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"A Paycheck and You, Why Work Pay$" Conference

October 25, 2013

Oklahoma History Center |  800 Nazih Zudi Drive  |  Oklahoma City, OK 73105

Hosted by: Oklahoma Rehabilitation Council, Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC) of Oklahoma, Oklahoma Rehabilitation Association, and the State of Oklahoma Office of Disability Concerns

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  • 9:00 a.m.- 9:30 a.m. - Welcome and Introduction, by Director Joe Cordova, Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • 9:30 a.m - 10:00 a.m. - "Why Work Matters" by Mr. Chuck Mills, Mayor of Shawnee, Oklahoma
  • 10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. - Break
  • 10:15 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. - "Your Paycheck:  What are all those withholdings?" by Steven Shepelwich, Kansas City Federal Reserve Board
  • 11:00 a.m. to Noon - "Affordable Health Care Act/Medicaid Expansion" by Dr. Kathy Scheirman, Retired Colonel, U.S. Air Force
  • Noon to 1:00 p.m. - Lunch Program: "Emergency Preparedness for Oklahomans" by Red Dirt Ready
  • 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. - "Becoming Financially Stable" by Ms. Abby Cooper, MA
  • Break set by afternoon speaker
  • 4:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. - Wrap Up and Adjourn

Why Attend?

"A Paycheck and You, Why Work Pay$" Conference will be a combination of presentation and small group exercises. A job, even a career, is not magic, it does not solve the array of barriers many individuals with disabilities face. This event will focus on what individuals need to know on financial issues and action they can take.

Who Should Attend?

Anyone interested in learning how to maximize their resources and why having a job or career can work for them.

Special Accommodations

If you are in need of any accommodation, you must make that known on your registration form. To ensure we are able to satisfy your accommodation, information must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on October 14th.

Help Improve the Accessibility of Oklahoma's Voting Machines

Oklahoma ABLE Tech at OSU is assessing the effectiveness of Oklahoma's accessible voting machines. The goal is to help improve access to and allow individuals with disabilities to vote independently and privately at all polling places.

How Can You Participate?

Sign up for a 20-minute demonstration. Time slots are available from 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Please check the voting demonstration box on your registration form so we can contact you to schedule an appointment.

Featured Speakers

Ms. Abby Cooper

Ms. Cooper designed and implemented the first community-based supported employment program in Washington State. She designed and implemented training for parents and teachers of transition age students focusing on obtaining employment. As administrator of the Washington State Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR), she managed the Business Relations Team working with public and private employers, managed independent living services, developed and managed the Division’s systems, training criteria, and infrastructure for Ticket to Work.

Col. Katherine Scheirman

Col. Katherine Scheirman, USAF (Ret.), MD, MHA, FACPE, spent more than 20 years in the U.S. Air Force. Dr. Scheirman coordinated the military medical response to the bombing of the Oklahoma City Murrah Federal Building. During her Air Force career, she developed first-hand experience with health-care systems in the U.S., Japan, the U.K., and many other NATO countries. Since she retired in 2006, Dr. Scheirman has been an advocate for veterans, active military members and their families, and for healthcare reform.

Charles D. (Chuck) Mills

Charles D. (Chuck) Mills is the third generation President of Mills Machine Company (est. 1908) an international custom manufacturer of Earth Drilling Tools, Bits and Related Accessories. Mr. Mills is involved with the East Central Workforce Investment Board, Shawnee Chamber of Commerce, Mayor’s Advisory Committee, Governor’s Council for Workforce and Economic Development, OK Workforce Youth Council and many others. Chuck has received the Governors Small Business Person of the Year in 2011, OK Mayor of the Year in 2008 as well as many other awards.

Steven Shepelwich

Steven C. Shepelwich is a Senior Community Development Advisor at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Oklahoma City Branch. Mr. Shepelwich leads the branch efforts to promote economic development, and fair and impartial access to financial services in Oklahoma’s low- to moderate-income communities. Prior to joining the Federal Reserve Bank, he worked with national organizations focused on expanding the roles of financial institutions in low-income communities.


For more information, please contact Theresa Hamrick, Oklahoma Rehabilitation Council, at (405) 951-3579 or (800) 569-7974