My name is Torrie Baker, dog mom to a handsome Golden Retriever named Captain. I was born and raised in northern Michigan until moving to Chicago, IL where I fell in love with the big city and my career in social services. I have a master’s degree in Social Work with an emphasis on Leadership and Development from Loyola University. Chicago was my home for many years before I relocated to the Sunshine State and landed at employU.
I have dedicated my entire career to advocating and supporting those who are differently-abled and may be experiencing a multitude of life challenges in achieving the goals and objectives they set for themselves. But employment services truly became my passion twelve years ago when I witnessed the pure joy of an individual on my caseload obtaining his first ever job. My passion for this work grew exponentially from there and it became my mission to learn, grow, and share my joy with others.
Since then, I have spent most of my time in the field training, developing, and leading teams of qualified staff in assisting their own caseloads reach their employment goals. Now my joy for this work is quantified by not only witnessing client’s reach their employment goals, but also seeing the same joy I remember experiencing on the faces of the staff I support. It is now my mission to not only assist the individuals we serve but also to guide the staff on my team in their own professional development within the field of social services.