Cali was born with low vision and grew up in the Midlands; she was one of only a handful of students in her district with a visual disability. She later became involved with the National Federation of the Blind and now proudly introduces herself as a woman who happens to be blind. Cali received her bachelor’s in political science from Winthrop University in 2009.
In 2010, Cali started work at the SC Commission for the Blind (SCCB) as an Employment Consultant. For seven years, Cali worked alongside SCCB job seekers and area employers to help individuals who have a visual disability gain employment.
In January 2018, Cali joined the Able SC team as an Employment Services Coordinator. Being passionate about employment and independence, Cali is now the Employment and Financial Literacy Coordinator. Cali oversees employment cases, works on many employment programs, and works to help Job Seekers overcome barriers to employment.
In her free time, Cali enjoys learning new things and being a self-described zookeeper. Right now, Cali has a Seeing Eye Dog® (Lady), three house cats (Neo, Raven & Skylar), a Dutch rabbit (Peter Parker), a fish tank, and a worm farm. On any given afternoon, you can find Cali reading a book or news article, walking around Columbia with Lady, or watching Netflix. Cali is also an equestrian with over 20 years of experience working with & training horses.
Favorite Quote: “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” – Anonymous