John earned a Bachelor of Science in Special Education from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and a Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling from UW-Milwaukee. John is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC #2401), Certified Disability Management Specialist (CDMS #2401), and a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC #1151-125). He is also certified as a Private Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor through the State of Wisconsin, Department of Workforce Development, Workers Compensation Division, and has done work for the US Department of Labor, Office of Workers Compensation Programs.
John first worked as a special education teacher working with students with developmental disabilities in residential treatment and then in the public schools. While working as a teacher, he returned to school to study rehabilitation counseling. John has been providing vocational rehabilitation services to persons with disabilities for over 25 years. He also provides vocational evaluations and expert testimony services to persons involved in workers compensation, personal injury, employment law, family law and other types of litigated cases. He served as a vocational expert for the Social Security Administration from 1982-2005 before “retiring” from this area of practice. He opened up his own practice in 1999 in Madison, WI. He continues to provide services throughout the state of Wisconsin.
John has taken an active role in state and international professional associations. He served on the board of directors for the Wisconsin Association of Rehabilitation Professionals in the Private Sector (WARPPS) from 2000-2002. He served on the forensic section board for the International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals (IARP) from 2000-2006, and on the IARP Board of Directors from 2004-2009. He has presented frequently at local and national conferences on topics relating to forensic work and ethics, among others. He has mentored master’s level graduate students (from UW-Madison) and has spoken to students in rehabilitation counseling programs about work in private sector rehabilitation. He was appointed by IARP as a commissioner to the Council on Rehabilitation Education. He conducts site reviews of masters level rehabilitation counselor education programs going through accreditation by CORE.