Work Incentives Counselor, Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA)
Joining us in April 2023, Diane is the newest member of the Work Without Limits team. In late May 2023, Diane completed the initial training and certification process resulting in her provisional certification as a Community Work Incentive Coordinator (CWIC), a requirement prior to working with beneficiaries of Social Security. Diane will assist individuals with disabilities to navigate the Social Security Administration and other public benefit agencies while returning to work. Diane is a compassionate social worker, committed to assisting people find their passions, interests and purpose in life through achieving career and work-related goals. Having worked in a variety of positions for the State of Vermont’s TANF and SNAP programs for over 20 years, the concept of the “benefit cliff” is not foreign to her. She has a deep understanding of the fear that can engulf one’s desire to return to work and reach one’s potential. Promoting social and economic justice and building disability inclusion has been a lifelong journey for Diane as she has worked to assist others to become financially stable. Most of all, she enjoys developing genuine relationships with everyone who joins her mission in life, always looking to make a difference. Diane has a BA in social work and a minor in psychology from Wheelock College and a Masters of Social Work from the University of Vermont.