Self-employment is an option for everyone!
What started out as two parents concerned about the future of their two children has grown into a community supporting the same mission: for individuals with developmental disabilities to obtain meaningful employment by pursuing their passions. Some call it self-employment. We call it the #JobCreators Movement!
Minerva Santiago, Co-founder, has over 15 years of experience in special needs planning and consulting. Minerva guides individuals and families with disabilities in their pursuit of self-employment and long-term sustainability through benefits planning and more.
Boaz Nelson Santiago, Co-founder, specializes in self-employment education & consulting and is a Certified Business Technical Assistance Consultant (CBTAC) for Vocational Rehabilitation, responsible for supporting potential
entrepreneurs with disabilities through all stages of their business.
Jerry Osteryoung, Ph.D., is our Educational Advisor. Jerry was a Professor of Entrepreneurship (Emeritus) at the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship in the College of Business at Florida State University. He was the founding Executive Director of the Jim Moran Institute.
Jennie Trocchio Kirkland, Ph.D., is a Certified Teacher with extensive experience creating programs for individuals with autism and related disorders. Jennie also teaches in a post-secondary setting as an adjunct professor of Special Education.
Richard Friedkin is our Community Partner Work Incentives Coordinator (CPWIC). He has many years of experience helping people with disabilities understand how to best leverage disability benefits without compromising the value of meaningful work through self-employment.