Inclusive Employment Program

Penny Greyhosky

President, CEO, Program Specialist

Penny has been working with children and adults with intellectual developmental disorders for 30 years. She acquired her Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education at Clarion University of Pennsylvania in 1988. Penny moved to New York and obtained her Master’s Degree in Education with an emphasis on inclusion.

Penny taught in many different classroom settings (i.e., self-contained, traditional, inclusive, and open classrooms) in New York, Pittsburgh, Cumberland County, Dauphin County, Lebanon County, and Lancaster County. Penny taught children and adults ranging in ages from 5 years to 55 years of age. Also, she was a Literacy Facilitator for four Adult Literacy programs at the Community College of Allegheny County in Pittsburgh. She worked with individuals with a wide range of exceptionalities including individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Intellectual Disabilities, Blind, Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Physically Challenged, Traumatic Brain Injury, Learning Disabilities, and Behavior Disorders.

As well as teaching, Penny provided training and consultation services to school districts, organizations, and individual families. Penny implemented assistive technology (i.e., iPad, Dynavox, Go Talk, Tango) across a variety of environments, and trained teachers, parents, and staff on using iPads and Proloquo2go. She has written and been awarded grants for materials and technology to use with individuals with disabilities throughout her career. Over the course of her 30 years of teaching, Penny received the following nominations: 2009 nomination for the Teacher Impact Award, 2 nominations for the 2000 Excellence in Teaching Award for Pennsylvania, and a 1999 nomination for Excellence in Teaching Award for Pennsylvania.

Penny is very passionate about teaching! She strived to promote independence and self-worth with each individual she worked with throughout her career. She believes teaching is truly a gift that requires a team approach. Therefore, it is important to remember to educate families, staff, and the community, as well as, the individual.

Alyssa Rissinger

Employment Specialist, Trainer, Direct Service Professional

Alyssa started with the Inclusive Employment Program in December of 2017. Since employed at the Inclusive Employment Program Alyssa has continued her education. Alyssa received her ACRE National Certificate of Achievement in Employment Services Basic Level through the Online Community College of Vermont. Alyssa also received her Certificate of Achievement in the 40-hour Registered Behavior Technician Training Program through the Online Verbal Behavior Institute. Alyssa is looking to continue her education and receive a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. Previously to her employment at the Inclusive Employment Program Alyssa graduated from Central Dauphin East High School.

Alyssa has a new found love working with individuals with disabilities! She feels as if she learns something new from each unique individual daily. Alyssa is passionate about making a difference in the lives of others and helping them strive for the ultimate goal of independence.