Merribeth Butler J.D. (Beth)
Beth Butler, J.D. has over 20 years’ experience providing subject matter expertise to Fortune 50 companies in ADA Accommodations process and disability inclusion strategies. As Executive Director of Disability:IN North Carolina with extensive experience in the private sector, Beth has specialized skills in balancing risk mitigation while promoting full accessibility to support the inclusion of people with disabilities in the workforce, marketplace and supply chain.
Ms. Butler is leading North Carolina toward the goal of disability inclusion and equality for all. Ms. Butler achieved her law degree from Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham, Alabama in 1993, joining the AL State Bar in 1994. Ms. Butler has focused her entire career on advancing disability employment.
In her early career Ms. Butler worked in the financial services industry supporting Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Compliance programs with SouthTrust Bank in Birmingham, AL before her corporate relocation to Charlotte, NC in 2007 with Wachovia Bank. Ms. Butler continued her career as a leader in Disability and Accommodations compliance while also serving as Board Chair of the Board of Directors for Disability:IN (formerly USBLN).
After leading the development and implementation of a centralized accommodation process at Lowe’s Companies, in 2016, Ms. Butler joined the Disability:IN Inclusion Works team, (formerly USBLN’s Going For Gold (GFG) team, as a Disability Inclusion Consultant. Working with companies like 3M, Qualcomm and Facebook Ms. Butler focused specifically on guiding companies and building comprehensive disability inclusion strategies that began a transformation of their corporate culture.
Ms. Butler currently leads the NC Employment Collaborative, (a three-year project funded by the North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities) that brings together agencies and businesses charged with statewide workforce development. Legally blind since birth, Beth leverages her experiences both personally and professionally to challenge companies to think, act and lead differently.
Patricia K. Keul (Pat)
Pat Keul, B.S., M.S, CESP, is nationally recognized as an innovator and leader with over 30 years of experience developing and managing inclusive disability employment services. As Operations Director for Disability:IN NC, Ms. Keul collaborates with our leadership, businesses and stakeholders to develop new programs and expand existing programs to enhance disability inclusion and equality across the state. Ms. Keul brings her prior experience in the non- profit sector, to partner with businesses to connect them to resources and source talent through our signature programs. As the Director of our InRoads to Employment Initiative (a three-year project, funded by the North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities) she works with our leadership to identify best practices and policies in disability employment services to create a collaborative infrastructure, of businesses, employment agencies, school systems, community colleges and individuals with disabilities, acting in concert as champions for employment.
Prior to joining the Disability:IN-NC team, Ms. Keul worked as a disability employment consultant whose clients included, The NC Council on Developmental Disabilities, Vaya Healthcare, InReach NC, Project SEARCH, Mecklenburg County, RHA Healthcare, Sandhills Center, and Alliance Behavioral Health. Ms. Keul is also the CEO and founder of Business ACTS, the first pre-apprenticeship program for young people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Ms. Keul worked as a consultant for NC with the Project SEARCH founders from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, to establish the first Project SEARCH program in North Carolina. She served as the Project SEARCH state coordinator until 2014, expanding the program to 14 sites across the state. In 2010, Ms. Keul co-founded the Employment Support Professional Council (ESPCC), (administered by the Association for Persons Supporting Employment First (APSE)) and served as its first director for three years. The Certified Employment Support Professional (CESP) credential is the nation’s first third party examination process based upon national competency standards for Employment Support Professionals (ESPs). Ms. Keul founded one of the first supported employment programs, Supported Employment Training, Inc (SET INC) in North Carolina in 1987 and served as the Executive Director until 2002.