Caitlin Van Ermen
Director Michael Hudson remarks, “Making your way onto Team RCPD demands unique talent, passion for the work at hand and a willingness to persist toward optimal outcomes.
Amy and Jessica bring these attributes and are uniquely ready to help maximize ability and opportunity.
We welcome them and anticipate excellence with their leadership.”
Michigan State University offers a competitive education with the help of the Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities and enjoys a reputation of an inclusive education.
New RCPD team members, Amy Pinckney and Jessica Diener, will add value to their new roles in carrying out MSU’s academic missions.
Amy Pinckney (left) and Jessica Diener (right) are key players at team RCPD
As the Operations Coordinator, Amy provides office organizational coordination in consultation with the department Director, academic specialists, and technical staff. Amy has devoted six years at MSU and transferred to the RCPD from the MSU Olin Health Center Psychiatry department where she worked as administrative and office management support.
Amy is excited to join team RCPD and is looking forward to working with fellow staff on special events and serving as co-chair of the RCPD Safety Committee.
Amy emphasized, “I am happy to be a part of the positive work environment here and excited to start contributing to the honorable missions of the RCPD.”
Jessica Diener joined the RCPD team in 2014 as the Psychiatric and Autism Spectrum Disabilities Specialist. Her primary responsibilities include assisting students and employees with diverse strengths and needs to find the right accommodations to maximize their abilities and potential. Jessica also works closely with the BOND program to support students holistically and promote inclusive engagement on MSU's campus and beyond.
The RCPD is honored to have Jessica return to MSU, after earning her BA and MA here. Prior to employment at RCPD Jessica served as a vocational specialist at Pekham Inc. where she provided vocational evaluations for clients with varying kinds and degrees of disabilities.
Jessica said, "I believe it is imperative to take an individualized and holistic approach to services and planning, when helping students and employees achieve their goals.
My professional interests range from disability advocacy, to counseling, to career development and exploration for students."
The RCPD looks forward to the positive contributions of these qualified individuals.