What is the TARGET Center?
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) established the Technology and Accessible Resources Give Employment Today (TARGET) Center in 1992 to utilize the power of technology and provide impactful services related to improving accessibility and contributing to the complete employment experience of individuals with disabilities.
Vision: To positively impact the lives of individuals with disabilities who provide and obtain resources from the USDA.
Mission: Provide an integrative center for disability-related activities that enhances the Department’s employer of choice capability for individuals with disabilities.
D’Ann V. Clayton serves as the Director of the TARGET Center and oversees the operations of USDA’s Accessible Technology and Resources Program.
Ms. Clayton brings a wealth of knowledge from projects in the information systems, quality management, and petroleum-chemical industries. In 2006, Ms. Clayton joined USDA, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), as a Management Analyst to implement quality assurance initiatives in Biotechnology Regulatory Services (BRS) and obtain ISO 9001:2008 certification on BRS’ permitting products.
Prior to her appointment as Director of the TARGET Center, Ms. Clayton served as the Special Emphasis Disability Employment Program Manager at APHIS-BRS. In 2009, she was awarded the APHIS Administrator’s Civil Rights Award for demonstrating considerable commitment and dedication to facilitating employment opportunities for persons with disabilities and increasing the awareness of disability issues throughout the organization.
Ms. Clayton holds a B.S. Degree in Chemical Engineering from Howard University and is certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP).
Interpreting Services Program Manager
Nancy Frohman joined the USDA Interpreting Services Office staff in 2004. Nancy specializes in requesting and scheduling sign language interpreters for all Deaf employees at USDA who need those services for meetings and training sessions. Before joining USDA, Nancy was a graphic and web designer in the Metro DC area and Southern California. Nancy has extensive experiences in the deaf community as a counselor at a deaf camp, a mentor and Residents Assistant for the “Explore Your Future” program at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf and teacher’s aide at a speech school. Nancy was a sign language instructor and also an interpreter for a legally blind student in her American Sign Language classes. Nancy taught the Computer Business Technology courses to the deaf adults. Nancy has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design from Rochester Institute of Technology.
Michelle Sherbondy joined the USDA Interpreting Services Office staff in 2010. Michelle left Computer/Electronics Accommodations Program (CAP) where she was employed for almost three years as an Acquisition Analyst in serving the needs for Deaf/Hard of Hearing employees. She provided a diversity of reasonable accommodations for the Deaf/Hard of Hearing employees in the federal agencies. She has always been working closely with people with disabilities since she was a student at Gallaudet University. It always has been her great interest to enhance accessibility for employees at their workplace. She graduated from Gallaudet University with Bachelor’s Arts in Communication Studies.
Lynette Spriggs began her USDA career on October 18, 1987, working her way up through various assignments in the Mail Reproduction Management Division. She joined the Interpreting Services Office staff on May 10, 1997 as Assistant to the Program Manager. Ms. Spriggs handled a large volume of requests for interpreting services and was the primary liaison with outside sign language referral agencies for filling the requests for interpreters.
Accessibility Program Manager
Ergonomics Program Manager
Stephanie Bradley began working at TARGET in March, 2007. She left Johns Hopkins Rehabilitation Program where she was employed for 6 years as a Rehabilitation Therapist. While working at Johns Hopkins, she developed an employment readiness training program to assist individuals with disabilities to further employment readiness skills. Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Science degree from University of Maryland Eastern Shore in Rehabilitation, and is planning to obtain a masters degree in Occupational Therapy. Stephanie has been a long advocate for individuals with disabilities, and is actively pursuing her credentials in Assistive Technology and Ergonomics. Stephanie has worked for the government for many years within the Army Educational Services, and within the public school system as a Special Education teacher.
Education Program Manager