Middle Tennessee Community Employment Consultant
Catherine Orem is the Middle Tennessee Regional Employment Consultant with the Center for Literacy, Education and Employment. The Employment Consultants work as a team to provide professional development for the community rehabilitation agencies across the State of Tennessee by meeting with individual programs and conducting regional trainings. This team promotes best practices in areas such as job development, job coaching and natural supports. These services are funded by the Tennessee Department of Human Services, Division of Rehabilitation Services. The Consultants work closely with the Division of Rehabilitation Services personnel to facilitate the development of local employment opportunities for people with disabilities so that they may fully participate in their community.
Catherine has been in her role since 2005. Previously, Catherine worked as a VR Counselor for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and as a Transition School to work counselor. She also has worked as an Applied Behavioral Analyst serving individuals with Autism and served nine years in the Air National Guard as a nurse. She is a veteran of Desert Storm. Catherine and her husband Pete and daughters Hannah and Amelia live in Franklin, TN.