Our first STYC camp in Newaygo County has started this week in Newaygo and it looks like everyone is learning independent living skills while have a great time! Our summer program is to offer youth an opportunity to develop their goals and plans for what will come after they complete their secondary education. Our thanks to the Newaygo Tractor Supply Co. for their partnership! Tractor Supply Co.
|June 20, 2017
It’s National Call-In Day to Save Our Health Care: Call Your Senator Today!
Today is a national call-in day to save our health care as we know it. Call your Senator today!
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DNWM 2017 STEP-IN Volunteer Luncheon at The Coffee Factory. Congratulation to Phillip Winston for recieving the 2016/2017 Stephan A. Silky Volunteer of the Year Award!
A public hearing will be held to gain input on these proposals at the Muskegon County Hall of Justice, 990 Terrace Street, Fourth Floor Board Chambers, on Thursday, May 18, 2017, at 3:30 pm. Please arrive early as all persons entering the Hall of Justice must pass security screening.
Disability Network West Michigan has hired Diane N. Fleser as its new executive director.
In her new role, Fleser will manage day-to-day operations of Disability Network West Michigan, which employs 24 and provides independent living resources for people with disabilities in a five-county area. She will have oversight of strategic planning, employment, finance, grants, partnerships and related administrative duties. Fleser will oversee and implement the organization’s strategy on behalf of the board of directors, ensuring that DNWM builds a diverse board and team that reflects the population it serves.
Fleser brings 16 years of professional experience to her new role, including six years with the Michigan Army National Guard that featured a 12-month deployment to Iraq. Since 2010, she has worked in a variety of roles with area nonprofits, including six years working with vulnerable populations and four years in program development and design.
“Diane presented herself as a passionate, poised and experienced professional,” said John Wahlberg, chair of the DNWM board. “Most importantly, she is experienced in creating and developing strong mission-drive programs within the five counties we serve. She has personal contacts and a history of building hands-on community partnerships.
“Diane demonstrated the drive, focus and skills needed to be a successful leader of Disability Network West Michigan. We are delighted to welcome her to the team.”
Prior to joining DNWM, Fleser served in roles of increasing responsibility with TrueNorth Community Services, most recently as self-sufficiency and community health director. Based in Fremont, TrueNorth provides programming to 64 counties in Michigan that addresses rural poverty, ensures youth thrive, builds vibrant communities and provides innovative rural nonprofit leadership.
During her tenure with TrueNorth, Fleser developed, implemented and grew current and new programs, engaged with stakeholders from local communities to the federal level, managed budgets and grants, led communication and continuous improvement efforts, and embraced the use of technology to support an increasingly mobile workforce. She started at True North in 2010, working directly on case management with vulnerable youth and their families.
Active in the community, Fleser has volunteered with diverse organizations, including Girls on the Run, Muskegon Habitat for Humanity, United Way and others.
Fleser holds a bachelor of arts in sociology from Grand Valley State University and a master’s in science administration from Central Michigan University. She is currently working on her doctorate in interdisciplinary health science from Western Michigan University.
In 2016, Fleser was part of a multidisciplinary team that received the Spectrum Health Synergy Creativity Award for work with individuals and families to improve their wellness and build a healthier community. She also received multiple medals for her military service.
A native of Hart, she currently resides in Whitehall with her husband, Ashley, and daughter, Addison.
About Disability Network West Michigan:
Disability Network West Michigan provides independent living resources for people with disabilities in Muskegon, Oceana, Newaygo, Lake and Mason counties. The mission of the nonprofit organization, which is part of the statewide network of Centers for Independent Living, is to empower, educate, advocate and provide resources for those with disabilities as well as promoting accessible communities.
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Disability Network West Michigan along with all our Michigan Centers for Independent Living were proud to meet with our local legislators in Lansing to promote awareness, inclusion and ask for their continued support in the services we provide to our consumers! (pictured left to right: Ja-Relle Thomas, Youth Transition Specialist; Will Wilson, Deputy Director; Danna Pittman, Community Outreach Manager; Karen Wynne, NFT Transition & Benefits Planner; Diane Fleser, Executive Director: Amanda VanTubergen, Employment Navigation Guide; & Ada Linderman, Director of Northern Counties).
WHAT IS THE IGNITE PROGRAM?
Ignite is a program directed toward identifying and empowering youth with disabilities who may encounter challenges transitiong into adulthood after school. The program staff fosters a commitment to young people that will promote independence through self-determination, self-advocacy, strong interpersonal skills, and a hope for the future. Check out our staff and just a few of the students that have participated in this amazing first year!
MONTHLY COMMUNITY EDUCATION WORKSHOPS SCHEDULE
Real Life Information for Community Members
We welcome those with disabilities, their families and friends to join us for our ongoing series of workshops presented by community partners and local area experts.
WHERE: ALL WORKSHOPS will be held at the MiWORKS office located at 316 Morris Avenue, Muskegon MI
April 25, 2017
HOUSING: Get answers to your housing questions including what is the HARA, Sect. 8 and your rights as a tenant.
June 27, 2017
TRANSPORTATION: Let’s get mobile! Learn about the transportation options in Muskegon, including medical need.
August, 29, 2017
IEP: (Individualized Education Plan) Learn how to get the most out of your child’s IEP this school year.
September 26, 2017
HEALTHCARE: Discuss open enrollment and the healthcare options available to you and your family.
October 31, 2017
UTILITIES: Strategies to prepare for the upcoming cold weather season.
December 19, 2017
CONSUMER HOLIDAY PARTY: Join us for a holiday party to celebrate YOU, our consumers and community members!
FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THESE WORKSHOPS
CALL DISABILITY NETWORK WEST MICHIGAN: 231-332-4033
Our office will be unable to respond to email on Friday April 7th, 2017 due to an upgrade to our server. We will respond as soon as we are able.