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Press Release Toni A. Wolf Appointed Commissioner of Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission

For immediate release:
5/03/2017
  • Executive Office of Health and Human Services
  • Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission

Media Contact for Toni A. Wolf Appointed Commissioner of Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission

Sharon Torgerson

Boston — Toni A. Wolf has been named the Commissioner of Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC) effective mid-July. MRC assists individuals with disabilities to live and work independently and is also responsible for handling disability claims on behalf of the Social Security Administration.  

“Our administration is committed to providing meaningful training and employment opportunities to help every willing worker succeed,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “We look forward to adding Toni Wolf to our leadership team and the work she will do to promote equality, empowerment, and independence of individuals with disabilities,”  

 “Toni Wolf is a strong and impactful leader with deep experience creating innovative workforce development programs particularly for individuals with mental illness,” said Marylou Sudders, Massachusetts Secretary of Health and Human Services. “Her leadership will enable MRC to advance their mission of providing comprehensive services to all people with disabilities.  Her experience as a successful executive will bring new knowledge and business acumen in promoting economic self-sufficiency and opening greater doors of opportunity in the community.”

Wolf has served as Executive Director of Employment Options, Inc, a Marlborough- based organization empowering individuals and families in mental health recovery to thrive in their communities since 1986.  Wolf has collaborated with renowned national and international research partners in addressing a service gap for families living with parental mental illness.  As a change agent, Wolf has spearheaded the development of an array of parent and family services, created a social enterprise, Catering Options, and implemented an Earn and Work Internship Program for Young Adults.    She has a B.S. from University of Arizona with Sector Employment and Non Profit Certificate Programs from Aspen Institute and Suffolk University.     

“I have lived every day at Employment Option as a passionate advocate in supporting individuals and families in mental health recovery.  I will continue that work at MRC while enhancing and bridging pathways for all individuals with disabilities,” said Toni Wolf. “I will also be a transparent champion supporting for and with people with disabilities in their all life roles.  To do so, I have learned to be effective; one must be open to innovation through listening and collaborating.”

“I am deeply appreciative to Deputy Commissioner Kasper Goshgarian for his leadership during this transition period as Acting Commissioner and for his long public service,” said Secretary Sudders.  Goshgarian served as Acting Commissioner since February 2017 following the retirement of former MRC Commissioner Nicky Osborne earlier this year.

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Media Contact for Toni A. Wolf Appointed Commissioner of Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission

Executive Office of Health and Human Services 

The Executive Office of Health and Human Services is the largest secretariat in state government and is comprised of 12 agencies, in addition to 2 soldiers’ homes and the MassHealth program. Our efforts are focused on the health, resilience, and independence of the one in four residents of the Commonwealth we serve. Our public health programs touch every community in the Commonwealth.

Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission 

The Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC) helps individuals with disabilities to live and work independently. MRC is responsible for Vocational Rehabilitation, Community Living and eligibility determination for the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) federal benefits programs.
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