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Valerie Reyher, Chief Operating Officer

Valerie joined The Kennedy Collective in 1994 as a vocational rehabilitation counselor and progressively advanced through various rehabilitation programs and management positions. She has been a staunch advocate for individuals leading the most independent lives possible, including employment for all.

Valerie has served on several boards and state consortiums including Trumbull’s Business Education Initiative, Connecticut APSE (Association of People Supporting Employment first), Statewide Transition Taskforce, TBI Advisory Board and Connecticut Ticket to Work Employment Networks Consortium as well as various workgroups for the Bureau of Rehabilitation Services and the Department of Developmental Services, all in the efforts of promoting better opportunities for persons with disabilities.  She leads a dynamic team in eliminating barriers for individuals and creating community partnerships that allow individuals to grow and advance their skills.

Valerie earned her undergraduate and accelerated masters degree in psychology at Marist College, Poughkeepsie NY. She is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) and National Certified Counselor (NCC) as well as a Surveyor for CARF International, an accreditation organization that reviews other community service providers across the United States and Canada.

Why Should Someone Contribute To The Kennedy Collective?

Contributing to TKC is an investment in our employees, our individuals we support, and our overall community.

What Sums Up The Kennedy Collective To You?

Impacting lives—there are so many families and individuals who have told us their lives are better, more productive, more fulfilling, etc. because TKC listened and then took action to help the person.

Why Are You So Passionate About The Kennedy Collective?

The work we do matters. It changes lives.  We build confidence, we find alternatives to compensate for deficits, we develop independence, we believe in the value of the person in front of us, we reduce barriers, we tap into one’s potential, we empower, we care and we support.  We celebrate individuality, uniqueness, personal choices, and successes.   We are there when so many others won’t be.   We have a great team of employees who choose to be here and who choose our mission.  We strive to continually improve ourselves so we can improve the lives of others.  I am proud to be an employee of TKC.