Dave Koller and Victoria Boyne merged to create Developmental Service Trainers, Inc in 1998. The idea at the time was to assist and train consumers with developmental disabilities to live more independently in community settings.
Developmental Service Trainers, Inc. has worked with Agency for Persons with Disabilities in providing all areas of support with residential habilitation, adult day training, supported living, companion and respite services for over 20 years.
As part of our annual program requirements, our company participates in a review of our service delivery review including interviews of staff, consumers as well as a record review. The outcome of our review includes the following information:
Dave has been active in the field as a Direct Care worker since he was approximately 17 years old. Living up on Long Island, NY is where Dave’s experience had started and taken root. Group Homes, Day Programs, all throughout the Long Island area. Dave spent summers working at summer camps for individuals who live with developmental disabilities.
Dave’s experience and responsibilities continued to expand while working with Crisis Teams, developing and implementing behavioral plans, the deinstitutionalizing of individuals (from State hospitals in the New York area and the State of Florida), Dave has also been responsible for creating and developing supported living programs for individuals in the state of Florida when a transition Persons with Disabilities as they age out of the foster care system, or being released from a more restrictive environment.
Dave’s focus has been and remains, people have a right to live their lives, to make their own mistakes, find their own happiness, cope with their own sadness, to become the person they want to be.
Victoria started her journey into the social service field by being employed with the Paralyzed Veterans of America as a lobbyist working on disability issues. Victoria was able to write and pass legislation to create and fund 21 Offices for the Handicapped in the State of New Jersey. Victoria worked with the New Jersey Agent Orange Commission, the only state-funded program to look at dioxin and related disorders with Vietnam Veterans in coordination with Robert Woods Johnson. Victoria has been employed by the SHARE Food Program, Washington, DC as well as Children’s Home Society, Gainesville and Waiver Support Coordinator Supervisor for People Systems in the 5-county region (Central Region).