Tami Shaw is the Executive Director at Companions Inc. She 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 pertaining to ID/DD Services, Mental Health, Education, Employment, Homelessness, Hunger, Healthcare, and Housing in diverse communities. She has successfully led the CARF accreditation process for multiple organizations and has become well-recognized as a key advocate for individuals and families with Mental Health and/or ID/DD.
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 also holds multiple leadership, and outstanding service awards. As a seasoned executive, Tami brings to Companions her commitment to ensuring “Standards of Excellence” in organizational management. Tami has a true passion to serve her community.
Graduating from Bennett College for Women in 2011, Brittany Purcell brings to Companions over 10 years experience in Mental and Behavioral Health. Brittany is driven by the personal motto that has 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 and serving 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- “Dreaming and Achieving Together” Brittany enjoys working with Individuals and Families to create a fulfilling quality of life and continuing to change the narrative, bringing 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 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. Within a few years she was promoted to her current position as Program Manager where she continues to support individuals in a management role. 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 serves a dual role as the Intake Specialist and Quality Assurance Manager at Companions. She works closely with individuals and families seeking new services and supports to help them achieve their life goals. Sherron facilitates the new intake process by reviewing referrals, coordinating intake meetings and tours, and collaborating with her teammates to ensure a smooth transition for incoming participants. Her quality assurance expertise includes service monitoring, documentation review, incident investigation and reporting, and person-centered-planning. Sherron also serves as a member of the agency Standing Committee. Prior to her current role at Companions, she supported individuals with disabilities at various behavioral and mental health organizations as a Direct Support Professional and subsequently as a Rehabilitation Specialist.
Sherron graduated from the University of Baltimore in 2008 with a Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Psychology, Communication, and Management. Sherron is a recipient of multiple service awards including Direct Support Professional of the year in 2011 and Employee of the Year in 2019. Sherron enjoys working and assisting individuals with differing abilities achieve their goals. She enjoys traveling and always finds ways to help and assist her team members.
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.