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HeadshotEllen Seminara
Executive Director

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Ellen Seminara comes to UpLife with nearly 25 years of nonprofit experience.  She has a background in health policy and has served on many nonprofit boards.  Ellen earned her law degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2000.

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Program Manager

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Zak Nelson, native of Ohio, comes from a long background working in the arts and with adults with disabilities.  As part of the revolutionary POWERcorps Program of Portage County, he helped build an inclusive structure of social supports for his neighbors and friends.  He brings that same spirit and drive to UpLife with the added experience he’s received from working in residential services, vocational programs, job development and case management for adults with disabilities in Portland.  He builds programs to support the community in their artistic and social expression around a new paradigm.  One based in self-determined choices, full community inclusion and partnership with Employment First. 

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