Category Archives for "Virginia Supported Employment"

Nov 19

Janie Blankenship

By Stand Up, Inc. | Employment Specialist

Janie Blankenship


Employment Specialist

Janie is and organized and disciplined professional with extensive background in Human Services and Psychology. She received her dual Bachelors of Science in Human Services and Psychology with Cum Laude status from Old Dominion University in 2016.

Janie seeks to utilize her education and work experience in a position to support individuals, families, and the community.

Favorite Quote:

“Nothing can keep you from reaching your goals. Do It!”


Sep 25

Nicole Paige

By Stand Up, Inc. | Employment Specialist

Nicole Paige


Employment Specialist

Nicole has an associates degree with the concentration in psychology, from the University of Phoenix and is currently working on her bachelors in psychology at the University of Phoenix.

Nicole has been a Group Home Manager at Leumas Lighted Life and prior to that I was Assistant Director at Larche Blue Ridge Mountains. She worked with people with intellectual disabilities in both positions.

Nicole loves walking, reading, and spending time with family.

It brings joy to her heart to see people succeed in challenges.

Favorite quote: 

“Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.” – Maya Angelou


Aug 22

Kimberly Emerson

By Stand Up, Inc. | Skills Instructor

Kimberly Emerson


Skills Instructor

Kimberly's experience working with people with disabilities has been a lifelong journey. She attributes this path to her mother, whom always surrounded her with, and had a dedication to, helping others achieve a meaningful, rewarding life.

She began working in supported employment in 2001 as an Employment Specialist. This job quickly lead to her learning sign language to assist under served customers in her area. She became Vice President of Administration for the same company in 2007, but missed working with people. In 2009 her and her husband bought a bakery with the purpose of providing real employment opportunities to people with disabilities.  

When Kimberly was introduced to Stand Up's STEP program she knew immediately that this was her passion. To reach individuals at an early stage and teach them work ethic and skills has been the most rewarding experience she has had in this line of work.

Kimberly loves to see the progression of the students and knows that she is teaching them lifelong skills that will assist them in laying down a firm foundation for their future. 

Kimberly's hobbies are: baking, cooking, and most things outside in nature.

Favorite quote: 

"My only hope is that, even for a moment, I helped you see the world a little bit different." ~Wilder


Feb 14

Lori Moore

By Stand Up, Inc. | Employment Specialist

Lori Moore


Employment Specialist

Lori Moore is an Employment Specialist with Stand Up's Southwest Virginia team.

She graduated from Southwest Virginia Community College with certifications in Business Management and Medical Records. Lori plans to further her education at Virginia Highlands Community College in the Fall of 2018 and will focus her studies in Human Services. 

Before becoming an Employment Specialist in 2017, Lori worked as a Regional Manager for Goodwill Industries of Tenneva which strengthened her passion for helping others. 

Lori's favorite part of working for Stand Up is helping her customers obtain employment and reaching their employment goals.

“The most sincere form of kindness is not to show off our greatness but to help another discover their own.”
― Charles F. Glassman


Nov 14

Paige Boardwine

By Stand Up, Inc. | Regional Supervisor/SW VA

Paige Boardwine


Regional Supervisor/SW VA

Hello! I graduated from Concord University with my Bachelors in Psychology in 2015. I am originally from McDowell County, West Virginia but moved to Tazewell Virgina soon after I graduated college to find better employment. I am now a Regional Supervisor for the Southwest Area.

I chose this field because I have always had a passion for helping others. Since working for Stand Up, I have grown to be a better person because of what this job has shown me. My customers have taught me so many things and shown me, as well as others, that the "impossible" is possible. I absolutely love watching them succeed and watching them gain confidence in themselves. I honestly cannot think of one aspect of my job that I do not enjoy.

My previous job experience was a waitress. One of my favorite things was being around people and helping them with the things that they needed. I love to see people smile, and one way to do that is to make your customers happy!

My hobbies include being outdoors. I love to hunt, fish, kayak, etc. I also enjoy playing tennis and hiking.

My favorite quote is:
You are you, that is truer than true, there is no one alive who is youer than you - Dr. Seuss



Email: [email protected]


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