Makenzie’s role as the Education and Transition Advocate involves serving as an advocate on both a systemic and individual level to ensure quality outcomes for school and transition-age consumers. She collaborates with state agencies and community partners, assists in the development of resources and data-driven reports, provides outreach and education to professionals, and assists in the coordination and implementation of youth-centered community events. Makenzie oversees the Building Advocacy in Transition Systems grant which develops resources and tools to promote the awareness of supported decision making and other less restrictive alternatives to guardianship. She also oversees the Community Living Partnership. Makenzie loves being a part of an organization that is for people with disabilities and run by people with disabilities.
Prior to joining Able, Makenzie received a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Southern Illinois-Edwardsville. She went on to pursue a Graduate Certificate in Applied Human Services from the University of Maryland and a Master’s in Rehabilitation and Clinical Counseling from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. She is currently a Ph.D. student at Anderson University studying Organizational Leadership. Makenzie has worked with people with disabilities in a variety of capacities for several years. Most recently, she served as a researcher with the PROMISE grant in Maryland and worked as a Transition Counselor at Vocational Rehabilitation.
In her free time, Makenzie enjoys reading at the beach, growing her sneaker collection, cooking casseroles that remind her of her Iowa roots, traveling to new places, and spending time with her beloved dogs, Jax and Brooks.