All Iowa WIPA staff are Certified Community Work Incentives Coordinators through Virginia Commonwealth University. The Social Security Administration has a contract with Virginia Commonwealth University to provide training and technical support to the WIPA project staff. You may visit VCU’s website at http://www.vcu-ntc.org/.
WIPA staff are committed to providing you with the highest level of quality and technical support possible. In order to maintain this level of quality, we receive on going training to ensure our skills are sharp and abreast of the most current information available.
Meet Our Staff
WIPA Project Director: Mistie Johnson–
Mistie Johnson holds MBA from Walden University. Mistie follows her passion for serving people with disabilities both personally and professionally. Having several family members who live life to the fullest everyday with disabilities, she works tirelessly to ensure that they have a voice through a strong connection with the disability and advocacy arena.
Mistie provided job placement services to students and graduates in post-secondary education. Mistie lead efforts to reduce employment barriers for transition age youth and young adults with disabilities by collaborating with local employers while working as an Employment Training Specialist within the WIOA Youth Program. During her time with IowaWORKS North Iowa, Mistie also facilitated that Region’s Employment Network, providing support for Ticket to Work Program participants, and is a former Disability Navigator under the Navigator Grant for Iowa. Mistie has worked within the Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA) program for over 12 years, obtaining her Community Work Incentive Coordinator Certification (CWIC) through Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in 2011. Mistie is currently the Project Director and a Community Work Incentives Coordinator at Disability Rights Iowa for the Work Incentives Planning and Assistance program in Iowa.
WIPA Coordinator: Tammy Crouch – Tammy received a Bachelors of Science degree in Human Resources Management from Bellevue University. Previous experience includes working as a Disability Navigator, Employment Specialist, and Disability Resource Coordinator with an emphasis on Benefits Planning for Beneficiaries receiving Supplemental Security Income and Social Security Disability Insurance. Tammy has also had the opportunity to be involved with many projects related to Ticket to Work, Iowa Medicaid Waivers, Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation, and Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. She is very active in her community and serves on several committees that work to address barriers to housing, transportation, education, and employment related situations. Tammy received her Community Work Incentive Coordinator (CWIC) certification from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2014