well as internationally. Bill has a master’s degree from Cornell University.

Val Malzer, Research Team

vbm5@cornell.edu 

Val is an Extension Associate and Research Specialist for the K. Lisa Yang and Hock E. Tan Institute on Employment and Disability. She serves as part of EARN’s research team. Her research efforts have included the impact of Social Security benefits on work for youth with disabilities and the use of data to inform and improve special education outcomes. Val also designs and implements program evaluation frameworks for publicly funded disability initiatives. Val has a master’s degree from Cornell University.

Sandra Mosqueira-Caminada, Research Team

sm2637@cornell.edu

Sandra serves as a Research Support Specialist for the K. Lisa Yang and Hock E. Tan Institute on Employment and Disability. She serves as part of EARN’s research team. Sandra has worked for the Peruvian government as an economic analyst and specialist in economic affairs for the Agency for Environmental Assessment and Enforcement and the Ministry of Education.

Bryan Bates, Web Team

bb679@cornell.edu 

Bryan serves as a Web Designer for the K. Lisa Yang and Hock E. Tan Institute on Employment and Disability. Bryan serves as the Project Manager for EARN’s web related work. Bryan joined the Institute in 2019 as a designer working on identity, web and print projects. Prior to this, he was a partner at the brand communication and design company, Ancient Wisdom Productions, for 14 years. Bryan has a master’s degree from Syracuse University.

Michelle Alvord, Media Team

msa224@cornell.edu 

Michelle serves as a Multi Media Assistant for the K. Lisa Yang and Hock E. Tan Institute on Employment and Disability. Michelle supports EARNS online events. Michelle previously worked at News Channel 34 in Binghamton, NY where she was a Television Director. Michelle has a bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Oswego. 

Peter Quinn, Media Team

peq2@cornell.edu

Peter serves as a Multi Media Editor for the K. Lisa Yang and Hock E. Tan Institute on Employment and Disability. Peter supports EARN’s video related project work. Peter previously worked for WIVT/WBGH News Channel 34 in Binghamton, NY where he served as Anchor/Reporter/Photojournalist. Peter has a bachelor’s degree from Binghamton University.

Sara VanLooy, Administrative Team

sav22@cornell.edu

Sara serves as a Publications Assistant for the K. Lisa Yang and Hock E. Tan Institute on Employment and Disability (YTI). Sara supports project coordination and administrative tasks for EARN. Sara has worked at YTI since 1999 as an administrative assistant and publications assistant, providing administrative, research, editing and writing support on numerous projects. Sara has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan. 

Concepts Communications Bios

Diana Zeitzer, Communications Team Lead

dzeitzer@conceptscommunications.com

Diana serves as a disability policy and communications specialist at Concepts Communications. She serves as the project manager for Communications and Outreach for EARN. She has more than 17 years of experience in the areas of partnership development, communications and social media strategy. Diana has a bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania State University.

Melissa Armstrong, Communications Team

marmstrong@conceptscommunications.com 

Melissa serves as a communication specialist at Concepts Communications. For EARN, Melissa is responsible for creating and implementing social media strategies and specialized campaigns, as well as providing media outreach to increase awareness and promote all of EARN’s resources and tools. Melissa brings more than five years of experience to Concepts in media relations, brand management, message development and social media strategy. Melissa has a bachelor’s degree from George Mason University.

Rutgers University Bios

Laurie Harrington, Evaluation Team

lharrington@ejb.rutgers.edu

Laurie Harrington serves as the Assistant Director for Research and Evaluation at the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University. She leads EARN’s evaluation team. Laurie has extensive knowledge of workforce development policy, sectoral demand analysis, qualitative program and policy evaluation, work-based welfare policies, school-to-work, disability employment and the public workforce development and education systems. She has an M.P.A.P. from the Bloustein School at Rutgers University.

Marjory Palius, Evaluation Team

marjory.palius@rutgers.edu

Marjory is a Research Assistant at the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University. She works to evaluate the outcomes for the EARN project. Marjory has over 20 years’ experience and expertise in conducting qualitative research and in project management. She has a Ph.D. from Rutgers University. 

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EARN Partners

EARN Staff

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Leadership Team

  • Susanne Bruyere, Co-Director
  • Wendy Strobel Gower, Co-Director
  • Sarah von Schrader, Research Lead

Team Members

  • Ellice Switzer, Training and Technical Assistance Team
  • Kathleen Lee, Training and Technical Assistance Team
  • Matt Saleh, Research Team
  • Bill Erickson, Research Team
  • Sandra Mosqueira-Caminada, Research Team
  • Val Malzer, Research Team
  • Bryan Bates, Web Team
  • Michelle Alvord, Media Team
  • Peter Quinn, Media Team
  • Sara VanLooy, Administrative Team

Concepts Communications

  • Diana Zeitzer, Communications Team Lead
  • Melissa Armstrong, Communications Team

Rutgers University

  • Laurie Harrington, Evaluation Team
  • Marjory Palius, Evaluation Team

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