Meet our Staff

Tammy McElhaney
Owner/Vocational Specialist

Tammy McElhaney has over 25 years experience providing services to people with disabilities. She began working with the Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilites in 1990 as an Advocate for Children ages 3 yrs to 22 yrs. who were enrolled in public school special education programs in Northeast Ohio. She has worked specifically in the area of employment services for people with disabilities ages 16-60 for the past 8 years. She is the parent of an adult child now who has severe to profound deafness. She established Blue Sky Employment Consulting in early 2015 out of a passion for assisting the disabled population to become successful in  competetive employment . This company was granted CARF Accreditation September 2016.

Amanda McElhaney
Vocational Specialist/
Administrative Assistant

Amanda McElhaney began her career working with people with disabilities as a job coach in 2009. She has been involved with successful employment preparation for clients of all ages. She moved into the area of Vocational Specialist in 2015 and has assisted clients with Job Seeking Skills Training which includes resume development and job search techniques as well as job interview preparation and job development.  Her passion for working with people with disabilities is evident by the trust her clients have in her knowledge of the services she provides.

Kara Noel
Vocational Specialist

Kara Noel earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Youngstown State University in Human Resource Management.  Upon graduating, she obtained employment with a Third Party Administrator.  During her ten years with the company, Kara worked as a worker’s compensation and short term disability claims examiner.  Kara has also volunteered at the Way Station Thrift Store in Columbiana, where she loved working and meeting people of all socioeconomic backgrounds.  Her passion and experience for helping others has led her to become a vocational specialist for Blue Sky Employment Consulting.  Kara looks forward to continuing her work to helping others see their own individual abilities to achieve success.

Susan Allison

Job Coach/ Vocational Specialist

Kim Riggs

Vocational Specialist

Kim Riggs began her career working with people with disabilities 24 years ago as a sign language interpreter for Youngstown Hearing and Speech. Kim started interpreting in the public schools in the Youngstown and surrounding areas. In 2006 Kim a staff position with Youngstown Hearing and Speech and worked with adults as a support service provider and transition services for her clients. Kim has also been involved in successful employment preparation and transition services for her clients. Kim has joined Blue Sky Employment Consulting as of Feb. 2016 and is excited to bring her experience to the clients of Blue Sky.

Barbara Spack

Billing Specialist


Robin Crawford

Vocational Specialist


Arlin Smith

Vocational Specialist

Job Coaches

Terri Bernisser

Each of our staff members have the following credentials:

First Aid/CPR/BBP

Participants Rights Training

Document Training

Professional Staff Trainings 

Continued Education Requirements Training

Employment First Training