Raised in Spokane, WA, I am the youngest of three siblings. I found the passion to help people from my mother who was a longtime volunteer at St. Charles, before becoming employed at the school, as well as having a sister with a physical disability. These two women molded my life in sharing the passion to help others. Throughout my life I have tried to continue these practices. Today I find myself with a chance of a lifetime here at Ability Employment Services to continue this journey. I look forward to working with people who want to continue this path in their life and hope we can make our community a better place.
As the oldest of four children, 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.
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I am one of three girls. I was born and raised in Olympia, Washington. My parents still live in my childhood house today. I went to a very small elementary and middle school within our community. Then we all went into town for High School. Through this transition I learned a lot of valuable skills and met some amazing people. I went on to pursue my career in dentistry after obtaining my degree. I worked in pediatric, general, and orthodontic dentistry for 11 + years. I loved helping to make this experience less of a fear and more of an opportunity to teach and create a comfort and knowledge behind it. I moved to Deer Park, WA in 2014, and fell in love with the community. I continued my work in dentistry in Deer Park, until an amazing opportunity landed in my lap that allowed me to return to school to obtain my degree in Early Childhood. I then taught preschool in an all-inclusive classroom for 3+ years, while working as a teaching assistant at our local college, Spokane Falls Community College in Early Childhood. I have always loved to advocate for those of all ages and enjoy learning right alongside of them. My love for caring, empowering and encouraging all people in our community is very near and dear to my heart. I joined Ability Employment Services in August of 2022 and have enjoyed the opportunity to make a career doing all the things I love.
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.
I am one of 8 children and grew up in Northern California. I came to Spokane 35 years ago to attend Gonzaga University and never left. Rick and I have been together for 28 years and have 3 adult children. I feel so proud to work with people that could use an advocate and to work for them is a privilege. In my spare time I enjoy cooking, playing cribbage, and card games.
Growing up, I had always chosen to help people out. When I’m not at work, I attend Eastern Washington University in the Psychology Department. You can also catch me playing golf, or relaxing on the boat with my other half Jeff, and my dog Charlie. I owe my success to my two brothers, who have shown me that no obstacle should stop anyone from achieving their goals. My family and the support system that surrounds me has always shown me what it is like to give without return. But, the return in this Ability office is not just a job. It’s the smiles, high-fives, and gratitude throughout the team and our clients. Helping one person might not change the world, but it could change the world for one person.
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.
When I was growing up I always wanted to help people. I was raised by a mother who was a nurse so being caring and compassionate was always in my blood. Going through school I spent many times volunteering in the special education classrooms wanting to help those kids feel like part of the school and educating my peers that these classmates were just as important, special, and deserved to be recognized just as much as anyone in the school. I have spent most of my life in the retail world as a store manager of multiple successful companies that had some of the highest volumes of revenue a year. I had been a store manager for 15 plus years and it was some of the hardest and most rewarding work I have done, bringing a team together and becoming a number one store. Through those 15 plus years I have had the chance to employ some of our clients and really learn a lot from them as they all have been the hardest working employees I have ever had. I love helping people really find what they are good at and go for it, especially when that means they have found it in a job. There is nothing like seeing a smiling face come to work and enjoy coming to work for you. I knew I still wanted to help people, but I wanted to do it more one on one which is why Ability Employment Services really stood out to me as I was pursuing a job that made me feel like I was helping people every day and go home every night with a smile on my face and a full heart. I have spent most of my life in Spokane and graduated from Mt. Spokane High School in 2005. I call this place home with my husband of 13 years Mike, his two kids that are now adults with their own lives (man where did the time go), and our three dogs Emma, Aria, and Coco Chanel. When I'm not working, I love to spend time with my family that still all live in Spokane and get as much auntie time as possible with my niece and nephew.
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1212 N. Washington Street
One Rock Point, Suite 124
Spokane, WA 99201