Employment Specialist, Denise Burns

Denise joined our Employment Services team in November, 2011. She works one-on-one with clients to help them overcome barriers to employment, and to find and maintain a job that is the right fit for them. Let’s find out what makes her tick!

Denise Burns - Bridgeways Employment Specialist

I have a BS in Applied Behavioral Sciences with an emphasis in chronic illness. I have more than 20 years’ experience with various aspects of chronic illness, and a passion for educating others on the importance of establishing and maintaining a balance in one’s life when dealing with a chronic illness.  I believe success and happiness is achieved when one learns to live in harmony with their illness instead of dismissing or fighting against it.


In my role as Employment Specialist, I have the unique opportunity to help individuals explore and identify their passion, put together a plan of action, and assist each person through the obstacles that may arise while seeking employment. Once a client has found a job, we continue to offer services to both the employer and employee to ensure continued success.


What I enjoy most is witnessing the individual successes of clients I work with. It is such a rewarding experience to see someone’s self-esteem and sense of purpose increase; to see hope instead of hopelessness; to witness a tightly closed bud begin to open and blossom!


My personal goals for the Employment Services Program include:

  • Seeing the program continue to grow, providing greater access to people who really need access to break down employment barriers;
  • Increase employer contacts, to open up new job opportunities for our clients in the community;
  • Continued education of the community regarding mental illness and the advantages of hiring people living with a disability.










“I am proud to partner with the dedicated employees on our Bridgeways' team to provide the highest quality of service.”
Donna Konicki, Executive Director

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