Mikki Myers is a Behavioral Consultant Specialist, and is the Mother of two children. Both of her children have disabilities ranging from autism, dyslexia and ADHD. She is an active Parent Leader at Mission Empower.
Judy Olmstead is a long-time financial contributor to Mission Empower and joined the Board in 2017. She has been employed by Scobell Company, Inc. for 20 years and is currently the Vice President/Treasurer there. She is happily married and lives in Erie County. She is a firm believer in the work of Mission Empower as she has known many people affected by the causes we represent.
Angela Johnson is one of the original members of the Board of Mission Empower. She is an author, lifelong advocate, involved in several local organizations, such as a member of Board; A Bridge to Independence. Mrs. Johnson is a person also with a disability.
Vince JarzynkaDirector / Parent
Vince Jarzynka was born and raised in Erie and has spent most of his life in this area. He is a United States Air Force Veteran and has been employed full time for KeyStone Research Corporation/Northwest Institute of Research, as the Computer System Analyst since 2006. His work at Mission Empower takes place behind the scenes in supporting our computer software and hardware needs, but still allows him to participate and support the needs of all the of the exciting and growing programs being offered that assists those with disabilities. He is a step Dad of child with a disability. His motto is “The kids and those in need have to come first!”
Dr. Julia HawkinsDirector
Dr. Julia Hawkins is an assistant professor teaching pediatric coursework at Gannon University in Erie, PA. She continues to work clinically as a pediatric occupational therapist in early intervention. She has over 19 years of pediatric occupational therapy experience and has dedicated most of her career to educating individuals about how to support youth with special needs. Her own children have grown up understanding the importance of accepting all people and have enjoyed many opportunities being around people of all abilities. She assisted in developing the Feeding Clinic at Shriner’s Outpatient Specialty Care Center in Erie, PA and currently runs The Little Knights Clinic at Gannon University that evaluates and treats underserved children. She focuses her scholarly work in the area of tactile play and food aversion. Her natural love for children and lifetime connection to Erie are assets to Mission Empower while she hopes the Erie community and beyond can come together to support the inclusion of all youth to all things possible.
Diana FannoDirector / Parent
As a client of Mission Empower, the agency was welcome and caring towards me and my child during what was an otherwise stressful time.
The agency quickly identified my daughter’s educational need and advocated for her needs to be met. But most importantly, agency staff empowered and educated me about how to independently advocate for my daughter’s rights concerning her special educational needs.
As a member of the Board, I will support Mission Empower to uphold in their mission to provide advocacy, education, and the promotion of inclusion, assisting families and their children with disabilities to enable their children to use their gifts and talents to reach their potential and become productive members of our community.
Guy SheldonDirector / Parent
Guy was born here in Erie and has also lived in Chicago, IL – Milwaukee, WI and Kinston, NC. Guy is a graduate of J Sterling Morton HS (East Campus) and Motorola Technical University. Guy moved back to Erie in 1991 and resides here with his bride, Kathy and 3 children still at home and has 2 that have moved on, one to Cleveland and one to Waco, TX. Two of his children have special needs. Guy has worked in the telecommunications, mass media and hospitality industries and is currently a business development specialist for a commercial HVAC company. Guy is a past president and current board member of NAMI.