Direct Support Workforce Solutions is a national consulting group addressing the workforce needs of organizations providing community-based supports for individuals with disabilities. Drawing on more than 30 years of research, training, outreach, and evaluation, Direct Support Workforce Solutions helps organizations develop and implement workforce strategies that reduce turnover; attract, recruit and retain qualified talent; and engage and prepare their workforce to deliver high-quality services.

Amy S Hewitt
Amy S Hewitt


Heather C Barcikowski :: National Workforce Consultant

Claire E Benway :: National Training Consultant

Julie Bershadsky :: Director, Community Living and Employment

Kelly E Chirhart :: National Workforce Consultant

Kristin Dean :: Director of Information Technology

Kristine E Foss :: National Workforce Consultant

Sarah Hall :: Research Associate

Amy S Hewitt :: Director, Institute on Community Integration

Barbara A Kleist :: Director, Entrepreneurial and Development Programs

Julie E Kramme :: Research Fellow

Danielle C Mahoehney :: Community Living and Employment Specialist

Mark R Olson :: Project Coordinator

Sandra L Pettingell :: Research Associate

Megan L Sanders :: National Workforce Consultant

Jerry W Smith :: Director of Marketing and Communications

Chet Tschetter :: National Workforce Consultant


  • Direct support workforce
    • Supervision and mentoring
    • Human resources and management
    • Retention and recruitment
    • Workforce development strategies
    • Training