Our CWIC's & Staff
Marissa Gianino, CWIC
Regions: Knox, York and Cumberland Counties
Marissa joined Vocational Services in 2015 to satisfy her passion to empower people and influence social justice issues. Marissa graduated from University of Massachusetts Lowell in 2015 with an M.A. in Community Psychology and from University of Southern Maine in 2012 with a B.A. in Psychology and a B.A. in Communication.
Her hobbies include laughing, eating, hiking, Netflix, being a kid, adventures, animals, and philosophizing about life. Marissa loves her two furry children (cats), Kobe and Lady Windsong Poof Aloof.
Diane Luce, CWIC
Regions: Penobscot, Piscataquis and Aroostook Counties
Diane Luce joined the WIPA team at MMC in January 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Southern Maine. Diane began her career as an In-Home Counselor in the Family Builders Program through the Aroostook Mental Health Center, working as a member of a 2-person team to provide short-term intensive services to families in crisis. During this time she also taught Parenting Effectiveness Training (PET) classes and worked closely with area agencies and school systems to coordinate services. Diane has also provided respite care services to families who have children with special needs.
Diane also worked for a number of years in the affordable housing industry as a Site Manager and Program Auditor. She wrote the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) Compliance Manual for a nationally known and recognized property management company. During this time she also provided training to new staff, assisted the elderly and people with disabilities in securing housing and services, and received certification as an Occupancy Specialist, Senior Housing Specialist and Certified Assisted Housing Manager. Diane completed the Social Security Administration's required Community Work Incentives Coordinator training in February 2009.
Ken Nelson, CWIC
Regions: Cumberland, Hancock, Washington and Waldo Counties
Ken joined the MMC Benefits Planning, Assistance and Outreach team and completed BPAO training by Cornell University for the Social Security Administration in 2005. In addition, Ken also obtained Community Work Incentives Coordinator certification in May 2008. Ken earned his Bachelor's Degree in history from the University of Maine - Machias.
Before arriving at MMC, he was a Claims Representative for the Social Security Administration. Prior to that, he worked as a Senate Staff Assistant for Senator Bill Cohen and for Senator Susan Collins for 9 years specializing in Immigration, State Department and Social Security issues. Ken is also the owner/operator of cottages on Lovejoy Pond in central Maine, a business that has been in his family for 60 years.
Jennifer, a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, has worked in the field of supported employment since 1996. After obtaining her Master's degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Boston University, she worked as a clubhouse worker, supported employment and education specialist, and job developer. Recognizing the importance of housing assistance for people with disabilities, she then worked for three years in the field of public housing, managing self-sufficiency programs at a nonprofit housing agency.
Jennifer has managed Benefits Counseling Services at MMC's Department of Vocational Services since 2003. She has been trained in Benefits Planning by Cornell University and is a member of the Maine State Workforce Investment Board's Commission on Disability and Employment.
CWIC Program Coordinator
Stephanie, a Licensed Social Worker, joined MMC in January 2007. She also came to MMC with two years of experience in the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC), a team-based national volunteer service program which sends young adults around the United States on team volunteer assignments requested by communities in need. Following her experience in the NCCC, she worked for two years as a Community Outreach Coordinator at a Pennsylvania college's community outreach center. There she was a leader of student volunteers who worked to meet the unique volunteer needs of communities and community organizations while developing students as global citizens through leadership development, personal growth, and community services.
Stephanie completed the Social Security Administration’s required Benefits Planning, Assistance and Outreach training in February 2007 and completed the Community Work Incentives Coordinator certification in May 2008.
BCS Project Specialist
Noreen joined MMC Vocational Services in 2007 with over 14 years of experience in the advertising field and more than 8 years in the non-profit development field. She worked for Vocational Services first as an Administrative Associate supporting the work of Employment Specialists, maintaining clients' charts through the development and use of a database, creating client resumes, and greeting clients awaiting their appointments.
In September 2011, Noreen began working as the WIPA Project Specialist (now called BCS Project Specialist). She is the first point of contact for all new BCS clients and supports the CWICs by directing calls from clients as well as scheduling appointments, assisting in quality assurance activities, writing Vocational Rehabilitation Reports and processing the paperwork needed to gather necessary benefits information for incoming clients. Noreen also maintains the MMC Vocational Services website, where people can find important information regarding disabilities and going back to work. Born and raised in Portland, Noreen has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications with an emphasis in Business from the University of Southern Maine.