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!
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.
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.
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
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 have grown up surrounded by a community with individuals that are developmentally delayed and lending them a hand has always been a normal thing for me. I enjoy making everybody feel like they are somebody and giving them the courage to be great at what they do is a blessing. I believe everyone deserves an equal opportunity at whatever it is they want to do. I'm proud to be able to help these individuals out with their career and life goals. In my free time I enjoy being surrounded by the people I love. I love traveling, hiking, and going to the movies is one of my favorite weekend adventures.
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.
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 believe every single person should have the opportunity to gain successful employment, even if that means some barriers to that need to be dismantled. In the past three years I've worked in different roles within the in home care field, and having the opportunities to see the obstacles that can be presented to applicants with disabilities due to a lack of knowledge or understanding made a large impact on me. Personally I want to be a part of the solution to that. Every employee and employer team adds value to a community, sometimes it just takes a bit more effort to find the right match up and being involved with helping make that happen is what I'm excited about with working for Ability Employment Services.
1212 N. Washington Street
One Rock Point, Suite 124
Spokane, WA 9
Monday -Thursday 8:00-4:30
Closed Saturday/Sunday/All Federal Holidays
Front desk: 509.242.3758
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