Andrea Henry is the Administrative and Project Coordinator for the Research and Development Department. In this role, her primary focus is providing support to the PRIME Micro Enterprise Program and the Sports and Recreation Department’s “We’re Better Together” grant. The PRIME program is a federally-funded grant program researching best practices in the micro enterprise development field for individuals with disabilities, specifically the role social networking plays. The We’re Better Together grant is a federally-funded grant through the U.S. Department of Education that is dedicated to providing a comprehensive array of recreational activities to aid in the employment, mobility, socialization, independence and community integration of individuals with disabilities.
Within these programs, Andrea assists with researching data, information collection, and records management. She helps develop and maintain project records, meeting agendas and minutes, and all reports. Additionally, she will work to develop social networking sites, surveys, interviews and other components of the research investigation.
Prior to coming to the CIL, Andrea worked in both higher education and the non profit arenas. For almost 7 years she worked at Concordia University as Administrative Assistant to the Dean of the School of Education. Additionally, she served as Certification Officer and SB-CEU Coordinator. She also spent 3 years as Case Manager for the Domino’s Pizza Partners Foundation, a non profit organization that provides financial assistance to Domino’s Pizza Team Members worldwide during times of undue hardship, such as on-the-job accidents, illness, fire or natural disasters, medical emergencies, serious illness, or the death of an immediate family member.
Andrea earned a BA in Sociology and Communication from Saginaw Valley State University in 1999. There she served as President of the Abler’s Club, the student-run disability organization, and facilitated an open forum to amplify the voices of students with disabilities. She also worked to incorporate a unit on disabilities into the Department of Sociology's curriculum.
Born with Spina Bifida, Andrea has been an active part of the disability community, serving as a guest speaker for an Adapted Physical Education class and for a Concordia University Diversity Council event on Disability Issues. In 1995 she was the recipient of the John Weir Scholarship Internship at the Ann Arbor CIL. In 1981 she and her non-disabled twin sister were featured in the Washtenaw-Livingston County March of Dimes' publicity campaign.
Andrea lives in Ann Arbor, and when she is not working enjoys listening to music, reading, and watching sports, especially college football and college basketball, rooting on the Duke Blue Devils to victory.