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2021 14th Annual Oregon IPS Supported Employment & Education Statewide Conference
Oct 28, 2021 09:00 AM
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Speakers

Vanessa Jackson
Soul Doula
Vanessa Jackson, LCSW, is an activist with a passion for women’s health and community building. Vanessa's keynote will center around the subject of Poverty Through a DEI Lens.
Vandad Pourbahrami
Humor Strategist @Humor That Works
Vandad Pourbahrami is a speaker and humor & business consultant, focused on training people to use humor to be more effective. He helps people find success by tapping into their natural personality, leveraging their sense of humor and learning ways to enjoy their work more.
Harley Blakeman
CEO and Author @Honest Jobs
Harley Blakeman is the Founder and CEO of Honest Jobs, Inc. - the nation’s largest fair chance employment service for people impacted by the criminal justice system, employers who hire them, and professionals who support them. He is also the Author of, “GRIT: How to get a job and build a career with a criminal record”. He earned a bachelors in business administration from Tho Ohio State University just 5 years after being released from prison with a GED.
Dr. Jamie Woodcock
Senior Lecturer @The Open University Business School
Dr Jamie Woodcock is a senior lecturer at the Open University and a researcher based in London. He is the author of The Fight Against Platform Capitalism (University of Westminster Press, 2021), The Gig Economy (Polity, 2019), Marx at the Arcade (Haymarket, 2019), and Working the Phones (Pluto, 2017). His research is inspired by workers' inquiry and focuses on labour, work, the gig economy, platforms, resistance, organising, and videogames. He is on the editorial board of Notes from Below and Historical Materialism. Jamie completed his PhD in sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London and has held positions at Goldsmiths, University of Leeds, University of Manchester, Queen Mary, NYU London, Cass Business School, the LSE, and the University of Oxford.
Dr. Bob Drake
IPS Researcher @IPS Employment Center
Dr. Bob Drake is a Vice President of the Westat Corporation and Professor (Retired) of Psychiatry and of Health Policy and Clinical Practice, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. He has studied psychiatric rehabilitation for 50 years and is recognized internationally for his many contributions to transforming services toward greater alignment with client goals and the recovery process. He is codeveloper of the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) model of supported employment, one of the most successful and influential evidence-based practices in psychiatric rehabilitation. Dr. Drake has devoted his career to the conceptualization, development, evaluation, and dissemination of evidence-based practices, including IPS, integrated dual disorders treatment, and many other models. He has directed numerous randomized controlled trials, has extensively reviewed the psychiatric rehabilitation literature, and has published nearly 700 books and research articles.
Dr. Mark Salzer
Psychologist & Professor @Temple University
Mark Salzer, Ph.D. is a psychologist and Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences in the College of Public Health at Temple University. He is also the Director of the Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities (www.tucollaborative.org), a research and training center that has been funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research. Dr. Salzer obtained a bachelor’s degree with distinction in sociology and psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in clinical/community psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign. He completed his predoctoral clinical fellowship at the Yale University School of Medicine and an NIMH postdoctoral fellowship in mental health services research at Vanderbilt University. Dr. Salzer is recognized for his work in promoting community inclusion and participation of adults with serious mental illnesses and pe
Melody Riefer
Senior Training Associate @Boston University Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation
Melody has been providing training and technical assistance (TA) on many aspects of recovery-oriented approaches for organizational structures and individual services and has worked as a program director, advocate, practitioner, and consultant. She brings expertise in trauma-informed approaches, supervision and supporting peer providers, policy and organizational readiness, social justice, and using implementation sciences to ensure successful transformation. She has worked with multiple state and federal agencies, managed care companies, and a wide variety of advocacy organizations. She is a certified peer specialist (CPS) in Georgia and is a certified personal medicine coach-trainer (CPMC-T) by Pat Deegan, PhD & Associates.
Tiffanny Smith
Staff Attorney/Pro Bono Coordinator @Legal Aid Services of Oregon
Tiffanny Smith is a Staff Attorney and Pro Bono Coordinator at Legal Aid Services of Oregon. She coordinates several projects recruiting, training, supervising, and mentoring volunteer attorneys to assist low-income Oregonians with criminal expungements, elder law issues, and family law forms. She also assists survivors of domestic violence. Tiffanny enrolled at Salmon P. Chase College of Law the same year her son started college. She worked at Children's Law Center of Northern Kentucky during law school and participated in the Constitutional Litigation Clinic. During her time as a law clerk and attorney at Children's Law Center, Tiffanny represented children on a variety of legal issues - education, homelessness, high-conflict custody cases, and severe physical or sexual abuse cases.
Ray Bailey
Youth Suicide Prevention Program Manager @Utah Division of Substance Abuse & Mental Health
Ray Bailey currently serves as Youth Suicide Prevention Program Manager for the state of Utah, overseeing programming to mitigate suicide risk among youth ages 10 to 25. In addition, Ray serves as co-chair of the Utah LGBTQ+ Suicide Prevention Workgroup, which recently released a first-of-its-kind statewide suicide prevention plan focused on LGBTQ+ people of all ages. Ray studied history and education at Bryn Mawr College, and received their Masters in Social Policy from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to their work in Utah, Ray worked at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Research Center.