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DVR's Rehabilitation Resource masthead

July 2013

As of 07/01/13

Successful Closures

2,795=85% of goal
(75% elapsed)

Rehab Rate


Minority Serv. Rate


Social Security Reimbursement



Visitors from Korea

Outlook 2010 Tip

DVR Home Page New Look

Thank You

Staff Updates

Web What's New

the rehabilitation resource

Visitors from Korea

image: Korean Delegate VisitOn June 28, 2013, five representatives from the Korea Employment Agency for the Disabled visited DWD and DVR. The group was interested in learning how Wisconsin DVR uses rehabilitation technology to assist people with disabilities to maximize their employment and independence.

After hearing a brief overview of DWD and DVR, the group discussed the many ways that technology can be used to increase employment opportunities for job seekers with disabilities.

DVR Administrator Mike Greco described the technology resources that are available to DVR consumers. IRIS Specialist Aimee Jahnke discussed the DVR process for determining the need for rehabilitation technology for individual DVR consumers. WDA 10 Director Les Mirkin, along with a DVR service provider, gave a rehabilitation technology demonstration. To close the meeting, Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Sandra Ellsworth shared several consumer stories where rehabilitation technology was used to help the job seeker be successful.

Outlook 2010 Tip

Since being updated to Office 2010, have you noticed that your meeting requests are not showing up in your calendar as tentative?

If so, here's how to change that:

  • With Outlook open, click File Tab / Options / Mail / Scroll down to Tracking.
  • Place a checkmark in the box in front of "Automatically process meeting requests and responses to meeting requests and polls".
  • Click OK.

DVR Internet Home Page New Look

If you haven't noticed already, the DVR Internet home page was recently updated. This update of DVR's landing/home page was done to give it a more cohesive look and feel with the Department's home page. If you have any problems finding something on the web (or have any comments/feedback), please contact Audrey Merten.

Thanks for a Job Well Done

Manitowoc Let's Get to Work Grant Team (Rob Abegglen is a member - VRC, Manitowoc)

image: Barb Breen Parent Educator AwardThe annual Circles of Life Conference is for parents and family members who have children with disabilities. This year, the Manitowoc County Let's Get to Work team was recognized for their efforts to connect students with disabilities to employment.

DVR Counselor Rob Abegglen is a member of the team.


Nicole Degner - CCC, Madison

Your efforts are always really appreciated. Especially knowing how hard you all work and how many clients you serve.

Tony Shay - VRC, Viroqua

Email received by WDA 9 Director Amy Grotzke

I am writing to you on behalf of Anthony Shay. Anthony is a real gentleman. He is genuinely interested in finding a position for me. Anthony is very helpful with my questions, very respectful of how I feel, and is very open to suggestions. Anthony stays in touch with me through e-mails, telephone calls and meetings. If I have questions about DVR, Anthony always has time to listen and explain.

Larnzetta McFadden - VRC, Madison

Thank you, Larnzetta, so much for the TWT experience. I have learned so much the past few weeks! First and foremost, I found that I can do so much more than I ever would have thought that I could do! Overall, it was a very valuable experience and I am very grateful to have the opportunity to try it.

Cynthia Zwald - VRC, Dodgeville

Things could not be better. All the equipment (new tractor) is waiting for better weather. The rain has been great but need a little dryer conditions for haying. The corn and soybeans look great and the hay also. A lot different than last year. Thanks for the concern. Life is great thanks to people like YOU.

Lori Lenhard - VRC, Wausau

You have impacted my life in a positive way; and just that you took the time to work with me.

Staff Updates

New Faces/Transfers

  • Heidi Murphy, VR Counselor, Hayward
  • Lee Balko, VR Counselor, La Crosse
  • Deanna Krell, WDA Director, WDA 3
  • Kevin Virobek, Business Services Consultant, WDA 4 (Transfer from WDA 5)
  • Carrie Hovland, Consumer Case Coordinator (LTE), Milwaukee Northeast
  • Shantell Henderson, VR Assistant (LTE), Milwaukee Northwest
  • Jessica Gitter, Consumer Case Coordinator, Milwaukee South
  • Brian Solomon, Policy Initiatives Advisor, Central Office
  • Johnilee Nyberg, VR Assistant (LTE), Ladysmith
  • Roger Sisson, VR Counselor, Ashland
  • Terri Burl, Consumer Case Coordinator (LTE), Rhinelander


  • Fred Josephson, VR Counselor, WDA 7
  • Diane Schultz, VR Counselor, WDA 10
  • Luther Campbell, VR Counselor, WDA 2
  • Dick West, VR Counselor, WDA 3
  • Stephanie Erbes, VR Counselor, WDA 2
  • Tammy Hilliard, Consumer Case Coordinator, WDA 10
  • Sara Kline, VR Assistant (LTE), WDA 5

What's New/Updated on the Web