Roma Powis
Account Representative

Roma Powis is a regional Account Representative with the DRS Corporate Connections Program.  In this role she works as a business consultant, providing services to increase employment opportunities for individuals served by the Tennessee Department of Human Services, Division of Rehabilitation Services.  Roma conducts outreach and marketing activities to promote the benefits of employing people with disabilities within the business community.  She provides professional development and employment services to assist Tennessee businesses in recruiting, hiring and retaining qualified employees.  As a regional employment resource, Roma is located in Columbia and has been in this role since February, 2004.

Roma graduated from the University of Oregon with a B.S. in Education and Masters course work in Special Education and Vocational Evaluation. Her career of 30 years has included transition services and work experience program management, resource development, and employer education including presentations at conferences. She has taught in secondary, community college and university levels. Her background in teacher education and vocational program development has given hundreds of people with disabilities and barriers the experience, the training, the skills, the support and the opportunity to become employed. Roma developed and directed the demonstration program called T.A.P.S. for the Epilepsy Foundation of America, in Portland , Oregon . She worked closely with the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation in that program as well as when she directed Projects With Industry (PWI) for Goodwill Industries.

Roma has written many grants, provided employer education, staff development, and technical assistance both locally and state wide. She has owned several businesses, was a real estate broker, and educator. Roma is interested in innovative approaches and her marketing experience enables her to expand the options and opportunities for people to become employed within their communities.