Inclusive Employment: How it Works- Register by September 26th!

October 01, 2018
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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Ramada Plaza and Conference Center
305 E Washington Center Rd
Fort Wayne, IN 46825
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John Martin
Vice President of Operations, Scherer Resources
Fort Wayne, IN
John leads Scherer Resources on strategic and operational activities,
focusing on training individuals with disabilities in the skills necessary for
meaningful employment. As a certified trainer in the WINDMILLS:
Changing the Perception of Ability program, John works to develop a
network of employment partners dedicated to establishing, or further
developing, a disability employment program.
Prior to Scherer Resources, John served in management and senior
management roles managing engineering and technical initiatives in
manufacturing with Mars, Inc., Excellon Technologies, and ChromaSource.
His experience spans process development, process engineering, quality
assurance and systems development. He also gained valuable education
training in pursuit of a Masters of Education degree. This breadth of
experience in manufacturing and education provides John with a unique
ability to prepare the workplace and the workforce in order to develop a
culture of inclusion within an organization.


Kevin Morse
Disability Employment Services Coordinator
Kevin joined Greater Fort Wayne Inc. in April 2018, after working for more than 13 years at Walmart as a salaried manager in six stores throughout Northeast Indiana. While with Walmart, Kevin spent a good deal of his time working with the hiring and training of new hourly associates as well as the interviewing and hiring of management personnel. His work there also allowed him to learn the benefits of hiring people with disabilities. Prior to Walmart, Kevin worked for Federated Media’s WOWO Radio, serving for six years as farm director and two years as news director as well as morning news anchor on Fort Wayne’s Morning News with Charly Butcher. Kevin will be implementing GFW Inc.’s Employing People with Disabilities Initiative, working to bring together area employers and those potential employees who have various physical and developmental disabilities.
Kevin is currently working on his Bachelor of Science degree from Western Governor’s University-Indiana. He is majoring in business/human resource management.
Kevin and his wife, Kathy, have lived in Fort Wayne since 1996 when his radio career brought them and their four children to Indiana from the Quad Cities area of Illinois. Kevin volunteers for the Allen County Public Library’s Audio Reading Service and the disAbilities Expo. He has also done volunteer work for the Fort Wayne Community Center, AWS Foundation, and the Mr. & Miss Whitley County 4-H Pageant. Kevin is the vice-chairman of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Fort Wayne.


Luke Labas is an advocate for people with disabilities in Fort Wayne.  Luke earned a B.S. in Political Science from Ball State University in 2016.  Luke continued his studies at Ball State University graduating with a Masters in Public Administration in July of 2018.  The focus of his graduate work was community education. His graduate research focused on developing a framework for organizations to use when developing internship programs for college students with physical disabilities.  Luke has had experience working in two internships designed specifically for students with physical disabilities. Luke hopes to increase employment opportunities for students in the Fort Wayne community.  Luke is currently seeking full-time employment and hopes to use his experience and knowledge to break down barriers for those with disabilities seeking gainful employment.


Cindy Price Verduce is currently the Director of the Career Center and Regional Career Services for Indiana Tech and serves as the National Co-Chair for the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Task Force for Careers for Students with Disabilities. For over two decades, Verduce has been a tireless advocate to individuals with disabilities serving on the Board of Directors of the Easterseals/ARC of Northeast Indiana, the NEI Regional Task Force for Employment for People with Disabilities, and as an administrator at Indiana Tech, has supervised the Disabilities Services Office and worked directly with students with disabilities seeking employment. Verduce herself has a daughter with several learning disabilities including language and reading disorders, and has personally navigated the disabilities landscape.
A former student personnel administrator and health care recruiter, Verduce is currently holds a Master’s degree in Education in Student Personnel Services with a cognate in Employee Relations and Personnel from the University of South Carolina. Verduce received the 2015 Distinguished Career Award from the Career Development Professionals of Indiana and the 2008 Impact Award Outstanding Career Services Professional from the Indiana Chamber of Commerce. In addition, she received the 2009 DIPIS (Does It Positively Impact Students) Award, the 2010 Extra Mile Award, and the 2011 Team Spirit Award. A master gardener, she and her husband, John, live in Fort Wayne as do their eight children/spouses and two dogs.


Amanda Herald is the Lead Employment Specialist for Partners in Autism where she coaches, trains, advises, and works along-side individuals with disabilities assisting them in discovering and using their marketable skill-sets to find meaningful employment.
Previously, Amanda worked for 8 years in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), serving first as an ABA Technician, and then as Clinical Director for Partners in Autism before moving into the employment field.  
Amanda enjoys spending her free time with her husband and three children.  When not running her children to their activities, you might see her running!  Amanda enjoys participating in regular races and was named a 2017 Fort Wayne Running Club “Iron Runner”.  She is a Registered Cub Scout and Girl Scout Leader. Amanda is also is a outdoor facilitator at the Girl Scout Camp.
Amanda received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Ball State University, is a Registered Behavior Technician, and a Certified SafetyCare Trainer.  You can contact her at [email protected]



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