OUR PEOPLE

Tami Shaw

Tami Shaw

Tami Shaw Launched her career in Human Services in 2001 with the ARC of Troy NY, compelled to ensuring that those with differing abilities and needs would have a voice in their communities. Working in Human Services for over twenty years, collaborating on issues of Mental Health, Education, Employment, Homelessness, Hunger, Healthcare, and Housing in diverse communities.

In 2005 as a Program Director for Keystone Human Services in Harrisburg, PA, Tami became a known face and voice for the organization. Tami has been recognized on billboards and brochures as a key advocate for individuals and families with Mental Health diagnosis and Physical & Intellectual Disabilities.

In 2011 Tami managed a Supported Employment Program through the YWCA of Greater Harrisburg, PA. Through the Supported Employment Program, Tami assisted individuals with mental health diagnosis that were homeless, unemployed, struggling with addiction, and criminal backgrounds, to find competitive employment. She successfully hosted the first annual community job fair for the YWCA receiving outstanding recognition in the YWCA newsletter, and in the community. Tami was asked by the City of Harrisburg to assist in conducting a citywide job fair.

Tami has successfully led the CARF accreditation process for Behavior Health Rehabilitation Services achieving the highest accreditation from CARF of three years, as a Regional Operations Director at Volunteers of America Chesapeake and as a CARF consultant for Safe Journey House. Tami has also assisted in launching Targeted Case Management services within Behavior Health Rehabilitation services at VOAC.

Currently, Tami is an Executive Director, at Companions Inc. Continuing her efforts of advocacy and service delivery. Tami holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Franklin University in Columbus, OH, a Grant Writing Certificate from Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organizations, and ACRE Certification as an Employment Specialist through Virginia Commonwealth University. Tami Hold’s multiple leadership, and outstanding service awards.

Tami has a true passion to serve her community.

Brittany Purcell

Brittany Purcell

Graduating from Bennett College for Women in 2011 Brittany Purcell has been working within the field of Mental/Behavioral health for about 10 years. Believing in the motto that guided her as she grew up “The world is yours and all you have to do is grab it, even though things may come into our paths that may steer us away, in the end we can still get through.” Brittany has used this as her platform of passion in leading the community.

Brittany has held positions over the years such as Lead Case Manager, Vocational Coordinator, and Mental Health Counselor. Her drive and connection with people and her personal motto led Brittany to becoming Program Manager at Companions Inc. “Dreaming and Achieving Together” Brittany enjoys working with Individuals and Families to create a fulfilling quality of life. Continuing to change the narrative and bring education to those who need it with a smile every time! Fun fact: Brittany was born on Thanksgiving, so this is her favorite holiday by force!!!!

Susan Orepekan

Susan Orepekan

Susan Orepekan is a Program Manager with over five years’ experience supporting people with disabilities in different roles. She began her career in the health and social services field as a Direct Support Professional providing direct, hands-on personal care to meet the specific needs of her participants and was promoted to her current position in March of 2017.  Susan specializes in program coordination and is responsible for collaborating with other employees on implementing diverse support plans aimed at providing holistic care to program participants. Susan enjoys using her skills and tireless energy to encourage others to work hard and succeed. One of her life goals is to give every individual she supports a voice and ensure they are supported to live a meaningful, fulfilling life each and every day.  Susan prides herself in her commitment to her participants and colleagues and is always ready and available to listen, empathize, and problem-solve. In her free time, Susan can be found reading, swimming laps in the pool, or watching the sun shine on the sea.

Sherron Wright

Sherron Wright

Sherron Wright is Intake Specialist and Quality Assurance Manager, where Sherron receives and review referrals, help with boarding incoming individuals, monitor individual’s current services, Person Center Plan meeting and scheduling, reviewing documentations, data, liaison between Community Coordinator of Services and families.

Before Intake Specialist and Quality Assurance Manager 2017, Sherron spent 6 years as Direct Support Professional at Jubilee Association of Maryland working with individuals with Intellectual and Development Disabilities in 2010-2016, 1 year as Rehabilitation Specialist assisting individuals with mental health 2016-2017.

Sherron graduated from University of Baltimore in 2008 with Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with concentration in Psychology, Communications and Management. Sherron was award Direct Support Professional in 2011 by Jubilee Association of MD, by Companions in 2019.

Sherron enjoys working and assisting individuals, traveling and always finding ways to help and assist her team members.

Twyla Bishop

Twyla Bishop

My name is Twyla Bishop, Community Outreach Coordinator/Job Developer at Companions, Inc. I was born in Washington, DC. However, raised in Montgomery County, Maryland. I went to the Montgomery County Public schools and graduated from high school with a diploma in 1987. I went to Montgomery College, in Rockville, Maryland. I received a certificate of completion in Aging & Disability, and a certification in Job Advancement. In 2000, I developed a desire wanting to do Job Development and decided to pursuit a career in that field. In 2014, I won a grant to go to George Washington University to study Workforce Development and received a certificate in Advance Job Development and Workforce Development. In 2018, I participated in ACRE training program with the Developmental Disability Association and received a certificate in Advance Job Development. In 2019, I decided to go back to school to pursuit my studies in Health & Human Services an 18-month program at the Ultimate Medical Academy in Clearwater, Florida. I will be receiving an Associate of Science degree August of 2020. I will continue my education in Human Services Administration at the Catholic University, Washington, DC.

I have a great desire and as well passion to work individuals who have disabilities across the spectrum. I believe in creating programs, education and bringing out the best in our individuals we support. It is my goal to create jobs that is fitting to their needs so they can grow and see themselves independent and taking control of their lives.

I am happy to apart of a great team of people and looking forward to positive things in our future.

Twyla Bishop is a Community Outreach Coordinator and Job Developer at Companions, Inc.  She has over two decades of successful experience in community outreach and employment supports. Over the years, Twyla has supported people with disabilities in various roles ranging from direct supports to program coordination. Twyla is a creative thinker who is passionate about establishing community linkages and creating opportunities for meaningful activities and employment for people with disabilities. She was pivotal in the development and implementation of a Virtual Support Program aimed at ensuring continuity of supports and promoting social interaction during the COVID-19 pandemic.  A strong believer in the power of positive thinking, Twyla regularly provides coaching and supports to encourage others to live positive, fulfilling, and purposeful lives. She is a native of Montgomery County, Maryland where she earned various academic diplomas and certificates including a certificate in Aging and Disability and another in Advance Job Development and Workforce Development. A lifelong learner, Twyla recently received her Associates degree and will continue her education in Health and Human services at the Catholic University, Washington, DC. Twyla enjoys inspirational reading and travelling with her family.