Meet the Team

Forward thinkers with diverse expertise and experience.
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Cordelia Robinson Rosenberg, PhD, RN
Professor Emerita Department of Pediatrics

Corry is the Interim Director of the Colorado Office of Employment First.

After serving as Director of JFK Partners, CU School of Medicine from 1993 to 2015 Corry partially retired to half time, continuing to do research on autism and began to work in inclusive higher education serving as evaluator for IN! and the three IHE’s providing inclusive education opportunities for students with I/DD in Colorado. That work brought her to Employment First Advisory Partnership meetings. Participation as a Subject Matter Expert at EFAP resulted in the creation of COEF in 2019 through an interagency agreement between Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and CU School of Medicine, JFK Partners, Colorado’s University Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service. Corry assumed the responsibility of Interim Director of COEF in November 2022.

Contact Dr. Cordelia Robinson Rosenberg at

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Tiffany D. Cron, PhD

Tiffany is a Data Analyst/Curriculum Developer/Trainer specializing in Person-Centered Thinking.

Tiffany is a well-respected leader in the field of disability having over 15 years of experience working with people with disabilities to live the life that they desire. Her educational background includes a PhD in General Psychology with an emphasis in Cognition and Instruction and holds a MA in Educational Psychology and BA in Psychology. Tiffany is driven by the belief and value that all people have the right to work, and that support does not come in a one-size fits all model.

Outside of work, Tiffany enjoys spending time with her husband and their two kids as well as baking cakes.

Contact Dr. Tiffany Cron at

Brian Dean, Customized Employment Program Developer/Trainer

Brian Dean, MA, CRC

Brian is a Program Developer/Trainer specializing in Supported and Customized Employment.

Previously, Brian worked at DVR as a rehabilitation counselor and as a supported employment program coordinator and trainer.

Outside of work, Brian enjoys  trail running throughout the Colorado mountains and spending time with his family.

Contact Brian Dean at

Melanie Honsbruch, Curriculum Developer/Trainer

Melanie Honsbruch, CPWIC

Melanie is a Curriculum Developer/Trainer specializing in Benefits Counseling.

Melanie brings 16 years of experience as a Community Partner Work Incentive Coordinator providing information to service professionals and Coloradans with disabilities and their families about how work and various life choices interact with benefits.

Melanie is a kickboxing instructor, enjoys hiking and spending time with friends.

Contact Melanie Honsbruch at

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Vanessa Lehman

Vanessa is the Program Assistant.

Vanessa has six years of experience in the provider world with much of that experience as a Supported Employment Manager. She was also the Administrative Unit Supervisor for the department of Health Care Policy & Financing before coming to COEF.

Outside of work, Vanessa enjoys spending time with her husband and six-year-old son. You can find Vanessa and her family spending time outdoors with their two dogs, Aspen, and Laredo.

Contact Vanessa Lehman at

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Vikki Ortiz, MS, CESP

Vikki is a Curriculum Developer/Trainer specializing in Supported Employment.

Vikki is a certified Employment Support Professional and a graduate of APSE’s Emerging Leaders in Employment First professional development program. She also serves as the Vice President of the Colorado Chapter of the Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE). Her educational background is in Human Development and Family Studies with an M.S. in Family Studies. Vikki has a vision for all people with disabilities to fully realize, pursue, and accomplish their employment goals.

Outside of work, Vikki enjoys adventuring with her husband, Michael, and her daughter, Isabella. She loves being outdoors – camping, hiking, and traveling to new places.

Contact Vikki Ortiz at

Deirdre Sage, Curriculum Developer/Trainer

Deirdre Sage, MSW, LCSW

Deirdre is a Curriculum Developer/Trainer specializing in Individual Placement and Support (IPS). 

Prior to joining the office, Deirdre worked as an IPS practitioner and supervisor and has 14 years of experience in the area of behavioral health supported employment.

Deirdre enjoys roller skating, performing with her band, and taking summer and fall road trips.

Contact Deirdre Sage at

We believe Colorado’s communities are strengthened when
all people are able to participate fully in the workforce.

Driven by Collaboration and Partnership

The Colorado Office of Employment First engages in meaningful collaboration and partnership with many state agencies,
organizations, advocacy groups, and other community stakeholders, to elevate Employment First.

The Colorado Office of Employment First sits under JFK Partners, the state’s University Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, a program of the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Its creation was envisioned by Colorado Employment First Advisory Partnership (EFAP), a multi-state agency and stakeholder-led collaborative, and was made possible, in part, by funding from the Colorado Legislature and generously matched through the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) at the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE).

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