Beth Cunningham & Steve Achabal – Quality Employment and Independent Living for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Beth Cunningham graduated with her Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of
Northern Colorado in December of 1993. Upon graduation, she began working as a Vocational Evaluator
in Denver, Colorado. In 1994, Beth moved to Boise to work for IDVR as a rehabilitation counselor
working with the school to work caseload. In 1997, she began a vocational evaluation program at
Community Partnerships of Idaho. She was promoted to Employment Services Director in 2000 and
continued that job until December of 2009. At that time, she left to pursue a private vocational
consulting company, in which she did a variety of work including Social Security Vocational Expert
testimony, case management and worker’s compensation work. In January of 2012, Beth began working
part-time with the University of Idaho as the clinical faculty. She helped to expand the program to Boise
by recruiting students and teaching the Introduction to Rehabilitation Counseling class. Beth continued
teaching for the Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling program at the University of Idaho Boise location
until December 2015, when she resigned to take the position of Administrator for the Idaho Commission
for the Blind and Visually Impaired.