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the SEED

Instructional Design, Training & Staff Development

for a Diversified Workforce


  • Mindy Oppenheim planted the SEED in the spring of 1994 to provide great (and fun) training for rehabilitation, supported employment, welfare-to-work, school-to-work transition and special education, and Job Corps personnel.  Since 1986, Mindy has trained thousands of job coaches and job developers around the country (and Saipan).



    With over 30 years of experience in disability employment, and a Masters Degree in Adult Education and Instructional Design, Mindy Oppenheim brings a wealth of information, skill, and enthusiasm to the workshops.

    Mindy has provided training, technical assistance and program evaluation to rehabilitation and supported employment programs nationally for the past 23 years. She was the first Training and Marketing Coordinator for the Florida Supported Employment Project, Co-founder and Coordinator for the Supported Employment Telecourse Network (SETNET) at Virginia Commonwealth University, Senior Research Associate at Berkeley Planning Associates, and an Instructor and Adjunct Professor at Chapman University, Dominican College, College of Alameda, University of San Francisco and San Diego State University, to name a few.

    Currently Mindy is the Director for the Vocational Rehabilitation Program (VRP) at UCSF, Department of Psychiatry at San Francisco General Hospital.  VRP provides work and job training for individuals with chronic mental illness often complicated by persistent homelessness, substance abuse, chronic medical problems and criminal justice involvement. In this capacity Mindy developed social enterprise businesses including: “Happy Buns” hot dog cart; Slice of Life Catering; Baking Training Kitchen; Sensory Modification Blanket Sewing Program; and our Hospital-wide Coffee Cart(s). Our program manages a donation center that provides clean clothes and shoes for patients being discharged from the hospital.  Profits from our businesses and successful grant applications have been used to triple the number of individuals we provide services to and create 4 part-time “peer specialist” positions through UCSF. I currently supervise seven professional staff and approximately 60 workers.

    Mindy is a founding member and member of Board of Directors for the Employment Support Professional Certification Council (2010 – Present). Through the Association of People Supporting Employment First (Formerly the Assoc. of Persons in Supported Employment), we have written and developed the first national licensure for employment support professionals. This comprehensive examination is based on national standardized competencies and administered by an independent professional organization.

    Mindy continues to provide technical assistance and training nationally for supported employment, day activity and residential programs, welfare to work, and special education programs.

    As a trainer, Mindy is known for her pragmatic, down-to-earth approach. Her sparkling presentations combine humor and practical strategies to inspire, instruct and impel rehabilitation and employment training professionals to unprecedented levels of creativity, productivity and effectiveness.  

    (An avid sailor, Mindy is a US Coast Guard Master Captain (100-Tons) and an American Sailing Association Instructor.  She teaches sailing on windy weekends on the Bay.)


    Mindy J. Oppenheim, M.Ed., NLP, CESP
    San Francisco, CA
    (415) 867-1956