Jill brought together other parents and advocates with and without disabilities to form Mission Empower in December, 2007. “We all new that there was a need to support families and students to understand and advocate for true inclusion in school and the community”, Jill said. “Kids were still segregated like I was in the 70’s and 80’s; we had to do something about that!” And thus Mission Empower was born. We formed because of the passion of a small group of committed volunteers working long hours with no to little pay.
He has worked as a staff member in residential treatment facility, a TSS worker, an Alternative Education Instructor, and has supervised several programs related to youth development. Curtis has also served as a Youth Pastor and is currently coaching high school track and football. Curtis has and will continue to dedicate himself to empowering people and improving the community that we live in.
Alan has been on many advisory committees over the years, such as, the Mayors Disabilities Advisory Committee for the City of Erie, The Disability Advisory Committee for Representative Phil English and Disability Advisory Committee for IU 5. Alan has worked on legislation in Harrisburg and Washington D.C. where he worked to advance the rights and roles of individual with disabilities in all aspects of inclusion, community, work, housing and life. Alan is a person with a disability and the proud father of twins Liam and Ella. Alan has lived and worked in the Erie area for most of his life.