Marketing & Outreach
Brianne Gruber – Director of Outcome Measures and Marketing
Shortly after graduating from the University of Toledo, Brianne began working as a Job Placement Specialist, assisting people with disabilities in obtaining employment. She immediately knew it was a special position and she had an opportunity not everyone gets, and that is to help others change their lives. For four years Brianne worked with employers, educating them on disability in the workplace, how to train individuals, and the benefits of hiring someone with a disability.
Brianne joined the Center as a Vocational Rehabilitation Coordinator working with transition youth to provide vocational counseling and other needed services to enable them to achieve competitive employment. She began working as the Customer Service Manager in October 2011. Brianne shares,” I get to come to work every day, talk to people with unique stories and educate them on all of the resources available to them.”
Brianne is an avid runner and spends much of her spare in training for ½ marathons and other competitions. The remainder of her time is spent enjoying her large family.
Dan Wilkins – Director of Special Projects
Dan is an outspoken advocate, story teller and visionary for people living with disabilities and the disability culture. He is a dad, husband, friend, chair-user, artist, writer, graphic designer, humorist, Brown’s fan and a million other things.
Since 1989, he has been sharing stories and ideas in workshops, breakouts, keynotes and roundtables, formal and informal, for students from pre-school (tough crowd) to doctorate, parents, professionals in business, human service and allied health, educators and administrators, and folks with disabilities on a broad range of topics from disability and diversity awareness, advocacy and self-advocacy, to the importance of humor, inclusion, community and seeing through bigger eyes.
Angie Goodnight – Information and Community Outreach Coordinator
Angie owned and operated Angie’s Angels, a home health care agency. For several years, she thoroughly enjoyed working closely with people with disabilities. It was her only connection to disability until 1998, when she contracted pancreatitis during a pregnancy. She lapsed into a coma for 14 days. When Angie woke she found she had a new baby daughter and had lost her vision. Over the next year, Angie had to relearn how to do everything. It’s now been eleven years and her life has come full circle. As an Information and Outreach Coordinator at the center, she assists many people on a daily basis. Angie loves to educate people with disabilities about the services available at the Center and in the community.
Mallory Tarr – Marketing Coordinator
A proud Toledo native with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication from the University of Toledo, (Go Rockets!) Mallory joined The Ability Center after three nonprofit internships in college and a year of advertising agency experience.
While in college, she was involved in Delta Delta Delta sorority where she was Vice President of Public Relations as well as Vice President of External Affairs on Panhellenic Council, the governing body of all sororities on campus. Mallory says, “These leadership roles paired with internship and real world experience have brought me here and given me the opportunity to give back to the community through my love of marketing communications.”