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 is a graduate of Kaplan University with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Management including a concentration in Business Administration. Mistie’s career path has kept her closely involved with the Disability and Advocacy arena. Mistie has worked as an Employment Training Specialist for North Iowa Area Community College, in partnership with IowaWORKS North Iowa within the Workforce Investment Act Youth Program. She continues to serve on Region Two’s Youth Standing Committee. During her time with IowaWORKS North Iowa, Mistie also facilitated that Region’s Employment Network providing support for Ticket to Work Program participants, and was a resource for disability related items for staff as well. Previously, Mistie worked under the former Navigator Grant for Iowa’s Region Two, as a Disability Navigator. She also operated in a Work Incentives Support Specialist role under the Iowa WIPA grant. Mistie has a strong background in the disability and advocacy arena; as she has worked with a diverse range of persons with disabilities, and has held roles within Home and Community Based services, Sheltered Worksites, and in several enclave worksites. Mistie was certified in 2011 through Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) as a Community Work Incentive Coordinator (CWIC).
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