Employee Testimonials

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To mark the third anniversary of Executive Order 92: Employment First for North Carolinians with Disabilities, the Office of State Human Resources (OSHR) collaborated with state agencies to produce a series of videos and messages featuring state employees with disabilities, as well as those who support them. This includes Governor Roy Cooper, who has stepped up efforts to ensure that state workplaces are welcoming and inclusive of people with disabilities.

Learn from our colleagues about their experiences of being supported by the State and their employing agencies to be successful and continue their careers. Through use of assistive technology, flexible scheduling and other means, the State of North Carolina strives to empower employees with disabilities to experience challenging, integrated work at fair wages.

Tonia Gibb

Human Resources Manager
NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources

Mike Chapman

Director of Employment Services
UNC TEACCH Autism Program
UNC School of Medicine, UNC Chapel Hill

Mark Ezzell

NC Governor's Highway Safety Program
NC Department of Transportation

Martha Kearney

Executive Assistant Intern
Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services
NC Department of Health and Human Services

Mike Babuin

Division of Waste Management
NC Department of Environmental Quality

Paul Forte

Lead Equal Employment Opportunity Investigator
Office of Civil Rights, Equal Employment Opportunity Unit
NC Department of Transportation


OSHR is grateful to these state employees for sharing their stories, and to our agency partners for helping to produce the content. Special thanks to Governor Cooper, the Departments of Natural and Cultural Resources, Health and Human Services, Transportation and Environmental Quality, the TEACCH Autism Program at the UNC School of Medicine, and OSHR Ed2NC Intern Callie Burnette.

To learn more about State of North Carolina job postings and career opportunities, visit the State of North Carolina Careers website. Create an online profile, set job alerts in your field of interest, and apply!

OSHR would like add more videos and messages to this page. If you are a state employee with a disability who is interested in sharing your experience, please contact Jill.Lucas@nc.gov.