PDS Executive Director

Lisa Michele Markey Giraldi

Education

  • MA Department of Special Education,
    Emphasis: Vocational Special Education/Education of the Severely Disabled
    San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA (1996).
  • Specialist Credential,
    Education of Students with Severe Disabilities,
    San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA (1993).
  • Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential,
    San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA (1993).
  • BA Liberal Studies, Magna Cum Laude,
    San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA (1989).
    Emphasis: Speech and Communication

Employment

(6/90 - present) Pacific Diversified Services, Inc.-
223 San Anselmo Ave, San Anselmo, CA, 94960

  • Executive Director - Co-founded, incorporated, and operate an innovative, non-site based agency that supports community inclusion and facilitates integrated, paid employment for adults with severe disabilities. Perform all administrative functions, including but not limited to: Design of organizational structure, policies and procedures, services, staff/client schedules.
  • Assessment, intake, termination of clients, development of clients' Individual Support Plans.
  • Job development, facilitation of inclusion of PDS clients in meaningful activities in integrated environments.
  • Recruitment, hiring, supervision, discipline, promotion, termination of personnel.
  • Location of funding, administering and monitoring of funds.
  • Assurance that agency practices are in accordance with PDS philosophy and mission.

(9/87 - 6/90) San Francisco Unified School District -
Washington High School

  • Instructional Aide- Assisted in a self-contained, community based classroom with a heterogeneous group of students involved in vocational experiences in the community with teacher, Annette Vitali-Thompson. Was considered a model program at the time.

(Summer, Winter 1989) Project Opportunity-
An innovative and client centered program co-founded by a parent of a young adult with disabilities.

  • Job Specialist- Provided direct support in community and employment services.

(Summer 1987) Berkeley Unified School District-
Washington Elementary School

  • Instructional Aide- Assisted in self-contained classroom.

Awards:

  • 2012 -- The Jefferson Award-a recognition system honoring community and public service in America.
  • 1996 -- Graduate Student Award, San Francisco State University
  • 1994-95 -- US Department of Education Employment Specialist Stipend Recipient,
    San Francisco State University
  • 1989 -- Crumpton/Baxter/Bonham Memorial Scholarship
    San Francisco State University.
  • 1989 -- PTA Scholarship
    San Francisco State University

Publications:

  • Certo, N. J., Lee, M., Markey, L., Belanger Mautz, D., Toney, L., Toney, K., & Smalley, K. A. (1995)
    Natural supports case study: assisting Lisa to connect with her dreams.

Professional Presentations:

  • Giraldi L. Doers, G. , Harrison, S., Chao, S., Allen, J. (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)
    "How to Facilitate Quality of Life for Adults with Developmental Disabilities: Making a Commitment to Best Practices and Maintaining Integrity." Special Education Transition course. Guest Lecturer, San Francisco State University, Fall.
  • Giraldi L. (2010)
    Friendship Meeting. Facilitation of group meeting between people with disabilities and staff from U.S. And Japan-sharing of success stories and providing information to facilitate innovation and progress. PDS office, July.
  • Giraldi L., Chao, S., Doers, G. , Harrison, S. (2010)
    "How to Facilitate Quality of Life for Adults with Developmental Disabilities: Making a Commitment to Best Practices and Maintaining Integrity." All Day Seminar which was part of The Awareness Project. Cavallo Point, Sausalito. July.
  • Giraldi L., Blood, S. , Chao, S, Doers, G. , Harrison, S. (2009)
    “How to Facilitate Quality of Life for Adults with Developmental Disabilities: Making a Commitment to Best Practices and Maintaining Integrity.” Special Education Transition course. Guest Lecturer, San Francisco State University, Fall.
  • Giraldi L., Blood, S. , Chao, S. Doers, G., Peerand, E., (2009)
    Rights and Opportunities for Adults with Developmental Disabilities-Best Practices for Individuals with “Severe Reputations." STA Norcal. 3 1/2 hour training for direct care staff members at the day program facility in San Rafael, CA. March.
  • Giraldi L., Blood, S. , Celestine, D., Peak, K. Peerand, E., (2008)
    Pacific Diversified Services: an Adult Services Model Program-Driven by Values and Best Practices. Special Education Transition course.
    Guest Lecturer, San Francisco State University, Fall.
  • Giraldi L., Jahnke, J.R. Alonso, E. (2007)
    Pacific Diversified Services: an Adult Services Model Program-Driven by Values and Best Practices. Special Education Transition course.
    Guest Lecturer, San Francisco State University, Fall.
  • Giraldi, L. with PDS clients (2007)
    Introduction to Adults with Developmental Disabilities: An educational presentation about general topics regarding diversity and inclusion of people who are different.
    Presentation to Sinaloa Middle School students. At PDS office. November.
  • Giraldi L., Jahnke, J.R. Alonso, E. (2007)
    Pacific Diversified Services: an Adult Services Model Program-Driven by Values and Best Practices. Rotary club of Ross Valley.
    Guest Speaker, Deer Park Villa, September.
  • Giraldi L., Argueta J. (2006)
    Joe's Journey: From Segregation/Institutionalization to Inclusion. Presentation to large group of visitors including government representatives from all over Japan.
    Also hosted luncheon with Question and Answer time about PDS and visit to PDS office. November.
  • Giraldi, L., Argueta, J. (2006)
    Joe's Journey: From Segregation/Institutionalization to Inclusion. Introduction to Disability course.
    Guest Lecturer, San Francisco State University, Fall.
  • Giraldi, L., Argueta, J. (2005)
    Joe's Journey: From Segregation/Institutionalization to Inclusion. Introduction to Disability course.
    Guest Lecturer, San Francisco State University, Fall.
  • Giraldi L. (2004)
    Friendship Meeting. Facilitation of large group meeting between people with disabilities and staff from U.S. And Japan-sharing of success stories and providing information to facilitate innovation and progress. Marriot Hotel, Larkspur. October.
  • Giraldi L., and Peak K. (2003)
    Contacts, Motivation, Perseverance, Communication and Heart: What it takes to Develop and Maintain Paid Employment for People with Severe Disabilities. Seminar sponsored by Center for Independent Living. Tachikawa, Japan. February.
  • Giraldi L., and Peak K. (2003)
    Contacts, Motivation, Perseverance, Communication and Heart: What it takes to Develop and Maintain Paid Employment for People with Severe Disabilities. Seminar in Fukuoka, Japan. February.
  • Giraldi L., and Peak K. (2003)
    Contacts, Motivation, Perseverance, Communication and Heart: What it takes to Develop and Maintain Paid Employment for People with Severe Disabilities. Seminar sponsored by Kashima Institution. Osaka, Japan. February.
  • Giraldi L., and Argueta J. (2002)
    Working for a Living. 6th annual Golden Gate Self-Advocacy Conference.
    Conference Presenter. San Francisco, September.
  • Giraldi L., Argueta J. (2001)
    Joe's Journey: From Segregation/Institutionalization to Inclusion. Self-determination Workshop.
    Regional Center of Orange County. Keynote Speaker. Santa Ana. December.
  • Markey, L., Argueta, J. (2000)
    Joe's Journey: From Segregation/Institutionalization to Inclusion. Introduction to Disability course.
    Guest Lecturer, San Francisco State University, Spring.
  • Markey, L., Toney, L., Peak, K. (1999)
    Pacific Diversified Services. Behavioral Science/Psychology fieldwork seminar.
    Guest Lecturer, College of Marin, Fall.
  • Markey, L. (1999). Management Strategies for Nonprofit Organizations.
    Guest Lecturer, Sonoma State University, March.
  • Markey, L., Mangrubang, D., Toney, L., Sloan, R., Alonso, E. (1997)
    Contacts + Motivation + Creativity + Perseverance + Communication + Heart = Jobs/Obtaining and Maintaining Employment for Individuals with Intensive Challenges. Cal- TASH ‘97 Conference. Spring.
  • Markey, L., Toney, L., Mangrubang, D., (1997)
    Building and Maintaining Community Connections and Networking.
    Guest Lecturer, San Francisco State University, March.
  • Markey, L., Mangrubang, D. (1996)
    Job Club Presentation for Japanese Visitors. October.
  • Markey, L., Belanger Mautz, D. (1995). Integrated Work and Community Inclusion For Adults With The Most Severe Disabilities.
    Golden Gate Regional Center, San Francisco, CA.
  • Mangrubang, D., Markey, L., Belanger Mautz, D. (1995)
    The Job Club. Supported Life ‘95 Conference, October.
  • Markey, L. (1995)
    Positive Behavioral Approaches in Community and Employment Settings.
    Guest lecturer, San Francisco State University. Fall.
  • Markey, L., Belanger Mautz, D., Toney, L., Argueta, J. (1994)
    Natural Supports and Community Inclusion Strategies.
    Guest Lecturer, San Francisco State University.
  • Markey, L. (1994)
    Live and In Person... Coworkers and Employers Share Perspectives.
    Cal-TASH ‘94 Conference, April.
  • Rodriguez, S., Vitali-Thompson, A., Markey, L., Belanger Mautz, D., Slicton-Williams, M., Miles, C. (1994)
    It Can Be Done! Local Agencies Share Inclusion Strategies.
    Cal-TASH ‘94 Conference, April.
  • Markey, L. (1994)
    Administrative and Management Issues.
    Guest lecturer, San Francisco State University. Fall.
  • Markey, L., Toney, L., Belanger Mautz, D. (1994)
    Innovative Support Strategies.
    Guest lecturer, San Francisco State University. Spring.
  • Markey, L., Belanger Mautz, D., Rodriguez, S., Vitali-Thompson, A. (1994)
    Overview of the Lanterman Act and Integrated Work Programs in the Bay Area.
    Guest lecturer, San Francisco State University.
  • Certo, N., Markey, L., Belanger Mautz, D., Toney, L., Mullendore, M., Tweit-Hull, D., Sousa, M. (1993)
    Natural Supports: Facilitating Employment and Inclusive Living.
    Supported Life ‘93 Conference, October.
  • Panel Discussion (1993)
    Discussing Your Child’s Future. Interactive Session with parents of students in Special Education.
    Marin County Office of Education. March.
  • Markey, L. (1993)
    Full Inclusion into School and Community Settings.
    Guest lecturer, San Francisco State University. Spring.
  • Markey, L., Belanger Mautz, D. (1993)
    Person Centered Planning.
    Guest lecturer, San Francisco State University. Spring.
  • Markey, L. (1993)
    Transition Preparation. Audience of secondary and post-secondary teachers.
    Marin County Office of Education. March.
  • Panelist (1993)
    Cal-TASH Leadership Symposium re: Natural Supports.
    San Diego State University. June.
  • Markey, L., Belanger Mautz, D. (1992)
    How To Get What You Want And Need.
    Supported Life ‘92 Conference. October.
  • Markey, L. (1991)
    Integrated Work.
    Guest lecturer, San Francisco State University. Fall.

Media Presentations and/or Features:

  • 2012 -- Featured with Sallie Harrison, Kevin Peak, Robin Sloan and Pati Stoliar on CBS Eyewitness News as a recipient of The Jefferson Award-a recognition system honoring community and public service in America.
  • 2010 -- Interviewed with PDS client Sallie Harrison, for AFP story picked up by Yahoo News. Internet an equalizer for people with disabilities. September.
  • 2010 -– Featured with PDS client Sallie Harrison in ABC7's Emmy award-winning public affairs show, "Beyond the Headlines," which provides in-depth coverage of the topics and issues facing the people of the Bay Area. The topic was "Living with Disabilities" and PDS specifically addressed "Lifestyle Issues" and highlighted the importance of community inclusion, integration, choice and opportunities. May.


  • 2008 -- Public Service announcements promoting Metallica concert ticket raffle and educating public about PDS. Aired on six radio stations owned by Maverick Media. December.
  • 2008 -- Featured, along with PDS clients, on KTVU news Channel 2 in segment about how credit crunch is hurting PDS. December.
  • 2008 -- Featured in Marin Independent Journal in an article regarding how nonprofit organizations are affected by credit crunch. December.
  • 2006 -- Featured along with a PDS client on Comcast Local edition- a professionally produced five-minute news interview program seen on CNN Headline News for Comcast subscribers. April.
  • 1999 -- Interviewed in an educational video about integrated employment and job coaching for the Community Support Institute, Japan. PDS clients and employers were also filmed and interviewed for this video. February.
  • 1998 -- Featured along with PDS clients in the Lifestyles section of the Marin Independent Journal in an article about Pacific Diversified Services entitled "Easing into the Workforce." November.
  • 1996 -- Featured in "Channel 7 Salutes" segment of ABC news in recognition of service to the community. January.
  • 1993 -- Featured along with PDS clients in "Unlocking Doors: Supported Employment for Californians", an educational video produced by the Rehabilitation Administration Department of the Graduate School of Management at the University of San Francisco for the California Department of Rehabilitation. December.

Assistance To Develop New Services/Policy:

  • 2010 -- Presented theory and practices of integrated work and community inclusion support services to Jacqueline Philpott, founder of Terra Firma – a service in Berkeley, California, created to serve young adults with developmental disabilities in the East Bay. January.
  • 2009 -- Presented theory and practices of employment and community inclusion support services, focusing on individuals with severe behavioral challenges to Peter Symonds, General Manager from Ability Tasmania Group in Burnie, Tasmania , Australia. March.
  • 2006 -- Presented theory and practices of integrated work and community inclusion support services, focusing on individuals with severe behavioral challenges to Bethany Mickahail, MA Faculty, Axia College of Western International University. May.
  • 2005 -- Presented theory and practices of integrated work and community inclusion support services to Paula Gumpman, Ed.S. Transition Project Director Center on Disability and Employment, The University of Tennessee. October.
  • 2004 -- Presented theory and practices of integrated work and community inclusion support services to Mizuki Nagae from Fuji City Government, Japan. December.
  • 2003 -- Presented theory and practices of integrated work and community inclusion support services to agencies and individuals throughout Japan, including People First of Tokyo, Center for Independent Living, Tokyo, and various workshops such as Puku Puku, Fukuoka. February.
  • 2000 -- Presented theory and practices of integrated work and community inclusion support services to Sherry Novick, Chief Consultant to Assemblywoman Dion Aroner. October.
  • 2000 -- Presented theory and practices of integrated work and community inclusion support services to Diane Van Maren, Principal Consultant, Senate Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review. October.
  • 1996 -- Presented theory and practices of integrated work and community inclusion support services to large group of Japanese visitors for the Japan Pacific Resource Network. June.
  • 1996 -- Presented theory and practices of integrated work and community inclusion support services to Soña Holúbkova Ph.D., Regional Director of Services for Children with Developmental Disabilities in Slovakia. May.
  • 1992-96 -- Advisory Council Member/Participant, California’s Natural Support Project. Statewide model demonstration project funded by the US Department of Health and Human Services.

References:

  • Nicholas Certo. Ph.D. - Professor and Chair
    San Francisco State University, Department of Special Education
    (415) 338-2503
  • Kathy Doering, MA - Lecturer/Training Specialist
    San Francisco State University
    (415) 338-1648
  • Shirley Rodriguez, MA - Executive Director
    Community Employment Services
    (415) 503-4460