Through my life's experience of being a sibling to my sister that was diagnosed with Autism, it has become a passion of mine to help other individuals with Developmental Disabilities. I have worked in many different organizations and resources that are available to help individuals and families. I enjoy working with people of all abilities because I feel that I learn how to become a better person by teaching or helping them.
It is my goal to help employ, teach, support and network with people that need help.
Autism is a staggering statistic that is now 1:50 children. In the next decade, we will see how our world will change. I would like to be part of the movement to help as much as I can to make people's lives as fulfilling and productive as I can with my experience.
Trillium Employment Services • Employment Consultant
May 2016- Present • Pierce County, WA
Bridging the gap between people with intellectual and development disabilities to enter the workforce. Educating businesses in hiring people of all abilities and from all backgrounds in order to facilitate a diverse workforce that provides opportunities that match business needs with clients gifts and talents. Managing a case load and customer service in order to connect individuals to the community and competitive workforce by developing employment within relationships with businesses.
PAVE/ Community Inclusion Program • Youth Program, Manager
2009- May 2016 • Pierce County, WA
Facilitating a leadership team of the youth of all abilities and background in nine school districts in Pierce County. Other functions include marketing for events, developing a curriculum in order to teach leadership skills, self-advocacy, self-determination, friendships, and Ability Awareness. Outreach to nine different school districts and coordinating a monthly planning meeting and event in three different school districts each month.
ENSO • Employment Professional
July 2013 – May 2016 • Pierce and King County, Washington
Job developer and job coach for DDA, DVR, and criminal background customers. Utilization of using Person Center Planning, iPads for AAC, schedules, and video resumes to assist customers on job sites, systematic instruction, task analysis, job proposals, and Positive Behavior Support Plans to help achieve success for any customer we support. Have completed Community-Based Assessments, Job Development, and Job Retention contracts with DVR and use of Client Connect for Pierce County.
PAVE/ PURPAS • Life Skills Program Manager
2013- May 2016 • Tacoma, Washington
Assisting individuals with High Functioning Autism who are facing difficulties finding employment, volunteer opportunities, recreational activities, independent living skills, services available, and resources.
Support through monthly support meetings, family activities, and individualized consulting.
Funded through a grant and personally developed program
PAVE/ Person Centered Plan Facilitator
2008 – Present • Tacoma, WA
Facilitating plans around a whole person’s lives in which they are able to bring their team together and find ways to get connected to services, community, and employment. Process and graphics facilitations, goal planning, and actions steps provided to the participant.
Peninsula School District • Para-Educator
2007-2013 • Gig Harbor, WA
Assisting students, one-on-one with achieving IEP goals and objectives in the Employment Training and Transition Program. Helping to improve academics, social, communication and behavioral skills.
Experience with children and adults of all abilities, cultural, religious backgrounds.
Creative in support systems for communication and behavior with an emphasis on utilizing iPads for assistive technology
Strengths in networking such as Young Professionals Network, Chambers, and Rotary Clubs.
Exemplary in verbal, written and visual communication.
Confident in my abilities with computers and technology
Organized, systematic, self-motivated, punctual, and reliable.
DSHS Individual Provider Continuing Education Hours 2006-2015
Metro Parks Cooperative Play Training 2010-2012
Person Centered Planning Learning Groups for Facilitators 2009-2017
Right Response Para-Educator Training 2010-2012
Jennifer White “Business Model Tools and Show Me the Money” using iPads in the workplace. 2015
Monica McDaniel Introduction to Customized Job Development 2015
Val Morgan Conscious Moves- Building Job Development Excellence 2015
World Vision Youth Empowerment Institution Training 2015
Bruce Anderson Stories Work! How to Choose, Create and Use Powerful Stories 2015
Greg Abell Engage Conflict Effectively 2015
Teri Johnson Systematic Instruction, Task Analysis, and Positive Behavior Supports 2015
Jim Corey Person Centered Planning for Employment 2015
Bob Sattler Using Person Centered Practices 2016
Highline College Employment Professional Course Graduate 2016
KIT (Kids Included Together) San Diego, CA 2012
Statewide Technology Conference Lacey, WA 2016
Community Summit Wenatchee, WA 2015-2016
PAVE’s Raise Your Paddle Grant Recipient- “PURPAS (Pave-ing a Unique Road for People on the Autism Spectrum) Life Skills Coordinator” 2013-2015
PAVE’s Raise Your Paddle Grant Recipient- Youth Transition Coordinator 2016
Organized Accessing College with Autism Event Nov. 2015
Organized “Chopped with PURPAS” Cooking Event Dec. 2013
Tools 4 Success Committee Member 2014
Person Center Plan Symposium Attendee 2015-2017
Pierce County Person Center Plan Guild Member 2015-2017
Autism Cohort- North Seattle College Member 2015
Young Professionals Network (Tacoma) Vice President & Board Member 2017
Presented at Highline College on PCP for Employment Consultants 2016
All Trillium Training on Person Centered Planning 2017