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Kimberly Wickert

Director of Organizational Partnerships RETAIN KY – Human Development Institute at University of Kentucky

Kimberly WickertKimberly Wickert has been helping individuals, employers, and organizations in the remain and return to work process for over 20 years.  She promotes collaboration to identify opportunities and overcome obstacles for individuals, employers, workforce professionals and healthcare providers involved in the process to support sustainable solutions in an inclusive environment. Kimberly has partnered with Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) in multiple state systems supporting them in the vocational goals of their consumers as she developed and led a community rehabilitation provider program and received a grant to provide VR intakes and orientations for consumers on behalf of the state VR system. Her program allowed consumers to be served in an accessible and expedient manner. She began her career as a case manager and vocational specialist working in a hospital setting helping individuals with work related injuries in their return-to-work goals through vocational evaluations and job placement and development services.  She led a Physical and Occupational therapy team to build a work hardening and work conditioning program with a return-to-work focus.  In addition to being part of the University of Kentucky’s Human Development Institute, she also worked in various educational settings including Kent State University, Wright State University and The Ohio State University teaching in rehabilitation counseling programs and advocating for individuals with disabilities in the workplace.  She has a master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling and is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and Certified Vocational Evaluator.

Episode 130: RETAIN Kentucky Helps Employees Stay at Work or Return to Work