Catherine Burzio established Viable Vocations in 2011 to provide Education and Transition consulting service for students, families, schools and organizations. As Transition Coordinator for PEATCs NEXT STEPS Transition project, she helped to establish a nationally recognized program funded by the U.S. Department of Education Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA). She is a former Transition Specialist for a local school division. Catherine was appointed by former Virginia governor Tim Kaine to serve on the Virginia State Rehabilitation Council for the Blind and Vision Impaired, ending in 2011. She currently serves on the Alumni Board of Directors for Shenandoah University, The Chromosome 18 Registry & Research Society Executive Board as the Vice President for Member Relations and VECAP (Vocational Evaluation and Career Assessment Professionals) as the Communications Chair.
Through her work in Transition, Catherine has established national working relationships with the IDEA Partnership Community of Practice on Transition and the National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center (NSTTAC). Through these partnerships, Catherine has worked with several states and territories, including Wisconsin, Delaware, Pennsylvania, California, the Virgin Islands, Florida and the Bureau of India Education to provide technical assistance regarding transitioning youth and their families. Catherine received her master’s degree in Transition Special Education – Collaborative Vocational Evaluation Training from The George Washington University in Washington, DC. Her areas of interest include Families in Transition, Social Capital and Ethics and Technology.
Using both personal and professional experience, Catherine encourages collaborative partnerships between families, students, educators and service providers, leading to more effective transition outcomes for youth. She is the grateful mom of four children – Ashton, Pauline, JB and August.