As a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Idaho for two years during
Grad School I was responsible for any potential disability testing
accommodations. I immediately fell in love with interacting with individuals from
all walks of life and knew this was my passion and what my calling was. After
working with a non profit in Idaho I joined the Ability team and have been living
out my passion ever since.
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.
I feel so lucky to be working at Ability Employment Services. I grew up in Spokane and from a very young age, I’ve always enjoyed getting involved with the community. I started by volunteering for school events. Then that grew into working with organizations like Community Minded Enterprises, World Relief, and the German American Institute during my time abroad. Those experiences taught me that I wanted to be a part of what makes this community better for everyone. After graduating from Eastern Washington University with a Communications Degree and a Minor in Business, I ended up working in finance. Although my time in the industry taught me a lot, there was something missing. It was time for a change, and I couldn’t be happier here. I get to come in every day and work with like-minded people for individuals that continue to light up my days.
I feel those that have the desire to work, should have the opportunity to do just that, no matter the challenge. I moved to Spokane from Boston (go Red Sox!) and have worked in health care for the past several years. I've had the pleasure of working with area businesses and communities and use those relationships to expand employment possibilities to Ability Employment clients. I'm thrilled to be working with such an awesome and caring group of individuals! When not at work, I'm traveling, reading, trying new restaurants or on long walking adventures with my Westie, Gus.
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.
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.
We are a collection of individuals who care
Interacting with others in a way that can help them better themselves and their lives is something that is so important to me. I believe there is a job out there for everyone which is why I love what this company does. I moved to Spokane from Georgia for the semester to do a marketing internship. I am currently a sophomore marketing major and will be attending the University of Georgia in the fall. I've been a member of Alpha Gamma Delta since the fall of my freshman year and have had the opportunity to serve on the marketing team. This position has allowed me to run the sorority's social media and further my marketing experience. Along with that, I have been on my school's club lacrosse team since freshman year. When I'm not doing marketing and helping others, I love to spend my free time singing and playing guitar.
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!
Growing up I always knew that I wanted to work with people. But what I didn’t know is that I would get the opportunity to work with some of the most amazing people I’ve ever met. Along with working for Ability Employment Services I live a very busy life surrounded by school and my sorority. I’m currently going to Eastern Washington University for a Degree in Human Resources and a Minor in Psychology. I joined Alpha XI Delta last year in January entering the Greek Community at Eastern. I currently hold a position in my chapter as the Philanthropy Secretary, and organize events for Autism Speaks once a quarter, that are anywhere from selling nachos to karaoke nights. We donate 100% of all the proceeds to Autism Speaks. In my free time I like to snowboard and paint. When summer comes around, floating the river in Spokane is where you can find me
I grew up in Stevens County with five brothers and sisters. Before working at
Ability Employment Services, I worked as an EMT for five years while going to
Central Washington University. Also, during this time I worked as a tax associate
for H&R Block. Shortly after graduating from Central Washington University in
2019, I was hired by Ability Employment Services as a Job Coach Specialist. One of
my core beliefs is that all people have value and that helping people achieve their
goals and realize their potential is an important part of community.
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1212 N. Washington Street
One Rock Point, Suite 12
Spokane, WA 99201