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Support Needs Assessment Center Team

Ryan Leininger, Director and SIS-A Trainer, Support Needs Assessment Center

Ryan is an AAIDD-recognized Supports Intensity Scale® interviewer and trainer who currently serves as the Director of the Supports Intensity Scale program at MORC. He possesses a high level of competency with the SIS, and has assisted in regional quality assurance across the state of Michigan. Additionally; his hands-on knowledge in the area of mentoring and ensuring reliability of SIS® trainers and interviewers adds a diverse perspective and expertise to the MORC team. Ryan derives great satisfaction from enhancing individual plans of service through guided SIS conversations as a part of the organization’s pre-planning process. He has been a part of the MORC SIS® Team since 2010, and has coordinated or personally overseen the training of more than 50 SIS® Interviewers between MORC and its partnering counties. His e-mail is ryan.leininger@morcinc.org.

Heather Hawkins, Operations Manager, Support Needs Assessment Center

Heather brings expertise in communication and information technology management as well as many years of experience in budgeting, finance, business and strategic planning.  Heather serves as a liaison between MORC’s partners, vendors, staff, and individuals served. She manages department operations in order to ensure quality data and stakeholder satisfaction. Additionally, she directly oversees data analysis, clerical administration, communications and public relations and is an all-encompassing professional business resource. Heather provides expertise in the management and recruiting of high quality candidates, and ensures that regular quality, efficiency, and accuracy audits occur on schedule.  Her e-mail is heather.hawkins@morcinc.org.

Katie Lord, Training Manager and SIS-A Trainer

Katie is an AAIDD-recognized Supports Intensity Scale® interviewer and trainer who oversees related training, interviewer activities, communications, and stakeholder presentations at MORC. She possesses a high level of competency with the SIS, and has assisted in the completion of more than 1,000 assessments on behalf of MORC, Inc. She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan and a Master of Arts in Counseling from Oakland University. Katie is a Licensed Professional Counselor and prior to coming to MORC, she worked as a school counselor. Her e-mail is katie.lord@morcinc.org.

Adam Fuhrman, SIS-A Assessor/Peer Mentor Coordinator

Adam works as the Peer Mentor coordinator at MORC, Inc. in Michigan, where he helps individuals identify and develop skills that they can impart to other individuals with similar needs. In addition, he was an integral part of the initial SIS implementation and training in Michigan.

Adam provides valuable insight to the MORC team in his role as a Supports Intensity Scale® interviewer and previous SIS Trainer, recognized by AAIDD.   He received both his BA in history (2004) and his MA in counseling (2007) from Oakland University and resides in Troy, Michigan. His e-mail is adam.fuhrman@morcinc.org.

Alexandria Pfaendtner, Assessment Coordinator and SIS-A Assessor

Alex is a Supports Intensity Scale® assessor and coordinator with MORC’s Support Need Assessment Center devoted to completing Supports Intensity Scale (SIS) assessments in Macomb, Oakland, and Midstate counties. She graduated from Saginaw Valley State University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Work.  She is beginning work towards her Master’s Degree in Social Work at Michigan State University.  Alex previously worked at Centria Healthcare as and ABA technician.  It is her goal to be an advocate and to work with others so that each and every person has the same opportunities for success as the next.  Her e-mail is alexandria.pfaendtner@morcinc.org.

Julia Whitcher,  SIS-A Trainer and Assessor

Julia Whitcher currently plays an integral role as a SIS Trainer and Assessor with MORC’s Support Need Assessment Center devoted to completing Supports Intensity Scale (SIS) assessments in Macomb, Oakland, and Wayne counties. In addition to completing assessments Julia is an AAIDD recognized SIS Trainer.  Since 2004, she has been working with individuals, provider agencies, and caregivers to support individuals with developmental disabilities.  Whitcher earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Michigan State University. Prior to joining the assessment area at MORC she was a support coordinator and a trainer in the Culture of Gentleness center. She enjoys working with nice people and loves helping caregivers and assessors. Her e-mail is julia.whitcher@morcinc.org.