The Susan M. Daniels Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame was established by the National Disability Mentoring Coalition (NDMC) to honor those individuals who are making a significant difference in the lives of youth and adults with disabilities through mentoring and to raise awareness about the importance of mentoring for individuals with disabilities.
We are proud to induct Barbara Butz into the Susan Daniels Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame.
Barbara Butz has served in leadership roles in both the public and private sectors and completed her public service career as the Assistant Secretary of the Florida Department of Labor and Employment Security. Previous roles include leadership of non-profit organizations and management responsibilities for federal contracting for a public-school system. Since 2000, she has provided consulting services to public, private and government clients with a focus on inter-agency collaboration, workforce development, workforce inclusion, health care access and community living for people with disabilities. In this role, she served as the principal liaison between DOL’s Employment and Training Administration and the Social Security Administration’s Ticket to Work Program for three years.
Barbara currently serves as President of PolicyWorks, a national non-profit organization whose mission is to support individuals with disability in their efforts to achieve independence through employment. In this role, she has developed the successful California-based College to Career Transition model in partnership with San Diego State University’s Interwork Institute and developed a certification programs for Peer Mentors in partnership with Florida Atlantic University for use by state Vocational Rehabilitation agencies nation-wide. PolicyWorks is also working as a partners in the Workforce Innovation Technical Assistance Center, providing technical assistance to 11 states and developing training products and other tools for use by State VR agencies and members of the national workforce system.