PAY Check: Who We Are

Susan G. “Sue” Killam, M.Ed., CWIC, CESP

Project Director

Susan “Sue” G. Killam has worked for over 25 years in the area of employment and disability policy. Ms. Killam is a tireless advocate for the civil rights of all people but specifically for individuals with disabilities. Ms. Killam began her career in Louisiana in 1990 as the Lead Trainer for the Supported Employment Systems Change Grant. Following that grant, Sue served as Director of AcME, Inc. (an employment agency initiated by six parents of individuals with disabilities) for 10 years. Ms. Killam has published several articles on supported employment and disability services and is one of the authors of APSE’s Ethical Guidelines. She has served on numerous governor-appointed councils and boards and is one of the founding members of the Louisiana SE Network (now LA APSE) and currently is appointed to the State as Model Employer (SAME) task force. Ms. Killam is currently focused on providing comprehensive career pathways to jobs in demand.

Carmel Polk, M.S., CESP

Transition Specialist

Carmel Polk is an experienced Transition Support Specialist with the Post-Secondary Apprenticeship for Youth (Pay Check) Program. Carmel earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling and Disability Services and her Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Southern University A&M College. She is also a Certified Employment Support Professional (CESP.)   Driven by a desire to encourage the youth to reach their full potential, she takes pride in providing the best individualized support possible. As a transition support specialist, her goals include teaching work related and community skills.

Kimberly Paige, MRC, LRC, CRC, PLPC, CESP

Kimberly Paige
Transition Specialist

Miss Kimberly Paige is a two-time graduate of Alabama State University; first earning a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology/English Writing and later earning a Master of Rehabilitation Counseling.  Kimberly has been working in the Counseling & Vocational Rehab field for approximately 5 years.  However, she has been inspiring uplifting youth since she was a teenager. She has a huge passion for making a difference in the lives of others, especially youth. In her spare time, Kimberly enjoys liturgical dance, singing, writing, traveling, shopping, and most importantly spending time with her puppy, GHOST. Kimberly recently joined the HDC family as a Transition Support Specialist with the PAYcheck program.

Michael Curry

Michael Curry
Assistant Transition Specialist