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National Service and Inclusion Project

Inclusion: The active engagement of people with disabilities as service members in all levels of national and community service

Visit NSIP's sister site The National Service to Employment Project (NextSTEP)


Contact Our Team

National Service Inclusion Project

Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI)
UMass Boston
100 Morrissey Blvd.
Boston, MA 02125
Toll-free: 888-491-0326 (voice and TTY)
Fax: 617-287-4352

Mailing address for overnight delivery only:

Institute for Community Inclusion
UMass Boston
20 Park Plaza, Suite 1300
Boston, MA 02116
Toll-free: 888-491-0326 (voice and TTY)
Fax: 617-287-4352

Public transportation options and driving directions to 20 Park Plaza.

Training and Technical Assistance Team

Paula Sotnik
Project Director
Institute for Community Inclusion
888-491-0326 (toll-free voice and TTY)
617-287-4343 (direct line)

Paula Sotnik has over twenty-five years of experience working as a director, curriculum developer, trainer, and diversity and disability specialist. She oversees the National Service Inclusion Project, the national T&TA center on accessibility and disability issues funded by CNCS. She also oversees the ICI Community Capacity Building team, which houses federal and state projects designed to support underrepresented communities and individuals to access mainstream services. Ms. Sotnik has served as a lead training consultant and author on culture brokering for the Center for International Rehabilitation Research Information and Exchange at the University at Buffalo, SUNY. Prior to this project, she developed and coordinated several capacity-building projects with community organizations that examined the experiences of individuals with disabilities from diverse cultures related to person-centered planning and assistive technology. She also developed and directed several federal- and state-funded assistive technology projects for individuals with cognitive disabilities to live more independently in their homes. Paula has served on several consumer advocacy boards, consulted nationally, and conducted presentations and published on topics related to diversity and disability, accommodations, responsive outreach strategies, and developing the capacity of organizations to include individuals with disabilities. Paula has undergraduate degrees in social work and psychology and has taken graduate courses in business and nonprofit management.

Chad Gobert
Senior Distance Education Training Specialist
Institute for Community Inclusion
888-491-0326 (toll-free voice and TTY)
617-287-7703 (direct line)

Chad Gobert is the Senior Distance Education Training Specialist with the National Service Inclusion Project. His focus includes writing online curricula for webinars and asynchronous training, integrating social media and virtual communities with traditional learning, and discussing how to make technology accessible. Prior to working at UMass Boston, he developed online training materials for users to receive certification in courses created for both the public and private sector. His volunteer activities include counseling for HIV testing and outreach and participating in Big Brothers Big Sisters to encourage youth literacy and supportive environments. Chad received his Master's degree in Communication and Rhetorical Theory from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in May 2007.

Roxy B. Rocker
Training Associate
Institute for Community Inclusion
617-287-4333 (direct line)

Roxy formerly held the position of Disability Program Navigator and provided outreach, helped navigate job seekers with disability understand the challenges of seeking employment and educated the one stop partners and community organizations on One Stop services. Roxy served in AmeriCorps (2002-2003) and has been actively engaged in her community for over fifteen years. Roxy was appointed by the Governor in 2008 to serve on the Governor's Commission on Volunteerism and Service as the Disability Representative. In this role she was able to work closely within a team environment to provide training and technical assistance and leadership for the commission and the Inclusion Work team.

Since high school Roxy has been involved with civic engagement, being appointed to boards, commissions and participating in a wide variety volunteer roles including community outreach, park clean-ups, camp support, and planning and project like Spinal Cord retreats, Wheelchair basketball tournaments, events and conferences. She is a graduate of Northern Arizona University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology. She is working toward a Master's Degree in Public Administration with Walden University in Arizona.

Research and Data Coordination Team

Pamela McFarland
Database Manager

Mark Hutchinson
Research Assistant

Administration and Financial Support

Berenise Reyes-Albino
Events Coordinator

Andrew Glazier
Staff Assistant

Jonathan Keleher
Program/Admin. Assistant

Catherine Burke
Grant Administrator II

Marketing and Communications

David Temelini, J.D., M.Ed.
Publications and Dissemination Coordinator

Jeff Coburn
Web Services Manager

Alvaro Tobar
Instructional Design Coordinator

Kathryn Sambuco
Instructional Design Specialist

Anya Weber
Copywriter, Editor

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©The National Service Inclusion Project (NSIP) is a training and technical assistance provider on disability inclusion. NSIP partners with the Association on University Centers on Disability, National Council on Independent Living, Association on Higher Education and Disability and National Down Syndrome Congress to build connections between disability organizations and all CNCS grantees, including national directs, to increase the participation of people with disabilities in national service.