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I am originally from a small town in Southwestern Michigan where everyone is considered family- I have taken that philosophy with me, and always look at people as such. I moved to Spokane in 2010 to attend Gonzaga after graduating from Olivet College with a bachelor’s in fitness management. In 2012 I earned my master’s degree in Sport and Athletic administration from Gonzaga. I then earned my M.B.A. from Concordia University in 2014. I have found myself in a few different careers, most recently being a high school science teacher in Mesa, AZ. I have always had a strong urge to help others, and Ability is giving me the chance to do that. It is clear that Ability is focused on one thing, and that is to be the best at what we do for our clients. I am definitely happy to be a part of a team of hard working, passionate, and driven individuals. I look forward to making my mark here in the Spokane community.
From an early age, I knew that my life’s calling was to serve and help others. As a young man, I went to work for an in-home care agency as an on-the-job trainee which led to running the company as President years later. During the last 25 years, I have gained experience in helping a broad spectrum of people find solutions to their individual challenges. I know firsthand how incredibly fulfilling it is helping someone reach their full potential. Nothing is more important than helping people who have the desire to work hard, to provide for themselves and their family reach their goals. Ability and I share the same core values and passion by providing our clients with the best possible services. I am both excited and honored to begin a new chapter with Ability.
As a young girl, I grew up around individuals who have developmental disabilities. My family was closely connected to care giving, taking clients out into the community, and job coaching. I have always loved serving others, putting others needs above my own and giving back. My goal and passion is to build confidence in the lives of individuals who may not have anyone to believe in them. I believe we are all striving for the same thing in life. That is to live a good and happy life and work hard at whatever we do. Lets have some fun along the way!
Being introduced to neighbors and friends with disabilities at a very young age I always felt that somehow folks with that label had some things really figured out, like what truly matters at the end of the day. I chose Ability Employment Services because the level of care and services they offer their clients is unparalleled in the area. I love the fact that my position allows me to serve clients in rural areas where they may not have an opportunity for services at all. I want to encourage people to realize that there are opportunities everywhere, and sometimes we just have to be a little creative in finding them. I always try to remember, Provider today, customer tomorrow. We are all in this together.
Even as a child, I have taken joy in making others’ lives better and helping people, especially those who have not been presented the opportunities in life that I have. One of my elementary teachers joked that I would one say run a "Teacher Aid Business." Not much has changed since then.
I recently graduated from Eastern Washington University with a BA in Visual Communication Design and a minor in Military Science, and graduated U.S. Army Field Artillery School. I have served for 3 years in the Washington National Guard as a PL. I was drawn to AES because of their work to improve other's quality of life.
As the oldest of four siblings, I learned responsibility at a young age. My youngest sister was born with a severe disability, and I was often called upon to assist with her needs. This experience strengthened my character and helped shape the person I am today. It is now my mission to advocate on behalf of everyone with a disability that wants to work, and to educate employers to not view these individuals any differently from other applicants. My mission is to empower those job seekers and create those same opportunities that we all take for granted. This is a very rewarding position that I am blessed to be in and I am humbled to work alongside and on behalf of so many unique individuals.
I have always enjoyed helping others in one form or another. I was in the Air Force for 6 years in Security Forces (military police) and then went to college at Eastern Washington University to receive my International Affairs degree. My intentions are to one day assist in international relations between the U.S. and other nations. I then found Career Path Services. Here I was able to assist people with barriers to employment achieve their goals within their community. Now I am pursuing the same work with Ability, ensuring those people in need of employment services, advice or fellowship receive it and become successful in their lives.
After graduating from Eastern Washington University in 2008 with a BA in Human Resources Management and a minor in Spanish, I was hired on by an agency in Spokane to assist in job retention; I had no idea what I was in for! That job truly changed me. It brought me to where I am today and I truly believe that everyone has the ability to work and the best part of my day is helping others figure out their path to achieve success.
As a recent graduate from Eastern Washington University with a BA in therapeutic recreation, I have a passion for helping people to see the best in themselves. I found Ability on one of many job searches. My passion aligns with Ability’s mission statement and I’m really excited to be able to use my skills to help people to the best of my ability.