MSU Alumni Joins Team of RCPD Ability Access Specialists

November 8th, 2018

Paola Delaj

A new school year welcomes new beginnings; which includes an addition to the RCPD Ability Access Specialists team. Jennifer Montague, a Spartan alumni, first began helping people with disabilities through her non-profit work post-undergraduate graduation. She served in a case management role for a Lansing-located non-profit with the mission of providing opportunities to people with disabilities and aiding in overcoming barriers to employment.

While developing her true passion through her non-profit work, she decided to return to Michigan State for her Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling. After receiving her degree, she spent some time off raising her two children before returning to work a few years later. Once she returned, she continued her non-profit work in which she found great joy supporting others achieve their goals. “I enjoyed seeing people after they had established a work history, and hearing how much they enjoyed their job, or how they were benefiting from stable income and the sense of purpose that comes from having steady employment,” said Jennifer.

Following her dedication to rehabilitation counseling later led her to the RCPD, which allows her a more direct role supporting people with disabilities, as she hoped for. When asked what made her choose the RCPD, Jennifer added that the “RCPD has a reputation throughout higher education of being a leader in disability services to students and employees. Everyone I have spoken to about RCPD has had nothing but positive things to say.”

Jennifer and her family are no strangers to the Spartan family. She and her husband are both alumni, and her oldest son will be graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in the spring. While her youngest chose Grand Valley State University, he still proudly wears his MSU gear in Grand Rapids. Even their dog Cooper joins in on the spirit, sporting a green and white bandana every game day.

The RCPD is thrilled to have Jennifer join the Ability Access Specialists team and is looking forward to her contributions as the school year continues.