Stand Up, Inc.’s staff consist of persons from a wide variety of backgrounds and experience. The common thread among all of us is a dedication to excellence and a desire to see those we work with succeed and reach their personal goals. Below you will find a listing of all of our employees and a brief biographical narrative about each of them.
If you would like further information about our staff or how you can be part of our team, you may us the “Contact Us” page – we would be glad to hear from you!
Dan is the President of Stand Up Inc. He has worked for fifteen years in Supported Employment, beginning in 2001.
Kelly received her BA from Longwood University and serves as the Executive Director of Stand Up, Inc. She has worked in the supportive employment field since 2001.
Cecilia serves a Stand Up's Medicaid Program Manager. She received a Bachelor's of Business Administration from National College...
Paige graduated from Concord University with a Bachelors in Psychology in 2015. She is originally from McDowell County, West Virginia but moved to Tazewell Virginia soon after she graduated college to find better employment. She is now a Regional Supervisor for the Southwest Virginia Area.
Lauren received her degree in Psychology from Winthrop University. Originally from Fort Mill, South Carolina, Lauren moved to Lynchburg in 2015 looking for new experiences.
Radonna graduated in 2003 with dual associate degrees in Business Administration and General Studies. Before coming to Stand Up, Radonna was an administrative assistant at Kroger for 3 years.
Len came to us from Central Virginia Community Services. There he saw the need for meaningful employment for individuals with disabilities.
Ashley is a native of Lynchburg, Virginia and a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University and American University. Before she came to Stand Up she taught English in South Korea for a year.
Hello! I am an employment specialist with the Lynchburg team and I LOVE my job. I came to Stand Up with a background in human services specifically within the foster care system.
Prior to working for Stand Up Inc. I had been working at Church Street Bridal for about 3 years; a non-profit organization which funds women and children who have been subjected to domestic violence and sexual assault.
John is from Richmond, Virginia. He graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a degree in Business Management. He spent 15 years with non-profit organizations mostly in affordable housing.
Before becoming an Skills Trainer, she worked as a store manager for Olympia Sports. Her store closed down which led her to search for a job. She came across Stand Up and fell in love with what this company stands for.
Before coming to Stand Up, I lived in South Carolina and worked two jobs, as a hostess at Longhorn and an After School Educator! I moved to Virginia for school and needed a job. I wanted something somewhat within the profession that I am studying which is mental health counseling.
Khirsten Cook is an Employment Specialist with Stand Up's Southwest Virginia team. She graduated from Sweet Briar College in 2015 with an Honors Degree, a Bachelor of Arts in English and Creative Writing, and a minor in Art History. After graduating, Khirsten worked for the Department of State as an Agreements Analyst in Washington D.C. ...
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. Before coming to Stand Up Lori worked as a Regional Manager for Goodwill Industries of Tenneva...
Autumn is a Skills Trainer with Stand Up's Southwest Virginia team. Her passion to help those with various disabilities started as a young child. The favorite part of her job is seeing her clients succeed in areas that they never thought possible.
Janie is an Employment Specialist with Stand Up's Southwest Virginia team. She is an 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.
Dereck's favorite part of working with Stand Up is all of the great individuals he has the pleasure of working with as coworkers and customers. Dereck chose to work in this field, because of the affiliation Stand Up had with his last employer and their commitment to working with the Special Needs community.
Lynsie Russ received Bachelors degrees in Public History and Anthropology, with concentrations in Museum Studies and Archaeology, from Longwood University in 2013.
At the age of 15, her parents began sponsoring individuals with disabilities in their home, and Lynsie quickly developed a passion for advocating and empowering those whose voices are often not heard.
Tara is a full-time student studying American Sign Language and Social Work/Human Services. She’ll graduate with her Bachelor’s in May 2019 and begin her Master’s level the following fall.
Tara's end goal is to work with the Deaf community, specifically Deaf children that are in foster care.
Kimberly 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.
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.
Laura received her Bachelor’s degree in Communication from George Mason University in 2016.
She worked as a team-building facilitator at an outdoor challenge course and was promoted to assistant director of staff development. Here Laura gained valuable skills in experiential education, workplace training, and communication which she uses daily in her work with Stand Up, Inc.
I arrived in Lynchburg in August 2018 to start my Master's degree in psychology at Liberty University. Previously, I had graduated with my bachelors from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, OK.
My favorite part of being an employment specialist is the instant ability to connect with the employees and help them become the best versions of themselves. I come from not knowing them to helping them reach their goals. There is nothing like it!