?Our Mission is to Recognize the Fear and Show the Path Before One is Frozen in Time.?
Veronica Lieb Crawford, M.A., Owner and Founder
Veronica is the Owner and Founder of People Achieving Results Together (PART).?She holds a BA in Psychology, MA in Human Resources Development and is a Board Certified Senior Disability Analyst and Diplomate. For her thesis in graduate school, Veronica completed a research study surrounding Diversity in the Workplace; Including Individuals with Disabilities as a Minority Population.
Her career experiences and expertise include conducting numerous disability-related trainings and presentations to professionals, businesses, and public agencies. She has a dedicated focus and skill in working one-on-one, small groups and classes with teens and adults who have:
- High Functioning Autism
- Aspergers Syndrome
- Substance Abuse
- Mood Disorders
- Mild Traumatic Brain Injury
- Family dynamic issues that impact all members of the family involved involved in raising a child with hidden disabilities.
An accomplished professional, Veronica has worked in the private sector for a Fortune 100 company as a Human Resources Training Manager and Recruiter, ensuring ADA compliance, training on employment law, team and leadership roles, diversity in the workplace, and employee relations.
Veronica believes in building advocacy capacity and disability equity in the community she lives in, having served many leadership roles professionally with corporations, and not-for-profits.?Some of these efforts include the Jobing.com Education and Training Committee of Jobing.Com, Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM), AZ Networking Employment and Training Professional Association (NETPA), Valley of the Sun Human Resources Association (VSHRA), Employment Management Association (EMA), DLA (Diversity Leadership Alliance (DLA), LDA Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA), Autism Society of America (ASA) the American Board of Disability Analysts (ABDA), Untapped AZ, and on the Society of Human Resource Management GP Employment Coalition (SHRMGP).
As a community organizer, Veronica saw a need and opportunity to bring more public attention towards the under-employment of people with disabilities. In 2011, she conceived the idea of an EmployAbility Rally at the Arizona State Capital, where many groups of people with and without disabilities joined together to demonstrate diversity for employers in recognition and celebration of of hiring individuals with disabilities.
Veronica is a published author, and her book ?Embracing the Monster: Overcoming the Challenges of Hidden Disabilities,? was released in 2002 by Brookes Publishing, with a second edition in 2004. She has been featured in numerous publications including LDA News briefs, NCLD/Our World magazine, LDonline ? First Person and Smart Kids with LD.
Veronica is a respected spokesperson on behalf of and for adults with LD, ADHD, and mental health issues across the nation, speaking at local and national and even international conferences. She is a passionate and tireless spokeswoman working to enhance the recognition of adults with hidden disabilities as the most unrecognized and misunderstood minority in our society. Veronica works with her staff to integrate clients into the community where others can see their talents and contributions and be unaware that they are not any different from other individual in the world! In recognition of her work, Veronica was awarded Transition Educator of the Year in 2013 by the Arizona Department of Education, Exceptional Student Services.
Veronica is the mother of two adult children with hidden disabilities, and has hidden disabilities herself. She has truly walked the talk and seen so much in her lifetime.? Her reputation has been built as an honest and empathic professional, who personally deeply understands the fears and struggles associated with being told or believing ?it?s impossible? for a person with hidden disabilities to have a full, meaningful life. Veronica believes there are answers and hopes for everyone, and that success in her work many times is the result of helping her clients find a way to reframe their experience and design new questions to locate new answers.
Justin Coller, B.S., Operations Advisor
Justin brings over 15 years of experience in working with adolescents and young adults with learning disabilities, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders and other related conditions. Bridging 10-years of combined experience in consumer banking, business accounting and financial principles, Justin has developed personal financial management programs for both People Achieving Results Together and his former employer Life Development Institute. Additionally, Justin uses his expertise in working with clients on a one-on-one basis by applying ?real world? learning to their own personal finances using ?easy-to-use? personal finance tools and resources for budgeting, reporting, categorizing and tracking of financial data.
In addition to working with clients, Justin brings over of 10-years of experience to his primary role as the Operations Advisor including: managing vendor contracts, corporate insurance policies, CRM client database administration, and basic network administration. In addition, this experience includes managing all business accounting functions including: budgeting, bookkeeping, asset management, financial statements and cash flow projections. Additionally, Justin also brings 5-years of Human Resources experience and is also primarily responsible for all of the operational functions related to HR including: HRIM database administration, employee on-boarding, payroll & benefits administration, employee data management, workman?s comp, policy, procedure and employee handbook development.
Justin?s passion is to provide tools, training and learning opportunities to clients and employees that demonstrates how to be accountable for decision-making and responsible for their own personal successes. In addition, Justin also spends a significant amount of his free time skiing and exploring the mountains of his new home State of Colorado with friends and his pet companion Otto.
Joshua Chase, B.S.
Josh holds a bachelor?s degree in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from Northern Arizona University. His prior experience includes working as a peer mentor at NAU, working with students who were transitioning from Community College to Universities, and working to educate people with disabilities to empower them to reach their full potential. He has focused his career in the mental health and education fields, often applying his ability to empathize with individuals. In his role at PART he can be seen tutoring individuals who are attending college in the areas of math, science, and social studies. Josh is also seen helping people establishing rapport with others and helping individuals navigate through life’s many challenges while empowering individuals to achieve their goals.
Mia Coudret, B.A.
Mia works with PART students as a tutor for various subjects. Mia has over 10 years of experience working with adolescents and adults with learning disabilities, ADHD, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. She holds a Bachelor?s Degree from Northern Arizona University as well as an Adult Education Teaching Certificate. She has spent several years working in digital classroom transformation, mastery tracking, and curriculum development.
Mia enjoys working one on one with students to help them organize their materials, visualize their goals, and demonstrates with them how to be responsible for their own successes. She also enjoys participating in outdoor activities like hiking and team sports with family, friends, and students. Crafting is another hidden talent and pastime that Mia brings to those close to her, including her students!
You will sometimes find Mia involving herself in PART activities as well!
DeAnna Granado, B.S.
DeAnna Granado is a graduate of ASU and holds a BS in Administration of Justice. She has 15 years of experience throughout her career and for the last 10 years, she has focused her career in the mental health field, working with people who have disabilities. She works with individuals to empower them to see their purpose by becoming a more independent person by helping them work through life’s challenges, establishing relationships, and contributing to the community.
Fred Wieck, M.S.
Fred Wieck received a bachelor?s degree with a Human Services emphasis and a master?s degree in Counseling from Moorhead State University, Moorhead, Minnesota. He is currently employed with the Life Development Institute, in Glendale, Arizona. There, he teaches high school and college level classes. He also works at Paradise Valley Community College in Phoenix, Arizona where teaches personal growth courses, provides personal and career counseling services, and is a college club advisor.
Fred?s teaching experience is diverse including public schools, charter schools, private schools, community college and university. Subjects taught include psychology, stress management, mindfulness, career exploration, male/female communication, resilience, building self-esteem and assertiveness, leadership, and college success strategies.
His method is based on a positive, solution-focused approach to address challenges including navigating life transitions, building relationships, managing stressors such as, grief, loss and trauma, coping with mood disorders and learning disabilities, ADHD, and educational and career planning.
Fred provides a practical, results-oriented approach to his work one on one that recognizes and values the uniqueness of each individual, identifies their strengths and talents, and provides support to overcome obstacles that hinder optimal physical, social-emotional well-being, and educational and career advancement and success.
Fred also offers tutoring for college level structure, and some critical classes as well.