Michelle Stockunas has more than 21 years of experience in the disability field in the areas of behavioral health, intellectual disabilities, and young adult transition services. Her experience in the disabilities field includes all aspects of residential services, including direct care of those with disabilities, assisting individuals and their families to create residential opportunities in the community, as well as both supervisory and management experience. Her experience and knowledge of direct support, residential operations, and the ID (intellectual disability) system, as well as policy, in combination with foreseeing a necessary change in how we support individuals with disabilities, was the driving force that led to her involvement in the "A Home of My Own" project. Michelle and the team members of Supports Brokers and Life Coaches offer customized community living to individuals with disabilities.
Michelle is a Certified Investigator for the state of Pennsylvania, ensuring the health, safety, and welfare of those with disabilities. She received her B.A. in Psychology from the California University of Pennsylvania.
"A Home of My Own" life coaches are provided to each person based on the individual's needs. This can be for a few hours daily, weekly, or monthly. The main goal of "A Home of My Own" is for individuals to live as independently as possible with some assistance from life coaches. Please click here for "A Home of My Own" Focusing on Community Living Skills. "A Home of My Own" life coaches are hired and employed through Achieva. Achieva recruits new life coaches as they are needed; however, families can refer to their current support staff, family, or friends, to work with their loved ones. If a family is interested in referring their current support staff to Achieva or wants a family or friend to provide supports they can click here and review the job description and complete an application. Once an application is completed, the applicant will receive a call from Achieva Human Resources, have an initial telephone interview, and they may be asked to come in for a second interview with an "A Home of My Own" manager. Once hired, all life coaches go through orientation. Please click here for the mandatory orientation and training schedule.